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April 10, 2011, 12:24:51 AM
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Hello, I want to buy a videocard for playing games (my GeForce 8600 is quite outdated by now...)

So, what videocard has the best cost/benefit related to bitcoin mining and still can be used to play games occasionaly?

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April 10, 2011, 12:33:47 AM
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Hello, I want to buy a videocard for playing games (my GeForce 8600 is quite outdated by now...)

So, what videocard has the best cost/benefit related to bitcoin mining and still can be used to play games occasionaly?
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April 10, 2011, 01:35:02 AM
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Give me a budget and I'll tell you right away

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May 18, 2011, 04:34:10 PM
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I'd like to spend no more than $110 or so on a video card.

What's the best card at that price range?
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May 18, 2011, 04:36:54 PM
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102878

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May 18, 2011, 04:41:18 PM
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5770 is your best bet though you may be able to run across a used 5830. I will be selling several 5770s next week for less than $100 USD equivalent in BTC, each shipped to USA. PM me if interested.

Edit: there you go, NewEgg previous post.
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May 18, 2011, 04:48:48 PM
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you can get a 5830 at 110$ (when on sale)

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May 18, 2011, 05:01:47 PM
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I just bought a couple of those days back, and I think they have high rate of DOA.
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May 18, 2011, 05:05:24 PM
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I just bought a couple of those days back, and I think they have high rate of DOA.
Still testing...

I bought several of the 5850 version and every one is working great. No experience with the 5830.
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May 18, 2011, 05:43:12 PM
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they seem to have a ~5%+ DOA rate, still worth it

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May 18, 2011, 10:12:09 PM
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Definitely the 5830.  By far the best value for that pricerange.  I just picked up 3 of them myself, as all of the reasonably priced 5850's were backordered and 5870's are nearly non-existant at this point.
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May 18, 2011, 10:22:28 PM
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Definitely the 5830.  By far the best value for that pricerange.  I just picked up 3 of them myself, as all of the reasonably priced 5850's were backordered and 5870's are nearly non-existant at this point.
I agree, Get'em while they can be gotten. I wonder how much longer till you can't even get 5770's.
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May 18, 2011, 11:12:16 PM
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nster what video card would you recommend if I don't have a budget at all Huh

Also thinking what card would be best if this goes bust, though I'm hoping it won't etc. ?
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May 19, 2011, 04:35:56 AM
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That SAPPHIRE 100297L Radeon HD 5830
(The link to NewEgg, posted above)

does it have a Linux driver, specifically Ubuntu?

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May 19, 2011, 04:36:41 AM
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nster what video card would you recommend if I don't have a budget at all Huh

Also thinking what card would be best if this goes bust, though I'm hoping it won't etc. ?

no budget = unlimited funds or 0 funds?

unlimited, the 6990 of course, 0 funds, whatever you have of course Smiley

If you game etc, I find the 6950 1GB to be the best value, if only mining, it is hard to say.... 4* 5970 or 4* 6990 would be best on a single motherboard cost effective-wise... Used 5970 @ 400$ each would be phenomenal value. But with such high difficulty, idk if buying a rig only for mining is the smartest idea

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May 19, 2011, 05:29:19 AM
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nster what video card would you recommend if I don't have a budget at all Huh

Also thinking what card would be best if this goes bust, though I'm hoping it won't etc. ?

no budget = unlimited funds or 0 funds?

unlimited, the 6990 of course, 0 funds, whatever you have of course Smiley

If you game etc, I find the 6950 1GB to be the best value, if only mining, it is hard to say.... 4* 5970 or 4* 6990 would be best on a single motherboard cost effective-wise... Used 5970 @ 400$ each would be phenomenal value. But with such high difficulty, idk if buying a rig only for mining is the smartest idea
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May 19, 2011, 07:35:47 AM
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Worth pointing out:  The 5830 uses like 40 watts more power than the 5850
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May 19, 2011, 08:32:04 AM
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Worth pointing out:  The 5830 uses like 40 watts more power than the 5850
Seriously?  Why?  That's so lame...
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May 19, 2011, 09:32:48 AM
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Hi, I'm totally new to Bitcoins and since my desktop is >6 yrs now I've been planning on getting a new rig now.

If you game etc, I find the 6950 1GB to be the best value, if only mining, it is hard to say.... 4* 5970 or 4* 6990 would be best on a single motherboard cost effective-wise... Used 5970 @ 400$ each would be phenomenal value. But with such high difficulty, idk if buying a rig only for mining is the smartest idea

I think I agree with this, since I'm just getting into SC2. I'll be going for a gaming rig although still keeping in mind about mining.

So after plenty of reading other stuff with all the talk of BTC's collapse in mind I plan to get 2*5970 aftermarket since I have quite a tight budget. What do you guys think about my decision?

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May 19, 2011, 10:20:26 AM
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And the CPU is? Bottlenecking is also a factor.
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