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July 14, 2010 2:30:02 AM

Okay folks, here is my current setup:

Intel Core i7 - 860 Lynnfield Processor @ 2.8GHz
Asus P7P55 WS SuperComputer ATX Motherboard
EVGA 9800 GTX+ Graphics Card
2x22" 1680x1050 Monitors
G.SKILL RipJaw 4GB Triple Channel DDR3 1600 RAM
Corsair 850W Power Supply
Cooler Master HAF 932 Steel ATX Full Tower Case

I'm looking for some advice on a new graphics card. I current have two monitors, but I want to get three new 1920x monitors. In order to run three I will need two graphics cards therefore I do not plan on SLI'ing two 9800GTX+'s. I currently have a 9800GTX+ that does perfectly well with Call of Duty MW2 and L4D2 but not so well on Battlefield Bad Company 2 (probably why I don't like it).

Anyway, I'm looking for a recommendation on a new card. This is partly because I'm looking forward to the new Medal of Honor coming out soon and something tells me my 9800GTX+ wont handle it considering its performance with BFBC2.

I am partial to EVGA, but what would you all recommend? Perhaps I should even sell my current graphics card and stay with two monitors. I've never been so indecisive in my LIFE. Help :( 

ETA: Within a month
Budget: Would REALLY not like to spend more than $300. Less is preferable. Convince me?

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a c 179 U Graphics card
July 14, 2010 2:35:34 AM

Get a 5850, when you get your new monitors if you get one with a display port connection you can get all 3 running off of a single card, it will cost you less than 300 and will outperform your 9800 GTX+ significantly.
July 14, 2010 4:44:37 AM

Wow.. I've never thought about straying away from EVGA.. let alone Nvidia. But that's.. very interesting to say the least.

Now.. I know that my motherboard has a Nvidia NF200 PCI Express Bridge. Doesn't that kind of make my board more... lets say.. nvidia friendly? Here is a link to my motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I guess if I went with the 5850, that would allow me to sell my current graphics card unit as well. Also, to be honest... the green never matched my red lit case, keyboard, mouse, and wallpaper, lol.

How much better exactly is this 5850? And why 5850? Why not another similiar number? Is it new?
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a c 179 U Graphics card
July 14, 2010 5:08:28 AM

Doesnt matter, your board still supports crossfire if you want it for the future and will work with any single card just fine.

The 5850 is one of ATIs newer cards, its one of their higher end models, its slightly below the new nVidia GTX470, and is about twice as powerful as your current card. The 9800GTX+ is a GTS 250 which performs similarly to a 4850, the 5850 performs similarly to 2 4850s in CF.

The reason i suggested a 5850 was they are a bit below $300, light on power, and able to run 3 monitors from a single card, its also pretty light on power and would use less than two 9800GTX+ would.
July 14, 2010 5:35:56 AM

That is a very good suggestion. I honestly never would have thought of it. I appreciate your input.

However, I've noticed that a EVGA GTX 465 with 1GB of memory runs a little cheaper @ $250. It performs better, supports 3D, is almost 2x better at tessellation, and..... get this.... it has two DVI output ANDDDD a mini HDMI? Does this mean it will support three monitors? Does anyone know?
July 14, 2010 5:49:03 AM

I have read some reviews and apparently it does not support three monitors. :[
July 14, 2010 6:10:36 AM

Anymore recommendations, folks?
July 14, 2010 7:18:59 AM

I think I will go with the GTX 465 Fermi.. That way, my old graphics card won't be completely going to waste (will be used to power a 3rd or 4th monitor).

No other ideas? I'm seriously open to anything, folks.

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a c 179 U Graphics card
July 14, 2010 3:45:29 PM
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The 465 can only support 2 monitor at a time, only the new line of ATI cards can support more than two at a time. Rather than getting the 465, get the new 460 1GB which beats out the 465 in many benches and costs less.
July 15, 2010 12:39:32 AM

Thank you sir for all of your help! I think I will be ordering it shortly. Aloha from Hawaii!
July 15, 2010 12:39:43 AM

Best answer selected by w0lfATTACK.
July 15, 2010 2:05:42 AM

hunter315 said:
The 465 can only support 2 monitor at a time, only the new line of ATI cards can support more than two at a time. Rather than getting the 465, get the new 460 1GB which beats out the 465 in many benches and costs less.


I can't find a 460 with 1GB of memory on Newegg. ???
July 15, 2010 6:11:25 AM

At the moment, I am trying to find a review that compares this and the GTX 465's.
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