Help with graphics card

Hi all! im hoping someone can point me in the right direction in selecting the best GPU... that is of course you agree ive got the right basis down... lol

being the first comp i am attemping to build, and with my lack of knowledge in computers i want to have something that is upto date in tech, to run Windows 7, comfortably capable to act as a complete home entertainment Sys, and great in gaming and wont fade out too quickly, i've been poking around and decided i would build it on the following

MB: gigabyte X58A-UD7
CPU: intel core i7 LGA 1366 or the 6 core Gulftown
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaw 4GB DDR3 1600MHz

i was thinking maybe the ATI HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition
or even go all out with the 5970?

the motherboard has 4 PCIE slots, so would it be better to go dual GPU rather than one big mutha?

any help is much appreciated!
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  1. Either GPU will be great in a build like that. Usually going with one card is more feasible than dual cards for the same performance + you can always add another one later.
  2. so you think the 5870 would sufice on it own?
  3. PCI-E 2.0 is very fast, it doesn't make a difference between 1 or 2 cards.
    A 5970 would produce less heat than 2x 5870s and be more cost efficient.

    I think they are releasing a 5970 with 4GB of memory and aftermarket cooler. You should look into that, mostly the aftermarket cooler so you can overclock it to appropriate levels.
  4. Yes it would! and then when the need arises (new games) you could get another one for crossfire.
  5. lol this goin to sound dumb, but what it Crossfire... if you can be bothered summerising it, is a brand of GPU or a setup of some kind
  6. It is connecting two ATI cards together to display to one monitor as one card http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATI_CrossFire
  7. rofl_my_waffle said:
    PCI-E 2.0 is very fast, it doesn't make a difference between 1 or 2 cards.
    A 5970 would produce less heat than 2x 5870s and be more cost efficient.

    I think they are releasing a 5970 with 4GB of memory and aftermarket cooler. You should look into that, mostly the aftermarket cooler so you can overclock it to appropriate levels.



    so if you had ample amount of money to spend on a sys, would you go for the same setup?
  8. great! thanks for tha help everyone, i guess i'll stick to the 5970 for now then. as long as im on the right track.
  9. Fragdaddy said:
    so you think the 5870 would sufice on it own?


    I think another spec you should put up there is the monitor and resolution you will be using in this rig. If you choose a 22" at 1680x1050 then I doubt you will notice any difference between the two cards for the next year or maybe even more. From what I hear, the 5770 is great for gaming at 1680x1050, the 5830 is at 1920x1200, and the 5850/5870 is for 2560x1600.

    In my opinion, I would choose a card that you feel will get you by with your gaming needs for 12-18 months at the lowest price point and plan on upgrading it on a somewhat standard schedule. If you can buy a 5830 now for 230 instead of a 5970 for 650, then you can use that money later when prices drop, the 5 series is being replaced with the 6 so you can do crossfire for cheap, or have a good excuse to jump to the 6 series without having that voice in the back of your head saying your video card is still great and it still has too much performance life left in it for you to get a new card (of course that is just me, I can't stay out of my case for longer than four months I am always tweaking something)

    If you have not already looked at this article, I would suggest doing so before you make your final decision:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,2569.html

    An older one that may also give you another point of reference is:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-balanced-platform,2469.html

    PS: If you are going to buy a 5830 or higher, you may want to wait until nvidia releases their next gen video card to the masses so the competition will drive down the prices.
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