Around $1500 System-hopefully



PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Have Azza Solano 1000 Full Tower Case-Win7-64 bit-I7930 Quad Core


PARTS PREFERENCES: Think I want to stay away from new GTX480, PCI-E 2.0 X2, at least DDR3-1600


MONITOR RESOLUTION: Currently at 1680x1050 Eventually to 1080p

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm just not sure which way to go. Been reading reviews on a lot of items, and I just don't know.
Was looking at the Asus P6X58 Premium, but someone said if I X-Fire the cards are on top of each other. I'm guessing that all the motherboards are like this. Not sure if I want to Overlock this or not. Looking for a good cooler on the off chance I do.

Video card I'm up in the air about after reading some opinions. The GTX480 doesn't seem like it's all it could be vs the Radeon for the price. Want to pop in a radeon 5970, but don't think I want to spend 800, but X-Fire 2 5870's is like 1 5970 saving about 30 dollars.
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  1. At your resolution a 5970 is overkill, even a 5870 is slightly overkill.

    I wouldn't get two 5870's or a 5970. Get one single card now, and in a few years if you think your games aren't playing good enough THEN buy another one. At this point, one 5870 will play every thing at max.

    Before any one comments on the XFX PSU, it's basically a seasonic PSU, very high quality.
  2. Would any of that have to change if I were planning to hook it up to the new 32" 1080p TV I got?
  3. ... yeah ... ONE SINGLE 5850 would run ALL lower rez games well and even some hi-rez ... TWO 5850s (crossfire later) WILL run (pretty much "ALL") hi-rez respectably.

    And ... grin ... by the time you buy that 2nd 5850 (in a month or in three years) . . . It will likely be significantly less expensive (say, next spring) ... and a very easy upgrade.

    = Alvin =
  4. You'll be using the HDMI connector (or a DVI>>HDMI adapter) ...

    ... I hope you got a 1080P HDTV but even 720P would provide "fun" game play.

    ... If you don't have the HDTV yet ... get 120Hz 1080P

    = Alvin =
  5. The 5850 (or 470) is where you wanna be at 1920 x 1080.....for 1650 x 1050, the 5770 will suffice.

    The 5850 costs you about $8.89 per frame in Dx11 games (1920 x 1200 high settings) whereas the 470 costs you $9.08 making them pretty competitive. The 5850 beats the 470 in Metro 2033, the 470 takes the flag in the other DX11 games.....but again, it's very competitive. The 470 doesn't do as well in DX10 games. Given your case and PSU sizes, power and heat of the 470 shouldn't be problematic to other than your electric bill :)

    For comparison purposes, this is easy to remember ...... a 100 watt light bulb burning 20 hours a week would cost you about a buck a month (average US electric cost) .

    And when you hook that TV up, peeps are often disappointed as they expected to sit much closer and when they do, everything is grainy..... you are going to have to sit some 8 feet away.
  6. Card I'm going to be rolling with will by the 5870, so it's good. And sometime down the road if I get another one I'm pretty set.
  7. Case though has 5 fans and the XFX Power supply has only 3 peripheral connectors, which I'm assuming is the molex? Would it be batter to go with the Corsair for 175?
    CORSAIR CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

    Also how important is it now to have USB 3.0 and Sata 3.0 on a MB?
  8. Sounds like you are committed to gaming "hard", in the future, so, yeah ... but you could do this and be MORE than just fine for 2x5870 and you can split the molex connectors for $2 each "Y" adapter.
  9. You would even be totally safe (2x5870) if you did THIS . . .
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