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Crossfire HD 5870pc+ or replace with a new graphics card?

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August 27, 2013 1:34:05 AM

Hallo there, i was wondering if i should buy another HD 5870 pc+ and crossfire them or if i should buy a new card to replace my old one

CPU: Intel Core i7 870 @ 2.93GHz Lynnfield 45nm Technology

RAM: 8,00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 709MHz (9-9-9-24)

Motherboard: ASRock P55 Deluxe3 (CPUSocket)

Graphics: 1024MB ATI Radeon HD 5870 pc+

Hard Drives: 932GB Intel Raid 0 Volume SCSI Disk Device (RAID)
112GB ATA KINGSTON SV300S3 SCSI Disk Device (SSD)

Optical Drives: TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-S223C SCSI CdRom Device

PSU: 750W

Monitor: BenQ XL2411T (1920x1080@60Hz)

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August 27, 2013 1:59:44 AM

It is rarely better to do crossfire than just runnning a single high-end card but I guess it depends on what you can buy a 5870 for? If you can get it dirt cheap I see no reason why you shouldn't do it but if you can't you may as well go and get a better single card.
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August 27, 2013 3:49:41 AM

Can you tell me what card would be ideal for my setup? :D 

Or atleast tell me which single card is better then HD 5870 xfire? :) 
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a b U Graphics card
August 27, 2013 6:02:25 AM

What is your budget? Your system will handle most cards available so if you want the best of the best you are probably looking at Nvidia gtx 770 but you may have to overclock the CPU a bit to prevent a bottleneck with such a card. If money is a factor let us know how much you are willing to spend and we'll find something suitable.
Also look at Tom's Hardware "Best Graphics Cards For The Money: August 2013". That's a great guide for people wanting so save some money.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
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August 27, 2013 11:20:53 PM

Thx guys, my budget is around 150$ but will a new card for 150$ be that much better?
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August 27, 2013 11:25:07 PM

A new card for $150 would not be much better.

What is your power supply brand?
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August 28, 2013 12:06:30 AM

Corsair TX 750W 14 cm SLI
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a b U Graphics card
August 28, 2013 2:07:59 AM

Well for 150$ you would have to look at the Nvidia 650 ti Boost or the AMD HD 7850, which is maybe 30-40% faster than your current GPU. While 650 ti Boost is faster than the 7850 at stock clock the 7850 can overclock much better than the 650 ti boost so (IMO) the 7850 is a better buy when you overclock it.

Personally I would not buy one of those cards since you have a 5870. It will simply not give you enough perfomance increase for the money. In my opinion you would at least have to stretch to 7870 Ghz edition at ~190$ before the perfomance increase vs costs can be justified.

Note: I have a 7850 2 gb myself and I enjoy most games at max settings so it's not because it's bad card at all.
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August 28, 2013 3:33:23 AM

thank you very much for the help :)  i will follow your suggestion and save up some more money :) 
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August 28, 2013 10:45:03 AM

To be honest, I do not believe that the 7850 would be a large enough jump from a 5870 as he said above. Go for a 7870 or 7950, or go Crossfire.
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