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May 25, 2011, 06:24:14 AM

First of all, hello, and thank you in advance for putting up with me. If this thread is in the wrong place, I apologize, and I'm sure a mod will be happy to move it to the proper location.

Now, I need a little advice.
I just started (trying) to generate some bitcoins. My GPU is outdated, an ATI Radeon HD 3850. Ive heard that anything before a 4xxx model will do...poorly. I expected this, but i did not expect it to do as poorly as it did. I got a measly, pitiful, pathetic 2250 kHash/sec with this card. My CPU, a quad core Phenom, outperformed this card at 5000 kHash/sec. Im asking you, is there anything i'm doing wrong? Any way I can do better? I'm only trying to generate one, maybe two blocks of coins over several weeks, so i can upgrade my system and begin mining on a larger scale. Any help would be appreciated. Also, and your probably going to laugh at me for this  Roll Eyes I have a few more systems that i can set up as CPU Miners. A dual core Athlon 2.5 Ghz system, a 1.3 Ghz Pentium M system, and a dual 1.4 Ghz PIII System. Electricity is no issue, Im really willing to try whatever I can to get a higher hash rate. And buying a newer GPU, even a used one, is simply not an option at this time.

Once again, thank you very much.  Grin
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May 25, 2011, 06:26:47 AM

Don't count on it if you're not going to buy new GPUs.
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May 25, 2011, 09:44:36 AM

It's debatable whether any card will be able to pay itself off at this point- there's no way you're going to build an empire off of a 3850, sorry Sad
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May 25, 2011, 12:31:36 PM

The fun cards come in the 58XX-series and afterwards. Anything older is total shit.
My 4850 - 72Mh/s
My 5850 - 345Mh/s

The difference is however not that big between 5850 and 6850.
The 5850 is the most cost-effective card out there today. But at today's rise in difficulty it is unsure whether it will pay for itself.

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