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post #1 of 52
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So the RMA request for my fairly dead 4890 has been accepted.

They will give me £50 off any of these cards:


What would you guys pick?
My budget (with the £50 discount) is £250, which covers all the cards but leaves me little moneys - this would hopefully be a future-proof upgrade.

I'm averse to paying out so much for a 295 which, although powerful, is only DX10.1.
I'm quite interested in the difference between the two 5870s - any preferences?

There's always the option of selling the new one, of course...
Or even selling my 4890 - although getting >£50 for it would be hopeful.
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5870??
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post #3 of 52
Go for the £199 5870. It's the "xxx" version which is factory overclocked. The £189 5870 is stock. It means you get a higher guaranteed clock and perhaps, better binned chips/memory?
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oooh 5870 for sure.
    
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I'd go for either the 5850, still a great card and the price has really dropped, and it would only cost you £100, so you could get 2 for your budget and have a killer CFX setup, motherboard allowing.

If you are not interested in DX11, the 295 is a DX10 beast, it's faster than a 5850, but will be outpaced by 2 5850's in crossfire, but from what I can see your motherboard doesn't support crossfire, or any multiGPU setup, which is a shame.

I'd go for the 5870 as a single card soloution, the XFX one, which would be £140~ (although their support is questionable), it depends if you want to pay more for an extra overclock with the XXX version which you can do yourself.
    
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post #6 of 52
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Sounds like a plan.

EDIT: Wait - you'd recommend the lower clocked 5870?
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post #7 of 52
5870? lol. wouldnt it be obvious?
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5870? lol. wouldnt it be obvious?
Yes. Which one?
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post #9 of 52
I turned in a dead GTX 285 and got 130 pounds discount. For some reason the nVidia cards are worth more with XFX

I'd get the 5870 vanilla or the 5850
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post #10 of 52
It's a real shame you don't have a Crossfire compatible motherboard, consider selling you 4890 on eBay for spares, and your motherboard, to upgrade to a better motherboard, then you could get 5850/5870 CFX.

Then again, that's a lot of hassle.
    
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