I'm planning on getting a new GPU for my birthday in about 2 weeks and was wondering what would be the best choice with a budget of roughly 300$ but it's not rigid.
I'm currently gaming at 1920*1200 and mostly playing WoW (which completely made my 4890 whine like a baby in outlands with everything on max), the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series, might get metro 2033 and also planning on getting black ops.
I currently own an XFX 4890 ZSFC (the stock one at 850mhz) and a Silverstone strider 750 watt modular PSU (not the plus series, just the regular ST-75F)
Mobo is an EVGA P55 FTW which cannot Xfire at dual 16x... only 8x
CPU is an i5 - 750 @ 3.96ghz (Yeah I know, not 4ghz but no matter what I tried, It doesn't like this number at all...)
CPU cooler is an NH D-14
RAM is 4gb of g.skill ripjaws 1600mhz
HDD 2*250gb WD caviar blue in RAID0 and 1*1TB caviar green
CASE is an HAF 932
I will probably try to OC the new card although it is not really a prime point in my decision. As for Xfire, I am also considering it.
I was thinking about getting a 6870 (since it looks like great value from what I read) now and trying to get my hands on another one somewhere in February for Xfire since they scale like crazy and it would still give me a nice upgrade as single GPU from my now aging 4890. The 2 concerns I have about crossfire is the very probable bottleneck because of the dual 8x mobo and the power requirements which are at 700w according to this : http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp
I also considered the MSI 470GTX TwinFrozr and XFX 5850.
What would you think would be the best choice ? one 6870 with crossfire down the road, GTX470 or XFX 5850 ? Feel free to suggest anything else, I'm open to ideas.
I would also prefer a Canadian site and also, I've no credit card so I need to pay in another way.
Id get the 6850 over all of that. At stock, its about 5% faster than a GTX 460. However its max OC and the 6870's max OC are both about the same, 6850 a little higher, so they both give about the same performance. Its also a lot cheaper, so you have less money to save up for another in Xfire
Don't worry about the x8, it doesn't really limit any current cards and your power supply is fine. The HD6870 is a good card but I agree with ares that the HD6850 is a better value if you are going to overclock.
Thank you, I just ordered a brand new XFX (just love the double warranty) 6850 for 199.99 and the next one is coming in a month or so. Another person said the same thing as you on another forum and I decided to go for the performance/value... A whole lot of power and OCing room for a mere 420-440$ can't be beat IMHO.
BTW, how much could my 4890 be sold, if it can still be...