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January 24, 2014 6:05:55 PM

Hello, I have a mid-end (At least in MY mind it's mid-end) Radeon HD 7770, and I was wondering if i should buy a new graphics card or do Crossfire with two 7770's. I've heard bad things about Crossfire for gaming, but i just wanted to be sure. If other PC specs are necessary, please ask. Thanks!

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January 24, 2014 6:31:21 PM

It depends. Resolution? Motherboard model? CPU model? Budget? PSU model?

E.g. if you only have $100 and your PSU and MB allow a second HD 7770, then Crossfire with a second HD 7770 makes a lot of sense.

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January 24, 2014 6:39:44 PM

aevm said:
It depends. Resolution? Motherboard model? CPU model? Budget? PSU model?

E.g. if you only have $100 and your PSU and MB allow a second HD 7770, then Crossfire with a second HD 7770 makes a lot of sense.



Thanks for the quick response! My resolution is 1080p, my motherboard is a GIGABYTE GA-X79-UP4. My CPU is an Intel i7-4820K, The PSU is a Thermaltake TR2-500 Watt and my budget is between 100-150.

Yes i am aware that to get i higher end GPU i am going to have to upgrade my power supply and I am also aware that my system right now is a gigantic bottleneck to the CPU, but i just needed something to hold me over for Minecraft, Surgeon Simulator 2013, and Garry's Mod :p  but now I am getting into more graphically intense games and knew that it would be time for an upgrade soon.
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January 24, 2014 7:14:48 PM

An R9 270x would have pretty good performance. Or a GTX 760, if you want to try nVidia this time.
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2013/11/27/ba...

Either of those would allow you to keep your current PSU. That's good news, since you can't buy a decent graphics card AND a power supply with the total under $150.

The bad news is, they cost $220 to $250.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For $150 or less you can have a R7 260x or a GTX 660
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I'm not sure those would make you happy. They are better than the HD 7770, but they won't do so well in recent games.
Maybe wait a few months, save some more, wait for prices to come down too?
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January 25, 2014 6:54:40 AM

aevm said:
An R9 270x would have pretty good performance. Or a GTX 760, if you want to try nVidia this time.
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2013/11/27/ba...

Either of those would allow you to keep your current PSU. That's good news, since you can't buy a decent graphics card AND a power supply with the total under $150.

The bad news is, they cost $220 to $250.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For $150 or less you can have a R7 260x or a GTX 660
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I'm not sure those would make you happy. They are better than the HD 7770, but they won't do so well in recent games.
Maybe wait a few months, save some more, wait for prices to come down too?


Ok, I guess i'll just set aside some money every week and save for the R9 270X because the 760 is a bit out of my new budget. Thank you for the advice.
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