HD4870 1GB "VS" 2-4850 CROSSFIRE

BUILDING A GAMING SYSTEM AND WAS WONDERING WICH WAS A BETTER "BANG FOR THE BUCK" ONE HD 4870 1GB , OR TWO 4850 IN CROSSFIRE. CURRENTLY USING A 22'' MONITOR WILL BE UPGRADING TO A 24'' IN THE NEAR FUTURE, ALSO GOING WITH AN E8400 OR E8500 NOT SURE IF THAT MATTERS TO ANSWER MY ? THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR ALL OPINIONS
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  1. just so you know ALL CAPS IS REALLY REALLY REALLY ANNOYING.

    That being said the 4850's in xfire will give you better performance, and are a great bang for the buck. Espically with some of the sales going on right now
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102770
    135 after the MIR for the 4850
  2. THANKS FOR THE OPINION, TOTALLY NEW TO BUILDING, CAN ANYONE SUGGEST A GOOD INEXSPENSIVE XFIRE MOBO?
  3. sorry about the caps
  4. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102809&Tpk=4850x2

    If you want to avoid the hassle of finding an xfire. 2gb wootz
  5. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.146426

    There is a good mobo with power supply combination. If you already have a psu then just that motherboard without the combo should work fine
  6. kelfen said:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102809&Tpk=4850x2

    If you want to avoid the hassle of finding an xfire. 2gb wootz



    True, but it does cost 110$ more then 2 4850's
  7. probably going with the corsair750 psu just because it has alot of good reviews dont want to get stuck, thanks for the mobo will look into it, any other mobo, would probably spend 150-200$ less the better
  8. yeah the 4850 x2 is awesome but overpriced at the moment. It is a great solution for a mobo with only 1 PCIe slot. +1 CF 4850.

    Would an x38 or x48 mobo be a better choice for xfire over the p45? if he has the extra money and if he wants full 16x + 16x pcie slots.
  9. was just looking at that mobo, 16x + 8x pci, would that rob performance, anyone suggest a 16x-16x pci
  10. have to check out x38- x48
  11. the performance difference between the 2 will be minimal, less then 5 percent i believe. For the price difference between the 2 i would just stick with the p45 mobo, and if you are really worried about it then upgrade to the 4850x2 card instead.

    PS here is a good p45 mobo for 115$ after the MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128358
  12. also this combo is the same price as buying 2 4850's but it comes with a free game (from the ratings not a very good game, but none the less a game. And hey, the price is right!)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.144724
  13. ASUS P5Q Deluxe LGA 775 Intel P45 Intel Motherboard - Retail
    Model #:P5Q Deluxe
    Item #:N82E16813131297
    Return Policy:Limited 30-Day Return Policy

    how would this mobo do? says its xfire but doesnt say 16x-16x or 16x-8x keep in mind i am a noobie learning as i go, sorry in advance for the stupid questions
  14. sorry for no link thought i did it right
  15. all p45 boards drop to x8 in crossfire mode. That board looks like a solid board, however it is more expensive. If you want to save some money i would still recommend http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128358

    It is much cheaper, a good overclocker, and supports x8x8 crossfire with 2 pcie slots. However if you need that third pcie slot, or see some feature that you want that's only in the asus board then by all means get that
  16. The P5Q Pro should be fine, no reason to spend the extra on the deluxe
    Asus P5Q Pro $129.99

    What I've been hearing regarding P45 vs. x3/48 is that up to 4850s in crossfire won't be crippled more than a few % by the x8/x8 links on a P45 mobo. Now, if you were spending the money on 4870s or 4870x2s you would definitely want the x16/x16 links of an x38 or x48 board.
  17. i have and e8400 and the hd 4870 .. havent played any REAL games yet... waiting to get paid... but everything is nice and smooth!!!!!! ATI's CCC is a must to control the fans on the card tho!
  18. thanks kyeana! probably going with your suggestion for mobo, that mobo calls for ddr1333, do i have to use that or can i use ddr800, also would i notice a diference with 8gb ram or should i just stick with 4gb
  19. Yep. With low resolutions two 4850 are better. If you are going to 30" monitor one day, one 1Gb 4870 now one one more later is better option, but most propable that time there is something speedier in the market.
  20. forgot to mention will be using vista premium 64
  21. You can use your DDR800. 8gb/4gb of ram.. all depends on the operation system your using... win xp only supports up to 3.25 i believe? or is it 3.5 i foreget...
  22. disregard my last sentence. LOL...
  23. will i notice a diference between 4-8gb ram should i save $ and get 4gb, any suggestions for ram i was thinking mushkin 5-4-4-12, 1.8v is there something better
  24. No. I think that ram is the best. And I did 8gb since that ram is fairly cheap.
  25. At 8x two 4850 may not be any faster than single 4870 and much slow than a 4850x2. The last benchies I saw showed a 15-25% performance hit.

    Even at x16 the 4850x2 would be faster than crossfire on the MB.

    In your case you should look at the GTX 260 max core 216 with is $250.
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