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Need Advice on which route to go w/ Video Cards

ok here's some basic info about my system

Antec 200 Case
q6700 @ 3.21ghz
evga 780i SLi mobo
4gigs of OCZ Gold Ram 1066
raptor 150
Seagate 500 HD 7200rpm
coolIT domino alc liquid cooling system
2 evga 8800GTX's in sli
750psu 80+ cert.


so i have a few questions

1. Will my mobo support ATI or crossfire

2. if so which of these would be better for my system


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150447


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161292


i am going to buy one at a time


the games i play
BC2
MW2
LFD2
GRAW2

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What resolution do you play at?
Go get yourself some GTX260's if you really want to upgrade your video cards on the cheap. Or wait until Fermi is release and pick up some 280's when prices fall.

Your motherboard is an nvidia chipset, so no crossfire.
Keep in mind your cpu will more than likely hold your gpu's back some, so keep that in mind when you purchase your new gpus.
I went from 8800GTX's in sli to GTX 260's and it was a very noticeable upgrade. I had a very similar system to yours when I upgraded. q6600 @ 3.2, 8gb, 780i, 750w

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i play at 1920 by 1080
i have a 23" LG monitor 5ms response time
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ok i get the no crossfire part but what about a single ati graphics card( sry if its a stupid question)
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yeah an ati card would work, might run into some possible driver issues since you'd be running on an nvidia chipset.

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I run an ATI card w/ nVidia chipset w/out issue.





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I run an ATI card w/ nVidia chipset w/out issue.
sweet which card do you run?
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sweet which card do you run?
1. Don't ever get caught loving or hating either manufacturer too much.
2. Google benchmarks for any card that your looking at. Benchmarks also tend to come with reviews.
3. Google crossfire with your mobo model and see how many problems people are having. Remember, you're probably going to see a lot of them because most people don't post up how well things work - only how much they suck.

In short, doing some googling will get you all the answers you need. Benchmarks are supposed to be a good measurement, but only use them as a guideline and look at the same benchmark comparisons at different places. Why? Because they've been known to be rigged and otherwise not equal.

A lot of time reviews are not 100% what we'd like. No different then the media, people can put their own spin on it.

However, most people only have opinions from their experience and that does not necessarily mean they are correct. Get as much information about the cards you want and make a decision off that.

This post is a good start, but do the googling. Maybe also post up in a couple of other places as well. (More tech forums like TX Redneck frequents and such)

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To answer your x-fire question.

I run a single 4850. A friend of mine is running a q6600 @ 3.3 w/ a pair of 512meg 4870's and they stinkin fly on a 25" monitor maxed out.

Word to the wise though, stay away from Diamond branded GPU's. Their "support" is horrendous and warranty sucks too. Go MSI, Asus or XFX.
If you're wanting something like a 5870, a buddy of mine is sellin his 5870's fro 325 ea. and he's flashed them w/ an unlocked MSI Bios so they can be OC'ed beyond what XFX's Bios would allow.

http://forums.pcpitstop.com/index.ph...post&p=1669669

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If you cannot view that post, I'd be willing to be the middle man for ya or PM me and we'll do a screen sharing session w/ Skype.
A little OT, but is that site truly a good site for hardware assistance?

I'm having issue installing some RAM - different speeds then what I currently have (got for free) and could use some advice. (tried adjusting speeds via BIOS and such) Trying to determine if SOL or not. (Fails on POST)

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i know the 8800gtx's are old but how would they compare against lets say a single

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102858

would it be worth buying a p45 mobo and a vid card(1 for now, then as time permits a 2nd...cant afford both, usmc doesnt pay too well)
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The 57xx line are really disappointing. If you're gonna spend the money go 58xx.

Scroll down for reviews and benchmark data.
http://www.maximumpc.com/articles/re...are/videocards





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With the 4890 being close in price (shop around online, you can get one under 200 shipped often) I would pick up one of those instead of a 5770.

The benefits to the 5770 would be, die shrink (higher overclocks), dx11, and i'm sure you could argue that drivers would yeild better performance on the 5770 down the road.

I'd still take a 4890 over it though.

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With the 4890 being close in price (shop around online, you can get one under 200 shipped often) I would pick up one of those instead of a 5770.

The benefits to the 5770 would be, die shrink (higher overclocks), dx11, and i'm sure you could argue that drivers would yeild better performance on the 5770 down the road.

I'd still take a 4890 over it though.


so ive been looking for a 4870x2 but it looks like they are discontinued unless any of you guys know where they are still selling them.
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your gonna pay a premium for that x2, try ebay if you don't mind buying used.
other than that, get ready to be anal raped for the price of it at etailers because for the 400+ your gonna spend I would rather get a 5870.

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your gonna pay a premium for that x2, try ebay if you don't mind buying used.
other than that, get ready to be anal raped for the price of it at etailers because for the 400+ your gonna spend I would rather get a 5870.





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your gonna pay a premium for that x2, try ebay if you don't mind buying used.
other than that, get ready to be anal raped for the price of it at etailers because for the 400+ your gonna spend I would rather get a 5870.
thanks man you've been more than helpful.
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GTX 480 is about to be released....
yeah I was gonna mention fermi as well, but until more information is out (i would wait until they're "out out" before recommending them to anyone) its hard to say if msrp will make it viable to upgrade to.
plus, i wouldn't want to get screwed being an early adopter and run into any possible issues that may arise with it being new tech.

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