Re: ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series
Nvidia has one better card GTX 280, it ain't much better, pratically double the price so 4870's a good choice at the $300 level. the 4850 is $200, get that if your on a tighter budget.
Your gonna need a normal LCD/CRT monitor. HDTV is not nessary but could be an option. For CRT, it comes with a VGA to DVI adapter, for HDMI, you got your DVI to HDMI and lastly DVI for digital lcd monitors.
also keep in mind you need a decent power supply to support this videocard. I'd recommend at least a 450watt psu if you got a dual core system or 500watt if you got quad. 30 amps on the 12v rail(s).
This card is avaible now in the United states in newegg. Its coming to Canada in the next couple of weeks.
Other cards to choose from, 8800GT or 8800GTS which are 150ish. You also got your 9800GTX at $200 competing and performing very similar to the 4850. The new 9800GTX+ will be $230ish which is bascially a 9800GTX oced to the max. out performs the 4850 just a little bit. but the 4870 tops it all.
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