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My friend wants to buy a new vid card & I know the 4850 just came out and the 4870 is about to come out & I know the gtx's are out. There is just so much stuff lately I cant decide what to get.

For $400, whats his best bet for max performance? I was thinking maybe 2 4850s (his mobo doesnt support SLI) or maybe he should just wait a little till the 4870?

ANY suggestions & thoughts are appreciated.
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I would go with a 4850 because of the price and save the $200 and spend it on something else. fyi, ati = crossfire, nvidia = sli.
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fyi, ati = crossfire, nvidia = sli.
I understand that, thats why I said two 4850s. I was trying to imply that two nvidia cards wouldnt work on his mobo.

Thanks for the suggestion!
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post #4 of 16
Most likely, 4870 is around $300 to $350. I would say 2x 4850.
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Well it depends on what the rest of his rig is. If he has a quad core and 4 GB of RAM, then I would say wait for a 4870 X2. If he only has a slow C2D and 2 GB of RAM or something, I would upgrade other parts, too. For $400, you could get a 4850, 4 GB of RAM, and an E7200, I think.
    
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post #6 of 16
You'd save $100 if he just went with the 4870, the performance is between the 260GTX and the 280GTX. Use the $100 to get an aftermarket cooler for better cooling than the stock fan on the 4870.
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post #7 of 16
two 4850's for crossfire. Even with the limited bus on the 2nd PCIe slot it will still slaughter all!
post #8 of 16
Oh okay, I'm sorry I didn't understand what you had said.

I think that the new nvidia cards are way overpriced. Really, I would suggest waiting a month and see what happens with driver support (Ati always seems to lag behind with their drivers) and then find out what else ATI releases. Its always a good rule of thumb to wait a little while to buy newly released parts. (Drivers, Price Drops, Competition)
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Well it depends on what the rest of his rig is. If he has a quad core and 4 GB of RAM, then I would say wait for a 4870 X2. If he only has a slow C2D and 2 GB of RAM or something, I would upgrade other parts, too. For $400, you could get a 4850, 4 GB of RAM, and an E7200, I think.
I think he has an e8400 or e8300 and 2gb ram. He just put most of this computer together.
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