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Old August 11, 2008, 06:08 PM
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Changes are I won't be able to afford the 4870's... how much of a performance increase between the 4850 and the 3870?
The 4850 is definitely faster than the 3870, its a newer generation card,

The 4850 GPU is a much more optimized chip - it has 800 stream processors onboard, where as the 3870 only has 320.

The 3870 also had its memoery clocked higher, but the 4850 is better at utilizing the memory bandwidth due to optimizations.

Oh and about the motherboard you selected, one thing I'll let you know is that the SATA port configuation on the P5Q PRO board isn't all that great, if you run crossfire you're bound to loose at least 2 of them.
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The reason why I was wondering about the 3870 is because I found a Palit HD 3870 for $125 at Canada Computers and the cheapest HD4850 I saw was $180. Regarding the board, that is fine I only have 1 HDD that is SATA and a one DVD burner that is SATA.
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4850 no questions asked.
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That's what I was thinking too. I hoping once the 4870x2 is released it will drive down the price of the 4850.
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I keep going back and forth over the processor. I can't decided between the Q6600 or the E8400. I will be using the PC to play games such as GRAW2, COD4, Assassins Creed, TF2, Far Cry 2 as well as graphic rendering using Adobe Fireworks and web design, and Internet use. I will be cooling said processor with a TRUE 120 Black and a Blackfire 120mm Orange LED case fan (77cfm).
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Old August 13, 2008, 11:54 AM
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4850 is by far the better choice, specially for your resolution, considering a future 4850 CF upgrade will let you run the next gen games at that res with settings on HIGH. Also the PC power and cooling does come in black and is a great power supply. I would go for the e8400 processor, the games listed don't really take advantage of the quad cores and its clock speed and fsb is quite lower. Plus the e8400 runs cooler and uses less power and has a newer core.
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Old August 13, 2008, 12:00 PM
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I keep going back and forth over the processor. I can't decided between the Q6600 or the E8400. I will be using the PC to play games such as GRAW2, COD4, Assassins Creed, TF2, Far Cry 2 as well as graphic rendering using Adobe Fireworks and web design, and Internet use. I will be cooling said processor with a TRUE 120 Black and a Blackfire 120mm Orange LED case fan (77cfm).
e8400 .

Nothing you listed will take advantage of a quad.
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