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A single 5870 enough for a 30 inch monitor?

Poll Results: What should i do?

Poll expired: Oct 12, 2009  
  • 46% (6)
    Buy the new system now
  • 53% (7)
    Wait till GT300 and january
13 Total Votes  
post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
About to order my new rig to coincide witht he release of windows 7, i got most of what i want in there already figured out:

Phenom II x4 965 (the 955 is only 20 bucks cheaper)
MSI 790FX-GD70
4 GB OCZ black edition 8-8-8-24 1600
2 640GB WD Caviar black in raid 0
Sapphire Radeon HD 5870
Lian Li X1000
Corsair TX850W
Samsun 305t 30 inch monitor @ 2560x1600
Prolimatech Megahalems


I plan on playing games at max settings crysis/crysis warhead included.

I am worried that at that resolution 1 5870 will not cut it and i am already over my budget by a solid 300$ to afford the second graphic card would have to wait for the end of next november probably.

If i wait till november i might as well see what the new nvidia cards look like and just buy this thing post xmas (might get a better deal!).

So the way i see it i can do one of two things, buy it now OR buy an xbox 360 to tide me over till january and buy the best computer i can afford then!

I REFUSE to pay 3300$ for a computer and not bbe blown away by the performance!
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[OCZ Vertex 30GB SSD + WD Caviar Black 640 raid0] [Samsung SH-S223B/BEBE] [Windows 7 64BIT] [Samsung 305t 30" 2560x1600] 
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post #2 of 6
Id get a 360.
What are you upgrading from?
Might aswell wait untill both players have their cards on the table.
post #3 of 6
Becareful - OCZ and MSI sometimes do not play well together.
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post #4 of 6
If you wanna max crysis at 2560x1600 you'd better grab 2 5870's.
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post #5 of 6
why not get a 5850 (if it is avalable yet) which would leave more money avalable when you can buy a second card
     
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500gb Spinpoint f3 Samsung 840 EVO 120gb Seagate 7200.14 2tb Samsung dvd+-rw 
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Noctua NH-D14 Windows 7 ultimate x64 LG 24MP55 x2 LG 32LD450 
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SSD soon None Inadequate Win7 of course 
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It's awful A bit meh, Bodged hinge repair (Nut and bolt through back ... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Celeron M 360 1.4ghz Packard bell easynote (lynx banias) Intel 855gm 768mb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
50gb seagate Cd dvd combi XP sp3 15 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
one with buttons Brick It has one It has leds 
Mouse Pad
my lap or the chair 
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post #6 of 6
Dude just buy it - the 5870 will play nearly every game at that resolution smooth and Crysis will be playable, just not 30+ fps with that res. You can always sell the 5870 when the 5870x2 come out in Nov/Dec or simply buy a single 4870 to hold you over until the 5870x2 come out and just game at a lower resolution. Either way both of the options I wrote above will crush a 360 in terms of visuals.
    
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