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#1 Jul 20 2010 at 2:39 PM Rating: Decent
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Overclocked Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 2.66GHz @ 3.20GHz
Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3LR Intel P45 Motherboard
2 x Corsair XMS2 2GB 8500C5 DDR2
ATI Radeon HD 4870 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card
Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB SATA-II 32MB Cache

Should I go for an additional graphics card? If so, should it be the same as my current one, a similar model, or doesn't it matter?

#2 Jul 20 2010 at 3:13 PM Rating: Decent
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I would say replace it with a single card 5850 or 460.
#3 Jul 21 2010 at 1:21 AM Rating: Decent
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Would that be better than getting a SSD?

Edited, Jul 21st 2010 5:09am by parabolaa
#4 Jul 21 2010 at 9:33 AM Rating: Good
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Why would you upgrade a 4870 to a 5850 or 460? I don't think that's going to make much of a difference. I mean, you can spend 300 dollars for a barely-noticeable increase in performance if you want, but I wouldn't recommend it.

What's your goal with this upgrade? I'm sure you'll already be able to play FFXIV pretty well with that setup.

Edited, Jul 21st 2010 11:36am by khorbin
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#5 Jul 21 2010 at 9:43 AM Rating: Good
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Any upgrades you make at this point aren't going to make a huge difference compared to what you have unless you shell out for the top-of-the-line stuff. Probably the best way to get a decent performance boost is to get another of the same Radeon you have and Crossfire them. That model is cheap enough these days, and that's likely a better option than moving up to a mid-tier single card of the current generation.
#6 Jul 21 2010 at 9:47 AM Rating: Decent
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if you are wanting to go SSD id check out the price, they are nuts right now even for low abouts of space, like a 60 gig SSD cost as much as a 1TB HDD. you would be able to make better upgrades like your video card that will enhance your visuals more and make it more worthwhile compared to going SSD.
#7 Jul 21 2010 at 9:51 AM Rating: Good
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I don't think that board supports crossfire. I won't put any more money into that socket 775 system, as it seems very capable of running the game. Have you run the benchmark?
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