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I'm debating on getting a 3870 or use that money for a PS3 when GTA4 is released. I'm really torn because I could give my card to my sister so she can play GH3 and me have a new card, but then I'd have to wait for a while to get a PS3 to play GTA4

Have you looked at the MSI version? I've been looking at that one. $184.99 - $20 MIR = $164.99 and free Witcher game(plus slight OC)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127315
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3870 FTW. If ure lucky, ull get one with a PCB that can be pencil modded. Then this baby can be pushed to almost 1Ghz core clock, and basically u have a card near that of a 8800GTS 512MB.
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post #13 of 19
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just triple checking everything with you guys first, of course...i'm just fretting about compatibility with my motherboard...enough power from my psu, that sort of thing...

everything look savvy with my system specs?

HIS Hightech Radeon HD 3870 512MB 256-bit GDDR4 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported IceQ3 Video Card $169.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161218

anything else you'd get on newegg tonight rather than this?

http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCateg...sktop-Graphics
go for it man!!

ATI FTW

Get GTA4 for PC and play it on your bad ass graphics card!!
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post #14 of 19
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Go for it.

I've heard good things about that cooler's performance and noise and the 3870 is a good card

(An 8800GT has better performance but there's no reason to spend more for more performance if you don't actually need the performance. (Like if you game at high resolutions and everything max detail or something) Also, the 8800GT's stock single slot cooler sucks )
That it does. When I turn the fan up to 100% for gaming while OCed, it is by far the loudest noise in the room.

However, the 8800GT would perform better than the HD3870 by a decent margin.
    
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both of the HIS cards ive installed into friends rigs, used the 1.37v setting for 775mhz core clock. ive heard from some others that HIS puts the better binned GPU's on their OC cards with the 850mhz core, and then those cards have some substantial overclocking room.
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im on same boat as u guys just got one question before i buy next month when u overclock the 3870 and 8000gt to max. do they have same performance?
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im on same boat as u guys just got one question before i buy next month when u overclock the 3870 and 8000gt to max. do they have same performance?
The 8800GT will still probably have better performance if you max it out

How much you can overclock sorta depends on the card you get though

For example: One 8800GT could overclock 300mhz while another could only do 240mhz
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I'd go with a 3870. There cheaper than the 8800gt by $30 and they have a better cooler.
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im on same boat as u guys just got one question before i buy next month when u overclock the 3870 and 8000gt to max. do they have same performance?
yea that depends. If u're lucky and can get a 3870 that has the right PCB layout, u can volt mod it and take that baby up to 1Ghz core clock and you will for sure beat the 8800GT. But that applies to the 8800gt as well.

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I'd go with a 3870. There cheaper than the 8800gt by $30 and they have a better cooler.
Agreed
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