Choosing a GPU within the next week and I adore the look of the 5850 but is there much difference in performance between the two? I mean In my own opinion I would sacrifice a little performance for the aesthetics of the 5850 as Im not going to be heavy gaming (well not yet anyway)
AMD ATHLON X3 (TRI CORE 3.2ghz)
Alpine 650W Silent PSU
Asus M5A78L-M LX
I would most likely be playing WOW and then if i have the money buy some games most likely like Skyrim or COD
Opt for the 6870 instead of the 5850.
1 - It's cheaper.
2 - Same or better performance than the 5850.
3 - Newer, so finding a 2nd one later on (if you'd like a cheap boost by crossfiring) will be easier
4 - Lower power draw at both idle and load (substantially less under load).