Originally Posted by Maverick123w
After reading through countless reviews I think I'm going to go with a 470. Especially when overclocked to 700 core (which seems attainable) the mins are much much higher than the 5x00 series cards, and a smooth experience is paramount to me.
I'm glad I went back and looked at the mins because it really paints a different picture than I originally saw between the 470 and 5850.
Thanks for all the advice everyone!
I think you've made the right choice. After doing some research and pondering on my experiences with the 5870s the last 6 months, I believe the 470 will provide a better experience 80% of the time. The 5870s are fast but they just aren't reliably smooth. Every so often, there'll be a hitch that takes me out of my immersion. I've even noticed it in benchmarks where the framerate is still close to 60. The slowdown is not picked up by fraps but it's definitely there. 6 months from release, I don't believe that ATI will ever fix those issues.