Upgrade advice???

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hey everyone, just wondering which card would be best for my system?
after looking for quite some time i think ati is definately the way i am going with this, just because value for money and power consumption are the 2 key factors in my choice
so, i am wondering, which card would be best for my system out of the, his 4870 1gb, xfx 4870 1gb (this is my personal fav cuz of xfx brilliant warranty system) 4890 (from the same manufactures just listed) or the 3870x2
i am looking for the most performance increase possible on my 8800gtx. my games of preference are first person shooters and strategies, i mainly play farcry2 and crysis warhead.
hope ive given enough info for a insciteful answer. cheers guys
 

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ok for some reason my rig didnt come up on here, i did list it in my profile.
my rig

gigabyte gama790fx-dq6 mainboard

amd 9750 quad 2400 processor

crucial ballistix 1066mhz ram (running at 800 though? cant get it to run in 1066)

nvidia 8800gtx

antec truepower 550w

 

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the 800mhz limitation stems from your mobo chipset.

not much to suggest here, you are sold on either a xfx 4870 or 4890. both very nice cards.

4870 is a better deal overall. 4890 is a better performer, and has better overclocking potential. its up to you homie.
 

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thats great thanks for your help, i did also consider a gtx260 or 280 but was told that my psu would not be enough for it. is this true?
when using a power consumption calculator it works out that i am recommended a 480watt psu for these cards, but most people recommend that a 550 would be to little. I am so confused about power consumption etc. i know my psu has 30a on the 12v rail and 40a on the 5v rail then it says there is a 3.3v rail with 32a, this is so confusing to me would any of the cards i have listed be to much for my system?
 
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Nvidia themselves state that the GTX275 requires a 550W supply with twin 6 pin connectors, although some factory overclocked cards may require more, the same is true for the HD4890, so your Antec is enough.
The 8800GTX is still a potent card and you'll need to look at either the GTX275 or HD4890 to get a realistic boost in performance but one key question is unanswered: What is the resoloution of your monitor?
If the monitor is 16x10 or less, then I'd suggest you save your money, it is unlikely you will see any useful benefit from a faster card.
 

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sorry guys, and thanks for your help, these are all things i knew i should have stated earlier, my monitor is a acer 22 inch max res is 1640 by 1050. thanks again for all your help i really appreciate it
 

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*** with something i only know about in theory, i am an avid gamer but not really an enthusiast to be honest. just bagged a bargain :) xfx 4870 with full warranty in box off ebay for 90 :) bonus :) coozie would have waited like you suggested mate, but im upgrading my mrs pc aswell, i already sold her gcard on ebay and needed to replace it with the one from my pc asap, much appreciate the advice though :)
 

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thanks everybody :) coozie in regard to overclock can you recommend a good tutorial? im guessing there is numerous ones on here somewhere? whats a safe ammount to overclock the 9750 phenom? i have a good after market heatsink on there, its the zalman 9700 l.e.d one :) love it
 

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cool, nah its a custom build i made myself :) my baby, haha thats good news then, so maybe its time for me to get involved with some oc?:) any suggestions how high i can go? zalman 9700 heatsink bein used