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It's an alienware aurora with the "875" watt power supply [edit: and supposedly supports SLI and CF]. I've never had any issues with it or the power at all. I would do the 570 if it would allow me to do the 3D (would like to get one of those 27" 3d panels eventually), and 2D @ 120 HZ 1080p 1 display. If it's better to wait a month for rotation I can do that, but I would hate to miss a good deal and there are some going around. I can stretch the budget if performance wise it is well worth it HFS/$. I want to at the minimum push wow at 1920x1080 @ 120hz with high settings 0aa.

I guess I would consider an ATI card if they could do 3d, but I heard that 3d on the nvidia in wow was a really good effect (and the new nvidia glasses are much better w/ headsets).
Edited by squirrelnig - 2/12/12 at 9:39pm
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Also an extremely valid and important question here.
If you're willing to max out the $350 budget, a GTX570 fits in there tightly.
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With current cards I would get the GTX570
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and then you have to buy another card because you run out of Vram
    
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It's an alienware aurora with the "875" watt power supply [edit: and supposedly supports SLI and CF]. I've never had any issues with it or the power at all. I would do the 570 if it would allow me to do the 3D (would like to get one of those 27" 3d panels eventually), and 2D @ 120 HZ 1080p 1 display. If it's better to wait a month for rotation I can do that, but I would hate to miss a good deal and there are some going around. I can stretch the budget if performance wise it is well worth it HFS/$. I want to at the minimum push wow at 1920x1080 @ 120hz with high settings 0aa.

I guess I would consider an ATI card if they could do 3d, but I heard that 3d on the nvidia in wow was a really good effect (and the new nvidia glasses are much better w/ headsets).

Take a picture of the side of the PSU so we can see the amperage at the various voltages. 875W doesn't mean much if it is junk. Also you might look to see what PCIE connectors it has.
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and then you have to buy another card because you run out of Vram

Do you believe 2 double the vram?
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I for the first time checked out he PSU (it's behind it's own little plastic cover in the alienware) and there is only a dell sticker with a list of patents and a model number. A search for the model number gives nothing, so I searched around until I found the same exact one (by picture and spec) and checked my build by service tag to confirm it is this one:

http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=soho&cs=ussoho1&sku=J556T&dgc=SS&cid=52102&lid=1342490

Which has these specs:

Tech Specs
Input Voltage Output Voltage
100-240V, 50/60 Hz +3.3, +5, ±12 V
Device Type Power Provided
Power Supply 870-Watt
Product Type
Power Supply

And they sell refurbished ones for 180$. These are supposed to be able to run my card in crossfire mode...

I guess I am doubtful it is the psu, I have not had any other symptoms of that (my dvds burn great and everything else works really well). The video card just never overclocked well at all and is more stable when slightly underclocked. I guess in wow I get errors if I use trilinear but not if I use AF (go figure? driver issue likely). I used to get driver restarts in UT 2k4 but if I recall I always set it to trillinear so maybe that was the issue.

[edit] the power connectors for the video card are two separate plugs that fit natively into the ATI branded 5870 (I guess its a 5870 thought it was a 50).
Edited by squirrelnig - 2/13/12 at 4:08pm
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This could be the problem. Really need Phaedrus to look at it though. I personally wouldn't chance it if spending a lot on a very high end and power hungry GPU.

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