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July 25, 2010 10:34:49 PM

Basically, I was wondering if -- in order to improve my computer's graphics capabilities -- would it make more sense to go with a CrossFireX configuration of the card I have now, or just upgrade my one graphics to a better one?

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Whenever BUDGET RANGE: USD $150-250

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: ATI Radeon HD4770 and Cooler Master 550W PSU

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: AMD Phenom II x4 965 Black Edition, MSI 870A-G54, Corsair XMS3 2 x 2GB DDR3

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

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July 25, 2010 10:51:48 PM

The second slot on your motherboard operates at x4 so I would recommend skipping crossfire. For your price range a GTX 460 is a good choice for an upgrade or if you are willing to max out that budget this deal on an HD5850 for $250 is very nice;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 26, 2010 9:18:52 AM

How much better is the 470 than the 5850?
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a c 376 U Graphics card
July 26, 2010 11:07:18 AM

jryan388 said:
If you're willing to spend $250 for a Radeon 5850, you might as well spend $30 more for a GTX 470
MSI GTX 470 for $279.99 after rebate

The GTX 470 isn't so much better that is worth the extra money imo considering the power/heat/noise difference and that the actual initial cost difference is $50.

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A few frames better, but it sucks so much more power and grills so good, you're better off getting a HD5870 if you want to buy a GTX470.

The HD5870 is in another price category altogether and is a quite poor choice in terms of price & performance IMO compared to either the HD5850/GTX 460/470.

alex8807 said:
How much better is the 470 than the 5850?

The GTX 470 at stock is usually 5-10% faster than the HD5850 at your resolution.
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