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April 13, 2009 7:52:34 PM

Hey I want to build a new gaming rig and am wonder for around $350 with a little room to stretch what Graphics card would give me the best performance and quality. This is the rig it would be going into http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/searchtools/item....

Right now I am considering a few cards.
1.4890 and add another one in the near future
2.GTX 280
3.Two 9800gtx's in SLI. add another later on and have 3 in sli
4.GTX 275

The card would be running at 1680x1080 for resolution the goal is to get maximum performance but also with good quality. I would also like to hear suggestions of other cards and manufacturers.

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April 13, 2009 8:07:33 PM

I'm wondering if anyone has ever come up with an idea to employ some popup message that says "post resolution etc" or don't post at all...

.... :sarcastic:  none of those cards will work for your non existent resolution....

Also you shouldn't buy a prebuilt pc...costs more and you get less of a selection
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April 13, 2009 8:15:28 PM

The GTX280 is too expensive for its performance.
The 9800 route is a waste, even in tri-SLI it wo n`t tax your i7 CPU.
The HD4870 (1Gb) or GTX260 is the minimum single card I`d suggest but sourcing a second at a reasonable price in a years time might prove difficult.
For price/performance it has to be the HD4890 but bear in mind this card can be noisy under load.
I`d say, given what I`ve already written, is get the GTX275 and SLI later if need be, it`s quieter than the HD4890 and is slightly faster.
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April 13, 2009 8:17:35 PM

Thats not the exact PC that was just for refrence Im just leaning more towards a P6T with a 920 i7 and GDDR3 at round 1600mhz and as for resolution Id be runnin 1680x1050.
April 13, 2009 8:37:57 PM

coozie7 said:
The GTX280 is too expensive for its performance.
The 9800 route is a waste, even in tri-SLI it wo n`t tax your i7 CPU.
The HD4870 (1Gb) or GTX260 is the minimum single card I`d suggest but sourcing a second at a reasonable price in a years time might prove difficult.
For price/performance it has to be the HD4890 but bear in mind this card can be noisy under load.
I`d say, given what I`ve already written, is get the GTX275 and SLI later if need be, it`s quieter than the HD4890 and is slightly faster.


Ya I do like the idea of the GTX 275 but the core and memory frequencys on the 4890 are a decent amount higher and has more potential for overclocking
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