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Best upgrade(s) for $500?

Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by paulm, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. kid41212003

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    The best performance/price vid card is GTX260.

    Get that card, and save the rest of the money, it should keep you gaming for another 6 months or more.

    When you have more money, it should give you more options, and at that time there will be more options for you to upgrade.
     
  2. trt740

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    1.4850x2 is a piece of crap video card, that has a horrible fan(loud as hell) , and has driver issues out the ass and about zero game support for one , 2. a Q9550 EO when overclocked is super fast and more than anything he will need for years , plus it has a great resale and will do 4.0ghz 24/7. Remember you asked:D
     
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    wow let's calm down here... NOT a piece of crap card.... maybe loud fans... but then you can turn them down a bit no? no driver issues... now that ATI has been giving driver support.... game support is basically driver support...

    2. i7, for the price now.... >>>>>>>>>>>>>> Q9550 :)
     
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    No one was worked up, someone here needs to be less sensitive, and ATi just started supporting that card with drivers and good look luck finding games that support it and you cannot turn the fan down, it's not supported in ccc and it is a piece of crap card, because basically all you getting 60 percent of the time is a 4850 with a loud ass fan.:D
     
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    lol... I thought 4850x2 ran 150% compared to 4850? buying a vga cooler isn't that hard... and I suggested WC later on so....

    why do all reviews give 4850x2 a really good mark? waiting for driver support isn't that long.... therefore, MAX 1 month before the 4850x2 stops acting like a 4850 with the new driver support for a game...
     
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    yes the 4850x2 is about 40 percent faster than a 4850, when you can get the drivers to work and a game that supports it and crossfire. However, when that doesn't happen it reverts back to a single gpu 4850.
     
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    I don't think so... And neither does anand.
     
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    Hey guys, lets leave it at:

    4850x2 is loud
    Multi-GPU is problematic at times
    4850x2 is a good card for the price (especially if it is getting more compatibility issues solved)

    Sound good?
     
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    why not get the eVGA 260 (core 216, 55nm die) isn't it the 4850's rival?
     
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    No it slaps the 4870 in the face.
     
  13. lilkiduno New Member

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    :toast:

    wouldn't that be one of the most senseable items to add into a upgrade if you plan to upgrade to a core i7 into the futher:roll:

    I think I listed a reasonable upgrade package: new gpu, cooler, and psu(both of which would power a dual SLi rig on a i7 set up!)
     
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    Get a 4850x2. I have a 4870x2 and it's amazing at high Res.
     
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    Get a GTX 285 if you can. Very close performance to a 4870x2.
     
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    Since when does a 260 slap a 1gb 4870 in the face?
     
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    Thats not really slapping it in the face, they are pretty close. A GTX-295 vs a 4870 1gb would be face slapping.
     
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    I know. They perform close so not considered slapping. He just said that because he had nothing else to say. :rolleyes:
     
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    Guess so..well really you cannot go wrong with either card man. The choice is yours now if you will excuse me I have some chipotle to attend to.
     
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    I'll be getting the GTX 285 (90% sure).

    I need to ask:

    What is the best DDR3 memory for an i7 build, regardless of price? What DDR3 memory for an i7 build gives the best value?

    Would this be the best choice to go with for an x58 mobo, or is there something better for about $300 and under?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813136065

    Thanks.
     
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    I haven't heard anything about the EVGA board being better than an ASUS P6T Deluxe or Gigabyte UD5, for example.

    I have heard good things about that DFI board, but if I'm wrong, feel free to tell me, since I have no experience with X58 mobo's.
     
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