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If I'm getting an X38 board, should I get an ATI GPU?

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March 24, 2008 6:30:20 PM

I've been debating between X38 or nForce for a long time now, and the general consensus seems to be that X38 is a more stable, better overclocking chipset than the nForce chipsets are. I really wanted to leave the option for SLI in my build, but as I'll probably buy an X38 board, it won't be possible... However, since X38 supports Crossfire, I began thinking that maybe I should go the ATI route instead, as it'll allow me to add another GPU in the future if I get enough money. Here are a few things I've been wondering about though:

1) Will Crossfire benefit me when playing at a resolution of 1680x1050? (22" monitor)
2) I've been looking at an 8800GTS G92 as my GPU for a while now. Are there any real ATI equivalents, or is the 3870 as close as I can get?
3) Does Crossfire scale better than SLI does, in most games? If I can get a decent performance boost out of two cards, then hey, I'm willing to spend the money.
4) Can I get a recommendation for a good card for potentially Crossfiring in the future?

Thanks for the help.

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March 24, 2008 8:24:34 PM

1. Yes and no depends which games like crysis, i say no if your not playing cyrsis on high.
2.8800gts is the best single card for its price, the 3870 is a bit worse, quite a bit. The 8800 gts will do you fine.
3. some say the scaling is better for c/f but if you compare sli 8800 gt to cd 3870 the gt is better.
4. I would get the 8800gts or 9800gx2 or 3870x2 for cfx.
March 24, 2008 8:53:08 PM

3870 (or X2) now and maybe 4850 for crossfire in June. The 3870x2 is really the only AMD card ATM to beat/compete with 8800gts.

What games do you play?
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March 24, 2008 9:22:47 PM

I'd get an HD 3870X2 and a serious PSU that can handle a second video card later. Say, Silencer 750W or Antec Quattro 850W. You'll also need a full tower case with good cooling.

The Samsung 305T 30" was $2000 a year ago, it's now $1300. At this rate Crossfire becomes more and more tempting each month.
March 25, 2008 12:23:51 AM

I've already bought a mid-tower Cooler Master 690 case. It's huge, and I know it'll fit an 8800GTX even, but will it fit a 3870X2? If I won't be able to fit one comfortably... dare I say that I buy a 780i instead, and go SLI with 8800GTSes? Jeez this is hard.

Also, I'll be playing games like Crysis, The Orange Box, and pretty much whatever else I get recommended to play. I really want to use this rig to get into PC gaming, since I've never been able to with my current one.
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March 25, 2008 1:02:01 AM

nerr said:
I've already bought a mid-tower Cooler Master 690 case. It's huge, and I know it'll fit an 8800GTX even, but will it fit a 3870X2? If I won't be able to fit one comfortably... dare I say that I buy a 780i instead, and go SLI with 8800GTSes? Jeez this is hard.


Yeah, it will fit. The 3870X2 is the same length as the 8800GTX.
March 25, 2008 3:05:30 AM

There is also the option of the 9800 GX2. Too pricey right now, but it will come down soon...
March 25, 2008 4:11:29 AM

Rather than a 3870X2, if you can, you should just get a pair of 3870s and put them in CF. You'll save probably around $100 and sometimes the CF 3870s beat out the X2 I think. And if you REALLY want to save money, you could try doing a CF of 2 3850s and overclock the both of them to the point of 3870s as I'm pretty sure 3870s are just OC'd 3850s.
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