Good Video Card for a Phenom 2 3.2ghz

vohnvest

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I'm getting a Phenom II 3.2ghz and want to know what a good video card or cards are a good pair withougt being overkill. Money isnt really an issue, i just dont want to buy a video card that wont really see much of a performance increase from lower cards.
 

vohnvest

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my motherboard supports crossfire, i definitely want ati video card. i was thinking about getting either two 4850's or maybe 2 4870's. or maybe just one 4890.

i play all sorts of games, i just want to get the most bang for my buck. i'm afraid that i'll overspend and have a cpu that bottlenecks my video cards.
 

smoggy12345

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best bang for buck has to be dual 4870's at the mo (or dual gtx260's)

But this is deffo overkill unless ur playing Full HD resolutions or better.
 

Krossfyre

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Right now, I've got a Phenom II 720 X3 @ 3.25GHz and a 4870 1GB and about the only games I can't run at a constant 60FPS (with max settings and max AA and AF) are Crysis, Assassin's Creed (ge's really close to a constant 60), and The Last Remnant (which doesn't like ANY ATI card...I think NVidia has a deal made with that game to prevent ATI cards from running like they should).
 

Krossfyre

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Yes, you would. The 4890 is already noticeably faster than the 4870, so 2 of them together would make for an even larger margin.
 

smoggy12345

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Pffft - 2x4890s would cost quite alot more for maybe 15-20% increase over 2x4870's if that, not worth it IMO.

Dual 4870's is a pretty good setup TBH

I still use SLi'd 8800's (equivalent to 1x 4870) and i cope fine @ 1920x1200!
 

shubham1401

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Single 4890 would be the best for you.You have a decent processor which can handle ANY card in the market.
So better get this and CF whenever you feel the need to.
Your processor will handle them well.
 

RazberyBandit

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^ agreed. Get the best single card you can afford (and support from a power standpoint) at the moment, then crossfire another one later if you ever need to. Crossfire scaling varies from card to card and from game to game, so you'll avoid that situation completely with a single card graphics solution.

Of course, anything more powerful than a 4670 is pretty much wasted on a low-resolution monitor. As you still haven't specified your resolution, it's difficult to recommend anything specific...
 

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No...it didnt.

a single 4890 is around 15% faster than a single 4870.

a 4870x2 is probs around 75% faster than a single 4890.