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Old May 29, 2009, 10:59 AM
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I've been looking for a while for a new graphics card, to go with a 22" monitor (1680x1050) monitor I plan on buying. I've looked at the GTX 260, 4770, 4890... And a few others. I'm tired of reading benchmarks and would like to see what some people would reccomend for me. Here's a few games I plan on playing: GTA IV, Bioshock, Far Cry 2, CoD4 & 5.. Along with a few more, but those games I know really any card will not have a problem with.

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DFI bloodiron P35 < Upgrading, to GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P (newegg)
Antec newpower 650 blue < Buying a new one (the parts I upgrade are going to another computer): CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX (also newegg)

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Old May 29, 2009, 11:02 AM
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Answer some questions for us:

Do you plan on folding on your video card?

I see youre getting a P45 board, are you planning on going Crossfire?

If you're NOT folding and want the best bang for your buck in a crossfire setep, I'd probably recommend getting two 4770's. Your Antec Neopower Blue 650w could probably handle them without and PSU upgrade too!
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Old May 29, 2009, 11:09 AM
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Folding..? Not sure what that is, honestly. Lol.

About going with crossfire, I was planning on sticking to a single GPU but would like the option for the future. I was considering getting two 4770s, but they're never in stock @ newegg. And when they are, it's not long at all before they're out of stock.
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In that case, since you're not folding, I'd suggest getting the best single ATI GPU you can for your crossfire board, then getting a second one in the future when you can afford it or when you're getting a larger monitor. Therefore, try for a 4870 1gb or the newer 4890 if you can afford it.
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No nVidia recommendations?
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Budget?
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No nVidia recommendations?
you're getting a crossfire board (ATI). Unless you only plan on ever using a single card you won't get many NVidia recommendations. But since you're asking, a single GTX275 will be more than enough for now, but for a future upgrade with a larger monitor or newer games, you'd have to sell it and buy another card. This is why I recommended ATI.
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Haven't bought anything yet, so I could always change the board.

Budget.. Probably $250 at most for the GPU.
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In that case, how many GPUs will you be going to in the future? SLI or Tri-SLI? Please try to give us as much detail as possible about what you want to get and why. Thanks.
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All I want is a single GPU that'll give me decent performance on the games I listed, along with some in the future. I never really planned on going with crossfire\SLI right off the bat, but wanted the option to just buy another card when one just wasn't enough any more... Still really general.

Eh, either way.. Seems like the 4890 (or 4770CF) seems like the way to go..
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