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June 12, 2010 8:45:43 PM

Which card would yield the best results for gaming over the 4870 that I have it is a HIS 4870 with 1GB of 256-bit GDDR5, I have $225.00 to spend on this...for set-up see signature

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June 12, 2010 8:48:09 PM

A HD 5850 will give you almost double performance of your it would be a good upgrade.
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June 12, 2010 10:13:57 PM

Maybe you could consider a 5830 if the 5850 is too expensive. HIS makes a very, very good card here:
I've never had a single problem with any of my HIS products, and the 5830 will give a nice performance boost over what you have now.
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June 13, 2010 1:26:24 AM

Get another used 4870. Great performance at a damn good price. Better than 5830, and just as good or better than 5850. Your powersupply might be cutting it.
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June 13, 2010 7:42:12 AM

Sell your 4870 and get a single HD5850...
2x HD4870 would be great, but will draw more power and produce more heat...
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June 13, 2010 8:48:21 AM

OK lets put it this way.
If you can afford a 5850,then sell your 4870 and get it.Otherwise get another 4870 and CrossFire,both will give you roughly the same performance(2x4870 would be about 10%-15% faster)but 2 4870's will produce more heat,more noise and have more power consumption
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June 13, 2010 10:22:05 PM

For the money, a second 4870 would probably be the way to go, but you'll want something bigger than a 550-watt PSU if that's what you're planning on. The only problem with this, that nobody seems to have paid attention to, is the fact that your motherboard only supports a single graphics card. :??: 

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ASUS M3A78-CM,X4 940 BE@3.6GHz,4GB G.Skill@800mhz,HIS 4870 1GB GDDR5,OCZ Fatality 550watt, 640GB WD Black, Win 7

I'm still sticking to my theory that you should get a 5850 if you can get the money for one, and if not, then go with a 5830.

HIS 5830
HIS 5850
No, I'm not an HIS fanboy. Those are just IMO the best cards in their price ranges, and they both happen to be from HIS. :p 
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June 13, 2010 11:43:52 PM

Hey guys, before any else suggest getting another HD 4870 you should know that the ASUS M3A78-CM is a M-ATX mobo and does not support X-Fire.

It does support Hybrid X-Fire, but that's with the onboard video chip.
June 15, 2010 1:45:33 PM

Thanks 5850 it is......Now to get that pesky money on hand to make that purchase...Thanks for the Input !!!!