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Best GFX for approx £300-£350 in an ASUS Crosshair IV Formula?

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December 27, 2010 5:11:06 PM

Hi all,

I'm in the middles of building a new rig...

AMD x4 965 Black Edition,
ASUS Crosshair IV Formula,
4GB 1600Mhz DDR3,
750W OCZ Fatal1ty PSU
Coolermaster HAF 932

I don't know what is going to be the best solution for me here...

I always liked the look of the NVIDIA GTX 460 1GB, but hear that this motherboard isnt designed to run NVIDIA SLI (or atleats run SLA without being a huge pain)

I know I could get hold of 2x GTX 460 1GB for about £300?

I have been looking @ the ASUS5870 2GB MATRIX Platinum, which is about £330 (give or take a few £££)


Anyone care to throw in their ideas / suggestions on what is going to give me the best performance for Metro2033 for between £300 - £350?

Cheers,
Pete.
December 27, 2010 5:19:25 PM

BTW...

My monitor only supports 1680-1050, so that will be my max resolution
December 27, 2010 6:08:32 PM

After reading a review (from another site)...

I see these as potential offerings, what do you think?

Asus Matrix HD 5870 2GB (894MHz GPU, 4.8GHz memory

Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB (756MHz core, 1,512MHz stream processors, 3.8GHz Memory)


The test didnt mention the brand of the Nvidia card (I think it was a reference card???)

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December 27, 2010 6:13:49 PM

I do like gtx 480.Very very little to complain except that it runs hot..Too hot.All cards are the same in actual fact when it comes to reference design.The most important thing to look out for is after sales service.
Your board doesnt support sli.Only crossfire.
December 27, 2010 6:16:27 PM

**ABOVE IS SUPPOSED TO READ...**

After reading a review (from another site)...

I see these as potential offerings, what do you think?

XFX Radeon HD 5870 Black Edition (900MHz GPU, 5GHz memory)

Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB (756MHz core, 1,512MHz stream processors, 3.8GHz Memory)


The test didnt mention the brand of the Nvidia card (I think it was a reference card???)
December 27, 2010 6:17:45 PM

Most test are conducted on reference cards.
December 27, 2010 6:18:23 PM

ghnader hsmithot said:
I do like gtx 480.Very very little to complain except that it runs hot..Too hot.All cards are the same in actual fact when it comes to reference design.The most important thing to look out for is after sales service.
Your board doesnt support sli.Only crossfire.


I did see in the tests that the Nvidia card did run a lot hotter than the ATI cards...

Okay, so the way I see it now is...


Either 1x 5870 card or 2x.......?


I want the most gaming power for between £300-£350
December 27, 2010 6:23:28 PM

buy the best you can afford if you have enough money to buy a new card.If not crossfiring is better then a single card in most cases but some cases do confirm that one card is better then crossfire.
Depends if you want to upgrade that 5870 to crossfire 5870.
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