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  1. combat goofwing New Member

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    Had my new build for a week now and already thinking i could have done things better and need to make a few mods

    2 areas for mods cooling and graphics

    Graphics

    been told my system is beening held back by having a XFX HD4870 1 gig and to get the best out of it i should either fit another , or get a HD4870X2 ,or even wait for the 4890, as my power supply doens't have enough connections and room on my MOBO seems almost impossible to fit in another XFX HD4870 1 gig
    see pic here
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/36125483@N06/3351397950/

    so then i think the better option is sell my week old HD4870 and get either the HD4870x2 or wait for the HD4890, which is the better option whats your views, what would you do

    cooling

    my case is a bit on the small side and while the 2 case fans that come with it are fine on low mode on meduim which is needed to keep the case cool there are a little noisey

    i fitted a 120mm fan at the front to draw cold air in over the HD and provide good air flow, so wha i think is remove the 2 stock case fane put one on the side of the case running low for extra GPU cooling, put the other at the front of the case running low for extra air flow, and then buy 2 new good silent(if possible) case fans for the top and back of the case.

    think this is the beat possible way to solve both issues with out having to get new case, power supply and graphics card
     
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    what size and resolution monitor do you use? If your not running a resolution higher than 1920*1200, the 4870 1 gig is fine. If your running higher than 1920*1200 resolution, then you might want to look into going crossfire, or buying a 4870x2
     
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    Are you using it for gaming a lot? I have the 4870 and it is a good card but i got it because i felt it was good value. You have a high spec machine and you sound like your a bit disapointed with the graphics so maybe you should upgrade. I dont have any experiance with the 4870 but i heard that there was still some driver issues. what games are you playing and at what settings?+what framerates are you getting?
     
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    You are not going to fit two cards in there. I think your 4870 should be enough for now, as long as you are not lacking performance in a game cause of resolution, but I doubt that.
     
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    using 1920 X1080
     
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    playing far cry 2 which is fine @1920 X1080 everything high but been told things like crysis will laugh at it @1920 x 1080, using it for gaming
     
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    Crysis laughs at 99% of all hardware as it is. Wouldn't even bother upgrading for that game. Game on and be merry! Your 4870 should last you quite a while.
     
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    I had a 4850 before i got my 4870 but up graded cos it couldnt quite handle the 24" screen, though that could run crysis ok on med settings. I think you'll be ok with what you got, i'd suggest keeping it till your actually noticing problems otherwise you'll constantly be upgrading your gpu! in the meentime it may be worth getting a slightly bigger case-it looks a bit cramped in there! besides a gpu will be out of date in a year or two but a good case could last ages.
    im looking at the Cooler Master ATCS 840 at the mo its VERY pricy but I want it. mmmm
     
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    just overclock your processor and be happy. still a kickass rig
     
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    Forget Crysis, no rig will play that game smooth at the highest detail... (if you ask me, for most a 4870 w/1GB would be plenty at that res)
     
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    really getting sick of that... esp. when I can play Crysis with everything set to Very High on my rig, which is nothing close to as powerful as the OP's rig is.
     
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    I have a 4870X2 + 4870 1GB + i7 965 + 12GB of RAM and Im not satisfied.

    Still getting stick?
     
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    well I get 20fps average and I find that very playable... you must either by lying about your specs or expecting 100fps solid
     
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    so back on topic what about by ram, looking at the pics is it set up right running in triple channel
     
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    I don't lie!
     
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    JR is spot on on this. HD 4870 1GB is an excellent card and is great for almost any game. If you are that unhappy try another in crossfire, id personally prefer that to getting 4870x2.
     
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    well then you're expecting some rediculous amount of fps you're just not going to get with today's hardware... because I find Crysis playable on my rig when it's maxed out.
     
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    but you play at 1440x900..... I find crysis playable at 30 fps, but I don't mind sacrificing some settings for it... OP, stick with your 4870... THE ONLY GAME that might not play as you expect is Crysis, the rest of the games will be very playable at very high settings on 1920x1080, so don't worry, and OC your i7!!!

    So, upgrade those case fans, and save up for watercooling :D

    for 300$, you get a GREAT WC setup... and you won't regret it.... EVER
     

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