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CrossFireX Dual Sapphire HD Radeon 7870 GHz Edition or Single GTX 770??

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February 11, 2014 11:05:01 AM

Okay, this is my first post everyone so I am sorry if I don't write it like you may normally see it, but anyway...

I am thinking of getting a new video card for my gaming system. I want to be able to play games on maxed settings for about a year and a half??

My choices are:
Single GTX 770
Dual Sapphire HD Radeon 7870 GHz Edition

I already own a single HD Radeon 7870 GHz Edition, so I don't know what the better option for perfomance would be.

I have one 1080p monitor, and one 720p, I will only be using the 1080p one for gaming, and the second one for facebook/twitter whilst gaming etc.

Can someone please tell me what the better option for perfomance would be? I'd much appreciate it!

ALSO, I have a 750W PSU, and the AMD FX 8320 Black Edition 8 Core Processor. Am I going to need to upgrade that too?

Thanks :) 

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February 11, 2014 11:19:02 AM

There are quite a few factors like heat, space, power supply, but generally a single card is usually the better way to go, as Crossfire X can have problems like micro stuttering. I would go with the single gtx 770 as it has better performance than the crossfire X, although it is going to cost you a good £250. The cpu is fine for current gaming I believe, but not entirely sure if it will max out games in a year but to be honest, no one really knows how much will be needed as games are requiring more and more. also if you do go with the crossfire X, make sure your motherboard supports it as the speed of each lane effects performance.
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February 11, 2014 11:20:49 AM

depending on the quality and specifications of your PSU you might need to upgrade it in order to crossfire 7870s, dual GPU setups chug power like crazy but it might be enough if you don't overclock anything in your system.

raw performance wise, dual 7870s is much better than a single 770, but something you should keep in mind is that it'll have weird issues with certain games and apps because of Crossfire issues (there aren't a lot of issues with dual GPUs anymore, it's gotten much better, but in some cases they are still there)
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February 11, 2014 11:35:53 AM

Johncamary said:
There are quite a few factors like heat, space, power supply, but generally a single card is usually the better way to go, as Crossfire X can have problems like micro stuttering. I would go with the single gtx 770 as it has better performance than the crossfire X, although it is going to cost you a good £250. The cpu is fine for current gaming I believe, but not entirely sure if it will max out games in a year but to be honest, no one really knows how much will be needed as games are requiring more and more. also if you do go with the crossfire X, make sure your motherboard supports it as the speed of each lane effects performance.


Alright thank you. I guess I'll go with the single GTX 770 then, as I do not want to witness many problems as I am not the best at fixing things. Thanks for the answer :) 
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