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Need help choosing graphics card! Suggestions :D ?

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July 16, 2010 5:17:04 AM

Hello Everyone!
I'm planning my next build which so far involves the following:

Corsair Obsidian 800D case
MSI Big Bang-X Power mobo
Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz cpu
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 psu

What can you guys suggest for me, say between 300-400 dollars?
I already saw the articles posted for this on the website (Toms Hardware monthly GPU round-up) but wasn't too positive about it.
I have always used Nvidia but I am now considering switching to ATI.
Would you suggest weaker cards in SLI/Crossfire? Or heavier solo cards?

Side question: What do you think about the PSU? anything cheaper for the same quality?
a c 153 U Graphics card
July 16, 2010 5:28:47 AM

God, I want that case so bad... I've been waiting for it to drop in price for EVER.

Anyway, for 400 bucks I don't think you can go wrong with dual 460s ;) 
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a c 130 U Graphics card
July 16, 2010 5:36:27 AM

If you're going with a Crossfire setup, I wouldn't skimp on the PSU.

For $400 you could get an HD5870, which would be the best at your price range.
July 16, 2010 5:37:03 AM

The case was the first to go on the list. I'm budgeting around it LOL.
I thought about dual 460's for sure.... However I am worried that like my 280, they might run hot (which has sometimes led to artifacts in my case). What do you think (I see you have them)?
Thanks ;) 
July 16, 2010 5:40:29 AM

OK so I'm juggling between dual GTX 460's and an HD5870, I'll try to find some relevant benchmark records and see how they differ.
@foscooter: I'm thinking about G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800).
a c 153 U Graphics card
July 16, 2010 5:43:13 AM

thegoat said:
The case was the first to go on the list. I'm budgeting around it LOL.
I thought about dual 460's for sure.... However I am worried that like my 280, they might run hot (which has sometimes led to artifacts in my case). What do you think (I see you have them)?
Thanks ;) 


I have 260's ha.

Anyway, you're not going to run into heat issues with that case.

The 5870 is a great choice too.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/3810/nvidias-geforce-gtx-...
a b U Graphics card
July 16, 2010 5:46:51 AM

The 800D is a great case, but you'll be stupid not to give the HAF-X a good look, I really love the USB 3.0 on the front panel.

Graphics wise the GTX 460 SLI/5870 is the only real options, you should also consider 5830 CF though.
a c 130 U Graphics card
July 16, 2010 5:47:33 AM

Oh no, my bad. They were too busy using ATI's 10.3a drivers when they went out of their way to use nVidia's latest beta.

How nice.
July 16, 2010 5:56:35 AM

I think I'm sold on the dual 460's. Thank you everyone!

.... Why is there no option for best answer?.............
a b U Graphics card
July 16, 2010 6:09:05 AM

thegoat said:
I think I'm sold on the dual 460's. Thank you everyone!

.... Why is there no option for best answer?.............

GTX 460 1gb in SLI is a great choice, and that PSU is a very good one.It should be able to handle them fine.Here is a review for more information:
http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=25498
a b U Graphics card
July 16, 2010 6:11:22 AM

dual 460s gets my vote. however, if an upgrade atm isnt very necessary, id wait it out for the 475.
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