I went with the EVGA GTX 260 216Core Superclocked card based on the games I played COD4, COD:WaW, Crysis (even though 48701GB 8.12 did have higher fps), Farcry 2 and Fallout 3 just to name a few. Also The GTX 260 drew less power than the 4870 during idle and load times, a little less noisy and did not run as hot.
Either way both cards will do you well this really was a hard decision to make for me but just a word from the wise. I would stay clear of MSI, their support sucks a donkey. I haven't had a problem ever with my last EVGA card or support from them as well as you have a 90-day trade in with EVGA if they release a newer card and you want it over the GTX 260. Hope this helps.
asus p5q se p45 mobo
4gb gskill ddr2 800 @954mhz ram
2x 500gb hd
700w silverstone striker series power supply
rezortherm nirvana cpu cooler
long story making short my 4850 died (note to self: dont mess with card voltages) and I was looking at replacement, for me the $200 is a sweet spot. When my 4850 was working I was playing gta4, css, far cry2, cod4, fallout 3. I'm playing on 22" 1680x1050
I'm not fanboy of any soft, my ati card was a champion until I didn't break it, so you think the 4870 1gb edition is worth it on 22"? Currently my fav game is gta 4 and the viewing distance eats a lot of memory so the 1gig would help right?
as of right now I'm leaning more towards 4870 than 260gtx.....
Thank you dunar for the link
I have to tell the extra $50 you have to spend on 1gig 4870 does not justify the small fps increase
I have to confess that the 4870 isn't my choice. But having said that, the 1gig of memory may only give you a few extra fps but having it also means that you can probably turn on the goodies and not have the card tank like it's 512 counter part.