Thinking about upgrading my X1900XT to a Radeon 3870.

nanaki333

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sure! it's a fairly nice upgrade. you can probably get a couple bucks for your x1900 too to help recoup some of the costs.
 

Bateluer

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Its a bit of an upgrade to be sure, but I get the feeling that they are clearing inventory for the 4xxx and GT200 series cards.
 

nanaki333

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Originally posted by: Bateluer

Need to pay 165 upfront though. I avoid MIRs.

+1

i prefer saving all the money up front. i generally forget to fill out the rebates, and when i do, sometimes it takes many many months to get them back. add to that my mail person constantly puts mail in the wrong mail boxes, and asshole neighbors don't give you your mail if it comes with theirs. not a good idea in my situation :(
 

bryanW1995

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wait until after june 18. your x1900xt will probably be worth about the same, but $135 could buy you a lot more video card then...either a better 8800gt or maybe even an 8800gts 512...
 

Sylvanas

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Wait it out. The incoming 48xx series look like they will be twice as fast as the previous gen at least and all for a nice price.
 

humanure

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I suggest waiting also. I have a x1900xtx and tried a 3870 for a little while. I didn't think it was worth the upgrade at the time, as most games I play ran about as well on both cards. It is an improvement to be sure, and I see you can get them now for about 130 or so, but with next gen being so close I would wait and see what happens to pricing.
 

Zap

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Sounds good to me if you don't want to wait for the new cards. Seems like both Best Buy and Circuit City are discounting Visiontek 3870 cards for around $130 without rebates. You should be able to sell your 1900xt for at least half that price to recoup some of the up-front costs.
 

Chiropteran

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I'd just go for it. You know the new cards are going to cost a lot more than that, and it will take months for the prices to drop significantly.

And worst case, if the new cards do come out and the price drops instantly, you will still be within your 30 day return period from Best Buy.
 

Oyeve

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Go for it. I went from a X1950XTX to 2900 Pro to a 3870 and while I didnt notice a HUGE improvment I did notice a lot less noise and power usage. But there is an improvment, just not a massive one. :) 3870 is a great card.
 

CP5670

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Originally posted by: nanaki333
Originally posted by: Bateluer

Need to pay 165 upfront though. I avoid MIRs.

+1

i prefer saving all the money up front. i generally forget to fill out the rebates, and when i do, sometimes it takes many many months to get them back. add to that my mail person constantly puts mail in the wrong mail boxes, and asshole neighbors don't give you your mail if it comes with theirs. not a good idea in my situation :(

I buy rebated items only if I'm reasonably happy with the original price. If the rebate actually comes in, I consider that a bonus. I always fill out the forms and send them in, but have had them denied before and even when I get the check, it has usually taken months.
 

Drsignguy

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Originally posted by: Oyeve
Go for it. I went from a X1950XTX to 2900 Pro to a 3870 and while I didnt notice a HUGE improvment I did notice a lot less noise and power usage. But there is an improvment, just not a massive one. :) 3870 is a great card.


I did the same thing with the exception of the x1950xtx. Have it running and it is a great card. I will wait until all the hype and price has settled before I purchase the 48xx series.