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Old October 30, 2010, 03:13 AM
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I'm planning on getting a new GPU for my birthday in about 2 weeks and was wondering what would be the best choice with a budget of roughly 300$ but it's not rigid.

I'm currently gaming at 1920*1200 and mostly playing WoW (which completely made my 4890 whine like a baby in outlands with everything on max), the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series, might get metro 2033 and also planning on getting black ops.

I currently own an XFX 4890 ZSFC (the stock one at 850mhz) and a Silverstone strider 750 watt modular PSU (not the plus series, just the regular ST-75F)

Mobo is an EVGA P55 FTW which cannot Xfire at dual 16x... only 8x
CPU is an i5 - 750 @ 3.96ghz (Yeah I know, not 4ghz but no matter what I tried, It doesn't like this number at all...)
CPU cooler is an NH D-14
RAM is 4gb of g.skill ripjaws 1600mhz
HDD 2*250gb WD caviar blue in RAID0 and 1*1TB caviar green
CASE is an HAF 932

I will probably try to OC the new card although it is not really a prime point in my decision. As for Xfire, I am also considering it.

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I was thinking about getting a 6870 (since it looks like great value from what I read) now and trying to get my hands on another one somewhere in February for Xfire since they scale like crazy and it would still give me a nice upgrade as single GPU from my now aging 4890. The 2 concerns I have about crossfire is the very probable bottleneck because of the dual 8x mobo and the power requirements which are at 700w according to the eXtreme power supply calculator 2.5 Lite

I also considered the MSI 470GTX TwinFrozr and XFX 5850.

What would you think would be the best choice ? one 6870 with crossfire down the road, GTX470 or XFX 5850 ? Feel free to suggest anything else, I'm open to ideas.

I would also prefer a Canadian site and also, I've no credit card so I need to pay in another way.

TIA,
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Old October 30, 2010, 04:31 AM
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Mobo is an EVGA P55 FTW which cannot Xfire at dual 16x... only 8x
Don't worry about it, performance is the same minus 3~5%. Crossfire away. 6870 CF is the best deal on paper but check if your games are compatible with it first. A reviewer of the 6870 CF in Tom's Hardware could not activate CF for FF14 and these guys are the pros! I also think you will do better by waiting until mid November to see more 2nd generation dx11 cards.
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Old October 30, 2010, 07:24 AM
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I use either http://www.directcanada.com or http://www.ncix.com both accept Paypal as payment.

I personally am going to be saving up for the MSI HD 6870.

Direct Canada has the MSI HD 6870 for $253.46 CAD before Tax and Shipping.

NCIX has the MSI HD 6870 for a regular price of $269.99 but is on sale with a instant rebate of $10.00 until the 31st of October.
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or you could up a bit the budget for 6850 crossfire. oc the heck out of them past 6870 performance.
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Old October 30, 2010, 11:11 AM
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Thank you, I just ordered a brand new XFX (just love the double warranty) 6850 for 199.99 and the next one is coming in a month or so. Another person said the same thing as you on another forum and I decided to go for the performance/value... A whole lot of power and OCing room for a mere 420-440$ can't be beat IMHO.

Thanks again,

BTW, how much could my 4890 be sold, if it can still be...
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Old October 30, 2010, 11:42 AM
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cool. try 100
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Old November 2, 2010, 09:53 PM
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I'm planning on getting a new GPU for my birthday in about 2 weeks and was wondering what would be the best choice with a budget of roughly 300$ but it's not rigid.

I'm currently gaming at 1920*1200 and mostly playing WoW (which completely made my 4890 whine like a baby in outlands with everything on max), the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series, might get metro 2033 and also planning on getting black ops.

I currently own an XFX 4890 ZSFC (the stock one at 850mhz) and a Silverstone strider 750 watt modular PSU (not the plus series, just the regular ST-75F)

Mobo is an EVGA P55 FTW which cannot Xfire at dual 16x... only 8x
CPU is an i5 - 750 @ 3.96ghz (Yeah I know, not 4ghz but no matter what I tried, It doesn't like this number at all...)
CPU cooler is an NH D-14
RAM is 4gb of g.skill ripjaws 1600mhz
HDD 2*250gb WD caviar blue in RAID0 and 1*1TB caviar green
CASE is an HAF 932

I will probably try to OC the new card although it is not really a prime point in my decision. As for Xfire, I am also considering it.

-------------

I was thinking about getting a 6870 (since it looks like great value from what I read) now and trying to get my hands on another one somewhere in February for Xfire since they scale like crazy and it would still give me a nice upgrade as single GPU from my now aging 4890. The 2 concerns I have about crossfire is the very probable bottleneck because of the dual 8x mobo and the power requirements which are at 700w according to the eXtreme power supply calculator 2.5 Lite

I also considered the MSI 470GTX TwinFrozr and XFX 5850.

What would you think would be the best choice ? one 6870 with crossfire down the road, GTX470 or XFX 5850 ? Feel free to suggest anything else, I'm open to ideas.

I would also prefer a Canadian site and also, I've no credit card so I need to pay in another way.

TIA,
I was going to suggest another 4890 in a crossfire configuration. I picked up 2-MSI 4890's for $200 when I put my setup together. Running the Unique benchmark my setup scores 58 fps at 1920x1080. As for selling your card, you probably get $100 for it.
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yeah definitely grab a second 4890 and crossfire.. cheaper and awesome performance wise and gain .. plus you can grab them cheap now for like $100-$150.. then you could save a good amount of dough then come spring time move up to something new.
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A second 4890 would be quite nice but I think you'll be pretty happy with the two 6850's, especially if you're interested in taking on some DirectX 11 titles.
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