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GTX 275 vs 4890 vs 4870

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September 24, 2009 2:05:52 AM

Hello everyone!

So I am looking to build a gaming computer capable of running games like GTA4 and Crysis on max settings. I have spent the past 5 hours researching components but I'm still a little lost. I looked at the hierarchy chart and narrowed it down to these cards:

GTX 275 - $225
4870 - $150
4850 - $105

I'm thinking about going with the 4850 just because it's half the price of the 275 but only 1 spot below on the chart. If it helps, the monitor I am planning on using is the Dell S2409W (1920*1080) or something similar in price.

Here are my questions:

1) Is there a major difference between them (or should I consider another card)?
2) What features / specs should I be looking for?
3) How will games run on max settings with these cards?

Thanks for your help!

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a c 206 U Graphics card
September 24, 2009 2:09:48 AM

Well first off crysis at max settings requires an obscene amount of power, so much so that in the review of the 5870 the only 2 configurations capable of handling it were 2 5870s or 2 GTX 285s, and that was with no AA, settle for high settings and a 4890 should be plenty
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-5870,2422...

What power supply do you currently have and do you currently have a graphics card? You may have a cheap upgrade option available by using two cards. But a $105 4850 is likely a 512MB model which wont stand a chance a 1920x1200, the 4870 or 4890 are the best options.
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September 24, 2009 2:57:07 AM

Hunter,

Thanks for the info. I guess high settings are ok :) 

I currently have an imac which sucks because I can't upgrade it. I need to buy all the components including the power supply.

The 4850 is a 1 gig with a mail in rebate. I am hoping the prices drop for black Friday!

Next question: would it be better to have a 4890 or 2 4850 (1 gig each)?
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a c 206 U Graphics card
September 24, 2009 3:00:42 AM

2 4850's will actually perform slightly better, but you can generally only use a MIR once even if you bought 2 of the products so its slightly more expensive to get your graphics power that way and you need a crossfire capable board and a PSU with sufficient power.
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September 24, 2009 3:34:06 AM

Sorry, whats MIR?
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a c 206 U Graphics card
September 24, 2009 3:35:36 AM

Mail In Rebate, sorry about that, its far faster to type.
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