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Best graphics setup for under $300?

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April 12, 2010 7:11:25 PM

Hello, I had the HD3870 X2 running in my Core-i7 machine die on me. Now I am looking to replace it, but really only have about $300 to spend.

I prefer discrete cards, if possible, since I use Linux for work and I'm not sure about setting up SLI/Crossfire for it.

What possible <$300 solutions are best today?

Thanks!

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April 12, 2010 7:20:17 PM

I should note that the rig has two purposes - gaming in Windows and video production in Windows/Linux. I'd like to get a card today, if possible, to replace the one that is dead. PSU is a Corsair HX620W.
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April 12, 2010 8:02:37 PM

The best $300 card available is the Radeon 5850.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Sapphire is also a great brand.
You could also go for 2x5770 which would be a little bit more powerful, but I don't know how crossfire + linux works out:-)
The 4870 is more expensive, and not worth it compared to the 5770 now, and the 4890 is $210, which is a solid deal, but a 5850 is a better card, has DX11 capability and can run eyefinity. This is not to mention the fact that both the 4870 and 4890 are getting harder and harder to find.
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April 12, 2010 8:02:44 PM

For $300? Some would recommend a 5850, but CF 4870's (or even 4890's, depending on what they are currently priced at) are probably a more powerful setup. 620W *should* be enough for those setups (although pushing it a bit...).

The best P/P right now is probably a single 4890.
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April 12, 2010 8:06:40 PM

An HD5850 is the perfect card for $300, and 2x HD5770 is the best crossfire setup (will offer better-than-HD5850-performance).
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