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4830's crossfire worth it?

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i'm thinking of buying 2X4830. Do you guys think its worth it compared to the 280GTX. Also how many games are crossfire or even ati friendly? What about my screen (17inch crap monitor) , shall i buy a good monitor first? My power supply might not handle that power (480W MAX PSU). Do you guys think its worth it all in all? Please help me out here.
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You cannot ever really compare a dual GPU card with a single if their framerates avg the same. Its always better to go with single GPU. That being said, i wouldnt touch the 280 with a 10ft pole. The GTX 260 core 216 is a much much better bang for the buck. That power supply will have to be upgraded either way unless you go 9800gtx or 4850
Edited by jrharvey - 12/16/08 at 6:41am
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In addition to jrharvey's post (great reply btw);

A tiny 17" monitor won't stress the GPU enough to make it worth the money. You may encounter alot of CPU bottlenecks with the higher-end GPU's at lower resolution.

If I were in your position I would upgrade the monitor first. A 8800GT is perfectly suitable, if not already too powerful, for your monitor. Of course if you find a great deal, do what jrharvey says and get yourself a GTX260/216 hes entirely right it is great value.
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I agre with ^flak4^ the 8800gt is more than enough at that resolution. The cpu would be the crutch if you get a high end card. Your Q6600 is very fast so are you not able to handle any games maxed out already? I would think with your system on a 17" you should be able to max out everything at the highest level exept maybe crysis.
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http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards....=586&card2=567

Tip: Click Multi-GPU > Show Dual-Card Specs
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get a good monitor. 22s are the sweet spot right now at about 150, 24s will run about 350, really I'd say get a 22, it'll be a HUGE upgrade from a 17.

With your left over money, either grab a single 4830 (will still run current games just fine on a 22'', I game happily on a 27'' with my 8800gt), or go or the GTX260.
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