Resoloution, budget and details on the PSU please.
The HD 4870/4890 both need two 6 pin PCI-E connectors to work and some of the coolers on the 4850/4870 are not suitable for small cases or those with just two fans.
^+1 But look for the 1Gb HD4870, it's larger memory handles AA better.
Also consider the GTX 260 if you prefer Nvidia, the two cards perform much the same and require about the same amount of power.
Best choices : XFX, BFG and EVGA because they give the longest warranties and have the best support.
Awesome, I will definitely look into the ones you all mentioned. Thanks for the help definitely. I was leaning towards the ATI cards as the MB does not have SLI, but it does have the crossfire capability. I am not looking at using it in the near future, but the option would be nice in 2-3 years.
Next question in relation to the HD4870, which 1GB brand card is the better choice and price?
Price depends on where you shop: Do n't just look at one place, they all offer specials, usually during the weekend, so look especially hard then.
Reread my last post on who is best but remember; that quality of service usually costs a little more, but if you plan on keeping the card for a few years, I would advise you to pay that little bit more and REGISTER the card as soon as you open the box or you'll miss out on that long warranty.
Take a look at the Newegg site and read the reviews there if you find a card you like with good reviews then buy it but do not buy the first one you like the look of and, once you find a card you want, shop around and see if another supplier has it on offer.
indeed. but if he has the money, the extra graphics muscle wouldnt hurt though right?
id just go for the 4890
Unless it hurts the wallet or the plastic (in my case both), it never hurts to have the extra power. Eventually, all gamers migrate to a 24 inch or larger monitor because it never feels the same when you game on a friend's system with a larger monitor and you come home and find yourself squinting at your 21 inch monitor, lol.