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    Any advice please folks on what would be the perfect match for my current system to replace my 7600GS (It's birthday time soon )?
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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UD3P - Perfect Graphics Card partnership?

    Happy early Birthday D-an-W!!!

    Are you thinking of buying one awesome card, or two medium strength ATI cards and run crossfire? What is your theoretical $$ Limit?

    I like sapphire cards myself, but others of course will disagree or have their own opinion. And then again you must also take into account I do not game so I would not be the best person to get advice from on this area either.

    I am sure others will chime in to offer you some thoughts, would you like me to copy your post into our Graphics section as well? You may get some additional feedback from members who frequent that section. If you would let me know and I will get that done for you before I go to bed tonight

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    Yes please Lsd that would be great!

    I don't really know the pros and cons to one or two cards but I do know two would mean twice as much heat and noise. My current GPU is silent but I doubt I could get a cutting edge card now without some form of active cooling?

    Currently I use the VGA output to my 40" LCD TV for HD stuff so do the dual DVI cards come with a DVI to VGA adapter?
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    * CPU: Intel i7-3770K @ Stock * Cooling: Corsair H80i / Noctua NF-F12 x2 * MoBo: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H (Rev. 1.1 - BIOS F16 Mod16) * RAM: Crucial 1600MHz DDR3 32GB (4x8GB) *
    * GPU: Intel HD 4000 (768MB) * Mon 1: Dell U2410 (A07) * Mon 2: Panasonic TX-P55VT50B * Cam: Logitech C910 HD * BD: Pioneer BDR-208DBK * HD 1: Crucial SSD M4-CT256M4SSD2 256GB *
    * HD 2: Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB * IR: Apple Infrared Board 922-7195 * WiFi & BT: Apple Broadcom BCM94360CD (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac - Bluetooth 4.0 * PSU: Seasonic M12 - 600W *

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UD3P - Perfect Graphics Card partnership?

    Sorry, I mean to say the "What Should I Buy" section, looks like the GFX Section is more for help then suggestions on purchases. I copied it over to the what should I buy section for you though, I am sure you will get some good suggestions.

    Ya, you do want active cooling no matter which way you go, seems the silent cards always tend to run way hotter then they should. I think they should only be used in a super cool case that maybe does not game as often as others.

    Ya, almost all cards I have bought over the past few years come with DVI to D-Sub (Blue VGA) adapters. If you happened to pick a card that did not, no worry as you can get an adapter for $3 or so anyway. Really though, if your TV Supports it and depending on the card choice, you would be able to use HDMI or S-video to connect to your TV

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    VGA was the only spare connector I had on my TV and it is all plumbed in for it now!

    Maybe some active cooling on the GPU would help the air around my Northbridge circulate a bit more too?

    I think for a single card 350 is the most I would want to spend and IDEALLY not have to change my PSU of course!
    * CPU: Intel i7-3770K @ Stock * Cooling: Corsair H80i / Noctua NF-F12 x2 * MoBo: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H (Rev. 1.1 - BIOS F16 Mod16) * RAM: Crucial 1600MHz DDR3 32GB (4x8GB) *
    * GPU: Intel HD 4000 (768MB) * Mon 1: Dell U2410 (A07) * Mon 2: Panasonic TX-P55VT50B * Cam: Logitech C910 HD * BD: Pioneer BDR-208DBK * HD 1: Crucial SSD M4-CT256M4SSD2 256GB *
    * HD 2: Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB * IR: Apple Infrared Board 922-7195 * WiFi & BT: Apple Broadcom BCM94360CD (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac - Bluetooth 4.0 * PSU: Seasonic M12 - 600W *

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UD3P - Perfect Graphics Card partnership?

    I'll throw in a vote for a 4800 series ATI card. Probably could get a 4850 on the cheap these days... Just say NVIDIA!

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    A HD4890 or GTX285 would both be in your budget range. You could also get a 4870X2 for just under 350.

    Over all, you'll have higher frame rates and IQ settings for the same resolution with the GTX285 if you go for a single GPU card. The 4870X2 will walk all over it in games that scale well with Crossfire.

    A couple of XFX 4850's would run you about 180 and also just outperform a GTX285, but again in games that don't benefit as well from CF, your performance will suffer.

    Going ATI will give you an upgrade path to Crossfire later on. As GFX card prices tend to drop rapidly when newer cards are released, another 4870/4890/4850 will cost peanuts soon. You may not have DX11 support when it's released, but I'm sure 2 x 4890 will give a single 58xx a run for its money. I find myself running many games I own in DX9 mode anyway, as often there's little diference, apart from certain settings being locked to higher quality, and the resulting dip in FPS.
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    Looks like I am going to need a new PSU too
    * CPU: Intel i7-3770K @ Stock * Cooling: Corsair H80i / Noctua NF-F12 x2 * MoBo: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H (Rev. 1.1 - BIOS F16 Mod16) * RAM: Crucial 1600MHz DDR3 32GB (4x8GB) *
    * GPU: Intel HD 4000 (768MB) * Mon 1: Dell U2410 (A07) * Mon 2: Panasonic TX-P55VT50B * Cam: Logitech C910 HD * BD: Pioneer BDR-208DBK * HD 1: Crucial SSD M4-CT256M4SSD2 256GB *
    * HD 2: Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB * IR: Apple Infrared Board 922-7195 * WiFi & BT: Apple Broadcom BCM94360CD (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac - Bluetooth 4.0 * PSU: Seasonic M12 - 600W *

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UD3P - Perfect Graphics Card partnership?

    I love my Sapphire HD4870 512mg GDDR its like $165.00 US on newegg.com

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UD3P - Perfect Graphics Card partnership?

    Saphirre is an excellent brand. Gigabyte and Asus are also good in my experience. BFG for Nvidia cards too. Personally I'd avoid MSI (Missing Something Inside) though, but that's purely a personal preference, and a bit of bad experience.
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    2 x 2GB Mushkin Ridgeback (996902), @ 7-10-8-27, 2010-DDR, 1.66v
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