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Well i want to get a new system where i didn't have to upgrade for at least a year or even more if im blessed but anyways, like i was saying, i want to get the new XFX card XFX Radeon 4870 1GB (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150339)
with this Gigabyte mobo (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128383)
or this MSI mobo (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130187)
so pretty much im skeptical because i worry about the vid card and PSU to power it, but i want a moderate mobo that could still run it, so pretty much if i get it my set up would be.....

Vista 32 bit home
2GB DDR2 800
585 watt psu
AMD Dual core 2.6ghz
XFX Radeon 4870 1GB
And one of those mobo's if possible it could run my card.

And another thing, i usually go with Nvidia but i want to try ATI because it has more stream processors and has GDDR5 and i heard even some NVidia Gddr3 cards out perform the ATI GDDR5 cards which doesn't make sense to me so if someone could explain that to me too, then ill possibly even think about an Nvidia card again. Thanks.
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google the gigabyte and msi board to see if they support pci-e x16 2.0 graphics cards. if they do, you are good to go. if you want the overclock your CPU, Micro ATX boards are not that good at overlcocking and you might only get your CPU from 2.6ghz to around 2.95ghz maybe. then again, some are better Overclockers that others in the world of computers even if the product is the same. i know, its a little strange but yeah, you should get good gaming with that rig and it might last 2 years if you give it 4gb of ram and look after it. read some reviews on the 2 boards to see what is better. what have you got to lose, there both within your price range. good luck.

P.S, it would have been easier to get a intel CPU like a quad and a good P35 motherboard to overclock it lol. but yeah you should get good performance with games. good luck.
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those board could run the card but it looks there running pcie v1 so there 16x would be 8x in pcie2 shouldent really matter though but just throwing that out there, if i was you i would look at more higher end boards they dont have to be expensive or anything like a 780g or 720a or something along that line.

the gddr3 vs gddr5 difference it mainly because nvidia has a bigger memory bus then then the ati card hence why people say the gddr3 performs better its because of that fact, and its also the reason why alot of nvidia's high end cost more because of that bus
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make sure your Power supply is good quality and has at lots of AMPS on the 12V rail.
good luck, here is a rep point to get you started.
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You'd be better off spending a little less on the videocard, and a little more on the mainboard. Those mainboards you linked are pretty horrible and outdated. Look for a mainboard with the 790GX/FX chipset.
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it will certainly run. but it could be better with a 780 chipset at least. just add $20 to the budget of those linked mobos.
   
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i agree to get a good motherboard better than the ones selected however keep the graphics card. its a good card. dont go cheap when it comes to computers otherwise you might run into problems. beleive me!! its happened to me.
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Originally Posted by Acoma_Andy View Post
You'd be better off spending a little less on the videocard, and a little more on the mainboard. Those mainboards you linked are pretty horrible and outdated. Look for a mainboard with the 790GX/FX chipset.
Andy beat me to it
The AMD 790 chip is really great so you'll want to go for it instead of these old mobos you listed.

For the XFX Radeon it's a really mean card but one thing you might wanna consider is (and there it comes back to your PSU) that unless you've got a good PSU who has at least a 6pins power connector cable you won't even be able to boot, you'll get a warning on your screen saying "You have not connected your gfx card to your PSU, please refer to your manual to see how to do that" or something along those lines. So I'd check your PSU first, and if it doesn't have these 6pins power connectors, I'd invest in one that has, and 2 at least if not more (most decent PSU delivering 550W nominal got 2 of these, but some have only 1 so be careful when you pick yours, and if you plan on going CF one day as an upgrade, you might wanna go for a 750W maybe even a 800W psu so you won't have to change for a loooooong time).

Finally for the nVidia GDDR3 outperforming the ATI GDDR5 cards, well it's true, but it's on the high-end cards, aka the GTX285 and 295 (nVidia newest chips) outperforming the Radeon HD4870X2. But then the RV770 has been out for a year now, and you can't say the same of the GTX. Expect some ATI response in a few weeks, like a new cut to the prices of the 4870s
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i dont know too much on AMD but i prefer intel quads at the moment.
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