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Old January 29, 2011, 01:17 PM
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I wouldn't go crossfire as a purchase. If you can afford a better single card you are better off going that way...then crossfire down the road if required. What resolution do you game at?
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Old January 29, 2011, 01:21 PM
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Well i'd like to stay under $200 for a GPU if possible, just for the fact that i've never spent that much on a GPU in the past, and the monitor I use is normally running at 1920x1080, but with the HD 4650 I have right now i usually run at a lower res...1440x900...to get some better performance out of the GPU.

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OMFG!!! So for some reason my CPU-Z just decided it was gonna register and update itself, so apparently, the CPU I've been tellling you guys/gals all about isn't what was originally posted, it is a PHENOM II X4 925 Deneb 4c, which is an AM3 CPU.
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Old January 29, 2011, 02:20 PM
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That's pretty funny vis a vis the CPU. The HD 6850 will run most of those games on high settings on a 1920x1080 resolution, if you don't go crazy on the AA etc. I don't know about absolutely maxing everything out on new games coming out like Metro 2033 etc. though. The GTX 560 should do the same.

If you really want to max everything out without fear for about a year and have a super fast card then look at the HD 6950s, 1GB or 2GB. Give it a few weeks and the prices should be in the $250 range.

Personally I'd just grab a HD 6850 open box for $150 or something =).
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Old January 29, 2011, 03:31 PM
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I think for $250 I'd take the GTX 560 Ti

NCIX.com - Buy MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr OC 880MHZ 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini-HDMI DX11 PCI-E Video Card - N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC In Canada.
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Old January 29, 2011, 05:00 PM
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I've honestly never owned anything other than AMD/ATI aside from some motherboards having Nvidia chipsets and such, so i have no experience when it comes to Nvidia cards and that sort of thing.

Can u guys tell me what sort of differences i would notice with an Nvidia card in comparison to the AMD/ATI cards? I know that Nvidia has PhysX and Cuda and that sort of stuff that i've read up on through just browing online and stuff, but what actually sets the two apart?

I also don't understand how the Nvidia cards are rated for core speeds and such, there alot different then the ATI cards i'm used too. I might end up getting a 6850 for the moment just for the sake of price and possibly doing a "re-upgrade" once AMD comes out with their AM3+ CPU's.

From what i've read on here so far with people comments it would be a good idea to just upgrade my PSU and GPU and wait on the AM3+ anyways, so i think thats what I may do. Now to decide to stay with AMD/ATI or to do a crossover to the Nvidia Realm?

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Old January 29, 2011, 07:16 PM
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First off, what brand/model is the PSU you picked up?

Secondly, its nice to know your CPU is a 925, since you will be able to do a stepped upgrade down the road if you like (AM3 CPU supposedly will work in an am3+ board)

3rd, definetly suggest just the PSU/GPU upgrade for now. A 6850 should do fine at your resolution, though you may not be able to max settings. It will still be a massive jump from a 4650. That said, if you are planning on crossfire I think a single 6950/gtx560 would be a better plan. Also, remeber if you plan on doing a crossfire/SLI setup that motherboards usually only support one or the other (for future purchases).

Summary, any of the graphics cards that have been mentioned so far are decent bang for buck and will be a big step up for you. Get the best card that is resonably in your budget and I am sure you will be happy.
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Old January 29, 2011, 07:42 PM
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its not a namebrand that i'm familiar with, he said he picked it up off of newegg a year or so ago to run the 5870 he had, but he upgraded to the aforementioned Kingwin 1000w.

Its a Raidmax 730w Modular PSU, and he said he never had a hiccup or anything with it, and i got it off him for $50, where as he paid between $80-100 new for it.

There is a 6850 on newegg right now - Newegg.ca - ASUS EAH6850 DC/2DIS/1GD5/V2 Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
This has a $20 mail-in rebate with it till the 31st of the month, seems like a really good deal for the card.

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Also just found this GTX 460 1gb OC on newegg on sale - Newegg.ca - EVGA 01G-P3-1366-TR GeForce GTX 460 SE (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Theres a $20 mail-in rebate with this one too.

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The only other thing i have is that my computer started giving me an error msg on startup after i transfered it a month ago out of its original case into the one i have it in now. On boot-up it always requires me to press F2 to get into the boot sequence stating something about the CPU fan not working, thought when i look in the side window its running like normal.

So i'd either like to know what i can do about it if its the fan, or if i should just outright replace it with an aftermarket cooling unit.

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Old January 30, 2011, 05:46 AM
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The 6850 you linked to is a decent price for a great card (excellent heatsink from what I have read).

The gtx 460 you linked to would be a pass in my books. Its an SE model. Read some reviews on a gx 460 1gb SE and you will see what I mean. If you are going for a 460 go for a 1gb non-SE. Best price I can see on one right now is this LINK.
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Old January 30, 2011, 06:47 AM
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How about this - Newegg.ca - Galaxy 60XMH6HS3HMW GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) GC 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
By the looks of some benchmarks and reviews, at 1920x1080 the 768mb ram is more than sufficient for most games on high to max detail.

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Old January 30, 2011, 08:31 AM
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I don't have personal experience with Galaxy cards, but I do know it's a lower tier company. It may pay off to go with ASUS, EVGA, Gigabyte, or MSI if you want your card to last in the long run.
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