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Graphics card for a X58 system

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Nickel, Mar 5, 2009.

  1. Nickel

    Nickel New Member

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    Ok, I'm building a computer for my friend, it's got X58 board which is SLI capable, 920 i7, ect. The graphics card budget is about £300-£500. What should I get?
     
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    Gtx 285/295
     
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    Maybe 4870 X 2 or dual 4850 X 2's if he were to go the ATI route?
     
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    4870x2 FTW!
     
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    So how about two 4850x2 1GB ?
     
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    Is the board both SLI and Crossfire capable? I heard some weren't.

    I'd get two GTX 280s. He should be fine with those. Start with one and get another if he isn't happy. :p
     
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    Quick question, will I run into difficulty when installing two dual slot GPUs in a Antec 900 case
     
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    GTX 295 is my suggestions ~ however I am bias>>
    Had two 4870's in Crossfire and was dissapointed with their performance. I am amazed with the performance with the 295 :roll:

    If you cannot afford the 295, go with the 285 ~ I find the NVIDIA drivers to currently be superior to the ATI drivers (personal opinion after three years of owning ATI GPU's).
     
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    I have been asking myself the exact same question, and as much as I think I should go with two 280s (Buy one and then the other to save spending money all at once)
    But I just don't think I will be satisfied personally unless I get a 4870x2 :/ And I don't know why.
    So I say go for a 4870x2 :)
     
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    Quad 4850 vs 295?
     
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    295 all the way...beats having to install so many cards...
     
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    4870 X2's are cheaper and the performance is negligible.
     
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    I'd say Quad 4850 if hes got the money to spend there shouldnt be too much of a prob getting them in there..i have a antec 900 myself they look roomy enuff
     
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    I wouldn't get more than two cards honestly. I would imagine it's a pain in the ass to get setup and it's been proven that 4 GPU's perform about the same as 3.
     
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    I vote GTX285. Very good for the money. An even better deal is the 4850x2 but u'll have to deal with driver problems for a while.
     
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    I have do say GTX 295
     
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    The driver problems are gone as it's now an official SKU in the 9.1 and 9.2 drivers and it's going to be supported from now on.
     
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    Sorry - but I disagree with you :toast:

    Plus as I stated ealier ~ it is my opinion that Nvidia drivers are better.
     
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    It depends on the monitor being used.........

    If talking single GPU, I'd go either cheapest GTX 285 or 260 Core 216.
    If talking dual GPU, I'd go either GTX 295, or a pair of cheap GTX 260's.

    Cheapest GTX 260(192 core) is $200, 2=$400
    on Newegg
    OOS cheapest GTX 295 is $500 on Newegg
    For about $470, you can get 2 XFX GTX 260 Core 216's on Newegg
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    Cheapest GTX 280 is around $325, 2=$650 on Newegg

    Cheapest GTX 285 is around $350, 2=$700 on newegg

    .....I agree w/ HammerON about Nvidia drivers. Well, maybe they're not "better", but they're easier to follow(in use and which is latest).
     
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    i would not go with quad cards... just unnecessary. Go with a 4870x2! They are cheaper than the 295's and not worse by much. But hey 295's are great so you could get one of them too. Either way, get a card with 2 gpu's on one so you don't have to worry about spacial issues
     
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    get a gtx 280 as because of the gtx 285, these are cheaper than ever now and when games struggles, get another and if the mobo is 3 way sli capable, GET ANOTHER MORE!
     
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    Just one GTX 295 will do what you want and then some.
     
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    ohhh.. I got it.. I think he should crossfire 2 4870X2's and buy a GTX 295 for PhysX.... :p
     
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    Dual 285's and OC!
     
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    a 4870x2/Gtx-295
     

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