The final piece of the jigsaw: Graphics card

Alright dudes. Recently purchased/been given the following parts and have built a new PC minus a new graphics card.

Gigabyte X38-DS4
OCZ Reaper 8500
Q6600

My screen runs at 1680x1050. I want a card that'll fill that resolution with ease on highest settings on games and at the same time be cost effective.

I've narrowed it down to a

ATI 4850
ATI 4870
Nvidia 260
or 2 ATI 4850 in Xfire if that makes a difference when I output to a Full HD TV.

Read countless reviews, benchmarks etc however these don't give a me feel of what I'd see/expect in real world/time. Some others here might have experience or other knowledge.

Please help me finally not need to constantly trawl through websites and forums!!

Cheers
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  1. Get the HD4870.
    That gives you the option to upgrade to a 2nd 4870 in the Future.

    You can't run Two NVIDIA Cards on that Board.
    The 4870 should match or beat the 260.
  2. you can look at the 4850 1gb it would help at the hd tv

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102759

    you also can wait for the 4850x2 it might be 10-20% better then 4850's in crossfire and i would think they would cost around $350

    edit: i think the 4850x2 will be around $400 and it will launch around the end of august
  3. +1 on 4870. ull benefit more from the DDR5 than 1gb on the 4850 imo

    (or if you have cash the new 4870x2 is awesome , check the reviews and comments today :) )
  4. Seeing as the 4850 performs ok at 1900x1200, I'm not sure you need anything more then a single 4850 for 1600x1200. Unless you crank up the AA, I'd just get the 4850. You could go with the 4870, but I wouldn't bother. Save the dough now, upgrade again in a couple of years when the 4850 isn't doing so well anymore.
  5. if you have the money, get the 4870, if you are on a little tighter budget, get the 4850. for your monitor resolution the 4850 will run perfectly (that is what i have and i run the same resolution), but if you have the budget the 4870 will boost your performance even more
  6. A 4850 is all you will need at that res. HD tv output isn't going to remotely stress card. Just as the number guy just above me said.

    I would also return the MB and ram and go for a DDR2 setup. That should save you the cost of the 4850.
  7. +1 4870

    Or spend the money and get the 4870X2

    I have the 4850 and it runs games great at 1680X1050. I play Assassin's Creed, The witcher and Crysis fine.

    If you have a 1680X1050 display, The 4870 and the 4850 are within 15% of each other, but at higher res the 4870 has a bigger margin

    1Haplo
  8. Nothing against the HD4870 at all; It's very nice. But One HD4850 may be all you need to be very happy. And if not, add the second card and your only talking about $300 total.

    I have this one en route right now - $155 shipped AR with race Driver Grid:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161235
  9. bydesign said:
    A 4850 is all you will need at that res. HD tv output isn't going to remotely stress card. Just as the number guy just above me said.

    I would also return the MB and ram and go for a DDR2 setup. That should save you the cost of the 4850.


    My setup is DDR2!

    Anyway thanks folks, very much appreciate the response. I now just have to wait a few days to get paid. :)

    I think I might stretch to a HD 4870, with the foresight of no issues (!) when I plug in my 40ZF355DB tv.
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