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well i was thinking of what my future setup might be for video cards, and i would like to know if this is a smart or stupid idea.
1x4850
1x4870
2x4870x2

also an estimation of when this setup will be obsolete by the year 20XX
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Ever thinking of going with nVidia? I hear their new GTX 2xx series is pretty hot.

And if you get the new GTX2xx cards, they should run most games very well till ~2010. ATI's cards should do the same, but I can't guess.
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I guess it all depends on your budget and what you will be using them for. I am personally liking the projected 4870 price and I am considering getting me a x48 board and getting 2 4870s.
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i have looked at the gtx series and i am not impressed (except by the price and power).i choose this setup becuase i was thinking of spending the 250$ or so on the 4850 1st,then get a new motherboard with crossfirex support and a nahelm cpu.by this time the 4850 would be some what of a weak card,add a 4870.wait a bit for prices to drop then grab a 4870x2.is there a problem with running thoes 3 cards togather?
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i have looked at the gtx series and i am not impressed (except by the price and power).i choose this setup becuase i was thinking of spending the 250$ or so on the 4850 1st,then get a new motherboard with crossfirex support and a nahelm cpu.by this time the 4850 would be some what of a weak card,add a 4870.wait a bit for prices to drop then grab a 4870x2.is there a problem with running thoes 3 cards togather?
Ok not that is kinda silly. Just save up and buy what you like. And you will be able to put a 4870 with a 4870x2 but not a 4850 with a 4870.
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any specifics reason why its "silly",cards wont perform well together right?
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It's just a lot of purchasing and reselling. Prices will drop but not enough to wait that long. You will end up spending much more money by doing that then buying some X2s right off the bat.
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post #8 of 11
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i was thinking of crossfireing them.so basicly ill end up having all thoes 3 cards (which ends up being 4gpus) 4850,4870,4870x2. not selling and upgrading each time
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Originally Posted by AlphaDog11790 View Post
Ok not that is kinda silly. Just save up and buy what you like. And you will be able to put a 4870 with a 4870x2 AND/OR 4850
Fixed.
Crossfire is dependant on the GPU, not model like SLi. 3850/3870/3870x2 all will crossfire and so will 4850/4870/4870x2

/On topic
Which ever is in your budget. You could get a single 4870x2, cross 2 4850s or a 4850/4870. Just not 3850 + 4870.

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Well learn something new everyday. Still think that 3rd card in crossfire will be a waste...
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