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Old 10-30-2008, 11:28 PM   #11
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in less than a year its prob gonna be like 70$
It won't become that cheap. The prices might increase a bit, once in stores. It really depends, though. You can't really tell in the tech world. Until it happens, that is.
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Old 10-31-2008, 04:13 PM   #12
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It won't become that cheap. The prices might increase a bit, once in stores. It really depends, though. You can't really tell in the tech world. Until it happens, that is.
There are like 5 stores in the US that sell video cards anyway, so...
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Old 10-31-2008, 04:56 PM   #13
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There are like 5 stores in the US that sell video cards anyway, so...
they are going for about $170+ each.
and im only willing to spend about $100 on one.
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Old 10-31-2008, 05:01 PM   #14
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1680*1050 and I don't like ATi all their cards i had died on me when overclocking by even .01MHz
I have my HD 4850 volt modded, BIOS flashed and overclocked on stock cooling and it's still running strong.
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Aye, I don't have my 4870 Modded etc., but I have it set to max CCC Overclocking settings. That's 200MHZ!!! over the stock memory speed. And that's 40MHZ!!! over the stock core speed. All that and it runs at a top temperature of a high 62C! That's only at 50% fan speed, anything over that is unneeded however.
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uhmmm i would say get a better CPU. the 8600 is a decent card but the 4000+ sucks
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Old 10-31-2008, 06:13 PM   #17
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The 4000+ is a decent CPU, especially when overclocked. The 8600 is by far the weakest link.
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I agree. Even the 8600GTS isn't that great of a card either.
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I have my HD 4850 volt modded, BIOS flashed and overclocked on stock cooling and it's still running strong.
Not changing my opinion until someone shows me an ati card that has at least 600/1000 clock and it's overclockable and under 150$

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Aye, I don't have my 4870 Modded etc., but I have it set to max CCC Overclocking settings. That's 200MHZ!!! over the stock memory speed. And that's 40MHZ!!! over the stock core speed. All that and it runs at a top temperature of a high 62C! That's only at 50% fan speed, anything over that is unneeded however.
And lol I got my 8600 to core 720MHz from 540 and 1200mem from 700

EDIT: is this a good card?
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Not changing my opinion until someone shows me an ati card that has at least 600/1000 clock and it's overclockable and under 150$
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And lol I got my 8600 to core 720MHz from 540 and 1200mem from 700
A lot of people on this forum know more than you, if I were you, I'd listen to them.
You ask for advice, and when people give it to you, you BS them. Does something seem wrong here? When I ask for help, I listen to the people who respond as they usually know more than me on the subject, I think you should do the same.

Higher clock speeds =/= higher performance. Sorry, that sign is supposed to mean "does not equal", but it didn't come out very well.
Clock speeds have virtually no meaning when it comes to GPU performance. There is much more to it, stream processors, texturing units, memory interface, ROPs etc...

Since you've told us you play at 1680x1050, the HD 4850 is the obvious choice. It has the best performance in it's price segment, it's within your budget and it's overclockable. What's the problem?
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