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Ahhh I wish so bad that an ATI manufacturer had a step up program! I just feel like I can't wait until August to play any of these new games!
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Ahhh I wish so bad that an ATI manufacturer had a step up program! I just feel like I can't wait until August to play any of these new games!
why not? seriously it will be worth it, you will save money and get a lot more performance. trust me the 4870x2 will be worth the wait. you will regret buying a 280gtx or 2 4870s in august when something else comes out that is cheaper and better than both of those solutions and most of all, still on one pcb. don't get much better than that.
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Ahhh I wish so bad that an ATI manufacturer had a step up program! I just feel like I can't wait until August to play any of these new games!
what new games cant you play now?
    
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He doesnt want to wait. I know i played the waiting game with my x800pro and built 2 new comps before i upgraded , and kinda wish i hadnt as each card i bought after waiting had a shelf life of like 4 months, Another good option would be one 4870, and then when the 4870x2 came out you might be able to save up that extra 200 ( considering you would have 300 saved from only getting one 4870) and go tri fire ^^
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Usually I am against the waiting game when it comes to computers, but with the 4870x2 looking so promising and it only being 1 month, I just don't see why NOT to wait, it is only a GPU after all Like microman said, what game can't you play now that you will actually get a benefit out of having a card a month before you could get the x2?? Nothing big is coming out in that time that will hold you back, so I say just be patient and you will be much happier in the end
    
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@microman and fencefeet: Crysis, Assassin's Creed, and Oblivion (to name three) all stutter badly when I turn the settings up. One of the big reasons that I play games is to see the really cool graphics and when I have to turn down the settings to get good frame rates, it kinda ruins the experience. We have to remember that I'm playing on a card that's more than three and a half years old.

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He doesnt want to wait. I know i played the waiting game with my x800pro and built 2 new comps before i upgraded , and kinda wish i hadnt as each card i bought after waiting had a shelf life of like 4 months, Another good option would be one 4870, and then when the 4870x2 came out you might be able to save up that extra 200 ( considering you would have 300 saved from only getting one 4870) and go tri fire ^^
Can you put a 4870 and a 4870x2 in CF like that?

Plus, I hear that the 4870x2 isn't coming until the end of August, which is nearly two months from now. I need to get this build done by August 18th before I go to college.
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if i had the money i would buy your card so you could go for 2 280's but I'm broke at the moment i loved the 7800's. Besides the point, i would say the 280gtx for now then go sli in the future.
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post #29 of 42
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I might be able to get a great deal on an NVidia mobo as well. A 280 may be my best option. Then when the 4870x2 comes out, NVidia will drop its prices again and I'll SLI the 280's.

This may not be the most cost efficient, but it will get me up and running so that I can play games during the summer - the only time that I really have substantial free time. Thanks everyone.
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He doesnt want to wait. I know i played the waiting game with my x800pro and built 2 new comps before i upgraded , and kinda wish i hadnt as each card i bought after waiting had a shelf life of like 4 months, Another good option would be one 4870, and then when the 4870x2 came out you might be able to save up that extra 200 ( considering you would have 300 saved from only getting one 4870) and go tri fire ^^
good point. yeah just do that man. buy one 4870 for now (which is plenty fast, better than a 3870x2) and then if you get some more dough in the future spend it on a 4870x2 and go tri-fire. that would be a setup you wouldn't have to upgrade for a long while.

in fact, that is exactly what i did with my 3870s. i started out with one 3870, then eventually got the money for a 3870x2. i gotta tell ya, tri-fire is definitely the sweet spot for multi gpu platforms. quad-fire gets little to no gains over it. i doubt it will be any different with the 4870s.

and if it helps you decide, that's precisely what i'm going to do when i get enough $$ to buy some 4870s. tri-fire ftw!
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