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http://promotions.newegg.com/NEemail...rnax@gmail.com

If you are going to buy that make sure you use the promo code, its near the top left.

HD4870 512MB with a nice cooler at $165 after rebate with free shipping .
And no i don't think the $60 more for the 1GB version is worth it for the few frame rates especially at your resolution.
Edited by Derp - 12/22/08 at 9:32am
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Originally Posted by Wizrdwarts View Post
I'll upgrade it eventually, that's why I want a 4870/260.


I'm actaully fine with it a 3ghz right now, the most I ever bothered to do was 3.3ghz since I thought to myself, "I spent $30 on a CPU cooler, might as well 'upgrade' to a E8600," but I really didn't notice a difference.
I've had no issues running Crysis on 1920x1080, and the 4870 is way more powerful than the 9800GT.

I think a 512 will last you a monitor upgrade or two.
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Well I have 2 computers. The other one is running with a E6850 and a HD 3650 512 DDR2
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The 512Mb will be perfect for your resolution. No game will slow down that 4870. Also the GTX260 doesn't beat 4870 512 nor 4870 1GB.
I've seen plenty of benchmarks where the GTX 260 192 beats the 4870 512MB, plenty where the 4870 512 beats the GTX 260 192, and the same for GTX 260 216 vs. 4870 1GB. For all intents and purposes, and for the sake of argument GTX 260 = 4870. You really just have to ask yourself which manufacturer you like better. Personally I like Nvidia because of more partners that offer lifetime warranties and the famous step-up programs from BFG and EVGA.

On topic, if you have your heart set on a 4870, then go for the 512MB version. As early stated, at your resolution you simply won't benefit from more VRAM.
    
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That is an awesome deal on that card.

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I've seen plenty of benchmarks where the GTX 260 192 beats the 4870 512MB, plenty where the 4870 512 beats the GTX 260 192, and the same for GTX 260 216 vs. 4870 1GB. For all intents and purposes, and for the sake of argument GTX 260 = 4870. You really just have to ask yourself which manufacturer you like better. Personally I like Nvidia because of more partners that offer lifetime warranties and the famous step-up programs from BFG and EVGA.

On topic, if you have your heart set on a 4870, then go for the 512MB version. As early stated, at your resolution you simply won't benefit from more VRAM.
You're quite right. In fact, the 216 core was made to counter the 1GB 4870.
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The reason I'm getting a 4870 is for larger monitors in the future. And that my other rig needs a better graphics card, I can put my 8800GT into that one.

Suggestion: Don't treat this like an upgrade thread, but as a new build thread. Just ignore that I already have a 8800GT.
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I have a 4870 512 that you could have for 170 shipped conus barely used! (Got a good deal on an x2 and am getting a 24in monitor for christmas)
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im thinking of getting the same card, but im in a 22" inch monitor, will be 512mb enough or should i wait and get the 1gb version?
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im thinking of getting the same card, but im in a 22" inch monitor, will be 512mb enough or should i wait and get the 1gb version?
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3415&p=1

Swap through the games and you can see at 1680x1050 and up to 1920x1200 the difference is 0-4 FPS in the games they tested. again not worth the $60 premium IMO.
Edited by Derp - 12/22/08 at 1:38pm
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yeah i was thinking the same, even though i might upgrade my monitor to a bigger one, i doubt very much i would veer go higher than 1920x 1200, thank you and now ill get a 512mb 4870, now if i could only get rid of my msi 4850.....
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