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post #1 of 37
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Hi everyone,

I'm looking to replace my current PC (Q9450 with HD3870X2) with one of the following configurations:

Configuration 1: 1.251.16€
Intel i7 940408.54
Asus Rampage II Extreme302.7
XFX Geforce GTX 260 BE216.21
XFX Geforce GTX 260 BE216.21
PATRIOT PVT33G1600ELK 3gb kit107.5

Configuration 2: 955.38€
AMD Phenom X4 9950126.14
Asus M3A79-T Deluxe132.59
Sapphire Radeon HD 4870157.68
Sapphire Radeon HD 4870157.68
Sapphire Radeon HD 4870157.68
Sapphire Radeon HD 4870157.68
Patriot PVS24G8500ELKR2 4GB kit65.93

Configuration 3: 1161.10 €
AMD Phenom X4 9950126.14
Asus Crosshair II Formula nForce 780a178.46
EVGA 01G-P3-1280-AR GeForce GTX 280265.19
EVGA 01G-P3-1280-AR GeForce GTX 280265.19
EVGA 01G-P3-1280-AR GeForce GTX 280265.19
Patriot PVS24G8500ELKR2 4GB kit65.93
The second system is quite a bit cheaper but will consume a lot more energy ... the third one has a very nice triple SLI and might be the fastest one ... but the first one holds the best processor ...

Taking into account I do game quite a bit but also do a lot of Adobe Photoshop and Premiere, what would be the better solution according to you?
    
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post #2 of 37
You are probably better off going SLI GTX280 with the i7 940 processor. I don't think tri-sli and quad crossfire is really worth it in games... Unless you plan on using a 1920 x 1200+ monitor... Just not enough games to scale well with those 3-4 card set ups... But, if I was to choose of those three, I would go with option #2

*Edit* Is two 4870x2 not an option instead of four 4870? I think the 4870x2 has less power draw then two 4870.
 
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post #3 of 37
It's really not worth it. 2 Cards in Crossfire or SLI is plenty. It's just overkill
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post #4 of 37
Three or four video cards for a 20" monitor makes no sense to me. Go with the first option.
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post #5 of 37
#1...i would never spend that much for an amd build imho.
    
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post #6 of 37
config 1 looks best. as everyone else pointed out, 4 gpu's for a small monitor is useless.
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post #7 of 37
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OK, very interesting ... So 2 cards would do! S owhat would be the better option? 2 x HD4870 or 2 x GTX 260 Black Edition? The first is already killing my budget so I'm most probably not going to put 2 x GTX 280 on it (less it would make a hugh difference) ...

And how about the AMD processor? No good?
    
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post #8 of 37
what about an x58 with 3 4870x2's in crossfire, hey it scales now if you got a nice big monitor
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I'm not quite up to speed with the X58, but can you now put SLI on it without it being an Nvidia chipset?
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post #10 of 37
The AMD processor with the two GTX280 would be my bet. That way the system stays somewhat cheaper because of the processor and mainboard, yet a gaming powerhouse cause of the SLI GTX280 ^_^ So pretty much configuration #3 minus one GPU
 
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