BUDGET: This is close to my maximum budget ($2100ish.) The monitor does make up 1/4 of the cost, so I might consider less expensive 1920x1200 options that meet my needs (See my other post here.)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Software Development with the ability to game on the highest settings. System to last several years with minimal upgrades. (i.e. Ability to add a 2nd Geforce GTX 470 at some point)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, amazon
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel, nVidia
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Eventually
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Worried about heat, noise and the future like everyone else. Also want to make sure the graphics card will fit easily in the case with enough clearance and airflow (especially after adding a 2nd.) Where could I possibly skimp to save some $$$ without losing out on performance.
Anand's summary of the 470 vs 5850 vs 5870. This was in reference to a 470 at retail price of $359
Moving on, we have the GTX 470 to discuss. It’s not NVIDIA’s headliner so it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle. With a price right between the 5850 and 5870, it delivers performance right where you’d expect it to be. At 5-10% slower than the 5870 on average, it’s actually a straightforward value proposition: you get 90-95% of the performance for around 87% of the price. It’s not a huge bargain, but it’s competitively priced against the 5870. Against the 5850 this is less true where it’s a mere 2-8% faster, but this isn’t unusual for cards above $300 – the best values are rarely found there. The 5850 is the bargain hunter’s card, otherwise if you can spend more pick a price and you’ll find your card.
Thanks for catching my Memory mess up. I really wanted to go with 6-8GB of memory for some reason. If I really wanted to go with more memory, what would my best options be?
I had already considered the monitor you suggested, but I was really hoping to match the 1920x1200 resolution of my existing 24" monitor. Even my 20" is 1600x1200. I do like that Asus though. I could almost buy 2 for the same cost of my dell and run with 3x 24" monitors even though my existing monitor is 1920x1200. hrm. Something to think about.
I've also heavily considered the 5850 and I must admit that Eyefinity interests me (even though I'll probably never really use it.) I'll have to re-evaluate before I click the BUY button!
I'll update the case and dvd drive with your suggestions. I'll wait a reply about memory and then update my original post.
Oh, regarding monitor. There really is no need for x1200 monitors. It's a huge price premium for not much difference, especially when you take into account 1080p (1920x1080) is the industry standard for movies and TV.
Simply that I would not get the 470 instead of a 5870.
The whole power and heat issue aside, the 470 is really a contender (and winner) against the 5850 but priced right by the 5870. For $20 more you get the 5870 a clearly better card in performance, then factor in the less heat, less noise, less power and t is a no brainer.
I would actually buy a 5850 over the 470 too, far cheaper and the 5850 can easily be OC'd to equal the 470, technically you can argue you could OC the 470, but at the temps it already dishes out I know I wouldn't want to!
So, I would say your choice is between 5850 and 5870
you could get two of those for almost the same price as the dell, granted you would have to get a displayport adapter for eyefinity but they now have passive adapters that can power up to 1920 x 1200. Personally, I would still invest in an active adapter though, I just don't trust the passive ones.
here's a link for the eyefinity validated adapters: