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Old October 23, 2009, 11:16 AM
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Default Purchasing new graphics card for around $300. Help.

Hey folks,

ok, so I want to significantly upgrade from my current 9500 GT. To be honest, I have a pretty basic understanding of computers in general, so your feedback is very much appreciated. Please feel free to correct any misconceptions I may have.

Here are my specs
AMD Phenom x4 Quad 9550 2.2ghz
4GB DDR2 800
ASUS m2n-sli motherboard (2 PCIe 2.0, so I can crossfire if I have to)

What would be optimal, considering my processing speed? I'm considering a 5850 or possibly two 4870s in crossfire. From what I understand, my processor will bottleneck any really high end cards. So I'm thinking I should get one with a powerful GPU to take some of the load off my CPU. But is a 5850 too much for what I've got?

Also, I have no preference for either ati or nvidia, I like to play at the highest res I can get away with and the only games I'm really looking to play in the near future are Dragon Age, Assassin's Creed 2, Mass Effect 2 and Empire Total War.

Thanks for your help

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Old October 23, 2009, 11:39 AM
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It all depends on what games you play and at what resolution...

Crossfire and SLI are for monitors in the 24 inch and up category for the most part.

I would say (based off limited information) pick up a used 4870 off someone here in the forums and see if it does the trick....
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Old October 23, 2009, 11:40 AM
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Unless my understanding of that board is off, i don't think it will support cross-fire, unless a bios update changes that
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Old October 23, 2009, 11:56 AM
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Hi There and welcome to the forums.

Usually with us the more info the merrier.
What would really help me at least in deciding what is good for you as well is knowing what kind of PSU you have in your computer.

If your supply is sufficent, I would vote for something like a 4870, or GTX260 Core 216 from EVGA. Good Cards , and should create too much of a bottleneck.

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Old October 23, 2009, 12:06 PM
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ahhh, yes. that's what the "SLI" means in m2n-sli. That makes sense... Thank you for pointing that out.
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Forgot to mention what size monitor you're using.

Also, if you wanted to stick with Nvidia due to your motherboard support maybe look at picking up one of the used/new GTX280s for sale on these forums. However, FPS to FPS I don't think you'll beat the price on a used 4870 still..
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Old October 23, 2009, 12:19 PM
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at $300 the new 5850 is the best option right now.
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Old October 23, 2009, 12:20 PM
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but would his CPU be a bottleneck for that card?
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Old October 23, 2009, 12:31 PM
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Right... so my board definitely won't support crossfire. That is a very very good point. I'm glad I joined this forum.

Can't remember the make of the PSU, but it's 550W. Is that enough for the gtx260 216? Or possibly two in sli at some point?

Thanks a lot, this is helpful
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Old October 23, 2009, 12:32 PM
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