Upgarding Video Card

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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  1. A HD 5850 will give you almost double performance of your card.so it would be a good upgrade.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. HD5830 would hardly be a big enough upgrade and HD5850 is about $280 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150494 but would be great upgrade.
  5. Sell your 4870 and get a single HD5850...
    2x HD4870 would be great, but will draw more power and produce more heat...
  6. 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
  7. 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. :??:

    ...for set-up see signature
    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
  8. 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.
  9. Thanks 5850 it is......Now to get that pesky money on hand to make that purchase...Thanks for the Input !!!!
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