Just decided i'm going to a local computer store instead of ordering online. One not to far from me, but anyway they have a vareity of stores in the area just in case there isn't a part in stock. Yet they don't have two of my GPU options that I had in mind.
The ATi Radeon HD 4870
Asus ATi Radeon HD 4870x2 <- Was hoping to get this bad boy.
I've been checking tigerdirect.ca and NCIX.com. the 48xxs do seem to be becoming more rare. Probably so they can jack up the prices of the 5xxx without people choosing to get a similar performing 4xxx series card for less.
Your forum link is broken.
The 5xxx series is better performance per watt than the 4xxx series and the nvidia cards.
I'd recommend a 600W good brand power supply like the OCZ modxstream. It has a total of 504W it can give out on its +12V rails combined. The 5870 will draw 188W max I believe. You haven't told us what CPU you use though. If you want to crossfire eventually more would be a good idea though.
If I happen to OC my i7 & the 5870, what would that make a difference in the V & W on the PSU ?
So would it be better to go W650 just incase I decide to OC, I just read about power consumption, incrase voltage adjustments, and about making the psu max out my 5870; so I was just wondering how big of an factor that would play on the PSU ..