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Old 03-12-2009, 10:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Friend is building a new rig, and what will be his best bang for buck? Needs something fairly future-proof too, as he only upgrades video cards every 1.5-2 years.

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I'd say go for the GTX 295 if you can afford it. It consumes a lot less power at load compared to a 4870x2. But, it would be pointless to have if you're not gaming on a resolution of 1920 x 1200 or above.
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Yeah, I told him I didn't think it'd matter much. I didn't see the GTX 295 giving him a world of difference in performance, but I always check my stuff here first. Thanks. He games on 1920 x 1200; so, I will recommend the 295 unless I see a sweet deal on a 4870x2 on the buy/sell/trade.
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I agree with Havoc. I just got a 4850 x2 and it plays all my games great at 1920x1200. And your saving a quite a bit of money.
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4870x2 runs hot at least my friends did and that was even after new drivers.

I'd go with the 295 and that is coming from a ATI guy
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Personally i'd suggest either a 285 or 295 from xfx or evga just for ease of RMA should anything go wrong. Unless you can find an XFX 4870x2, but i dont think they make them just yet. ATI board partners arent exactly the greatest when it comes to customer service.
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Yeah, the 4850x2 looks nice, but he was specifically looking at the 4870x2 or GTX 295.
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yeah, gtx 295 then.

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^ the tri sli'ed GTX 285's outperform 2 GTX 295's at the res he is at.
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