Help! Need input on graphics card for christmas! 5850 CF?
Hi guys! I'm pretty new to the custom PC scene. To be honest I don't know anything. I have spent the whole day looking at reviews for the new 5800 series of Radeons stuff and they look fantastic! I just built a new PC with a 2.83 ghz quad-core processor and 4gigs of ram. I've got a 21.5" monitor and I'm ready to break out the bad boys. Unfortuanately...ignorantly...when I bought my PC I bought a Nvidia 9500 GT 1gig thinking it was great because it had a lot of ram....well I've learned a lot since then. So basically I bought an awesome laptop about 4 years ago and it was running new games for about 2 years. I want to have that ability again. From what I've studied I have found that two Radeon HD 5850's in crossfire would provide the best FPS for new games for my budget which is about $500-$550. Am I correct? I want to be able to play starcraft 2 really well and diablo 3 for sure without having to turn anything down. Basically, I just need some professional advice lol. Also, I play a lot of WoW which I know isn't a big deal for graphics cards but does anyone know how the 5850s will fare in it? Thanks in advance!
Two 5850's will definitely do you justice, however, we need a couple more pieces of information.
Firstly, what is your power supply?
Second, are you sure your motherboard can support crossfire?
Third, for those games, you could buy a single HD5870, and then later crossfire a second one. This way you'll get even better performance down the road (one HD5870 should be a little less than 1.4x HD5850), and great performance now.
Thanks guys! Okay...first i just have a crappy 500 wat PSU but this is the one I was thinking about upgrading to...maybe you can help me on that as well if its a good choice...
If it's overkill let me know
Second, My mobo is for sure compatible...it even says so
And thirdly...I never thought of that. I also am down for playing the latest awesome shooters like CoD 4:2 and such. I just don't know how soon I'll be able to get the extra cash for that to be honest.
In the future...will I regret not having gone with a single 5870 then Xfireing it? Is it that big of a difference?