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    which graphics card? help

    right im not sure what graphics card to go for im looking at spending in the region of 300/350
    was looking at the sapphire 2gb 4870 and the nvidia gtx 280 1gb
    what card would you recommend?

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    Re: which graphics card? help

    Does your board support Crossfire or SLI?

    If crossfire go 4870
    if SLI go 280

    That way you have a performance improvement path in the future

    Other than that its a toss up in my book
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    Re: which graphics card? help

    I don't think I'd be speaking out of place if I was to say that many around here consider Crossfire and SLI a waste of time, advocating the approach of getting the best single card you can afford, unless you can afford 2 straight off the bat. I've bought an SLI board many moons ago with this idea of grabbing a second card to upgrade to, but when the time arose, a new single GPU card was available that was better than adding a second card.

    Check out this forum post... looks purdy useful

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    Re: which graphics card? help

    heres the spec of the motherboard asus p6t x58

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    Re: which graphics card? help

    Well that supports both SLI and Corssfire. Therfore I would go on Toms Hardware and look at the VGA charts for the resolution u will play at and compare the above 2 cards in the games that you will be playing. tbh both are very good.
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    Re: which graphics card? help

    First in reply to ajones what you say about going for a better single card over crossfire/sli was the correct advice right up until ATI priced the 4850 at a point where 2 of them slaughter the equivilent priced single cards, this holds true for the 4830 as well. Oh and thanks for the link to my what card thread

    If you want blisteringly fast graphics and money is no option then the best single cards you can get are the 4870X2, 4850X2 and the GTX280 the 4870X2 is well in the lead here with the 4850X2 behind and the GTX280 a close third. If you read my thread (linked by ajones above, updated today) you will see that the 4870X2 can be found for £350, 4850X2 for £330 and the GTX280 for £315. The fun starts when you consider the 4850 crossfire option two 4850 512mb cards will cost you £230 (a £100 saving over the single card option) and will give you basically the same performance as the 4850X2.

    If it was my money and I was looking to get top end graphics I would be getting those 2x 4850's and crossfiring them

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    Re: which graphics card? help

    Seriously, if your buying a Core i7 965 Extreme Edition system with 12GB of RAM for gaming, you might as well throw three 4870x2 cards in just to keep the graphics solution as suitably over-the-top as the rest of the rig
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    Re: which graphics card? help

    Quote Originally Posted by Webby View Post
    Oh and thanks for the link to my what card thread
    Your welcome. Excellent thread, especially since I'm about to use it myself!

    Oh.. and nice one Shaithais! I like that logic
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    Re: which graphics card? help

    reason for the 12gb of ram is im a military based liveing in germany so im intitled to tax free otherwise i wouldnt of made such a high spec comp
    think im going to go for the 4870x2

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    Re: which graphics card? help

    just looking at the 4870x2 looks like the most popular is the sapphire and the ati radeon version of this how ever the ati radeon version is abit more expensive is there much differance? between these two ?

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    Re: which graphics card? help

    Ummm Ati make them, that's like asking what the difference between a nvidia geforce and a xfx
    the difference is that a manufactor brand is a stock card bought from the manufactor and the branded one has been bought by the brand company and has been changed before sold on. (the change can be as simple as a logo and picture printed onto the cooler, all the way up to a whole new pcb layout)
    ATM I'm not aware of any 4870x2 which vary from the stock card, the reason different brands stock cards go for different prices is down to profits, margins and volume costs.

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