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Old September 21, 2009, 05:14 AM
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I'm in the market for a new video card, and I need some input.

My current set up is as follows:

Q6600 @ 3ghz
4 GB RAM
OCZ 520W Modstream
1680x1050 res

Here are my vid card choices:

XFX 4870 1GB @ $157
XFX 4850 1GB @ $130
4850 512MB @ $90 w/ Rebate

What's best for my setup? I assume the 4850 1GB is, but for an extra 30 I can get the 4870...will my PSU be enough for a 4870?

Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Old September 21, 2009, 05:40 AM
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What resolution do you game at?
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Old September 21, 2009, 05:44 AM
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I'd say go for the 4870. Or wait tilll the new-gen comes out and get a midrange card then.
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Old September 21, 2009, 05:50 AM
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4870 cheap great card simply choice
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Old September 21, 2009, 05:54 AM
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-4870 for budget
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-4890/GTX275 for a little extra punch to keep those min frame rates high
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Old September 21, 2009, 06:16 AM
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I say forget about 1GB cards altogether at that resolution.
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Old September 21, 2009, 06:21 AM
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Next gen cards will be beyond my budget (which is $175) I believe. I'm operating under the assumption they'll force the price down on curent stuff.

Just to confirm a couple of things then - my PSU would be fine for a 4870, but I don't necessarily need a 1GB card? I should mention I do hook my PC up to 50" TV once in a while.

Thanks for the input so far!
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Old September 21, 2009, 06:31 AM
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The resolution on your 50'' TV is at most 1080p, which isn't that big of a jump from your 1680x1050 panel. I agree that a 1gb card may be overkill, but its only a $30 difference between a 4870 1Gb and a 4850 1Gb, You might as well go for the more powerful GPU and be able to turn on extra eye-candy.
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Old September 21, 2009, 06:36 AM
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I have close to that exact setup([email protected]) however I already had a GTX260, it runs anything and everything at decent details level and instead of upgrading to I7 to get more performance, I went with a second one in SLI, It should get it this week.

i5/i7 is really nice but I do not beleive we are at a point where we are even cose to being CPU limited yet for gaming.
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Old September 21, 2009, 04:18 PM
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Hate to burst your bubble but yes..your 260 SLI arrangement will be "held back" by your CPU...OC that sucker to 3.6 - 3.8 (higher the better) and unleash those GPU's ;) We are at the stage now where the GPU's are fast...start going with Multi and you want a potent or highly OC'd CPU to unleash the full potential of those Cards.
Core I7's rip multi GPU's apart...thats why we have em !
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