Hd 5870 vs gtx 470 (vs gtx 570 & 69xx's)

Given that I can get reference hd 5870 for $225 USD. and gtx 470 for $177 USD. (both reference), which one should I go for? Which one do you think is a better deal? or, should I wait until gtx 570 and 69xx's?

After researching gtx 470's the performance is just a hair below hd 5870. This means that gtx 470 has the better the price vs performance ratio.

However, what I am concerned with is that many result shows that gtx 470 has worse idle & load temperature and power consumption compared to hd 5870 (almost 20 C difference in load temp.).

Should I just go with gtx 470 for now and buy an aftermarket cooler like vf3000f later on if the temperature causes problems, or should I just get hd5870? or, should I wait till gtx 570 and hd 69xx's?
Btw, is hd 5870 loud under load?

Your help will be appreciated. Thanks.

My system is as follows:
i5 750 @ stock
4gb ddr3
asus p55 micro atx mobo (one pci-e x16)
gts 250(will be replaced)
ocz vertex 2 120gb
antec neo eco 520w psu (rebadged seasonic, would this be able to handle the either gtx 470 or hd 5870?)
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  1. i think you would need a higher wattage psu!! i think the hd5870 is better in terms of temperature and performance, the 470 beats it only in certain categories. but a better option is that you may wait for the new gen gpus to come out.
  2. What about the ati 6870? its pretty much on par with the gtx470 and uses a lot less power and costs around the same as a gtx470. check this review
    power consumption -> http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2010/10/22/ati-radeon-hd-6870-review/9
    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2010/10/22/ati-radeon-hd-6870-review/6
  3. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-radeon-hd-6870-radeon-hd-6850,2782-7.html

    Not like Tom's has charts.......

    I would not try a GTX470 or HD6870 with that PSU. Up to these you are good though.
  4. anort3 said:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-radeon-hd-6870-radeon-hd-6850,2782-7.html

    Not like Tom's has charts.......

    I would not try a GTX470 or HD6870 with that PSU. Up to these you are good though.


    are you kidding me? the 6870 uses barely any power and the Antec PSU in question is enough to run a gtx470 quite easily http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=317192
  5. ^ Agreed. The ops entire system with a 6870 wouldn't hit 300w running furmark.
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