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Old 07-12-08, 10:06 AM   #2
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Default Re: Comin back to PC gaming - confused

I wouldn't get the GX2, yea it looks good on paper, but as many past users (myself included) will tell you, the minimum frames and limited bandwidth ruined the experience. Idk if you care much about microstuttering, some do, some dont, but the GX2 had pretty bad stuttering. GoW for example was unplayable IMO, and CoD4 performance was all over the map, one day it would be fine, the next I had to turn AA off it was so bad.

GTX 260 might be an ok choice at this point, but don't be afraid to go for a 4870 either. At 1080p, the two should be neck and neck, and in some games the 4870 is faster. The GTX 280 is pretty much dead right now, the 4870X2 is to be announced on Monday with availability August 12th, with the 2x1GB version being $549 and the 2x512MB version being $499, microstuttering has supposedly been fixed aswell and both cards will probably outpace the current 280 by a fair amount. If you really want a 280, then you should probably wait for the inevitable price cuts or the 55nm refresh that will compete with the 4870X2.

1080p is a pretty manageable resolution so you'd really be fine with a 260 or 4870 for quite some time, no need to go for the more expensive cards unless you just have cash to burn or want to run 16xAA in every game. Also, the better the GPU, the more your CPU will bottleneck you.
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