Well I'm looking over the 6870 and 5870 where I've found positive remarks for both. From what I see, the 6870 has 1120 Stream Processors whereas the 5870 is at 1600. Is this a big difference or a sales gimmick (bigger is better...)? Is the difference worth a little extra, or investment in a card slightly older?
Second, I've been a fan of Sapphire (also VisionTek) but I have also heard that XFX is a reliable manufacturer as well. Your thoughts? Or, is there some other brand that is marked as the best? From what I see on Newegg: