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May 10, 2009 4:39:04 PM

Hey guys,

I'm new here at this site and let me tell you... The best think has happen to me when I found out about this website... I recently solved an issue regarding my Gateway FX 6800 and the bios... But the hard working guys in the forum help me figure it out...



Anyways... I got a Gateway Fx 6800 pc with the i7 2.66Mhz Processor... it has 3gb DDR3 memory and it came with a ATI radeon 4850 video card which i may add is not too bad... but im looking to get a lil better performance out of it for gaming ... I play all games from Company of Heroes to Call of duty.. Im already thinknig of upgrading my Ram to have at least 8 gb DDR3 on it,,, but what card would you guys recommend I want a card that runs everything on high settings and high resolution...

i know i could of gone and read the charts,,, but that can be confusing sometimes. To me theres nothing like the personal expericece recomendation... thanks guys! hope to hear some feed back from ya !


FBRAM
Riverside, CA

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May 10, 2009 5:09:38 PM

Best cards for gaming on the nvidia side is either the gtx 295 or two gtx 285's running in SLI. The latter will give you slightly better performance accross the board.
a b U Graphics card
May 10, 2009 5:11:02 PM

--1 thing, i dont think you really need 8gb of RAM but if you insist, go ahead.

I would recommend the ATI Radeon HD 4870 which goes for around $130-150 dollars. Its a great card for the money and you mentioned that you play call of duty? well here are the benchmarks for it, not bad eh?

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-4870,1964...
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May 11, 2009 3:12:06 AM

Hammeh said:
Best cards for gaming on the nvidia side is either the gtx 295 or two gtx 285's running in SLI. The latter will give you slightly better performance accross the board.




hey bud, thanks for the intel.... but.. what does it mean when it says SLI?...
May 11, 2009 3:14:14 AM

uncfan_2563 said:
--1 thing, i dont think you really need 8gb of RAM but if you insist, go ahead.

I would recommend the ATI Radeon HD 4870 which goes for around $130-150 dollars. Its a great card for the money and you mentioned that you play call of duty? well here are the benchmarks for it, not bad eh?

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-4870,1964...




thanks... that seems the be the best for the buck.... which one tho... the ATI VISIONTEK?.. OR WHICH ONE
May 11, 2009 4:49:03 AM

all x58 mobos can do crossfire. therefore buy 2 more 4850 and have 3 4850s which are a beast. Well 2 4850s is pretty good already. I recommend u to do this cause u don't have to throw away any cards or sell.

core i7 is triple channeled so ram upgrading goes like 3gb, 6gb, 9gb, and 12 gb.

3 gb is already more than enough for gaming. u wont get more than 10% gain from 9 gigs than 3 gigs of ram in gaming though.
May 11, 2009 6:17:13 AM

rescawen said:
all x58 mobos can do crossfire. therefore buy 2 more 4850 and have 3 4850s which are a beast. Well 2 4850s is pretty good already. I recommend u to do this cause u don't have to throw away any cards or sell.

core i7 is triple channeled so ram upgrading goes like 3gb, 6gb, 9gb, and 12 gb.

3 gb is already more than enough for gaming. u wont get more than 10% gain from 9 gigs than 3 gigs of ram in gaming though.



so ur saying,,,, buy another 4850 and do a crossfire as in connect them together?


May 11, 2009 6:33:45 AM

fbram said:
so ur saying,,,, buy another 4850 and do a crossfire as in connect them together?

as in do some research....really if you don't know your graphics card or can't find out what sli is WHY DO YOU HAVE AN I7...the world...is so cruel to me :( 
May 11, 2009 7:11:05 AM

fbram said:
Hey guys,

I'm new here at this site and let me tell you... The best think has happen to me when I found out about this website... I recently solved an issue regarding my Gateway FX 6800 and the bios... But the hard working guys in the forum help me figure it out...



Anyways... I got a Gateway Fx 6800 pc with the i7 2.66Mhz Processor... it has 3gb DDR3 memory and it came with a ATI radeon 4850 video card which i may add is not too bad... but im looking to get a lil better performance out of it for gaming ... I play all games from Company of Heroes to Call of duty.. Im already thinknig of upgrading my Ram to have at least 8 gb DDR3 on it,,, but what card would you guys recommend I want a card that runs everything on high settings and high resolution...

i know i could of gone and read the charts,,, but that can be confusing sometimes. To me theres nothing like the personal expericece recomendation... thanks guys! hope to hear some feed back from ya !


FBRAM
Riverside, CA


What resolution do you plan to use? No point going overboard for a piddly 16x9 19" monitor....
May 11, 2009 7:16:22 AM

croc said:
What resolution do you plan to use? No point going overboard for a piddly 16x9 19" monitor....




i used a 23'' hp extra bright 1080p monitor... i think its 1920x 1080
May 11, 2009 7:24:00 AM

fbram said:
i used a 23'' hp extra bright 1080p monitor... i think its 1920x 1080


A 4890 or a 285 should do just fine. The 295 wouldn't get you one more FPS until you got to the 25x19 res. OK, a few more FPS, but really at your res. it's overkill.
May 11, 2009 10:21:42 AM

i think you should go with what fbram wrote, add a second 4850 it will play every game out there on high
May 11, 2009 3:13:30 PM

ok then,


I guess what ill do is ... add a 2nd 4850 on my machine... Illl prolly need a bigger power supply... but Ill also look into the whole "crossfire" and see what performance gains I will get out of having 2 of the same cards...

enless you guys want to help...

what does it mean and what kinda gains or what will i be able to do if i had 2 ATI Radeon 4850 on my pc.



thanks again guys, you guys are always so helpful!
a b U Graphics card
May 11, 2009 7:28:20 PM

Just an opinion but I think you would see better gains with a GTX 275 than a second 4850. If you got that second 4850, 6 months from now you'll be trying to unload both cards for a single card solution.

Crossfire means more power usage. more heat to worryt about, more fan noise to keep the heat down.
May 11, 2009 8:01:57 PM

^^you would also get better gains with a 4890 than a GTX 275, have you got a point to make?
a b U Graphics card
May 11, 2009 9:31:33 PM

fbram said:
thanks... that seems the be the best for the buck.... which one tho... the ATI VISIONTEK?.. OR WHICH ONE

the different brands dont really matter that much except for very specific things like coolers. however, the memory will differ from manufacturer to manufacturer. if you're going to be using a higher res (i think u said 1080p) i would go for more vram
May 15, 2009 6:21:43 AM

so the 4890 is the best bet....which brand?
May 17, 2009 3:51:41 PM

croc said:
A 4890 or a 285 should do just fine. The 295 wouldn't get you one more FPS until you got to the 25x19 res. OK, a few more FPS, but really at your res. it's overkill.


^ Well that is wrong. I have a GTX295 with 1920x1200 res and if I do benchmarking in res 1680x1050 I get a lot more fps than the 1920x1200.
And a 4890 or a 285 is not even near to fine in res 1920x1080 and in games like crysis, crysis warhead, STALKER Clear Sky, Cryostasis, farcry2, empire total war and many others.

Anyway I recommend GTX260 SLI because is very fast and very cheap and you can OC a lot. :hello: 
May 17, 2009 5:02:09 PM

Why are you recommending he throw out the card he has, when he could easily buy one or two more and get much better value?
May 17, 2009 5:13:41 PM

I would buy one video card instead of SLI if you do plan to upgrade again. You could get another card in the future and then SLI. Just a suggestion. Personally I would keep that 4850 and wait til the prices drop since I am not a hardcore gamer. And you don't want to bottleneck your cards either in the future if you do plan to upgrade. I mean if you have the cash to blow, go for it and it looks like you do haha. *jealous
May 17, 2009 5:28:20 PM

smithereen said:
Why are you recommending he throw out the card he has, when he could easily buy one or two more and get much better value?

I didn’t see that he has a 4850 :ouch: 
a b U Graphics card
May 17, 2009 6:55:31 PM

hell, for DDR3, you really don't need more than 3GB of RAM. (just like you don't need more than 4GB for DDR2)

2x4850 ftw
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