I need help choosing a graphics card!

I am building a PC with this motherboard:
It will have the Xeon E3-1275V2, and 8 gigs of ram. But I cannot decide on which graphics card to buy, I could go with the integrated graphics, a Radeon HD 3870 X2, or A Radeon HD 6850. I am leaning towards the 3870 X2 because of the low price, and high clock speed, but the integrated graphics are fast too. I would just be basically playing games like GTA IV, I would just like to know if any would be able to play it with maximum or close to maximum settings.
I would really appreciate it if someone would help me decide which one to use, or suggest me a better one for the price.
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  1. 3870 X2:
    This card shouldn't even be still sold. It's a dual-GPU chip based on really old technology. The HD3870, HD4870, HD5870, HD6870 are older models replaced by the HD7870. It's about 5 years old.

    The best value is an HD6850 or HD6870 depending on your price.

    FYI, GTA IV is very poorly coded and doesn't run well compared to similarly looking games.

    You would likely be far better off building a computer based on a Z77 motherboard like this one:

    It's compatible with the current 32nm Intel i7 and i5 CPU's as well as the newer 22nm like the i5-3570k.

    There's not a huge difference in price between a micro-ATX motherboard system and a full ATX board but you do get additional expansion slots with normal ATX.
  2. I thought of getting a Z77 board too, but with the latest bios update this board has almost the features of a Z77 board, like support for the 22nm CPU's, support for the faster ram, and DirectX 11 support with the onboard video, and PCIE 3.0, But considering that I may have to also buy an older CPU to update the bios to support the newer processor, I might go with the one that you said to buy.
  3. Any reason why you wanted to go with xeon CPU? They aren't made for gaming.
  4. The Xeon's have faster GPU's, but because I will be getting a different one, I found a much better MOBO and an i7 processor.
  5. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121642
    Would this graphics card be better than a 6850 or 6870?
  6. It's actually worse than HD 6870. Around performance of HD 6850. But may I ask why you want to spend double on the CPU than on graphics card? I'd get an i5 and something like GTX 570 if I were you.
  7. I would buy a more expensive graphics card, If I new which ones was the best for the money. I just have no idea which one to buy.
  8. Tell us your budget so we could advice ;).
  9. 200-300 dollars, Maybe a little more.
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