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xfire 4870's or gtx280

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So im building a new comp and ordering parts probably within two weeks. With the 4870's looking amazing in crossfire im just wondering if id be better off going with two of those or one gtx280... Also im not familiar with crossfire mobo's at all and just wondering if i do go the xfire route which mobo would be a good choice.

this is what ive compiled so far for my list of parts

CPU: e8400
Case:Cosmos 1000
PSU:Corsair 750w
Memory:OCZ Reaper (8 gigs of 2x2) DDR2 1066
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar 1TB
GPU:???
MOBO:if i go Nvidia 750i FTW
OS:Vista 64bit
Monitor:Gateway FHD2400
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e8500 3.16ghz evga 750i FTW evga GTX 280 SSC G. Skill DDR2 1066 (8gigs) 
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
WD Caviar 640 vista spk1 home 64bit Gateway FHD2400 Logitech G15 
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post #2 of 18
If you want to Crossfire you're gonna need a X38 or X48 Chipset on the Mobo.
post #3 of 18
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sorry forgot to mention i'll be playing in 1920x1200 thats why im curios which card setup will be best.
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e8500 3.16ghz evga 750i FTW evga GTX 280 SSC G. Skill DDR2 1066 (8gigs) 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
WD Caviar 640 vista spk1 home 64bit Gateway FHD2400 Logitech G15 
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Corsair 1000hx Cooler Master Cosmos S Razer Lachesis 
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e8500 3.16ghz evga 750i FTW evga GTX 280 SSC G. Skill DDR2 1066 (8gigs) 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
WD Caviar 640 vista spk1 home 64bit Gateway FHD2400 Logitech G15 
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post #4 of 18
I think two 4870's beat out a 280, but if your putting up all that cash you might want to consider getting a 280. That way, if you get an sli mobo, you have the option of sli with the 280 in the future. If you want to be smart about it though, just crossfire two 4870's. You'll save a ton of cash.
Edited by Gri3f3r - 6/29/08 at 8:57am
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post #5 of 18
4870 cost around 300$ and is about 10% slower then the 650$ GTX280. If you Crossfire 2x4870 you will beat 1 GTX280 in about everything and in many game more then enough to see which is better. In the end if you get 2 4870 you will get them cheaper then 1 GTX280 and better performance too.
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4x GentleTyphoon AP-15 Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit Philips Brilliance BDM4065UC 4K Razer BlackWidow Chroma  
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post #6 of 18
Gigabyte X48-DS4 and Crossfire 4870's gets my vote
    
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post #7 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by aawiscfan View Post
sorry forgot to mention i'll be playing in 1920x1200 thats why im curios which card setup will be best.
4870 in CF!!!

here are some good crossfire motherboards
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136047
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131317
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128336
    
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post #8 of 18
no matter what board u get go x-fire, the 4870 is almost as good as the gtx 280 and at half the cost so if u x-fire them you will get more performance for your money
    
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post #9 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gexx View Post
If you want to Crossfire you're gonna need a X38 or X48 Chipset on the Mobo.
The new ASUS P5Q series is awesome and affordable, its P45 and less expensive than the Xx8 series
I would get crossfire with an ASUS P5Q Pro
Edited by OJX - 6/29/08 at 9:36am
post #10 of 18
Well going by price and performance then the 4870 CF wins.
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