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December 22, 2008 6:07:03 PM

I currently have a 4850, and I can game quite well, including Crysis, but with newegg's holiday deals, there's a 4870 at $185 w/ free shipping and a $20 rebate. At this price, I was considering upgrading if there would be a noticeable difference. "Yay" or "Nay"? I'm running on a 22" monitor. Thanks.

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December 22, 2008 6:19:32 PM

i would say yay. I upgraded from a 4850 to a 4870. Huge bump in performance in Grid (can now set everything to max at 1680x1050). Crysis is still being a little bitch though. But thats how Crysis is...
December 22, 2008 6:39:53 PM

s_nova4 you can go the the video chart list at tom's and compare both cards.

I just can't see going from a 4850 to a 4870 will show that much of a differents,of course you eye's are probably better than mine,and you probably turn on alote more setting in your video card than I do. and if you go to the charts you will see on some game the 4850 will do slightly better than the 4870.they compare the 4850 to the 9800gtx.
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December 22, 2008 6:48:26 PM

Nay.
But you might consider; adding more memory, even on a 32 bit OS 4Gb is handy, even though a 32 bit OS can only use about 3.5 Gb of it. Taking the girl/boyfriend, husband/wife/self out for a little entertainment. Or perhaps
Investing it wisely in Prune Futures;)
That last one was humour.
December 22, 2008 6:53:53 PM

Bad Idea........ Good if you add one more HD4850(use in CrossFire mode)....
December 22, 2008 7:43:38 PM

My system:

e4600
4GB Memory
4850
Vista 64-bit
22" LCD

Would upgrading the CPU be more help? Is getting a crossfire board for 2x 4850 worth it?

I'd take a girl out, but my gf just broke up with me. And, it wasn't computer related. Haha. I just have a little extra money right now and thought I'd take advantage of Christmas sales is all. Anyways, I don't really need to upgrade anyways.
a b U Graphics card
December 22, 2008 7:57:12 PM

get an E8400 and OC it to 3.6 which is the sweet spot! BOO-YA!
December 22, 2008 7:59:43 PM

A faster CPU would give a noticeable difference?

What about a gtx 260; would that be a decent upgrade?
December 22, 2008 8:10:50 PM

what! 4870 at 185$?? cant i just buy like 3 of those out it in the microwave then on the press and get a 4870x2??!?!?!?b b b b but nvidia did it! =/
December 22, 2008 9:32:34 PM

Consider this: Is 10%-15% performance increase worth $180? I would say absolutely not... but you're probably richer then me lol.

I like waiting a long time to upgrade, because then its like a HUGE jump. I went from:
AMD 3500
2GB DDR2-533
7900GS... to

Intel E8400 @ 3.6Ghz
4GB DDR2-800
HD4870

I used to get 20FPS in TF2, now I get 150 :) . Good times.

Man, times they are a-changin. I bought my HD4870 back in June for $310... and it was only the 512MB model.
December 23, 2008 12:12:25 AM

doomsdaydave11 said:
Consider this: Is 10%-15% performance increase worth $180? I would say absolutely not... but you're probably richer then me lol.

I like waiting a long time to upgrade, because then its like a HUGE jump. I went from:
AMD 3500
2GB DDR2-533
7900GS... to

Intel E8400 @ 3.6Ghz
4GB DDR2-800
HD4870

I used to get 20FPS in TF2, now I get 150 :) . Good times.

Man, times they are a-changin. I bought my HD4870 back in June for $310... and it was only the 512MB model.



+1^
December 23, 2008 5:47:25 AM

I just sent my 3870x2 back for replacement. BSOD's on 8.11, and even rollback to 8.7. It just seems to have died after 10 months of no issues (so I know it's not the 8.12 Crossfire issue). I'm thinking of using it in spare PC in the bedroom.

So, I"m looking at a 4870 too. If I got a 4850, it would be as fast as the old card, but without Crossfire issues. A 4870 is a bit of an improvement and I don't have a Crossfire board. Spending over $450 10 months after the same is out of the question and I'll never get another dual GPU card again. That was my first multi-GPU setup and I wasn't impressed. Only a couple of CRPGs I played really supported Crossfire to any degree and the boosts weren't that huge.

Right now, I"m just playing LOTRO with the HD3200 IGP, not too bad, but not as good as a discrete card. Should I just use the 3870x2 until June and the next refresh, or go 4870 now? Prices are good.

My wife plays games more than I do, and we spent the whole weekend fellowshipping in LOTRO. We have two kinships we started; The Crafty Rovers on Windfola and Order of Less Important Knights on Silverlode.

The fact that she played the same Commodore 64 RPGs as me, the fact that Star Wars was her idea of a date movie (though we didn't know each other in 1976), made me fall in love with her. I feel sorry for guys with wives or girlfriends who dislike games, especially role playing titles.

No better way to waste time together. Except for a walk in the redwoods, but we don't live in Northern California. It's way too flat here in Texas. LOL
December 29, 2008 1:07:20 PM

does your wife have a sister? ^_^
December 29, 2008 1:17:06 PM

keep the 4850 and get an e8400 instead. Alternatively, keep your money and wait for when you'll actually need an upgrade.
December 29, 2008 2:54:10 PM

s_nova4 said:
My system:

e4600
4GB Memory
4850
Vista 64-bit
22" LCD

Would upgrading the CPU be more help? Is getting a crossfire board for 2x 4850 worth it?

I'd take a girl out, but my gf just broke up with me. And, it wasn't computer related. Haha. I just have a little extra money right now and thought I'd take advantage of Christmas sales is all. Anyways, I don't really need to upgrade anyways.

have you got a good (overclocking)motherboard if not i would invest in one, you could get your e4600 up to 3.4-3.6 no problem, but no its not a good upgrade the 4850-4870, i would put it away for a rainy day
a b U Graphics card
December 29, 2008 3:25:50 PM

if you're going the gpu upgrade path then yeah you'll surely get and feel the performance increase.

now if you're talking about the cpu, might as well get a quaddie in there.
December 29, 2008 3:30:11 PM

You could Crossfire a 4870 and 4850 together
December 29, 2008 3:33:33 PM

wh3resmycar said:
if you're going the gpu upgrade path then yeah you'll surely get and feel the performance increase.

now if you're talking about the cpu, might as well get a quaddie in there.

he could have a good overclocking motherboard, so it could cost zero, zilch, nada, I'm saying is stick with what you've got and overclock your CPU
December 29, 2008 4:49:08 PM

I was thinking of crossfiring the 4870 and 4850 as well.
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