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Best setup for a Radeon HD 4870 x2 CrossFire config?

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October 7, 2008 11:34:12 PM

EDIT: not running in Xfire config, it is overkill :) 

I am wanting to build a new game rig that will preform well with very little bottle necks and high frame rates. I only have one part of the full rig picked out the video cards. I want to run the Radeon HD 4870 x2 card. My question is what Motherboard, Power supply, Ram and chip/chip set should I run in order to get the results I am looking for?


Oh on a side note I will be playing World of Warcraft mostly on this rig.
I am also a fan of the Asus Motherboards.



Thanks in advance for all your help :) 
October 7, 2008 11:44:53 PM

wow...you most certinally dont need 2 4870 x2 in xfire to play wow, that is overkill at its finest. a 4870 or probably a 4850 (depending on resolutions) should be more then enough.
October 7, 2008 11:54:14 PM

Ok then one 4870 x2 then
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October 8, 2008 12:25:42 AM
October 8, 2008 6:06:09 PM

Thanks Dirt for the build out.


Does anyone else have anything that like to add or change?
October 8, 2008 6:11:26 PM

It looks good to me :)  The only thing i would say is that the p45 chipset will have a small bottleneck if put in crossfire (x8x8 instead of x16x16). However if you aren't planning on xfiring in the future (and a 4870x2 should last you a very good long time, espically if WoW is your game of choice) then go for it.

Good luck with the new computer ;) 
October 8, 2008 6:58:49 PM

With that said what should I switch to , so that if I do at some point want to run an Xfire config?
October 8, 2008 8:22:11 PM

X48 Chipset MOBO.......

Asus Rampage Formula, or for a bit less "fluff" Asus P5E Deluxe
October 8, 2008 8:45:12 PM

Should I be able to have a stable 60 fps with this setup in world of warcraft?

Also ty all for your help.
October 8, 2008 11:10:05 PM

I heard there were some issues with WOW and the 4870x2....something worth looking into.
October 8, 2008 11:25:30 PM

Thank you for the info, I will check out the WOW boards.
October 8, 2008 11:27:27 PM

x48 mobo and get a quad oc to past 3.4ghz+ to gain full benefit of the card.
October 9, 2008 8:39:27 PM

OK another question, does it matter what 4870 x2 card I go with ? Asus, Diamond...?
October 9, 2008 9:30:58 PM

Ok if I go with the Asus Rampage Formula mobo X48 chipset, what quad oc cpu should I go with and what Ram?
October 9, 2008 11:32:50 PM

I'm building a gaming rig as we speak. Don't know what your budget is, but here's the parts to my third build-
Asus Rampage Formula
Q9550 - excellent value, whatever your budget!
WD Caviar 1TB HD
Sapphire Radeon 4870x2- you don't need 2, honest.
8 gigs Mushkin XP Ascent RAM
CoolerMster Cosmos 1000RC case
Zalman CNPS9700 CPU cooler
4 Scythe SFLEX case fans
Vista Ult. 64 bit
PC Power&Cooling 860 watt Turbo Cooler PSU.

I am building this for a handicapped relative who loves gaming. I have a similar build less the 4870x2(Have the 4870) and a 750 watt PSU versus this builds 860 watt PSU. I play Crysis, Crysis Warhead, Bioshock, COD series, Half-Life series. Crysis, even with the 4870, bogs down periodically, but is still beautiful to play and watch. All other games play flawless on a "28 HannsG monitor. Another excellent value. A gaming friend has a 4870X2 Sapphire on a very similar rig like mine and he says Crysis plays flawless, highest settings on all eye candy. I'll be putting in a 4870x2 in my rig as soon as I finish this whammer-jammer. Good look on your build. Try Crysis Warhead, a great game that plays real well.
October 10, 2008 12:46:57 AM

My build as of right now :) 


Mobo-- ASUS RAMPAGE FORMULA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU-- Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU-- CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM-- OCZ Fatal1ty Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Videocard-- ASUS 2G Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard drive - Western Digital 640GB SATA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD burner - Liteon SATA retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Operating system - Vista Home Premium 64bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I am not sure on my case yet I may go with the Antec 900. My other system is using that case and I have enjoyed it. I am also going to use the on board sound card.

OK last question what should I use for the CPU Fan ?
Anonymous
December 5, 2008 6:06:07 PM

Just a heads up, I am end game raider in World of Warcraft, I just built my system:

Sapphire ATI Radeon 4870X2 2 Gig
Intel Q9550 2.8ghz Quad Core
Western Digital VelociRapor 10000RPM HD
Asus Rampage Formula MB
1100w power supply
8 Gigs OCZ memory

For the everyday World of Warcraft gamer you will run at a steady 60FPS, unless of course you are in Dalaran with full shaders enabled or in a 25 man Raid with full spell details. You will drop to about 30 FPS, still playable by all means but you will not run at a steady 60 FPS, 25 man raids with full details is extremely taxing to your system. So for all of you out there saying NOT to go cross fire, if you want the biggest and the best man up and get your second 4870X2 (and upgrade your chip to the highest Quad GHZ you can afford.)
December 5, 2008 8:13:57 PM

^wow.... This tread was 2 months ago, it is LONG sense dead and buried. Lets not resurrect it.
Anonymous
December 5, 2008 9:17:55 PM

If I have valuable information that I think might be helpful to a reader im going to post it, old thread or not. Don't be a post Nazi.
December 5, 2008 11:44:47 PM

lmao lmao llmao lmao lmao lmao lmao lmao a 4870 x2(or 2 4870s) for WoW just for WoW u could run WoW maxed with a 8800
Anonymous
December 7, 2008 2:28:57 PM

KraZZy KiiD, your obnoxious post clearly portrays your validity in this matter... If you read my post it clearly states that you can run at max settings. HOWEVER, in certain situations end game raiding with full spell details, shaders, and with mods running(recount) it will drop you to about 30 fps which as i said before is still playable. There is no arguing this matter, its a fact I run the exact configuration this post is talking about.
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