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May 25, 2009 5:56:38 PM

Off to buy a new GFX card this week, cant deide what to get, my 3850 is ok, it plays all my games fine on high settings, with a few low frames here and there but nothing worth worrying about. I am wanting to upgrade my mo/bo soon as well so I want to get a card that has good xfire/sli abilities

My budget is £100, iv looked all on the net but everysite says somthing different ! urgh! lol

please help, much appreciated

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a b U Graphics card
May 25, 2009 6:02:20 PM

9800GTX/GTX+/GTS250 or ATI 4850 or ATI 4770
May 25, 2009 6:10:06 PM

a 4850 is the same roughly as a 9800gtx! ? i thought 9800 gtx's where like top bang lol,
how much better will those ati cards be than my 3850

and thanks
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May 25, 2009 6:18:59 PM

4770 in crossfire is the best option imo.
a b U Graphics card
May 25, 2009 6:21:50 PM

Yes, the 4850 and the 9800GTX series are both great cards. They will max out any game except Crysis.

They will both be much better than the 3850.

9800GTX/GTX+/GTS250 ~ 4850 > 4770> 4830 ~ 9800GT >/~ 8800GT > 3870 > 3850 ~ 4670 > 4650
a b U Graphics card
May 25, 2009 6:22:48 PM

litex said:
4770 in crossfire is the best option imo.


Not possible with his budget range.
May 25, 2009 6:26:04 PM

4850 it is, thanks for the advice, will get an xfire mo/bo in couple of weeks and 2 of those cards
May 25, 2009 9:43:20 PM

marsay001 said:
4850 it is, thanks for the advice, will get an xfire mo/bo in couple of weeks and 2 of those cards



Right, 4850's in crossfire are even more powerfull than a gtx280.
May 26, 2009 3:10:05 PM

just out of interest, on novatecg i think it is , there selling 512 mb 4870's for £100 this week only, also im buying a micro atx case and gonan get a xfire mobo, will these cards fit and im guessing il need some sick cooling?
May 26, 2009 3:39:36 PM

litex said:
4770 in crossfire is the best option imo.


I agree that for $220 total ($110 each) two crossfired Radeon 4770s are, without a doubt, the best performance for the cost, easily outperforming the similarly priced 4890.

However in Marsay's price range I'd say the best choice would probably be a Radeon 4850. :) 
a c 191 U Graphics card
May 26, 2009 5:32:06 PM

@ MARSAY001: The HD4870, like all powerful cards needs good airflow to keep it cool, putting two into a small case is asking for problems.
And two HD4870s' will need plenty of power with a total of 4 6-pin PCI-E connectors. You'll need at least 650W with 52A on the 12v output from a good supplier to run them safely.
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