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Old 06-08-2008, 04:21 AM   #1
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so ive been wanting to get a new graphics card lately, and with games like mass effect and GRID, i cant play in the settings i want.
so what should it do?
should i go get the Visiontek HD 3850 for $130/Visiontek HD 3870 for $160?
or should i wait till next month and buy a 4xxx series?
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Old 06-08-2008, 04:28 AM   #2
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Default Re: what should i do?

I'd get the 3850,(according to gogle)You can overclock it more than the 3870 so you would get more performance out of it.
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Old 06-08-2008, 04:29 AM   #3
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Default Re: what should i do?

If you wait next month you could get this for $150

Radeon HD 4670
512MB GDDR4
1000/1200 (Ati factory clocks)

Sources: http://www.nordichardware.com/news,7356.html
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Old 06-08-2008, 04:33 AM   #4
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Default Re: what should i do?

isnt the 4670 more of a midrange card?
sorry, but i dont like midrange cards, i prefer high-end cards.
but seeing how much the 4850/4870 costs, i might just go with the 3850 or 3870.
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Old 06-08-2008, 04:45 AM   #5
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Default Re: what should i do?

You could get the EVGA GeForce 8800 GT 512MB for $159.
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Check this out







HD 3850





HD 3870





i would go with the 3850. the 3870 just isnt worth it
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Old 06-08-2008, 05:33 AM   #7
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upon seeing other benchmarks, is the $30 not worth it for 3-10 framerates?
even with more ram (3850 - 256mb GDDR3, 3870 - 512mb GDDR4) the $30 is still not worth it?
is visiontek a trusted brand?
i dont usually overclock, i only do when i am bored, or when my room is cool.
these arent the cards i am planning to get, but which heatsink and fan is better?
one like this?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102719
or one like this?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161218
i have 7 case fans btw.
2 on the side, 2 on the top, 1 in the back, 1 on the bottom, and 1 on the front.
i dont vacuum my computer much either, only about 2 times a year.
and more information on helping me decide, i play on 1650x1050 resolution, and i try to turn on AA, and multisampling whenever i can, if i lag, then i turn them off.
I also plan on Crossfiring it later on. Most likely when i get another 2gb of ram to help run vista, and a new power supply with 600w, then i will get another card, and that'll probably be around next year.
i cant get a job since i will be going to college, and getting financial aid, and if i have a job, i cant have financial aid to help pay for college.
thanks in advance
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The HIS HSF is better, just look at the heatpipes yum yum.

If I were you, I'd wait for the HD 4850. They are going to be priced very competetively (sub $200) whilst offering performance superior to the 9800GTX.
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$200 is a lot of money. and i dont think that the 4870 is going to be $200 when it comes out, its going to be more than $200, but not by much, and i just dont have that type of money.
I dont use Nvidia, because my board supports crossfire, and i want to use it sometime in the future when the 3xxx series goes down, and i need some performance gain.
The HIS card got pretty bad ratings, but since you are suggesting those kind of heatsinks, i would get one of these then.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814103050
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127315
and what about Visiontek?
are they good? seems like stores only sells visionteks
found a youtube video review

would the heatsink be like the one in the video?
or the one on newegg?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814129100
and heres the link of the place i am going to buy it from if i decided it to.
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0277103
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