Re: $1000 Budget.
Way to get off topic. I have a XFX 5770 and again no problem. Yes, foothead, there is one or two models I know of that are like you said crap...(they have i believe 5 reference numbers for the 5770)...but if you make an uneducated decision you will end up with a POS one. I'd rather buy Asus but I got mine for a bargain.
Desktop: AMD Phenom II 840 X4 @ 3.7Ghz // Asus Sabertooth 990FX // CM HAF 932 // XFX HD 5770 // 8GB Corsair Vengeance @1600 + 8GB G.skill Sniper @ 1600mhz (C9) // Cooler Master 600W // Zalman CNPS9900 // Sidewinder x8
Laptop: Dell Vostro 3555 // AMD A6-3400 1.4Ghz x4 w/ 6520 // 500GB HDD // 4GB Ram upgrading to 8GB soon // Backlit Spillproof Keyboard