I'm upgrading my system from a Athlon 64 3400+, 1GB PC3200 Ram, and Geforce 6800 (BFG OC 128MB) to a Intel E8400, 4GB PC6400 Ram, and I just ordered a 4850 (MSI). I didn't realize that the 4870 would be available tomorrow. Now I'm wondering if it would have been worth the cost to go with the 4870 instead.
I wanted to keep the upgrade under $500. I'm going for best performance for price. I'm not sure if the additional price is worth the extra performance over 4850. What do you think?
^ agree with the rest, the 4850 and the E8400 are going to be a HUGE improvement of what you had before. Maybe if you get itchy for an upgrade in a few months you can get the 4870 or a monitor or a new computer chair. The 4850 is a very good card.