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January 14, 2014 2:13:14 AM

Hey all,

I just got 2 ATI HD 4850 512MB and currently have a Nvidia 9800GT 512MB in my PC.

I only have 1 PCI slot for 1 Graphics Card and would like to know if I should replace my Motherboard to run two ATI 4850's or just stick to my single Nvidia? I can give specs of PC ect if needed. c:
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January 14, 2014 2:20:36 AM

4850 is better than 9800GT. checkout this graphics card hierarchy chart and you will understand.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

So even if you don't want to change your motherboard, just running a single 4850 will give you better performance than a single 9800GT
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January 14, 2014 2:26:42 AM

Just run a single 4850. I don't think it will be worth getting a new board just to use a second card.

Going to need to know your budget and more system specs if you want to upgrade anything.
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January 14, 2014 2:27:15 AM

Muku said:
4850 is better than 9800GT. checkout this graphics card hierarchy chart and you will understand.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

So even if you don't want to change your motherboard, just changing the GPUs will give you better performance


Alright, that sounds like a good idea. If I was to change my Motherboard to house 2 PCI slots for the GPU's, does that mean I would have to scrap my 8 Core CPU?

I am looking to fairly high end games which Is why I'd prefer to have the 2 ATI's hooked up for dual performance, but I do not know much about crossfire or how it works. At the moment, I can run things like Just Cause 2 on max without lag or tearing but can't run, say, BF4 or Arkham City.
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January 14, 2014 2:30:17 AM

huilun02 said:
Just run a single 4850. I don't think it will be worth getting a new board just to use a second card.

Going to need to know your budget and more system specs if you want to upgrade anything.


I have an i7 CPU (8 Core) 4GB RAM (Looking to upgrade anyway) and, well here: http://puu.sh/6kv1X.png

The money I have atm is about $350 NZD (about 383 USD i presume) but have a part time job, so can go higher if needed.
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January 14, 2014 2:39:34 AM

Dej117 said:
Muku said:
4850 is better than 9800GT. checkout this graphics card hierarchy chart and you will understand.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

So even if you don't want to change your motherboard, just changing the GPUs will give you better performance


Alright, that sounds like a good idea. If I was to change my Motherboard to house 2 PCI slots for the GPU's, does that mean I would have to scrap my 8 Core CPU?

I am looking to fairly high end games which Is why I'd prefer to have the 2 ATI's hooked up for dual performance, but I do not know much about crossfire or how it works. At the moment, I can run things like Just Cause 2 on max without lag or tearing but can't run, say, BF4 or Arkham City.


I don't know your cpu model but if you already have a 8 core cpu then there's no need to change it, it can easily handle two cards i guess.
One thing you should keep in mind that hooking two cards up in crossfire doesn't make your card twice as fast, it just increases the memory available. I'd suggest you to buy a single powerful card rather than two weak in crossfire, if you are planning to use a single display. and it may cost less also.
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January 14, 2014 2:43:44 AM

Muku said:
Dej117 said:
Muku said:
4850 is better than 9800GT. checkout this graphics card hierarchy chart and you will understand.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

So even if you don't want to change your motherboard, just changing the GPUs will give you better performance


Alright, that sounds like a good idea. If I was to change my Motherboard to house 2 PCI slots for the GPU's, does that mean I would have to scrap my 8 Core CPU?

I am looking to fairly high end games which Is why I'd prefer to have the 2 ATI's hooked up for dual performance, but I do not know much about crossfire or how it works. At the moment, I can run things like Just Cause 2 on max without lag or tearing but can't run, say, BF4 or Arkham City.


I don't know your cpu model but if you already have a 8 core cpu then there's no need to change it, it can easily handle two cards i guess.
One thing you should keep in mind that hooking two cards up in crossfire doesn't make your card twice as fast, it just increases the memory available. I'd suggest you to buy a single powerful card rather than two weak in crossfire, if you are planning to use a single display. and it may cost less also.


Sweet, I guess I'll sell my 9800GT and save for a single card :D  Thanks for the help
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January 14, 2014 2:46:38 AM

i7 is not bad. For a worthwhile processor upgrade you will also need a new board. And a new board means you need a new copy of Windows. Likewise getting a new board to accommodate an extra card is not worth it because it's not really a new board anymore.

I suggest getting a new graphics card if you want more gaming performance. The R9 270X, HD 7870 or GTX 660 should be within your budget.
Here's one I could find http://www.pcforce.co.nz/sapphire-radeon-r9-270x-bf4-ve...

I'm not familiar with NZ stores. That card I linked comes with free copy of BF4. It will run the game nicely at high settings 1080p.
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January 14, 2014 2:52:46 AM

Hmm, that does look mighty fine, but the price of graphics cards are quite high as I'm only on minimum wage hahaha.

Yeah, I kinda figured getting a new board wouldn't be worth it.
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