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4870x2 (512mb) build for 2012 gaming -is it worth it....

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August 10, 2012 10:57:33 PM

Hello Forum Members!

A friend gave me 2 x 4870 512mb reference cards for free. They are barley used and looks newer then my GTX680 =)

Would you guys recommend I build a system to support these cards or single cards for today’s games. (WoW, SC2, D3, GW2) -med-high-ultra settings.

This would be used as a secondary machine (possible hooked up to the TV). I have another Main Rig.

I have 2 screen choices:

1024x728 LCD 17inch monitor
1920x1080 46inch TV

Judging by the GPU Hierarchy Chart -xfired they are close to AMD 6970 or GTX570 (which i think can run pretty demanding games at the given resolution choices).

Would you guys recommend using one or two cards?
Which screen choice?
Would you even build a system for this? (What would be the cheapest possible solution build to maximum the cards potential? (I would not need OS/GPU/Monitor)


Had a few good replies and want to hear your thoughts and possible for you guys to recommend a build around either 1 or xfire cards. Lets say money isn't an issue, but the cheaper the better!

I'm leaning towards hooking it up to the TV. =)


Excited to hear your thoughts!


Cheers
August 11, 2012 5:37:19 PM

anyone? =(
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August 11, 2012 6:58:15 PM

Why not build that PC, then pop in a single 6xxx card for gpu-multi-threading and tesselation and higher clock speeds and ram speed access. If need be, you can x-fire two of those. I love the 4xxx seies and own a 4650, but getting a 6770 just annihilated my old one. Much more horsepower.
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August 11, 2012 7:03:28 PM

A HTPC with blu ray for your tv, if interested i could try and get a small build.
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August 11, 2012 8:05:28 PM

Whats a HTPC?

Ya i would love for you to give any recommendations for a build.

I was thinking 4870 can handle 1080p no problems. I would love to play games on it as a 2nd choice if other friends was over at my place.
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August 11, 2012 8:49:00 PM

Home Theater PC, it's like a smaller sizr build to accompany your tv with blu ray for dvds etc but you'll have to invest in wireless keyboard and mouse for your eyes otherwise after using it they'll go like this O.O
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August 15, 2012 4:22:17 PM

Can anyone recommend a build?

Do you think I can get 60fps on high-ultra settings with SC2, D3, and possibly GW2 (judging by the recommend requirements)?

Thanks.
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August 16, 2012 12:59:09 PM

anyone? =(
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August 16, 2012 3:13:44 PM

My guess is that you will be able to run things at around Medium settings with acceptable framerates. There are some games that don't support old cards in crossfire, and I found a forum post specifically noting BF3 not working with this crossfire configuration. And if you're crossfiring anyway, you should read this article:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-stut...

You will definately suffer micro-stuttering when you try and up the graphics.

IMO, given your current rig is fine, I'm not sure you need to shell out money for something that will be obselete in a year tops, unless you go the Home Theater route.
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August 16, 2012 4:05:06 PM

Agreed. Don't think its worth the hassle.

Had 2 free cards and wanted to use it as a HTPC to play games at 1080p.

Guest its a lost cause.
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August 17, 2012 7:47:00 PM

Best answer selected by MrHamm.
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