If you are gaming on a monitor with a resolution below 1920x1200, though, both will be overkill. You would do fine with a 5770 or a 5850 with a 1650x1050 res, and anything below that, the 5770 will max out damn near everything.
5850 FTW, i have the xfx 5850 xxx overclocked to 950/1250 with 1.16 volts and q6600 @3.4. i get a lil over 17000 gpu score in vantage so what im trying to say is 5850 is more bang for the buck than 5870 and you can easily overclock the 5850 to be as good or better than 5870.
Yeah I was looking to get the XXX 5870 because I saw the reviews and the gameplay, I am going to run 2 BenQ 24" monitors which have a 2ms response, and my budgets not a matter I wanna build a machine of a pc so I don't really care how much I spend.
AGREEEEEDDD^^^^^^^^ do not waste your money on the 975, it is simply not worth it. you could change the 975 to a 920 and with the money saved buy 2 5850s or 5870s or even a 5970 and get much better gaming performance
Get your self the 920 since you can always nuke the hell out of it by oc later when you get a good cooler (you will need any way) as for the gpu there isn't much debate go for the 5870 since it is well with in you budget. So why spend the cash for the 975 any way?
I have doubts about the op buying a i7 975 extreme, we know many do not have the disposable income for it. Also anyone staying in touch with tech news should know that the current extreme quad core is going to be replaced with the 32nm six core for roughly the same price at INTRODUCTION (March). That makes the 1000 dollar price tag a LITTLE more understandable.