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June 07, 2011, 05:31:28 AM
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The limit is pretty much the money and my PSU.

I have a Chieftec 600 watt PSU, of course it will never actually supply that much, it has 4 rails, and all of them supply 58 amps and it says on the sticker 576 watts max.

My rig is
Phenom 955BE - 125 watt TDP, but slightly downclocked and undervolted so it doesn't use up too much juice.
5850 which usually has a max TDP of 151 watts, it's memory is downclocked to 500 and overclocked to 765Mhz outputting 290mhash/s with some tweaks on Phoenix's side.

If we add them together 125+180(if we assume that much is used up by the overclock of the card) and say 20w for other peripherals = 325 watts so that leaves me with room for 230w max for a card.

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June 07, 2011, 05:45:09 AM
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In all honesty, just another 5850. Dual GPU cards draw close to 300W. May be hard to find a 5850 these days though.
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June 07, 2011, 05:46:25 AM
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There is only one store i am going to buy through and it doesnt have any more 5850's sadly.

Also, the 6950 is cheaper for me than it's 5870 counterpart, and according to the wiki it does 314 mhash/s at stock although it uses 200w.
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June 07, 2011, 06:03:13 AM
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After reviewing some of the 6xxx series specs, it does actually seem that a 6xxx card is the way to go now even though they have lower hashrates. Seems like you answered your own question, happy mining Smiley
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June 07, 2011, 06:10:14 AM
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I think in situations like this ebay or craigslist (if it's sealed in box, ofc) might be viable...with craigslist, I don't think I need to tell you to be careful, but desperate times call for desperate measures for the right card on a budget.

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June 07, 2011, 06:22:36 AM
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Sorry, ebay,newegg,amazong and craiglist are not an option for me as i live in Europe, plus the duty i will pay if i ever order anything outside my country will be much higher than what i will make.

I actually am considering the 5870, as the 6950 seems to have some bugs with drivers which causes freezing. I wouldnt want to take the risk, so it may be a tad bit expensive, but i think i am going to buy the 5870
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June 07, 2011, 06:38:35 AM
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Hello, i want to start mining, what video card do you suggest?
What is the best?

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June 07, 2011, 07:53:33 AM
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I've settled with the 5870, just because it gives me a bit of headroom for overclocking.
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June 07, 2011, 08:06:57 AM
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Hello, i want to start mining, what video card do you suggest?
What is the best?

5970 all the way!
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June 07, 2011, 09:09:30 AM
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Hello, i want to start mining, what video card do you suggest?
What is the best?

5970 all the way!

5970s are incredibly hard to source now.
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June 07, 2011, 09:38:31 AM
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I don't like this thread-jacking...
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June 07, 2011, 12:32:53 PM
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Hello, i want to start mining, what video card do you suggest?
What is the best?

5970 all the way!
Why it is the best?

5970s are incredibly hard to source now.
Is "s" another model or it's the same video card?

I don't like this thread-jacking...
What do you mean for "thread-jacking"?

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June 07, 2011, 12:41:04 PM
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getting a 5770 today
my XFX GTX 260 was already near EOL
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June 07, 2011, 12:58:19 PM
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Hello, i want to start mining, what video card do you suggest?
What is the best?

5970 all the way!
Why it is the best?

5970s are incredibly hard to source now.
Is "s" another model or it's the same video card?

I don't like this thread-jacking...
What do you mean for "thread-jacking"?

A single 5970 can work at 800MH/s according to this.

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June 07, 2011, 01:02:45 PM
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getting a 5770 today
my XFX GTX 260 was already near EOL

A single 5970 can work at 800MH/s according to this.

What value have i to see to identify the best video card for mining?

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June 07, 2011, 06:20:34 PM
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getting a 5770 today
my XFX GTX 260 was already near EOL

A single 5970 can work at 800MH/s according to this.

What value have i to see to identify the best video card for mining?

Watts, price, MHash/s.

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June 07, 2011, 06:46:24 PM
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5970s are incredibly hard to source now.
Is "s" another model or it's the same video card?


"s" is a letter commonly used to denote multiples of a single item.
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June 10, 2011, 11:57:48 PM
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Are two 5870s better than one 5970?

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June 11, 2011, 12:08:52 AM
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random question does it make a difference between the gigs for a faster hash rate? for example between Gigabyte GV-R5876P-2GD-B Radeon 5870 Graphics Card - 850 MHz Core - 2 GB GDDR5 SDRAM - PCI Express 2.1 and Gigabyte GV-R5876P-2GD-B Radeon 5870 Graphics Card - 850 MHz Core - 1 GB GDDR5 SDRAM - PCI Express 2.1 is there that much a difference?
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June 18, 2011, 01:40:10 PM
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Sorry for my newbie question, i have never been a gamer or hardware upgrading addicted so i don't know anything about video cards!
I see the hardware comparison page on the BitCoin wiki and i see that ATI 6990 are the best, is it right?
On some rows i see 6990x2 or 6990x3, what do they mean?

Thank you.

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