Im looking for 2 good ati crossfire cards, not really expensive, but maybe around $300 for both? Or should I just go with the 4870? Would that give me the same performance say as 2 3870's? Thanks! :D
kow_ciller seems to love the 4850, so I'd recommend that... Go get a 4850X2 or something. Personally, I'd recommend a GeForce 285. FAR less driver issues...
Two 4850s = win
You'd probably be better off with a dual-GPU graphics card (4850X2, 4870X2, 9800 GX2, GTX295).
A single 4850 is faster than two 3870s so I would say go with whatever your budget permits. You can find a 4850X2 but measure your case before hand since the 4850x2 is longer than the 4870X2.
"since the 4850x2 is longer than the 4870X2."
Mmmk, You serious? Cause that makes sense lol. Yet another reason to dislike ATI, they make their products bigger over time, rather then smaller.
Sapphire is the one who makes the 4850X2 and the only one who does so its not AMD who designed the card thus they have no influence over the size, etc. of it.
You can get 2 HIS (dual slot-rear exhaust cooler version) 4850's at newegg for $159.99 (149.99 after rebate) each. If you are not concerned about venting, there are several more 4850's at newegg for even less than that.
One dual GPU (or even decent 4870) is definitely better than Crossfired 3000 series cards.
Yet another reason to dislike ATI, they make their products bigger over time, rather then smaller.
Like Nvidia doesn't? My 9800GTX is fucking massive! We all know by now that your a hardcore Nvidia fanboy though, you don't have to post it in every thread. Its starting to get old.
I would recommend the 4850X2 is your case will fit it. Its actually cheaper than buying two 4850's for the 1GB version, and will keep up with all but the 4870X2 and GTX 295.