Recently got an offer for an HD 4870. Its about $40 over what I wanted to get a 4850 for, but its an XFX 1gb, so he can transfer the warranty to me so its like getting another brand new, sort of.
I am sticking with a single card as I have a mATX mobo. I am returning my corsair 400cx to amazon and getting a modular since I cant fit the damn cables in my case properly. So I'll get a PSU to accommodate the 4870.
I want to know how future proof an HD 4870 is over the 4850, if it saves me money in upgrading down the line than I feel its worth it to pay up front a bit more.
If you don't own the 4850 yet, shell out for the 4870. Your resolution will utilize the 4870, and may strain the 4850. I currently run a 4870 512mb for 1920x1080 gaming (generally) and get fantastic performance, but wish I had gotten a 1gb model from the get go. Having the second lifetime warranty to lean on is a pretty solid deal, and one of the reasons I recommend XFX to whoever asks: resale is higher than any other brand that doesn't offer the double-lifetime warranty. Since you are the second owner, the resale value is dropped to average, but you still have the coverage. Nice.
I would find the extra 40 bucks for the 4870 over a 4850.
Yeah after searching around it seems like a fair price, plus all the original stuff is included.
And after reading reviews on the 4890 and stuff over the 4870 I cant see myself appreciating the extra FPS, I can live without 8xAA and things like that. Plus I do most of my gaming on my 360/ps3, so I essentially am building an overprice gaming console as far as I see it. I just want to play the games and do the things you can only do on a pc.
well, the seller was willing to go down $10, so I think that is a great option, a bit over what I originally set out to pay (Used xfx 4850), but I think worth it down the line.
Ram, whether system or GPU, only really helps performance when you need it. As in, a game that runs fine on 2gb will run the same on 4gb. But a game that needs more than 2gb will be crippled by having only 2gb.
It is a bottleneck, not a booster. Having 4gb or more of ram on a 64bit os removes memory as a possible limitation.