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So, I got my tax return back and had a little extra cash. I have a secondary gaming rig downstairs in my living room I wanted to upgrade. It's a Q6600 @ 4GHz w/ 4GB Ram and a 4890 OC'd to 1050MHz/1150MHz. Games fairly well. Not great, but definitely tolerable.

In a drunken eBay bidding frenzy last night I placed a $70 bid on a Vapor X 4890 for $70 (free shipping).

Was this a good idea? I mean, it's for a 55" 120Hz 1080p LED LCD TV. Resolution will never go higher than that. Downstairs I play Skyrim, Saints Row 3 and occasionally WOW. I'll be playing Mass Effect 3 and Diablo 3 down there when they release as well.

Also, this system just got a water cooling loop recently for the CPU to keep things cool and reduce noise. I have a Zalman VF1000 + RHS 90 on my 4890 right now, that's very quiet and keeps things pretty cool but I was considering going watercooling for a CF 4890 setup. I've got a MCP655 already, so I know the pump is good for it. I only currently have 1 120mm Radiator though. With all this in mind, is me getting the 4890 a good idea? I know I could probably just sell it w/ the cooler for ~$85 and put that towards a 6950, but then I'd just want to go and watercool that and we'd be talking $350-400. I know that waterblocks for older cards can often be found for a bargain. as opposed to the ~$100+ asking price for modern cards.

Give me your thoughts OCnet community.
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Come on!! Anyone? Pleeeeease offer insight.
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I wouldn't have placed a bid.
The 4890 is a great card. But with the 4xxx series, I had problems with crossfire working properly. Not to say that AMD drivers are bad; the 5xxx series and onwards, drivers are great. Just for the 4xxx series they dropped the ball.

You are still going to have a strong setup. Let's hope drivers go well with you and if so, good buy.

Oh and don't bump the thread unless 24hrs has passed.
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Personally, if I had no choice, I would Crossfire a 4890 if I had one myself.

But you need to think of the features that new Graphics Card have got now, the 5000 Series is still okay, you can pick up a 5850-5870 pretty cheap on eBay around £100-130ish in the UK, not sure what the prices would be like where you are.

The main feature you would miss out on is DirectX 11.

Hope this help you in your decision.
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Originally Posted by AMC View Post

I wouldn't have placed a bid.
The 4890 is a great card. But with the 4xxx series, I had problems with crossfire working properly. Not to say that AMD drivers are bad; the 5xxx series and onwards, drivers are great. Just for the 4xxx series they dropped the ball.
You are still going to have a strong setup. Let's hope drivers go well with you and if so, good buy.
Oh and don't bump the thread unless 24hrs has passed.

This. Also the 48xx series generate a lot of heat and use a lot of power. Make sure your PSU can even support 4890 x2. Also they do not scale as well in CF as the 6xxx and 7xxx series.
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Personally, if I had no choice, I would Crossfire a 4890 if I had one myself.
But you need to think of the features that new Graphics Card have got now, the 5000 Series is still okay, you can pick up a 5850-5870 pretty cheap on eBay around £100-130ish in the UK, not sure what the prices would be like where you are.
The main feature you would miss out on is DirectX 11.
Hope this help you in your decision.

To be honest....I really don't care about DX11. I just want good/consistent FPS with the games I play and the few I anticipate on. I do have a good PSU. 750W Corsair.
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