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2 HD 4830 in crossfire or 1 HD 4850??

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May 4, 2009 5:13:34 AM

hai am planning of taking a new CPU..its for a 19" monitor.
the processors in my mind are e8400 n phenom II X3 720.am confused b/w both 2 select wich 1???i think both are around same cost..
so wich 1 shld i take??pls help me..

wen coming to GPU i dnt hav much money to spend and also i need to play most games at somewat good performance without lagging.my current system is an old1 and so i dnt knw much abt GPU tat wich 1 is better n all.so after searching a lot i am thinking of HD 4850 i think tats better deal.den in sme sites it was shown tat 2 4830s in cross fire will beat 1 4850.so again confused.also dey said for NFS n all crossfire wont b utilised n only 1 cards performance wil b taken.so will i b able 2 play such games with gud quality??i guess 2 4830s will cost similar to tat of single 4850.so can u guys pls help me??

also wich1 is better???Nvdia or ATI??wich1 have more features???more quality n performance??pls reply...

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a b U Graphics card
May 4, 2009 6:17:44 AM

Well as for the CPU, the X3 720 is cheaper than the E8400 and for gaming both are very good but the X3 will outperform the E8400 in multi threaded apps...
So x3 is a better choice...
As for the graphics card, take a look at the 4770...It will perform nearly similar to the 4850s at low resolutions and is about $100...So first check how it performs and if you are not satisfied with the results, get another 1 in crossfire...

But I would suggest a single powerful card to a crossfire setup as they dont scale well in all the games...So get the 4850/4770...
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May 4, 2009 4:19:30 PM

is der any 9800 series cards in da price range of 4830??also is ati n nvidia similar in performance..here sme says nvidia is gud while others support ati..
May 4, 2009 5:47:50 PM

The only 9800 series card that is in the price range of the 4830 is the 9800GT, but they are both obsolete now that the 4770 has come out.

+1 for the 4770 and the Phenom II 720
May 8, 2009 2:48:09 PM

Why not just get 2 4830s and crossfire them? They're only just barely slower than the 4770s, and it would save you $40 (for a pair). Switching to the smaller 40nm process is mostly good for the manufacturer, because they spend less per chip. As for the GDDR 5 RAM, again, it costs the manufacturer less to make. It does run faster, but then they counter-acted that move with the 128 bus instead of the 4830s 256 bus. As consumers, your boards run cooler (big deal), and it takes a little less power to run. I realize that power costs money, but you would have to run your PC nonstop for 1 to 3 years (depending on where you live, energy varies from 6.7c to 30c / kWh). Seriously, just get the older 4830s until the 4770s come down in price. Most places are currently discounting those 4830s to get them off of the shelves.
a b U Graphics card
May 8, 2009 2:56:22 PM

I vote for a single card (be it a 4830, 4770, or 4850) since Crossfire just adds more complexity (and if you don't need the extra speed, it is a pain). If you can find a 4830 for a decent bit less than a 4770, go with that, otherwise the 4770 is probably the best choice.
May 8, 2009 3:07:21 PM

EXT64 said:
I vote for a single card (be it a 4830, 4770, or 4850) since Crossfire just adds more complexity (and if you don't need the extra speed, it is a pain). If you can find a 4830 for a decent bit less than a 4770, go with that, otherwise the 4770 is probably the best choice.


OK then, if you're set on getting one board, just opt for the 4830... If you want more power, you can always overclock it. Getting the lowest board in a particular series usually renders the best OC. Often times, it gives you the same max as the highest priced board would anyway. It still boils down to, the new 4770s don't really offer much more than the older 4830s, but they cost more. Besides, if you can pick up a used 4830, you could save even more.
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