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What Card to Buy?

Discussion in 'AMD / ATI' started by Urbklr, Jun 16, 2008.

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What should I do?

  1. Wait for HD4870

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  2. Get 2 3870's

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  3. Try to get a 3870X2

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  1. Urbklr

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    Hey, I'm in a bit of a pickle. I need a card within the next 2 weeks, and I'm considering waiting for the HD4870. The question is, is it possible to get one on the 23?...if so I'm staying up till NCIX releases them for sale, then buying it with overnight shipping:laugh:. But, the main question is, should I:

    A: Buy 2 3870's for some Crossy action:p
    B: Try my hardest to pick up a HD3870X2
    C: Wait for the HD4870 to launch sometime Monday mourning

    Keep in mind that I game at 1280x1024, and when I upgrade my monitor...I'll be throwing a new videocard in anyway.
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    Whatever you end up choosing, wait for the 4870 to arrive so that the prices of the other cards drop: they're supposed to, no?

    In theory, the 4870 should be your best bet plus you wouldn't need to upgrade it when you upgrade your monitor: instead, just buy another 4870.

    On the other hand, if you want to throw away some cash, you could buy a 3870x2 (after 4870 is released) and when you upgrade your monitor, you can upgrade your card as well.
    Urbklr says thanks.
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    ATM I'm really thinkin 2 3870's, cause I need two cards for this fall. So now I'm thinking, buy 2 3870's(One for my brother, one for HTPC....yes, it will be doing some gaming)...then in the fall, buy a mature 4870X2, price will be better, and drivers will be nice....How bout that?
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    That card wasn't in your poll options :twitch:

    EDIT

    Also, you didn't mention you needed cards for 2 computers ...:twitch:
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    Yea, sorry:eek:...I just got thinkin.

    See, me+dad are building a HTPC later this year, and brother has a little 2400Pro...So, I'm thinking this is the way to go.
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    If you can afford it, go with 2 * 4870.

    Later on, if you need to upgrade your card, upgrade the one in the HTPC and get the 4870 in the other rig for some CF action: sounds like a plan to me, wouldn't you agree?
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    Don't even really have enough for 1 4870:eek:, no chance of 2:(

    And, I would have to upgrade my PSU...which is more money I don't have
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    I thought you would have, @ least for one because of this:

    This being the case, get 2 * 3870.
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    No offense Urb, I've learned the hard way. No matter what you get they are all going to be proc bottlenecked anyways. Wait for HD4k tho, Then decide.
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    @HTC: Yea, but I mean't later this year...like, end of Summer/Fall, don't have a job yet:eek:

    @Jr: Yarr, buying next Monday:p
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    I say wait for the 4870 to launch and then buy whats got the best price/performance ratio. as when new cards come out, the old ones get cheaper.
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    I'll be buying used:p...So it's either nflesher's 3870's or posibly a 4870
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    I would say go with nfleshers's 3870's since getting a used 4870 will probably be hard to do, especially for a price that is as good as nflesher's.
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    No, I meant I'm going used with the 3870's....If 4870's are way worth the money, I'll try and get one, within seconds of coming on sale:)
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    hmmm ... I though all the reds were scousers ??

    You've not even mentioned G92 ?? Its faster than RV670 and by the looks of things isn't that far behind RV770.

    I get just over 16k in 06 @ 3.6/1000 with my g92GTS @ 800/2000/2200 but the RV770 only gets like 15k .... at least I think thats what I read :)

    Why not get a cheap 8800gts, £75 or so, volt mod it (can be done without soldering, mine is) and blast every single GPU out there .... apart from the gt200s of course :p

    Will run everything this year and probably next year as well !!

    Edit : nvm, didn't realise you were from the land of T&P .... Its not even a real country anyway :p
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    Lawl, no Nvidia's please. I prefer ATi, better IQ, better drivers, similar performance(soon to be more;)), and great dual/tri/quad gpu support.

    Yep, Canadian's love their ATi:)...Could care less about AMD, I<3them, but they gotta get their heads out of their a**'s:shadedshu
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    Oh don't worry Urb, I reported his trolling acts. I do have to say you are making a wise decision though. :)
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    Haha, thanks:)

    I must say, I'm on the wall with card thou. Comes down to the first 4870 bench...If it wrecks, It'll be mine first minute it is out:p. If not, I'll go dual 3870's:D
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    Im tellin you tho man, single HD3870. They are "WOWOMG".
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    Meh, I'm comin from a HD2900XT, which is mostly faster:p
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    why not xfire 2 4870s when they arrive?
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    what happened to the card you had before? Why not get 2 4850
    Crunching for Team TPU
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    I'm not made of money guys:p
    2x3870's= About 300
    4870= About 350+tax+shipping=425
    2x4850's= About 400+

    I sold my 2900XT, in preparation of the HD4xxx series....or if they weren't steller, 2x3870's:p

    @Oli, 1: Can't afford
    2: They require 4xPCI-e plugs...would need new PSU:eek:
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    get 2 4850s then if you can it will be faster then 2 3870s

    WTF am i doing here when i should be putting the OCZ ram in my rig...
    Crunching for Team TPU
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    I do wait, and if you cannot afford a 4870, then get a 4850.

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