4870 or 5750

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Yes there is an adaptor, you need two spare 4 pin molex connectors to feed it though. These are ilustrated in the PSU link you gave if you are not sure what ones they are. Every ATI card i have bought for as long as i can remember has come with the extra 2x Molex to PCIE connector in the box. Check the bundle to be sure.

Mactronix
Depends whats important to you really. That and what the rest of the system is like and if the PSU is a decent model with 2x 6 pin PCIE power cables ?

Post your specs and give us some indication as to the make and model of PSU +12v rail/s Amps or wattage would be good. Tell us your monitor size and resolution as well as what games you want to play and at what kind of quality settings.

Mactronix
 
Depends on what you use it for, like mentioned above. The 5750 is newer and has the latest features. However, the 4870 is more powerful. The 4870 performs slightly better than a 5770 in gaming. So a 5750 come in under that. However it uses less power, produces less heat, is DX11, has Display Port, etc.
 

Don't forget immature drivers though...it might turn out to be just as good as the 4870.
 
4870 easily... the 5770 or 5750 family are only good if you want to jump on the DX11 bandwagon. A 4870 is better in performance and way cheaper.

Get a 4870 right now and change it for a 5850 in a year or two when the prices get down.
 


I don't think ATI cards suffer from immature drivers, on the contrary, their drivers always push the cards further and further. It's look a lot more like optimization.

Just look at what ATI is doing for the sole purpose of maximazing Crysis results. This game is heavily Nvidia centric, but ATI try to optimize their drivers even if their cards win in many other game less oriented on benchmarks.
 
The thing with the 5770 is that it is somewhat limited in terms of memory bandwidth. Of course, since at the moment 5770 cards are shipped with memory that is rated to go considerably higher than the default speed this is alleviated somewhat. Personally I would go with the 4870. If you have a cheap, low tier, PSU then the more miserly 5770 is a better option. If you want DX11 then that's another reason to go for the 5770.
 

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I'd get the 4870, for the price you quoted above it easily beats the 5750 and from what I read about 5% faster on average than the 5770. I have the 1 gig 4870 myself, set the fan to 30% default where I can't even here it and never go above 60C under load and hover around 48-54 C on average gameplay. With mature drivers you may be able to equal the 4870 but not surpass it so why pay $30 more for less performance. DX11 on a mid range card is a laugh anyway in first generation cards, the high end 5870 or maybe the 5850 will be required for any real DX11 performance.
 



Yes there is an adaptor, you need two spare 4 pin molex connectors to feed it though. These are ilustrated in the PSU link you gave if you are not sure what ones they are. Every ATI card i have bought for as long as i can remember has come with the extra 2x Molex to PCIE connector in the box. Check the bundle to be sure.

Mactronix
 
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The card should come with two adapters (though you will only need one), check the included items to be sure, though.