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Best video card for a Core I7 930 build?

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July 9, 2010 3:04:36 PM

Hello,
I was wondering which video card to go with for my Core I7 930 build.

Sapphire 100282-2GTXSR or HIS H587FNT1GDG?

The Sapphire is a Radeon 5850 with 2GB memory, and the HIS is a Radeon 5870 with 1GB memory.

What is the better deal and why for the build I am going with?
July 9, 2010 3:08:11 PM

the 5850 would be nice. You can overclock it like a dream, and it is the 2GB version, so itll have some advantages...
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July 9, 2010 3:28:31 PM

Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

With a very similar price of the 5850 2GB u can get the 5870 that have better specs so I would go with the 5870.
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July 9, 2010 3:52:40 PM

+1 for the HD 5870.
The only thing I'd consider the 5850 2GB model for would be a 3-monitor EyeFinity setup.
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July 16, 2010 4:17:00 AM

Which 5870 should I get? Is the HIS model I'm looking at the better deal?

I am also looking at the 5970, but I'm not sure if it would fit into the CM 690 II Advanced case I want to use. It looks like I could take out the bottom 4 hard drive bays, but I don't know of a motherboard that will let me use one of the lower PCI Express x 16 slots with a single "long" video card to where it would fit in the case. Most motherboards "recommend" using the first (top) PCI Express x 16 slot with single card systems, and in this case that would be right up against the top two drive bays in that case.

Do you guys know of a good X58 LGA 1366 mobo that I could use to pull this off if I decided to go with a 5970?
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July 16, 2010 8:24:54 AM

Take a look at the nVidia GTX460. EVGA is a good brand.
http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=955

If you decide to buy the ATI 5870, HIS or Sapphire are the brands that I recommend.
The 5970 doesn't fit in the CM 690II Advanced. The maximum lengh is 30cm aprox. and the 5970 is 34cm. The HAF922 would be an alternative because it supports up to 37cm cards.

Here you have a video review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bszPOf0U6KI

Concerning the mobo, the ASUS P6X58D-E is a good choice. This site has an interesting article about this matter:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/x58-usb-3.0-sata-6-...
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July 16, 2010 12:32:21 PM

Henry Chinaski said:
Take a look at the nVidia GTX460. EVGA is a good brand.
http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=955

If you decide to buy the ATI 5870, HIS or Sapphire are the brands that I recommend.
The 5970 doesn't fit in the CM 690II Advanced. The maximum lengh is 30cm aprox. and the 5970 is 34cm. The HAF922 would be an alternative because it supports up to 37cm cards.

Here you have a video review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bszPOf0U6KI

Concerning the mobo, the ASUS P6X58D-E is a good choice. This site has an interesting article about this matter:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/x58-usb-3.0-sata-6-...


i agree with some of that in general, but as far as brands go for the 5870, id go with asus and msi, voltage control and all, and the best is:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

as far as case go, id go with these:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and as far as mobo, the msi i linked is the best i7 mobo for the money, hands down:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...






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July 16, 2010 1:43:34 PM

I would go with this SAPPHIRE Vapor-X or the HIS that u selected in the 1st post.

IMO I don't think that he need 6 PCI-E slot, so the MSI mobo is a wasted of money.
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July 16, 2010 2:34:42 PM

how exactly is that mobo a waste of money, when its $10 cheaper than the asus P6X58D? probably the most popular i7 board. and the asus is much better than the vapor x.
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July 16, 2010 2:49:31 PM

^The P6X58D Premiun is also overprice, the P6X58D-E is a little more cheap or even the Gigabyte UD3R can do the job without problems.

Can u explain me why the ASUS is better that the Vapor X?
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July 16, 2010 3:04:15 PM

as far as the board goes, its up to him how much he wants to spend, both are solid, just the MSI is better as well as being 30 or 40$ more expensive. the P6X58D-E is good, however he should also look into these:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

that new MSI looks very appealing, maybe just cuz im a MSI fanboy :lol:  and to my knowledge, correct me if im wrong about the vapor x series, but they dont have voltage control. thats the main thing, one might cool better than the other, probably both are very good, but id put my money on the Asus cooling better. heres a review about it, take what you will from it:

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

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July 16, 2010 3:17:39 PM

You are right, both ASUS and Vapor-X are very good, even the ASUS is more cheap with MIR but I still prefer the Vapor-X since is a very good OC GPU and have a little better specs ;) 
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July 16, 2010 3:20:21 PM

saint19 said:
You are right, both ASUS and Vapor-X are very good, even the ASUS is more cheap with MIR but I still prefer the Vapor-X since is a very good OC GPU and have a little better specs ;) 


haha, fair enough. although they both likely reach the same maximum oc as far as stock voltage, but the asus has voltage control, so past that, it wins. although i have to admit, the asus is pretty ugly :lol: 
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