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Old 05-03-09, 04:36 PM   #1
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I have $400 for a new video card, what do I buy? I have a 4850 now, want to upgrade. I could go ether way ATI or Nvidia, don't matter to me.

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Old 05-03-09, 04:46 PM   #2
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I would go 2 GTX 260's, or a 285 if you don't want SLI.
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Old 05-03-09, 04:48 PM   #3
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You could always just add another 4850? Is that a 1GB card? Should be a nice boost and very easy on the wallet. If you game at 1650 a GTX260/4870 (or 4850CF) will run pretty much anything like butter.
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You could always just add another 4850? Is that a 1GB card? Should be a nice boost and very easy on the wallet. If you game at 1650 a GTX260/4870 (or 4850CF) will run pretty much anything like butter.
I could but FSX runs worse in Crossfire and SLI, from what I hear anyway. the 4870X2 looks really nice.
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Old 05-03-09, 05:43 PM   #5
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You could always just add another 4850? Is that a 1GB card? Should be a nice boost and very easy on the wallet. If you game at 1650 a GTX260/4870 (or 4850CF) will run pretty much anything like butter.
It's the 512MB 4850
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Old 05-03-09, 06:17 PM   #6
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The 4870x2 rules the $400 segment.

XFX double lifetime warranty, and its cheaper than the Sapphire version.

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You have a 22" LCD? Consider another HD 4850 for Crossfire and OC them a bit. If you want to stick with ATi the mentioned XFX HD 4870 X2 is also a good card.

If you want something from the nVidia side look at overclocking GTX Core 216 SLi,

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127430

That card is 655|2100 out of the box and is 160usd with rebate. Two would be 360 without rebate and 320 with. They would handle a 1680x res with ease.

I'd look at overclocking a GTX 275 or HD 4890 if you want to avoid multi-GPU. They are in the 230-260 price range.
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If you want to try multi-GPU, try GTX 260 (216 core) SLI, like Blacklash said.

If you want the best single-GPU no strings attached performance, get a GTX 285.

If you aren't going SLI you should grab a 9800GT or 9600GSO (96SP version) for a Physx processor.
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Wait for GT300/HD5xxx series.
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I agree with waiting unless the 4850 just can't cut it anymore. I've been tempted to ditch mine a few times, but it still runs all what I want pretty well.
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