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Should I take the red pill or the 'redder' pill?

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I have my system planned out in my sig but the only remaining question is do I get a HD4850 or a HD4870? Its a 10% overall price drop for the total system (~$130 of $1250 total) if I go with the HD4850. That may cover most of the cost for a second HD4850 in the future.

I'm running 2x 19" LCD monitors right now with a max resolution of 1280x1024 and I plan on keeping them for awhile unless someone buys them from me. Taking into consideration that sometime in the future, I'll eventually get a single, bigger monitor...

- Would a HD4870 be able to support the higher resolutions without the need for a second card?
- Would I be better off getting a HD4850 and adding a second one later when the price drops (i.e. way later)?
- Would a single HD4850 choke at higher resolutions and force me to get a second one basically as soon as I get a new monitor?

I wouldn't be looking to run at really high resolutions, just something better looking than 1280x1024.

Thanks in advance!
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- Would a HD4870 be able to support the higher resolutions without the need for a second card?

Yep probably max of 1680x1050 after that 2 cards would benifet for 1920x1200 and higher.


- Would I be better off getting a HD4850 and adding a second one later when the price drops (i.e. way later)?

Again it depends really if you've got the cash get a 4870.

- Would a single HD4850 choke at higher resolutions and force me to get a second one basically as soon as I get a new monitor?

No unless your running 1920x1200 or higher.
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Again it depends really if you've got the cash get a 4870.
Well I do, but spending less and getting similar performance is always good. It means that I have more money to spend elsewhere heh.

I guess my other concern is aftermarket coolers on the cards. I've heard that VisionTek has a lifetime warranty but is removing the stock cooler a big nono for them?

Also, I've never owned a dual slot cooling card like the HD4870. Is the whole dual slot cooling a mute point when considering an aftermark cooler? Any harder to get coolers or put them on to dual slot cards?
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The main problem with the 4800 series of cards is not the cooler.

The stock fan speed is like 10-15 percent and we cant change it atm .

When a new version of Riva Tuner gets released it should support these cards and allow for overclocking and fan speed control.
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The main problem with the 4800 series of cards is not the cooler.

The stock fan speed is like 10-15 percent and we cant change it atm .

When a new version of Riva Tuner gets released it should support these cards and allow for overclocking and fan speed control.
Yea, I read about that. My main reason for considering an aftermarket cooler is the noise level of most stock fans. When I got my Sapphire X1800 XL, the fan was so loud when the card was under load that it really annoyed me when I was trying to game. As an added bonus, the Arctic Cooling cooler also lowered the temperature of the card considerably.
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i say just go for the 4870... 2/3 months down the line you'll appreciate it, and also, there's no such thing as too much power
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