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Old August 8, 2008, 01:04 PM
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Default Second GeForce 9600GT or 2x HD4850 or 2x 3870?

I haven't bought my motherboard yet or processor and I'm still deciding on which to get Processor will probably be either E7200 or E8400.

Now should I buy a board that supports SLI and get a second 9600GT or get a P45 board and sell the 9600GT and buy 2x 4850s or 2x 3870s for crossfire?
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Old August 8, 2008, 01:19 PM
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I would think 2 4850s would be enough for even a hardcore gamer.
2 4870s need a heck of a lot of cpu to keep up... (and psu)
I havn't actually checked, but I am pretty sure 1 4850 will surpass a 2x9600gt setup.

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Holy... 9600gt sli isn't too bad...

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Old August 8, 2008, 02:34 PM
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I say 2x4850, but that 9600GT SLI is pretty good too.

How much CPU do you need for a pair of 4870s? 4GHZ? More?
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Old August 8, 2008, 03:31 PM
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You'd probably want to hit 4.0GHz if you were running a pair of 4870s in crossfire.

I can't afford two 4870s
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Old August 8, 2008, 03:32 PM
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Well it all comes down to price, eye candy, and resolution. I like the 4850 CF option but 9600 GT will be cheaper and 9600 GT should use less power. But on the other hand it will be a good bit slower then 4850 CF.
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Lets just make it both the 9600GT SLI and 4850CF is good at what they do. Go with what money allows. If you can afford 2x4850's then, hek no question go for it, if you can't just stick with the second 9600GT.

Sorry I read your post a little more carefully, yes I think the best thing to do is sell the 9600GT (if you get a descent price for it), and buy a good P45 board, and 2 4850's, that should do it. Actually that is what I am planning, I have a 8800GTS 512, but I am thinking wether to sell it, or run 2 rigs, I could always sell it, I still have a 8800GTX sitting around.

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Old August 8, 2008, 05:27 PM
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4850s, reason - less performance hit when AA turned ON, @ 8X AA these cards r undoubtly fast.

Also remember U can CF on Intel chipset, so better stability and overclocking.

9600GT SLi performs similar to single 8800 Ultra, slightly faster than 8800GTS. If U r calculating performance/Watt then its worthy to buy second 9600GT and SLi. 9600GTs in SLi consume approx 110W, allmost similar to single 9800GTX+ under LOAD.

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If you go the 9600gt route they are pretty cheap right now. There is one on at futureshop for $100, it's a Evga superclocked version to boot.

Future Shop: Computer Add-Ons: Sound & Video: EVGA e-GeForce 9600GT 512MB PCI-Express Video Card

I'm actually thinking about grabbing one but am also leaning towards the 4850...
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Old August 8, 2008, 09:10 PM
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At that price it would make up the difference between the P5Q-Pro and the EVGA 750i FTW
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it all depends but performance wise the 4850 CF will be a good bit faster but if money is tight then 9600 GT SLI should be more then enough.
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