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since noone answered me in the other thread i posted, i'll ask here in hopes of a reply. Is it worth me working for a ffew months over summer to buy a second hand 3870X2 or 2 for my sig rig, or should i just wait and save for the 4xxx series, which'll be a LOT more expensive?

i want to leave nVidia
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Buy one now, or wait and upgrade your mobo as well.
Coupla cheap ones in the FS section.
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well if your going to save up over the summer i would decide what to get then. everything will be cheaper and new tech will be out.
   
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Buy one now, or wait and upgrade your mobo as well.
Coupla cheap ones in the FS section.
like mine
    
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at best i'm in the UK, and i'm not at the moment.
also, upgrading the mobo isn't exactly my first option - imo, new mobo = new PC
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post #6 of 13
get one now cos if you wait the next decision will be 4870x2 or 5870 and you will never upgrade
post #7 of 13
I would wait for the HD4870.
Single Chip Cards have some practical pros.

The HD4870 will be more than 50% faster than the HD3870 according to the specs (of cause not proven yet !).
I don't think you will get 50% performance increase out of Crossfire ( HD3870x2 ) over a single HD3870.
Some Games even run worse with Crossfire (or SLI).



@Bitemarks and bloodstains

HD4k is not to far in the future - while HD5k is ;o)
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since noone answered me in the other thread i posted, i'll ask here in hopes of a reply. Is it worth me working for a ffew months over summer to buy a second hand 3870X2 or 2 for my sig rig, or should i just wait and save for the 4xxx series, which'll be a LOT more expensive?

i want to leave nVidia
I would wait, the 3870X2 is pretty poor in gaming regardless of what others say. If benchmarks are your thing then get a 3870X2, although for gaming you'll wish you never bothered. See this as a good example of how bad it is (notice the 3870X2 is running @ a lower res than the other cards)...then read all benchmark reviews regarding it.


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post #9 of 13
There will always be a new card coming up to "save for" if you have the means now then buy it. Thats why i just buy the card that i need not one for "future proofing." I think video cards are probably the quickest item in a computer to depreciate.
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You might want to do a "system-overhaul". Because I think your cpu might be holding you back a bit if you're considering either of the options, whether it's dual-card or a HD4k card (someone please correct me if I'm wrong). Can't say for sure, but it might make more sense to upgrade your CPU first (perhaps one with more cache--even an E7200, which are pretty cheap), and then get a 3870 for your current monitor, and then worry about upgrading your graphics card if you go to a higher-res monitor.
    
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