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Which Card and technology to choose?

I hv a AMD Phenom II X6 with 4 GB RAM on a Crossfire supported MSI 890GXM 65 with 4850 HD Crossfire onboard card.

I am planning to buy a new G-CARD however I have following conditions and doubts.


1. Budget <=250$

2. Should be able to play games like GTA IV, Crysis 2, Mass Effect 2 and upcoming games with good output.

3. Is this really true that two CROSSFIRES of 512 MB are not equal to 1 GB ?

4. Shall I go for a single CARD my money can buy and forget about the onbaord card or buy a corssfire compatible card. Overall.... what do you suggest.?


Could you pl suggest which card can fit my above criteria.
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  1. Are you saying you have crossfired HD4850s or just one?
    If you have 2 then you aren't going to do better for the money you have to spend.
    If you have one then a GTX 460 1gb would be a good choice and a large upgrade.
  2. jyjjy said:
    Are you saying you have crossfired HD4850s or just one?
    If you have 2 then you aren't going to do better for the money you have to spend.
    If you have one then a GTX 460 1gb would be a good choice and a large upgrade.



    I just hv one 4850.

    So by GTX card you mean I abandon the idea of Crossfire and rely on a solo card?
  3. You can buy second hd 4850 :)
  4. Ndx said:
    You can buy second hd 4850 :)



    but they still be 512 MB right.... will they be able to support the games I mentioned.
  5. Two HD4850s will still be 512mb. What is your native resolution?
  6. jyjjy said:
    Two HD4850s will still be 512mb. What is your native resolution?



    Normaly I am at 1200X800 but I want my games to run at 1680 X 1050.
  7. Quote:
    Forget running gta4.That game need the fastest cpu on planet and not gpu.



    You think a hexacore CPU is not sufficient enuf?
  8. Best answer
    The HD4850 should be passable for 1680x1050 but if you want an upgrade in your situation I would sell the HD4850 and grab a GTX 460 myself. It should be great for 1680x1050 for a long time to come, especially if you overclock the card which it can handle easily and well(usually 30%+)
    You could get a second HD4850 but then the question becomes your power supply. Even if the power supply can handle two of the cards or if you replace it then there is the large difference in power usage. The crossfired HD4850s use a full 60w more at idle and 80w more under load which is a very large difference. If you leave your computer on all the time like I do it will likely cost you $3 or more per month on your power bill which adds up significantly over a year or two.
    If you prefer ATI or want to keep open the option of a multiple card setup in the future then another option is the HD5850, although it is a bit outside your budget. Perhaps selling the HD4850 can make up for that. There's one on sale for $270 right now;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150477
    But they have been as low as $250 on occasion. That card is nearly twice as fast as your HD4850 but actually uses slightly less power under load and much less at idle.
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