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I have a budget of about 300 dollars for a single video card or two cards running together. i was looking at the asus 3870 or the 2900pro 1 gb card.there both the same price which would you pic? Thanks



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Id get the 3870. you can pencil mod it to 1gb. look for the "3870 & 3850 adventue" thread they have it there on the last page... Ive also seen it done so i can say its no bs.
 

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1Gb card is faster.

I would get TWO 2900Pro cards for 160 on newegg and flash both of them into XT cards.
 

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1Gb card is faster.

I would get TWO 2900Pro cards for 160 on newegg and flash both of them into XT cards.
thanks for the ideas because i was stuck when i came to this.
 
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Go for the 3870 and mod it... Crank up those volts and switch to a new BIOS and you will be running a beast.

You know it will run cooler and o/c higher on that 55nm ;)
 

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ALSO BIG ALSO
What PSU do you have?
LOL, yeah you will need an 850W or something along the big lines, which will cost pretty expensive if you are going to get 2 2900 Pro/flash to XT
 
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#8
I have a budget of about 300 dollars for a single video card or two cards running together. i was looking at the asus 3870 or the 2900pro 1 gb card.there both the same price which would you pic? Thanks



here are my specs:

AMD phenom 9600
m2a-mvp crossfire board
500 watt power supply
1 gb ram
cooler master cavalier case

This is a no-brainer if you ask me,..PCI-Express 2.0,...Shader model 4.0,... Directx 10.1,..UVD support,..GDDR4 memory,...HDMI,...come on people,..HD3870 FTW.
 

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i'd say 3870
 
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HD 3870 FTW since you got a crossfire board
 

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How the hell do you add memory that isn't there with a pencil mod?
 

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Id get the 3870. you can pencil mod it to 1gb. look for the "3870 & 3850 adventue" thread they have it there on the last page... Ive also seen it done so i can say its no bs.

How the hell do you add memory that isn't there with a pencil mod?
LOL...I think DaMulta has the right Idea by adding more RAM and 2X2900 1GB.

:toast:
 

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lol, youre welcome. I think coldstorm just misunderstood what he read.
yeah i think i'm going to buy some more memory.Is 2 gb enough or should i go with a 4gb kit?
 
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oh yeah, i sure did! See , this is what happens when you use the register at work as a computer... touch screen is a pain and to many people brothering you to where you forget what you are doing!
go w/ 2gbs unless your using a 64 bit os system
 

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3870 unless you want to buy a PSU like mine or better.