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2 GTX 285; 2 4870x2; 3 4870

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February 28, 2009 4:26:14 PM

i can't decide wat to do should i get 2 GTX 285, 2 4870x2 or 3 4870

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February 28, 2009 4:27:26 PM

resolution system setup and use of system.

4870 X2 quad, absolutely not. I wouldn't recommend that even for high resolution users. Stay away from quad setups, they don't yield their price.
February 28, 2009 5:01:54 PM

alright 4870x2 out, GTX or 4870
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February 28, 2009 5:11:56 PM

L1qu1d said:
resolution system setup and use of system.

a b U Graphics card
February 28, 2009 5:25:11 PM

Yeah c'mon i'm waiting in anticipation. Personally i'd go for the 2x 285, at the end of the day what game is gonna need more than that. Also if you can accomodate 3 x 4870 it leaves you with 1 spare PCiE. Go for it.

Now I'm jealous!!!!!!!
February 28, 2009 6:01:46 PM

right, I'm doing this from my phone so it's all from memory

Core i7 2.66
OCZ SSD 30gb
OCZ XMP (3x2Gb)
Asus P6T6
Western Digital Caviar 1Tb
Antech Twelve Hundred case

I think that's all, feel free to reply on any part of the computer also I will be playing all types of games from COD and Crysis to Diablo 3(when it comes)

hope I'm not missing anything
February 28, 2009 8:14:49 PM

How bout 3 gtx280s ? It beats all those setups .
a c 530 U Graphics card
February 28, 2009 8:40:14 PM

A single GTX295 will play anything well. You pay a bunch for decreasing returns in performance after that. Possibly more might be useful if you have a 2560x1600 monitor. Then , the sli gtx285 might be in order.

Today, the only really good SSD for the OS is the intel X25-M or E. The others suffer from big problems when writing.
If you can't afford that, I suggest a velociraptor, or possibly a 1tb wd caviar black for just the os, and plan on using only the fastest 10% of the drive..
February 28, 2009 8:44:07 PM

too expensive
a c 530 U Graphics card
February 28, 2009 8:46:06 PM

jjbtexas said:
too expensive

for what?
February 28, 2009 8:51:06 PM

3x gtx280 is too expensive

how does write time effect booting the OS?
February 28, 2009 10:11:22 PM

alright revised

Antec Twelve Hundred Steel
Western Digital Caviar 1Tb
Western Digital VelociRaptor 300Gb
2x EVGA GTX 285 SSC Edition 1GB
SILVERSTONE 1000w
OCZ 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1333
ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution X58
Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz
XP Pro SP3

once again feel free to respond on all parts of the pc

a c 530 U Graphics card
February 28, 2009 10:41:00 PM

jjbtexas said:
alright revised

Antec Twelve Hundred Steel
Western Digital Caviar 1Tb
Western Digital VelociRaptor 300Gb
2x EVGA GTX 285 SSC Edition 1GB
SILVERSTONE 1000w
OCZ 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1333
ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution X58
Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz
XP Pro SP3

once again feel free to respond on all parts of the pc


Looks reasonable to me. But:

I would get vista home premium 64 bit instead.
Why invest in xp which is no longer being developed?

Is there any compelling feature on the workstation version that you need? The basic P6T version would seem to be very good at a lower price.

Go for a good 30" monitor.

---good luck---
March 1, 2009 1:24:10 AM

once again working from my phone here

I just need an OS that will recognize all my equipment, I'm really happy with the windows 7 beta and plan on upgradeing as soon as it is released

edit: change of plans, looks like i will do vista home premium 64bit after all
March 1, 2009 3:57:12 PM

ok one last question
1920x1080

2x GTX 285
or
1 GTX 295?
a c 530 U Graphics card
March 1, 2009 4:26:50 PM

jjbtexas said:
ok one last question
1920x1080

2x GTX 285
or
1 GTX 295?

1 GTX295. enjoy.
March 1, 2009 4:52:04 PM

Depending on how much you can find the cards for, the 285 GTX can be found for around 320$ after MIR if you look hard enough, and the 295 GTX is still around 600$, soo really both cards perform well at that resolution.

The 285 GTX overclocks higher, and has higher bus width and Vram, that might benefit ppl in the future. Also the 4870 X2 should do wat you want and it falls between the 285 GTX and 295 GTX for performance and price.
March 1, 2009 5:14:45 PM

i think i will go with the GTX 295 because i can find if for around $509 and it open up room in my budget (for what i'm not sure)

one last thought however, what if i ran a 4870x2 and a 4870 in tri sli?
a b U Graphics card
March 1, 2009 9:25:30 PM

Funny how no one has mentioned you CAN't use 3x 4870's, unless you CF a 4870X2 with a 4870 (and I strongly recommend using the 1GB version if you do this)
March 2, 2009 1:04:22 PM

jjbtexas said:
ok one last question
1920x1080

2x GTX 285
or
1 GTX 295?


Buy one EVGA GTX 285, if you like it, you can buy another in a few months when (if) the price drops a bit. If you don't, you have 90 days to use EVGA's Step Up program to upgrade it to a GTX 295. Nice specs BTW, whichever card you decide on, that thing's going to haul ass. The P6T6 is a sweet piece of hardware.
March 2, 2009 1:25:31 PM

I'd recommend going with the gtx 295 or two gtx 285's.