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1600x900 native res. GPU

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September 6, 2009 5:05:38 PM

I'm just finishing my first pc build and the last component I need is a gpu. I'm deciding between the XFX 1GB 4870 XXX ($190), and the XFX 1GB 4850 ($150). My monitor is a 20" LG with a native resolution of 1600x900. Which would be the best for lasting me several years? I want to play my games in the 1600x900 with high settings.

Examples of games I play/plan to play:

WoW
The Witcher
F.E.A.R 1 & 2
Diablo III (I know, no idea on specs, but that's okay).

Thanks!


a c 271 U Graphics card
September 6, 2009 5:14:33 PM

Your best bet would be to try and hang on for a couple of weeks or less and then look at the price of the 4870 and 4890.
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September 6, 2009 5:30:30 PM

I'm not expecting price drops on the 48xx series until like October which is a bit too long to wait, so I'm going to be buying one of these within the next couple days. Any thoughts on which of the two cards would be better?

*I'm not getting a 58xx, waaaay too spendy for my blood.
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a c 271 U Graphics card
September 6, 2009 5:37:15 PM

I'm not an ATi user so of those two I'd choose a GTX275 but if you must go ATi then the 4870 is better, although whether it's $40 dollars better is something you will have to decide.
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September 6, 2009 5:42:04 PM

Thanks mousemonkey, I just want to be sure that I'll have enough power to play at 1600x900 without a lot of trouble.
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a c 177 U Graphics card
September 6, 2009 6:59:33 PM

If you want to keep this new build for a couple of years, I'd suggest the HD4890 or (as Mousemonkey said) the GTX275, they're both more expensive I know, but they're a better long-term purchase.
From your original post: The HD4870 is the better choice, just remember to register whichever you purchase to get the full warranty.
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