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The final piece of the jigsaw: Graphics card

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August 12, 2008 10:04:19 PM

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
August 12, 2008 10:14:14 PM

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.
August 12, 2008 10:16:51 PM

you can look at the 4850 1gb it would help at the hd tv

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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
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August 12, 2008 10:23:16 PM

+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 :)  )
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August 12, 2008 10:23:23 PM

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.
August 12, 2008 10:35:42 PM

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
August 12, 2008 10:56:10 PM

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.
a b U Graphics card
August 12, 2008 11:02:18 PM

+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
a b U Graphics card
August 12, 2008 11:14:20 PM

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=N82E168...
August 13, 2008 7:34:45 AM

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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