Upgrading Radeon HD 6850 Need Advice

I am looking to upgrade from my Radeon HD 6850 to something, well a bit more powerful. I really want to run three screens, and from my research that means dual graphics cards. The most ill spend per card is $250. The computer will be primarily used for gaming, although I will be attending college next year so who knows what that will bring. My current rig-
Motherboard- Gigabyte GA-990FX-UD3
GPU- Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB
Ram- 8GB(2x4GB)
Power Supply-500W(although I am upgrading soon)
CPU- AMD FX-6100 Zambezi(although I bought the AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0 GHz yesterday so I will be installing that as soon as it comes in.)
If anyone can provide any advice or help it would be much appreciated. Thanks, Austin.
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  1. you could do dual 7850 or 7870's or dual 660's

    the 660's have a bit or a bandwidth issue tho so 7870 is the best choice, you are also going to have to upgrade to a 850w PSU

    2 of these are the best i could find for the price range
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=69828&vpn=FX787ACNFC&manufacture=XFX&promoid=1304

    if you could stretch your budget you could go with 2 of these
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=79989&vpn=AX7950%203GBD5-2DHV4&manufacture=PowerColor&promoid=1304
  2. austinchilds10 said:
    I am looking to upgrade from my Radeon HD 6850 to something, well a bit more powerful. I really want to run three screens, and from my research that means dual graphics cards. The most ill spend per card is $250. The computer will be primarily used for gaming, although I will be attending college next year so who knows what that will bring. My current rig-
    Motherboard- Gigabyte GA-990FX-UD3
    GPU- Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB
    Ram- 8GB(2x4GB)
    Power Supply-500W(although I am upgrading soon)
    CPU- AMD FX-6100 Zambezi(although I bought the AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0 GHz yesterday so I will be installing that as soon as it comes in.)
    If anyone can provide any advice or help it would be much appreciated. Thanks, Austin.


    If you want to run 3 monitors you probably wont be getting max settings without 2 cards. However, getting crossfire or SLI causes stuttering issues because of the drivers. I see 2 options for you:
    Option1:
    I recommend this one. Getting a 7970ghz edition. Its a beast woth lots of bandwidth. Perfect for triple monitor. You will probably achieve high or very high on planetside 2, bioshock infinite, battlefield 3 and other less graphically demanding games.
    You will get medium to high settings on games like crysis 3 amd metro 2033 that are super demanding.

    Option2:
    Crossfire 7870 MYST (XT)
    This gives you the crossfire issues that I talked about. They are good cards. Fairly good bandwidth. Will be able to handle it. You will probably get higher framerates but with the stutter issues i think it will be less smooth.


    Both of these willstay under your $500 total budget
  3. swords24 said:
    you could do dual 7850 or 7870's or dual 660's

    the 660's have a bit or a bandwidth issue tho so 7870 is the best choice, you are also going to have to upgrade to a 850w PSU

    2 of these are the best i could find for the price range
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=69828&vpn=FX787ACNFC&manufacture=XFX&promoid=1304

    if you could stretch your budget you could go with 2 of these
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=79989&vpn=AX7950%203GBD5-2DHV4&manufacture=PowerColor&promoid=1304


    I wouldn't go with crossfire because of the frame time variances and lag. He could get two gtx 650 ti boosts though : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127728
  4. Why people so worried about stutering or frame time or lag or etc..?
    radeonpro (www.radeonpro.info) is a freeware tools that will fix that issue..

    Crossfire still a good option for the sake of framerate..
  5. CrossfireX is currently broken. Dual GTX 660s would be great for 3 screens - should be right between a single GTX 680 and TITAN in performance.
  6. My motherboard only supports pci express 2.0/: what does that leave me?
  7. Im not sure if cards can even really take advantage of 3.0 yet.
    However, putting a 3.0 card into 2.0 slot works fine and dandy. You just be working with 2.0 instead of 3.0
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