For your resolution i would go with a 5850,i just got one for my friend who plays on 1680x1050 and he is more than happy with it.
About HD 5770,well although it has lower power consumption alongside having newer techs but it performs lower than a 4870 so i think 5850 would be a great upgrade
What about the Image quality in movies games well as the overall experience in these games?
Isn't a 470 goin to be an overwhelming experience compared to a 5850 bu just looking at? PLEASE HELP especially persons who have both and have or haveexperience both a 470 and any ATI 5000 series. PLEASE I am not familiar with the look of nvidia a had a HD 4870 and the most I have seen from nvidia is a 9800!!!
It is all about what you want. Both HD5850 and GTX470 will work great at your resolution, both might be slightly bottlenecked by your CPU. You want 3d vision and etc get GTX470, you want eyefinity get HD5850.
Raytracing and tesellation are twice as good on the 470 in most cases but eyefinity is definately a ATI plus and the 5850 is the best bang for buck now obviously but I am just thinking along the lines of the fact that the 470 has now been release it would be more futuristic and pay off in the longrun but I love Ati though! Just trying to make an unbias decision and you guys are clearly not bias at least in my opinion which is good!
And tessellation...I don't recall it ever being 2x as good...but the only true tessy benchy was from Unigene with Extreme tessellation.
I did not say you guys are bias you are actually quite knowledgeable and have been providing some of the best advice i could find on the scenario in question! I actually want to by the 5850 because it is cheaper has eyefinifty, I like avivo for movies, I find catalyst is better than most make it out to be and the temps and power consumption are fantastic but I still want know the 470 as best as I can before saying no! to it right now only additional features and future potential is keeping its possibility alive or else its not worth the exta $50-$80.
The Feermi tessellation is NEARLY twice as good only when it is extreme and this why I am thinking future because clearly this is not useful now!
This may be a next year or two investment!
Its not a big deal but it should not be totally ignored and it is a potential value adder!!!
Which brand is more CPU dependent? Who tends to run better with Core Duos ATI or Nvidia and does memory bandwith (256bit vs 320bit) and other 'speeds' and rating (core clock, shader etc) affect bottlenecking? I think this is important for all who own Core duos, Core Quads, i3,i5, and Phenoms as most benchmarks are done with i7s which are usually overclocked and these can be misleading for non i7 owners as well as i7 owners who choose not to overclock!
I have the same system as you have, except I got 4 GB RAM, and a lower 550W EZcool PSU.
Also using a 22" LG monitor.
I just got the 5850 (PowerColor) last week, and it works great!
I play BC2 with the highest details and MAX AA, and it works smooth (didn't check the actual framerate, but guessing it's >30).
I'm yet to try eyefinity, as soon as I get my hands on a second, or perhaps 2 more 22" monitors.
I Find it unnecessary to buy a stronger card, unless you are planning on using eyefinity with 3 monitors, and MAXing out all details, especially if you plan on using 24" monitors on higher res.