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What do you guys think about this setup for the 5870

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November 26, 2009 4:17:08 PM

# ASUS RAMPAGE-II-GENE S.1366 INT X58/ICH10R 2X PCI-E 16X 6D.DDR3-1333MHZ 1333 1333FSB SUPREME FX X-FI M.ATX



# INTEL BOX CORE I7 920 2.66GHZ 8M 4.8GT/S S1366



# OCZ DDR3 PC3-12800 6 GB (3 x 2GB) Gold Low-Voltage Triple Channel

Grand total = 550$ CAD

The card that will stay on the board is either ati or Nvidia (Jan, depends on performance, if its a flop then I'll stay with 5870)

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a c 130 U Graphics card
November 26, 2009 4:32:54 PM

I think it's great.

However, nVidia won't be able to counter ATI any time soon. There might be a possible delay on Fermi --- until April!

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November 26, 2009 4:38:36 PM

LOL I hope so actually, atleast 6 months can justify my purchase of a new video card:D 
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November 26, 2009 4:41:33 PM

When the 5870 is in stock and back at the $380 price point, I'd go for it.

Unless you're seriously considering SLi/Crossfire in the future (which I doubt if you're going with a 5870, unless you've got serious money to burn), I would consider an i7-860/LGA 1156 setup. The only feature of the X58 platform that really makes it worth the additional cost is the large number of PCI-e lanes.

The other advantage, of course, is that you open up the option of upgrading to a 6-core processor in the future. Unless you do a lot of processor intensive work outside of gaming, that is unlikely to be worth the price anytime soon.

If by time the 5870 is readily available and the price inflation has been reversed we have some hard data on Fermi's performance, the entire situation may change.
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a c 169 U Graphics card
November 26, 2009 5:00:38 PM

It looks pretty nice for me :)  enjoy that beast :D 
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November 26, 2009 5:05:23 PM

It's quite a perfect match. Enjoy!
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November 26, 2009 5:28:00 PM

See the only thing I'm scared about is, that the PCi E slots are very close together, so you know how 3way sli is like right next to each other?

Well this is basically 2 cards right next to each other.... I like having that space in between....

And thank you.

Oh forgot to say the purpose of this machine

Eyefinity
Gaming
Autocad
3D max studio
Video editing
Pwning css nubs:) 
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a b U Graphics card
November 26, 2009 5:28:30 PM

L1qu1d, check this out for even more performance
http://www.pcgameshardware.de/aid,698272/Geforce-GTX-28...
Which brings us back to the current generation: your full potential shows the Radeon HD 5000 series is currently probably not yet. But that will change - one more reason for Nvidia to hurry with the new generation.
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November 26, 2009 5:35:27 PM

JAYDEEJOHN said:
L1qu1d, check this out for even more performance
http://www.pcgameshardware.de/aid,698272/Geforce-GTX-28...
Which brings us back to the current generation: your full potential shows the Radeon HD 5000 series is currently probably not yet. But that will change - one more reason for Nvidia to hurry with the new generation.



Hmm although the 280 is stronger (and obviously for an extra 150$ not worth it) the gains from the AMD drivers seem to be greater. Although for CF, I did notice alot more driver problems for ATi, and I'm scared of that. I mean for some reason atleast recently I've seen the 4870 X2 perform extremely poor in some places where it should shine!


Either way, I'll be 100% honest, I love this card 10x's more than my 285s. Although the AVG frames aren't as high (even half at times, as my 3 x's 285s), the min frame rate is anywhere from 20- even 40% higher. ( I tested Crysis + warhead, it was on average 42 fps in scenes where the tri sli would do 29/30, which is amazing. Don't get me wrong, overall the sli would kill, like 60 fps to 80, but its just those random dips that killed the pace of the game, I'd rather do constant 40-50 than 30-100)
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a b U Graphics card
November 26, 2009 5:40:22 PM

Yep, single card is always better, until someone can work out a better cpu/gpu/display workings.
Its not just the 2 or 3 cards causing this, its many things combined

PS Nice driver improvements as well, 23% from baby to matured, and with the 5xxx series, it may end up higher than that, as the new shaders are used
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November 26, 2009 5:43:14 PM

Ok so final wordings, Go or no go?

If any1 has any other suggestions about the setup, or might recommend a more convinient Mobo, let me know.

The CPU I'm set on because I want tri channel and 12 or 16 gigs of ram:p 
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