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Old July 26, 2008, 11:07 AM
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i've wanted to build a cp in a long time and finally i have the money to do so so i waas just deciding if i should get a 9800gx2 or a ati 3870x2 hmmhmh or should i just go with a 4870???? any suggestions
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Old July 26, 2008, 11:39 AM
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9800gx2 will smoke the 3870 not sure about the 4870 tho
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Old July 26, 2008, 11:40 AM
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well what is the rest of your system going to have, details. I think the 4870 is the way to go.
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Old July 26, 2008, 01:10 PM
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I would just get a 4870 unless you can get a 9800 GX2 for cheap.
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Old July 26, 2008, 02:25 PM
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I would just get a 4870 unless you can get a 9800 GX2 for cheap.

ya i could get a xfx 9800gx2 for 400 $flat
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Old July 26, 2008, 02:39 PM
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the GX2 isn't worth over 100 bucks for a small increase in performance.
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Old July 26, 2008, 03:30 PM
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gx2 should match 4870, if not beating it in some games with physix.
let along a 3870x2...
id say get the GX2.
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Old July 26, 2008, 06:08 PM
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If i was you i would get a single HD4870 because

1) 9800GX2 ($400) > HD4870 ($300) > HD3870x2
but 9800GX 2 is not 33% faster than the HD4870 as indicated by the price
so that leaves the HD4870 the best performance wise
2) If you get the 9800GX2, you would want an nVidia Sli board, since you might want to SLI that the the future. nVidia boards are piece of crap. On the otherhand, if you go for the HD4870, you can get an intel board and still have the option of crossfire later on
3) Single Card is better than a double GPU card if performance is pretty much the same because double GPU cards rely on drivers and engines to run. Which IMO at the moment, is still not very good in the present. Perhaps in the future where GPUs will have physical ways of communicating with each other dual GPUs will work better or closer to 100% scaling. BUt not now

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but you might think otherwise and thats fine too
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Old July 27, 2008, 12:15 PM
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ncix has the XFX GX2 on for $320 after mir (only 5 left) and for that price I'd choose it over the 4870....oh yeah, I did...lol
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Ya, NCIX has a XFX 9800GX2 for $290 after a mail-in rebate. That's a good deal right there.

But if you choose to get another card. The GTX260 or the HD4870 is the way to go.
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