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Best card for 32-42" LCD TV

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
April 15, 2009 7:51:28 AM

Hello Readers,
I plan on building a new system this summer but it has been awhile and I'm not completely up to speed on new graphics technologies. I plan on having both a 32-42" tv and 17in monitor hooked up at all times. I don't want to spend more than 500$ on a graphics card (or cards) and was looking for some input.
I am leaning towards Radeon, but am not sure if I should spend the whole budget on one card and then upgrade later, or get 2 cards to work together. I don't mind slightly crappier performance on one card while I wait to upgrade.. well I guess I am mostly just unsure of exactly how much power I'll need to get the best picture on the larger screen without blowing my whole budget. The system will mostly be used for gaming, and the occasional blu-ray.
Thanks in advance,
Mike D

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a b U Graphics card
April 15, 2009 8:11:44 AM

Can you pass us along the rest of your specs? We need to know if you are going to bottleneck certain cards with limited CPU speeds.
April 15, 2009 8:18:32 AM

Right now I am looking at the i7 920, 6 gigs of OCZ DDR3 1600, and a WD Caviar Black pair with this board:
I think I am between two of these:
or one of these: at a slightly lower price.

I'm not sure if the one, higher quality card will be okay compared to the two slightly lower quality cards on the bigger screen size. I am not opposed to upgrading to two cards later, but I don't want to have to wait for good imagine quality.
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a b U Graphics card
April 15, 2009 10:23:30 AM

Well the mobo is good...
But I wouldnt buy any of those cards over this one...
You can get 2 of these in crossfire for less than $500
But I would suggest you first buy a single card, see how it performs and then buy a second one...the reason is that a single 4890 would be sufficient for those displays...
a c 275 U Graphics card
April 15, 2009 5:11:37 PM

I assume that your TV is a 1080P unit. That will be 1920x1080.

A GTX285 will run anything out there well at that resolution. You can attach your 17" monotor as well.

You will preserve the option to either add a second one, or sell it, and get the next greatest single card at the end of the year.

If you want, get the EVGA version, so you can trade it in for full purchase price on a GTX295 within 90 days, courtesy of their "step-up" program.
I bet you won't.