I say if money is not that big of an issue, get a 5870 or a GTX 480 then. Between the 5850 ang 470 there is not much of a big difference right now between the two. If Physx and Cuda are important to you then get the GTX 470. Neither is really a bad choice. The 470 wins some and the 5850 wins others.
Also, I really get sick of the heat comments. The first comment out of everyone is always about heat
. The 480 usually gets hotter than the 470 but heat is not that big of an issue if you use a simple custom fan profile. With my OC (in sig) and auto fan, my card gets up to 90C in Kombuster...which I admit is warm. I made a custom fan profile for 1C=1% and my card so far has yet to go over 74C. Plus, i am still only at .962v and should have a lot of OC room left. At 74% fan, I can barely hear it over my case fans. Granted, if you have a super quite system, I guess some people could get annoyed by the fan but not me anyways.Edited by jbobb - 6/10/10 at 8:32am