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Worth the money, and possibly insults?
King_Of_The_Mountain 
7/9/08 5:41:38 PM
Overlord

I've got a fairly new computer with a ATI HD3870 graphics card and im wondering if it would be worth it upgrading to a HD4870? I mean my major problem is that my computer is near new, the other problem is that i have a friend who owns a computer shop and i could go out now and get it if i wanted. that said the 3870 is working fine im just after peoples opinions about whether this is a promising upgrade.

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SceptreCore 
7/9/08 5:49:30 PM
Guru

Do you feel you need a new graphics card?

Does it play all the games you want, and does it play them well?

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King_Of_The_Mountain 
7/9/08 5:53:13 PM
Overlord

It plays them well for the most part, not like max AA and such but highest settings all round.

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nesquick 
7/9/08 6:00:27 PM
Guru

why not get some aftermarket cooling and overclock it? it would be cheaper.

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King_Of_The_Mountain 
7/9/08 6:02:44 PM
Overlord

Thats some of my problem, i can get this new card ridicously cheap.

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SceptreCore 
7/9/08 6:03:29 PM
Guru

Quote by King_Of_The_Mountain
It plays them well for the most part, not like max AA and such but highest settings all round.

So ask yourself do you really need this?

I tell you what, list your system specs and we will tell you what needs upgrading.

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King_Of_The_Mountain 
7/9/08 6:05:38 PM
Overlord

4Gb of ram
quad core Q6600
HD3870 graphics card
650watt power supply (i think it might be more)
Antec 900 gaming case - massive cooling

i think ive listed most of the important parts.

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'I don't know, I pre-ordered spore, galactic edition even, and the lead up to it was so frustrating i wanted to play it, but when i played it my soul hurt for some reason' - quote by myself.

nesquick 
7/9/08 6:31:46 PM
Guru

problem is the 4870 needs a core 2 at about 3.2ghz so you can make full use of it, i would keep what you have and wait till the next gen of cards as you said it plays everything fine.

although how cheap is cheap? if its like $100 cheap hook me up i will buy a few and sell them in trademart :P

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SceptreCore 
7/9/08 6:38:32 PM
Guru

Quote by nesquick
problem is the 4870 needs a core 2 at about 3.2ghz so you can make full use of it, i would keep what you have and wait till the next gen of cards as you said it plays everything fine.

although how cheap is cheap? if its like $100 cheap hook me up i will buy a few and sell them in trademart :P


Yes and yes

Me wants to know how cheap?

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King_Of_The_Mountain 
7/9/08 7:04:09 PM
Overlord

about 250 if not cheaper

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SceptreCore 
7/9/08 7:12:19 PM
Guru

Quote by King_Of_The_Mountain
about 250 if not cheaper



awesome, keep us apprised.

Also, have you overclocked that Q6600? If not do so, and also, buy one of those 4870's

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King_Of_The_Mountain 
7/9/08 7:22:31 PM
Overlord

i havent overclocked it but its something i might look into, ill keep you updated with the cards though.

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TheFrunj 
7/9/08 9:15:38 PM
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Quote by King_Of_The_Mountain
Thats some of my problem, i can get this new card ridicously cheap.


How "ridiculously cheap" is it exactly?

And you don't "need" to overclock, but it will help your scores :)

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lukey1990 
7/9/08 10:16:41 PM
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Quote by TheFrunj
Quote by King_Of_The_Mountain
Thats some of my problem, i can get this new card ridicously cheap.


How "ridiculously cheap" is it exactly?

And you don't "need" to overclock, but it will help your scores :)



Quote by King_Of_The_Mountain
about 250 if not cheaper

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Jeruselem 
7/9/08 10:25:25 PM
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Go for it man, and sell the HD3870 :)

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King_Of_The_Mountain 
7/9/08 10:38:54 PM
Overlord

might do, might even place it in the trade section.

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'I don't know, I pre-ordered spore, galactic edition even, and the lead up to it was so frustrating i wanted to play it, but when i played it my soul hurt for some reason' - KOTM

nesquick 
7/9/08 11:37:11 PM
Guru

o.O i would like to acquire one of those :)

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osama_bin_athlon 
8/9/08 8:13:40 AM
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I'm in the same boat but X2 - I got a 3870X2 which pulls 17,326 in 3DMark06 (stock settings), and a pile of $$$'s coming in a few weeks.....will I go with insanity, or...won't I....

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aaronbajado 
8/9/08 11:37:54 AM
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now that ridiculously cheap, overclocked your quad core then buy the HD4870

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elmo198 
8/9/08 7:30:53 PM
Champion

IMO, I think whats worth upgrading depend on the size or res you want to run your stuff at. the higher your res is, the more grunt you need which we already know. so if ya got yourself a tiny 22" LCD, you arent going to need 4870 and alike.
I think alot of consumers dont think when they purchase a new LCD or computer. I find it rather amusing at times to see some noob, buy a 9800gtx with a 19" lcd, or when someone buy a 26" lcd and uses onboard vid. and wonder why they cant get games to run well. anyway. the bigger your screen, the more power you need.

Sweet spot, anything over 1920x1200 res, you need something beefy if you want all the AA in the world. below that, you wont need much but a nice pair of speakers, hehe


Edited by elmo198: 8/9/2008 7:31:31 PM

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