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November 12, 2009 11:45:12 PM

what video cards should i get?
a b U Graphics card
November 12, 2009 11:48:51 PM

are we talking highest settings on a 1080p w/ no AA
max settings, max AA and 2560x1600

what is the budget? rest of specs? resolution?

though i would say 2 x ATI 5870 (maybe 3)
November 13, 2009 12:01:55 AM

well its not certain if im getting a 30'' or a 24'' inch monitor and which one looks better AA or no AA?
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November 13, 2009 12:06:08 AM

and say i did get 2 of the 5870s would i need any special cooling? or anything?
a b U Graphics card
November 13, 2009 12:14:54 AM

well. the 30" 2560x1600 probably wouldn't need AA since the pixel pitch is so small, i play on a 23" 1080P monitor and don't think AA is really needed

though it would be nice to know budget and rest of the system
a b U Graphics card
November 13, 2009 12:39:55 AM

with 2 x 5870 you would only need good case airflow, just make sure you have a good branded 650w+ PSU (recommend corsair 750TX or 750HX)
a b U Graphics card
November 13, 2009 12:48:37 AM

5870 is pretty much the only choice right now if you want to get 60fps maxing out crysis.

2 of them in crossfire would be fine for 1920x1080 maxed and with 8xaa, but if you're planning on 2560x1600, a 3rd will likely be needed (though it may just about squeeze through, i havnt even tried the game at that res)

im assuming you have a beefy proc too? you'll need and i7920/870 really, if you want 60fps maxed.
November 13, 2009 1:49:23 AM

i have all the requirements needed for the cards i just needed to know the cooling ide need for crossfired 5870s. im planning in 6 fans and a cooler master case the limited edition warfare cooler master case. to be exact
a b U Graphics card
November 13, 2009 2:21:24 AM

that should be fine. despite their power, the 5870s run fairly cool. they vent most of the hot air outside the case thru a backplate vent, so as long as you have relatively good airflow it should not be an issue.
November 13, 2009 2:44:01 AM

what do u mean when you say despite the power???
a b U Graphics card
November 13, 2009 2:46:06 AM

just that you may expect due to how pwerful the cards are, that they run hot. but this isnt true, as they are cooler than the last gen 48 series.