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Need GPU upgrade advice please

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Black Panther, Dec 25, 2008.

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Which one should I choose? I have a PSU with 2 rails 16A and 18A on the +12V....

  1. EVGA GTX 280 1GB Superclocked € 438.99

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  2. Gainward HD4870X2 2048MB € 459.00

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  3. Wait a month or two and then decide

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  1. Black Panther

    Black Panther Senior Moderator™ Staff Member

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    Topic is the desktop (not laptop) in my system specs:

    E8400 which is 4.2Ghz stable, 6GB RAM (somewhat I can only get 5GB recognisable but that's not important)

    Anyway right now I'm working with a single 8800GT on Vista x64.
    I don't have the option for SLI or CF on the P5B mobo obviously... :ohwell:

    I have budget sufficently saved up for a high-end card, and am undecided between either an EVGA GTX 280 1GB Superclocked for € 438.99 or a Gainward HD4870X2 2048MB for € 459.00

    Apart from that, I gotta change PSU. The one I got currently has 2 x 12V rails which supply 16A and 18A. Well sufficient for an 8800GT but not for any of the above quoted GPU's which need over 40A in 12V rail.

    What I would like to know is what GPU would it be best for me to get now. Or would it be better if I wait for the 295 Nvidia or the next gen ATI card?

    And which PSU would it be best that I get, preferably from the same shop here please see list of PSU's available.
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    erocker Super Moderator Staff Member

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    W1zzard has a review of the Hiper TypeM 780W and it looks very good.:) http://www.mmd-trading.com/index.php?p=prod_det.php&cat_code=PSU&prod_code=HPU-4M780

    The 4870X2 is a fine card, however there will always be the fact that single GPU cards will be better optimized for games and have less problems. The GTX280 is a great card, however it's being replaced very shortly with the GTX285 55nm version. If you want to get something now, the GTX280 isn't that good of a choice for the price you're paying. If you want the 1gb of memory onboard, what about a 1gb 4870? Ok, I see that isn't an option at the store you have to use so, it goes back to the GTX280 vs. the 4870x2. I would say that the 4870x2 is worth the extra € 20 over the GTX.
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    Black Panther Senior Moderator™ Staff Member

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    I can also buy from this store:

    PSU's

    GPU's

    They only have the GTX280 with 1GB vram though...
    If I upgrade, I'd want 1GB or more vram.
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    I'll recommend you the GTX280. HD4870x2 runs very hot if it's on a reference cooler but I'll doubt a non-reference cooler will give a huge decrease in temps.
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    Black Panther Senior Moderator™ Staff Member

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    Well I don't really mind the heat, I mean it's a dual-slot cooler so heat will get blown out of the case?

    What's the disadvantage of having a card run hot? Apart for possibly more power consumption? Low overclocking potential perhaps?

    As long as it can deal with today's games/benchmarks and not artifact it'd be ok for me.
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    I would get a 4870X2 over a 280 any day
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    erocker Super Moderator Staff Member

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    No, it really doesn't when you have fan control.

    Could you elaborate?


    The 4870X2 is the best out of what you have to choose and is deffinitely worth it over the GTX280. I would go with the 4870x2 and the Hiper PSU based off of the good reviews they get.
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    Well if its two of my 4850's than I would imagine its awesome.
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    Black Panther Senior Moderator™ Staff Member

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    Well yes those were the local shops, but I can always buy from OcUK.

    If the sterling goes any lower.... they'd start to be a bargain I guess!
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    wait till the end of January then buy.
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    Personally, I wouldn't wait. There's always some new technology right around the corner that offers you something better. The 4870x2 is the card to get IMO. I agree with what erocker says completely. Heat won't be a problem. My old xt1950xtx card would get up to 90 degrees while playing games, but even then the card never crashed. I didn't start to worry about my temps until I started overclocking it, but even then heat was never an issue because I'd use riva tuner to control the temps and the card would run fine.

    As for the psu: that's up to you. For the price I'd say the Corsair or PCP&C 750w are both really hard to beat. You could even get the Corsair 650w psu and run that card with no problems if you wanted to. Hiper also makes great power supplies. They're kind of an unknown company that doesn't get much recognition, but they make good stuff from what I've seen. Going with them would be a good decision as well.
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    errm I have to disagree here. Your right there's always something around the corner but something that's about to come out in 2-3weeks you can wait for. If you get something that's just come out uv'e got the latest and will do until they bring out another card (Q2?). If you get an ATI 4870x2 and then 2 weeks later the GTX295 comes out and beats it your going to be gutted and besides, I read that they are pricing the GTX295 very competitively!! possibly cheaper than the 4870x2?
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    Black Panther Senior Moderator™ Staff Member

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    I think I'll be waiting till mid/end January. I can hold on...

    It'd be great if the GTX295 is going to be very competitive - even if it isn't, in the event that I won't be able to afford it I'm sure it will lower the prices of the other cards on the market.
    Thank you all.
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    +1 on the wait. With the 295's coming out you can either get that or get the 280's which will im sure drop in price

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