Originally Posted by zer0
but he wants a new card now and he has a budget 300$. why limit the power he can get and giving him another upgrade dilemma in the future(future games/game engine based on cryengine or similar)?
Here's what I'm saying. He's limited to 1280x1024. At that res, the HD4850/4870 will both offer roughly the SAME performance. Now, for the SAME performance, would you rather buy the card that costs near $150, or the one that costs near $250? Me, I'd take the extra $100 and put it towards a new monitor when I have the funds to do so. No way am I paying more for the same thing.
Just because his budget allows him to go higher, doesn't mean he should go higher. Both are excellent cards, and if he KNOWS he's getting a new monitor later anyway, then yes, get the 4870, by all means. But if he's certain he's not getting a new monitor, get the 4850, and make better use of that extra $100.