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a c 179 U Graphics card
a b C Monitor
November 29, 2009 4:36:25 PM

I bought a 1920x1080 monitor yesterday, not going to have it for a few weeks though but i figure im going to need a couple of upgrades to get the best out of it.

Current system specs are
PII 955
ASUS M4A79T Deluxe
4GB Gskill 1333MHz DDR3
XFX HD 4850 512MB
Seagate 7200.10 250GB
WD Caviar Black 1TB
Antec 300
Antec Earthwatts 500

Budget for the upgrade is ~$200, after MIRs. Now i want to run this new monitor with my current one(19" @ 1280x1024) as a second monitor, i do quite a bit of gaming but i also do quite a bit of web and graphical design work. Now if i were to crossfire 2 4850s would i still be able to use a dual monitor setup? I realize that the 512MB of vram will penalize me a bit at 1920x1080 but it doesnt seem like too big of a penalty. Would a second 4850 be my best upgrade option as opposed to going to a 4890 or something?

If i get a second 4850 i assume a PSU upgrade is also in order correct? If so im probably going to get the TP-750 Blue for the modularity.

Also everything will fit in my current case correct?

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a c 130 U Graphics card
a b C Monitor
November 29, 2009 4:38:25 PM

You would be able to use 2x 4850's, and it is a big improvem,ent.
a c 1308 U Graphics card
a c 94 C Monitor
November 29, 2009 4:47:21 PM

Another 4850 means another PSU but will give you the biggest performance boost. HD4870/90 1GB or HD5770 will all run on your current PSU. So it is a tosh up.
a c 179 U Graphics card
a b C Monitor
November 30, 2009 7:43:51 PM

I would like confirmation from someone that crossfire can indeed run a second monitor, also what am i going to need to do to enable crossfire? The bridge, a bios setting, and a box in CCC?