What brand of ATI 4870 1GB is best????
i am soon upgrading to a 4870 1GB(maybe 2GB) and i was wondering what brand is best.some poeple say visiontek, others say saphire or XFX. really need help with choosing a good brand and a good PS to.
Don't get the 2GB version- it really doesn't give much, if any, improvement and costs WAAYY more than the 1GB. As far as which is a good brand, there won't be much difference between any of the good ones. Sapphire has a good reputation, XFX does as well. The only thing I know of that would really differentiate any of them in general is that XFX has a double lifetime warranty, which means you get a lifetime warranty, AND the person you sell/give it to later ALSO gets a lifetime warranty. Other than that, its really personal preference.
Well, Visiontek and XFX are the ones that come with a lifetime warranty, so that's what does it for me.
I don't know what you'd be doing with a 2GB graphics card unless you have a HUGE monitor and want to play everything at ultra-high settings. For most normal setups, 1GB is plenty, so something to keep in mind. There's a pretty good article about different levels of video card RAM here:
Do not bother with the 2Gb card, it's wasted money.
As for 'best' it depends on your country.
In the US/Canada XFX have the double lifetime warranty but BFG and EVGA also have lifetime warranties. These three would be my best choices with one condition from personal experience: Avoid XFX cards like this:
The cooler is just hopeless: Noisy and hot.
As for powersupply, PC Power and Cooling, Antec, OCZ, Corsair, Seasonic and Silverstone are amongst the best.
Make sure whichever unit you purchase has two 6 pin PCI-E connectors ( required for the HD4870) and about 550-600Watts output, more might be nice but might be wasted money.
The best AT 4870 card would definitely have to be the Vapor-X. (Sapphire)
and for brand XFX and Sapphire all the way!
4870s seem to be going up in price and down in stock. you may want to consider something like this as well:
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