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XFX HD 5970 Black or Sapphire HD 5870 Eyefinity 6

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June 1, 2010 2:47:24 AM

I was wondering for a gamer would this SAPPHIRE 100281-3SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity Be better or equal to this XFX HD-597A-CNF9 RADEON HD 5970 PCI-E 2.0 X16 2GB DDR5 GRAPHICS ADAPTER - 2560 X 1600, 2X DVI-I VIDEO (DUAL-LINK), HDCP SUPPORT, 1X DISPLAYPORT DIGITAL VIDEO - BLACK EDITION
cost would be an issue when getting the black edition since my original choice was the sapphire is the extra $200 worth it?
June 1, 2010 7:44:53 AM

Agree, if you aren't plan to use eyefinity 6 monitors then avoid it, you just wasting your money...
Another vote for HD5970, but it depends on the rest of your system, can you tell us the detail?
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June 1, 2010 3:22:19 PM

5970>5870 big time. Is the cost worth it tho? Probably not.

You might want to consider crossfire 5850s... $600 for very very good performance.
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June 1, 2010 4:58:55 PM

wa1 said:
Agree, if you aren't plan to use eyefinity 6 monitors then avoid it, you just wasting your money...
Another vote for HD5970, but it depends on the rest of your system, can you tell us the detail?

Yea here is my system in full detail
Speakers---Logitech X-540 70 watts 5.1

RAM---G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3

Cpu Cooler---COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler

Thermal Paste---Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

Controller---Microsoft C8G-00004 Xbox 360 Common Controller

Gpu---SAPPHIRE 100281-3SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity

HDD---SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Monitor---ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers

Cpu---Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad

Motherboard--- ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

OS---Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders

Power Supply---CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Case---COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower

Tools---Rosewill RTK-045 45 Piece Premium Computer Tool Kit

Keyboard---Logitech 920-000914 Black 106 Normal Keys Wired Ultra-thin Illuminated Keyboard

I just got this GPU SAPPHIRE TOXIC 100282TXSR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
What do you think?
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June 1, 2010 5:05:07 PM

Nice system :) 

I have those speakers. They're good, and surprisingly bassy for a 5.25" sub. I can tell you I noticed a very big difference in sound quality with them going from mobo sound (Asus P7P55D Pro) to a dedicated sound card (AuzenTech Bravura). You should definitely consider getting a sound card if you want those to sound sexcellent.
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June 1, 2010 5:09:55 PM

Ok well if you read up i got that gpu and it saved me a little money + it has a 4000 Mhz memory clock wowie im looking for sound cards right now
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June 1, 2010 5:53:34 PM

DawginME said:
Ok well if you read up i got that gpu and it saved me a little money + it has a 4000 Mhz memory clock wowie im looking for sound cards right now


You might consider the Souldblaster XFi Titanium or the one I got, AuzenTech Bravura. They're both around $100 (I think the SB is a little cheaper).
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June 1, 2010 6:02:49 PM

What about the Creative SoundBlaster XI-FI Xtreme Gamer?
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June 1, 2010 8:11:46 PM

DawginME said:
What about the Creative SoundBlaster XI-FI Xtreme Gamer?


That one only has mini jack outputs... I'm sure it works the same as the XFi Titanium in terms sound but the Titanium has line in, optical out, and optical in as well so a lot more options there.
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