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Old 03-22-2009, 05:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default New Video card, what to get?

Well if any of you've seen my latest gripe, you all know that my GTX 260 is being a bad boy, and I've had it RMA'ed, so on and so forth, and ultimately I have decided to get a new card.

I look up reviews extensively, and I look everywhere; however, reviews don't really help me as much as this place. For some reason, I get a warm-fuzzy feeling from the suggestions of the community here, and therefore, I have decided to come to you all with my newest issue!

My budget is $350.00-$400.00, but I would prefer to stay on the lower end of this price range. What would be a good upgrade from a GTX 260? What would be my best bang-for-buck ratio out of all the cards available?

I was really looking up GTX280-285 vs. 4850x2 comparisons, but a lot of gripes stimulated from dual-gpu technology, stating that drivers can be a hassle.

So what would be the best card in my price range?

Thanks all, for your help, in advanced!
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well the GTX 285 is about on par with the 4850X2. if it were me tho then i would get a GTX285.
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Well, i will vote for the GTX285 - its serving me extremely well, and at 1680x1050 it can handle any game at 4xAA. If you game on a higher res though, you might want to consider a 4870x2.

I have heard some fairly poor reports about the 4850x2, its seems to come under the gtx285 in fps in most games. A single card solution is always better in my opinion if you have the choice. Less power (mostly) and less headaches.
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GTX 285 is priced at $345.00

4850x2 priced at $280.00

Is the price difference of $65.00 worth it?
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I don't think the GTX 285 justifies the higher price considering it is actually the slower of the two cards.

What motherboard do you have?
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I see - So it is as I feared, and dual gpu solutions are a pain. I do game at a 1900x1200 solution. Maybe I should just bite the bullet and go with the GTX 295? Is there something awesome if I wait a month or so? I don't have to have it absolutely now, as I am only playing The Witcher, and it mostly runs fine.
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If you are willing to spend the full $00 you could get a HD 4870x2 which is the fastest card in your price range.

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I see - So it is as I feared, and dual gpu solutions are a pain. I do game at a 1900x1200 solution. Maybe I should just bite the bullet and go with the GTX 295? Is there something awesome if I wait a month or so? I don't have to have it absolutely now, as I am only playing The Witcher, and it mostly runs fine.
You can get a HD4870x2 for $400. The drivers i think by this stage are fairly mature, it just seems that the 4850x2 has a few issues though.

Also the $65 difference, well thats up to you, read lots of reviews.
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I don't think the GTX 285 justifies the higher price considering it is actually the slower of the two cards.

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nah, the GTX 285 is accually fast as or faster than the 4850x2. the GTX 280 is slower than the 4850x2. but for the price a 4850x2 is a good card.
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