Which of these 2 cards would you pick?

I have finally narrowed my searches down to two main graphics cards, with about a $115 dollar difference in between them. I'm willing to spend the extra money if I have to, but id like to get the cheaper of the two cards, so is it worth getting the more expensive card?

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5316156&CatId=3669
-XFX Radeon 5770 ($125)

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5753618&CatId=3669
-XFX Radeon 5870 ($240)

and would both of these cards work with the motherboard i was planning on buying:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5019773&CatId=2320
-MSI 785GTM-E45
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  1. That is a big gap in GPU power the second card is about twice as powerful. Selecting between them would be based on all your system specs, including monitor resolution, not just the motherboard. (they both will work in the board)
  2. 5870 nice=
    But do list your specs-
  3. well, my specs currently are and empty box. Im building from the ground up for the first time. is this not the greatest place to start? I have an old Dell Optiplex 170L but im taking everything out.
    I don't understand all the specs yet, but maybe this link will give you sum more information, I was thinking i might keep the processor but thats it (intel pentium 4).

    http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/op170l/en/ug/specs.htm

    sometimes it lists 2 or more specs, and it is on the higher end of all of them.
  4. I'd get a freshly released 6950 over the 15 month old 5870 ... they are same price.

    And ya can't do this w/ a 5870

    http://downloads.guru3d.com/Radeon-HD-6950-to-HD-6970-Flashing-Tools-download-2658.html
  5. Don`t keep your CPU it`s because any card stronger than HD 4650 or nVidia 8400 GT is overkill. If you buy HD5770 get some CPU like Intel Core i5 650 http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=43546&processor=i5-650&spec-codes=SLBLK,SLBTJ
    and if you buy HD5870/HD6950 then buy Intel i7 870 http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=41315&processor=i7-870&spec-codes=SLBJG
  6. tree319 said:
    well, my specs currently are and empty box. Im building from the ground up for the first time. is this not the greatest place to start? I have an old Dell Optiplex 170L but im taking everything out.
    I don't understand all the specs yet, but maybe this link will give you sum more information, I was thinking i might keep the processor but thats it (intel pentium 4).

    http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/op170l/en/ug/specs.htm

    sometimes it lists 2 or more specs, and it is on the higher end of all of them.

    First of your computer is a small form factor desktop that only fits low profile GPU's inside, second the motherboard you linked to will not support the CPU out of that computer. You will be better of with a combo like this and then add a GPU and HDD of choice http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.578093
  7. you should get an AM3 motherboard at least. Save the money on the vid card and get the 5770, and spend the left over on better CPU (athlon x4 640) and AM3 motherboard.
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