A few questions about a streaming/gaming build

Hi everyone again! So I was planning to get a new PSU which is a XFX 650w:
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=59616&promoid=1334

And was wondering if this is a good psu. Also, I was planning on doing Crossfire with my current graphics card (planning on gettting another HD Radeon 7850) and was curious if it would make a huge impact in gaming fps wise for streaming? Is it worth it to crossfire? I only stream starcraft 2 atm with 720p60fps but may play other games in the future that may are more gpu intensive. I know i have to get a new motherboard as well, anyone have any suggestions that's a bang for the buck? Feel free to let me know if I should swap some parts for different ones!

PC SPECS:

Processor:
Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 Quad Core 3.3GHz(@ 3.7GHz) Ivy Bridge w/ Hyperthreading

Graphics Card:
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 OC 2GB

Sound Card:
ASUS Xonar DG

Motherboard:
Gigabyte B75-D3H mATX

Ram:
8GB G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3-1600

CD Drive:
Asus DVD/CD Drive

SSD:
80GB SSD (don't remember brand)

Hard Drive:
500GB Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm HD

Power Supply:
460w Cooler Master Elite

Case:
Zalman Z9 Plus Mid Tower
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  1. Build looks good, just a couple of things. Firstly, the CPU you'd want to get the 3570k for the same price and for better performance when over clocked. This however will require a Z77 motherboard.
    The 650W PSU is sufficient even for crossfiring, as GPUs these days are quite power frugal.
    Crossfiring 7850s may not necessarily help with streaming; what it will do is give you better frames per second. You can always add a second card later when and if you really need it.
  2. It is a good PSU. It is better to get more powerful single GPU than run 2 x mid range cards which would not call for board upgrade.
  3. oddlyinsane said:
    Build looks good, just a couple of things. Firstly, the CPU you'd want to get the 3570k for the same price and for better performance when over clocked. This however will require a Z77 motherboard.
    The 650W PSU is sufficient even for crossfiring, as GPUs these days are quite power frugal.
    Crossfiring 7850s may not necessarily help with streaming; what it will do is give you better frames per second. You can always add a second card later when and if you really need it.


    Yeah i just got the Intel Xeon today, so im not planning on changing that for awhile. Plus im not planning on overclocking. I guess i shouldve narrowed that down haha. But yeah my main goal now is to obtain more fps in games. As someone mentioned below I should just purchase a better graphics instead of crossfiring 2 id ranged gpus. Thanks for the input!
  4. rolli59 said:
    It is a good PSU. It is better to get more powerful single GPU than run 2 x mid range cards which would not call for board upgrade.


    Alright, I will consider doing that then! Just whatever is the cheapest and efficient way I guess. Do you recommend swapping the psu now? or in the future?
  5. rolli59 said:
    It is a good PSU. It is better to get more powerful single GPU than run 2 x mid range cards which would not call for board upgrade.


    It depends on the OP's budget.
  6. Now on the PSU your CM unit is not the best.
  7. NaiS said:
    rolli59 said:
    It is a good PSU. It is better to get more powerful single GPU than run 2 x mid range cards which would not call for board upgrade.


    Alright, I will consider doing that then! Just whatever is the cheapest and efficient way I guess. Do you recommend swapping the psu now? or in the future?


    Get the better PSU now. But get a more powerful, single GPU (budget permitting), or the 7850 and crossfire later down the road.
  8. rolli59 said:
    Know on the PSU your CM unit is not the best.


    hmm? did not quite understand what you mean
  9. oddlyinsane said:
    rolli59 said:
    It is a good PSU. It is better to get more powerful single GPU than run 2 x mid range cards which would not call for board upgrade.


    It depends on the OP's budget.


    yes that is true. It is a cheaper budget which is what im looking for, but i guess its the same if i have to purchase a new mobo and another graphics just to crossfire. but who knows it may benefit me in the future?
  10. Considering you've already purchased the CPU, then I guess it would be better to buy the best GPU you can. I recommend the 7870 or the XT version if available.
  11. NaiS said:
    rolli59 said:
    Know on the PSU your CM unit is not the best.


    hmm? did not quite understand what you mean

    Sorry waking up and quick typing, edited above. Decent crossfire board would be close to $120-150 which would increase the budget plus you should be able to sell the HD7850 and get money towards the GPU upgrade.
  12. oddlyinsane said:
    Considering you've already purchased the CPU, then I guess it would be better to buy the best GPU you can. I recommend the 7870 or the XT version if available.


    Alright I will look into that!
  13. rolli59 said:
    NaiS said:
    rolli59 said:
    Know on the PSU your CM unit is not the best.


    hmm? did not quite understand what you mean

    Sorry waking up and quick typing, edited above. Decent crossfire board would be close to $120-150 which would increase the budget plus you should be able to sell the HD7850 and get money towards the GPU upgrade.


    hahaha no worries. Yeah im thinking of just getting a better GPU and upgrading my PSU asap.
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