but would a 500w be just as good I'm not planning to do anything to just yet and I don't have a lot of money right now and I'm have some what of a dead line to get the ATI Radeon HD 3870 3CF 3x512 MB card its on sale and it ends in a few days and the place that I'm getting it at doesn't have any 600w supply in stock. and I forgot to say what kind of PC I have its mostly used as a family PC and not just for gaming.
AMD 64 prosesser 3500+ 2.2GHz
just the basic stuff,
I have right now Hell Gate London haven't played yet, and I'm planing to get Diablo 3, Star Craft 2, those are the only right now that I'm planning to get, and maybe Unreal and what ever else that grabs me. and my monitor I have right now can go up to 1280 by 1024 planning to get a better one in a few months.
I'm slowly going to turn it into a full gaming PC and a friend of mine can get for me at a place he works at a better price and after the card is in I'm adding a 1T Hard drive better monitor and all in all everything that's in it right now is going into another family PC when I upgrade it.
I would seriously consider 4850 CF. The 4x00 series has much better AA performance than the 3x00 series. Usually, 3 video cards in a multi-GPU array will not scale very well. Sometimes 2x CF will beat 3x CFX. However, CF does scale well going from 1 to 2 cards. I've seen examples of precisely 100% scaling like in Ghost Recon 2 @ 2560 x 1600 with 2x 4850. It went from 31 FPS to 62 FPS.
50bmg whats funny is the 3870's were designed to compeate with the 8800gt's lol, he must have the zotac one cause usually they are very close
My friend has the same card I want and he said its one the best he had put in his pc, and he knows his his computers like its part of him (plus he works with pc every day) and the funny thing was I was going to get the G force 8800 and he stopped me from getting it just look at the Chart/graph section of the site and the 3870 HD is third from the top...
yes, the 3870 was made to compete with the 8800gt. It does compete, but it just isnt as good. I have 2 3870s. i like them. My buddy's is an OC version so that does help, but my 2 3870s are OC versions. I still get better FPS than he does, but only 10-20fps more than his single 8800GT OC.
The 3870 in CF scales very well, but 3CF doesn not. If i were you, i would get 2 of the 3870s and leave it at that. The 3rd card will be a total waste of effort and money.
That must be an old GPU chart. The 3870 is down the list now; 295GTX, 280GTX, 4870x2, 260GTX, 4870, 9800GTX+, 8800Ultra/GTS, 4850, 8800GT then the 3870.
Don't get me wrong, I like the 3870. Dollar for dollar at its current price point it is still a very good deal. Just don't get 3.