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Crossfire or New Card? Current card is an ATI AMD 6850

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November 27, 2013 4:18:56 PM

I want to upgrade my computer for this Black Friday. Not sure as to whether or not I should purchase another AMD 6850 card and crossfire them or should I scrap my old card, sell it, then purchase a better one? And if my card is PCI-E does that mean it's crossfire ready?
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November 27, 2013 4:23:39 PM

Let us know your specs, really hard to give a good suggestion without knowing what you have to work with.
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November 27, 2013 4:35:26 PM

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Let us know your specs, really hard to give a good suggestion without knowing what you have to work with.


AMD Athlon 1050ti
ATI AMD Radeon 6850
1TB WD 7200rpm HDD
8gb DDR3 Ram
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November 27, 2013 4:36:21 PM

Will need to know your PSU :) 
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November 27, 2013 4:45:47 PM

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Will need to know your PSU :) 


Oh yeah I forgot, I have a 850watt psu.
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November 27, 2013 5:24:16 PM

Based on what you've given you could go the crossfire route, but be warned that there are a lot of inherent issues with crossfiring that in a lot of games you will end up disabling a card and running solo to get smooth gameplay. Aside from that you are at a bit of an impasse as your CPU will bottlekneck most anything.

I think your main concern for now should be upgrading your CPU as it's likely even bottleknecking your 6850, then again that also depends on what games you plan to play.
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November 27, 2013 7:45:15 PM

akensai said:
Based on what you've given you could go the crossfire route, but be warned that there are a lot of inherent issues with crossfiring that in a lot of games you will end up disabling a card and running solo to get smooth gameplay. Aside from that you are at a bit of an impasse as your CPU will bottlekneck most anything.

I think your main concern for now should be upgrading your CPU as it's likely even bottleknecking your 6850, then again that also depends on what games you plan to play.


planning on playing games like BF4 and also stream games like League of Legends and Minecraft. My internet speed is good (60down,20up) so that's not an issue. Also my people have said my mobo will not be able to support a CPU such as an i5. I have an ASUS M4A87TD EVO.
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November 27, 2013 7:55:52 PM

They are right, your mobo can not support any Intel CPU as it's an AMD socket (AM3). The best it could support is a Phenom II 1090t (http://www.amazon.com/AMD-Phenom-Processor-Edition-HDT9...).
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November 28, 2013 7:22:10 PM

alright well I would like an i5 processor. What is a good one for around $220? And what is the cheapest mobo I can get that supports the Intel CPU's?
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November 28, 2013 7:26:02 PM

save up your money, and get a single good card. You will be happier in the long run. less complications the better.
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November 28, 2013 7:51:35 PM

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save up your money, and get a single good card. You will be happier in the long run. less complications the better.


what's the biggest upgrade I can get for under $250?
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November 28, 2013 7:52:05 PM

speaking from an ex 6850 crossfire owner, ditch it and get a better single card, you will be much happier. not to mention the 1gb vram is a limitation in many games now, get at least a 2gb card.
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November 28, 2013 7:54:19 PM

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speaking from an ex 6850 crossfire owner, ditch it and get a better single card, you will be much happier. not to mention the 1gb vram is a limitation in many games now, get at least a 2gb card.


thanks for the recommendation. But, what would be the best card for under $250?
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November 28, 2013 8:04:04 PM

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iam2thecrowe said:
speaking from an ex 6850 crossfire owner, ditch it and get a better single card, you will be much happier. not to mention the 1gb vram is a limitation in many games now, get at least a 2gb card.


thanks for the recommendation. But, what would be the best card for under $250?


Hell the Radeon HD 7870 would be a big step up and is only 129.99 (Newegg black friday deal), and i wouldnt say you need much more. Now if youre dying to spend that 200-250 the r9 270X would be about right...but its hardly an upgrade to the 7870. Next big step up would be like a 7970 or a 280X (both over 300$). In short, just get the 7870, i paid 189.99 (ASUS Radeon HD 7870 GHz DC2), and not even a week later i see MSI is like 160/130 after rebate!
plus you can overclock the 7870 ghz to get a little more juice out of it. depending on your full build you could squeeze up to 10 frames
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November 28, 2013 8:16:53 PM

Hell the Radeon HD 7870 would be a big step up and is only 129.99 (Newegg black friday deal), and i wouldnt say you need much more. Now if youre dying to spend that 200-250 the r9 270X would be about right...but its hardly an upgrade to the 7870. Next big step up would be like a 7970 or a 280X (both over 300$). In short, just get the 7870, i paid 189.99 (ASUS Radeon HD 7870 GHz DC2), and not even a week later i see MSI is like 160/130 after rebate!
plus you can overclock the 7870 ghz to get a little more juice out of it. depending on your full build you could squeeze up to 10 frames[/quotemsg]

I was also looking at a MSI GTX 760 Twin Frozr for $250 after MIR. What are your thoughts?
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November 28, 2013 9:33:41 PM

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Hell the Radeon HD 7870 would be a big step up and is only 129.99 (Newegg black friday deal), and i wouldnt say you need much more. Now if youre dying to spend that 200-250 the r9 270X would be about right...but its hardly an upgrade to the 7870. Next big step up would be like a 7970 or a 280X (both over 300$). In short, just get the 7870, i paid 189.99 (ASUS Radeon HD 7870 GHz DC2), and not even a week later i see MSI is like 160/130 after rebate!
plus you can overclock the 7870 ghz to get a little more juice out of it. depending on your full build you could squeeze up to 10 frames


I was also looking at a MSI GTX 760 Twin Frozr for $250 after MIR. What are your thoughts?[/quotemsg]

http://www.hwcompare.com/14808/geforce-gtx-760-vs-radeo...

this gives you an idea comparison wise. Here is the bottom line, you will see about a 20% gain (over an already maxed out 7870 at stock with a gtx 760). They both have 2GB ddr5 so we wont worry about that. Is that extra 20% worth double the cost? thats up to you. Me personally? i overclock my 7870, so compared to the gtx 760 id say its maybe 15% better than my card, and i wouldnt even pay 50$ more dollars for that
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November 28, 2013 9:42:45 PM

go with the 7870 its the best bang for buck right now for price/performance it will play all the games you mentioned and more at full quality settings im running an msi oc edition 7870 paired with an i5 4670k and BF4 gets smooth gameplay on ultra settings. if your looking at upgrading cpu/motherboard and your budget allows for it you cant go wrong with the new haswell i series chips or if your on a budget i would recommend the amd fx 8320 also :) 
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November 28, 2013 9:44:29 PM

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go with the 7870 its the best bang for buck right now for price/performance it will play all the games you mentioned and more at full quality settings im running an msi oc edition 7870 paired with an i5 4670k and BF4 gets smooth gameplay on ultra settings. if your looking at upgrading cpu/motherboard and your budget allows for it you cant go wrong with the new haswell i series chips or if your on a budget i would recommend the amd fx 8320 also :) 


in fact i saw on Newegg FX 8320 or 8350 is 129.99 !!! (normally 150.00 or 160.00)
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November 28, 2013 9:49:33 PM

I would recommend the 8320/8350 for that price anyday go for it you would not be dissapointed
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November 28, 2013 9:52:01 PM

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I would recommend the 8320/8350 for that price anyday go for it you would not be dissapointed


yeah im still kicking myself for getting the fx 6300 (got it 2 weeks ago lol). I was thiiiiiiis close to just buying the 8320 but i figured id just wait for steamroller :/ 

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November 28, 2013 10:01:20 PM

haha yeh i just recently bought my i5 4670k going from an amd 6100 but your 6300 is still a decent chip and going from a 6300 to 8320 you would see hardly any difference for todays games
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November 28, 2013 10:04:22 PM

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haha yeh i just recently bought my i5 4670k going from an amd 6100 but your 6300 is still a decent chip and going from a 6300 to 8320 you would see hardly any difference for todays games


im not concerned about games, but i do play around with blender, sculptris, 3dsmax and other modeling/rendering software so i want dem extra cores :na: 
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November 28, 2013 10:12:07 PM

Beezy said:
Inertia01 said:
haha yeh i just recently bought my i5 4670k going from an amd 6100 but your 6300 is still a decent chip and going from a 6300 to 8320 you would see hardly any difference for todays games


im not concerned about games, but i do play around with blender, sculptris, 3dsmax and other modeling/rendering software so i want dem extra cores :na: 


good choice then :)  cant go wrong with the extra cores for what your doing :) 
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November 28, 2013 10:13:50 PM

Inertia01 said:
Beezy said:
Inertia01 said:
haha yeh i just recently bought my i5 4670k going from an amd 6100 but your 6300 is still a decent chip and going from a 6300 to 8320 you would see hardly any difference for todays games


im not concerned about games, but i do play around with blender, sculptris, 3dsmax and other modeling/rendering software so i want dem extra cores :na: 


good choice then :)  cant go wrong with the extra cores for what your doing :) 


anyone interested in a lightly used AMD FX 6300? :p 
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