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More RAM or Second Video Card???

Hello
I am planning to build a system primarily for gaming.
Parts:

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58

Video Card: HIS H585F1GDG Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5

RAM: (2x) G.SKILL Trident 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Triple Channel Kit

My question is this, should I stick with the 12GB RAM and one Video Card, or drop to 6GB RAM and go with dual Video Cards???
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  1. As long as your power supply can handle it, then the second option would be the best one.
  2. I would take 600 bucks and buy one big ass HD 5970 over xfire HD 5850s less you have a HD 5850 now. You wont see anything from 12 gigs of ram games.
  3. Niklas_13 said:
    I would take 600 bucks and buy one big ass HD 5970 over xfire HD 5850s less you have a HD 5850 now. You wont see anything from 12 gigs of ram games.


    So 12 Gigs is overkill, that's kinda what I thought...
    Another Video card question, is a single 256-bit memory interface card better than xfire 128-bit interfaces?
  4. yes
  5. Alright one last question, would just one of the 5850 be enough to have games run smoothly, or would a comparable Nvidia with a higher interface be a better way to go?
  6. I would take the 2nd 5850 over the extra RAM. You could also consider a 5970.
  7. Whats your monitors rez ? that would help a lot to help you chiose the best GPU
  8. 1920x1080
  9. Best answer
    I would buy a HD 5850 for good all around FPS or a HD 5870 for grate FPS
  10. Best answer selected by dhjagsfan.
  11. Thanks a bunch man, here's my full list if you could let me know if it looks like a good system for gaming


    GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


    Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity


    ENERMAX PRO82+ EPR625AWT 625W ATX12V Ver.2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Compatible w/Core i7 Active PFC Power Supply


    Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920


    G.SKILL Trident 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Triple Channel Kit

    Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5

    ASUS VH235T-P Black 23" 5ms Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Monitor -

    Pioneer CD/DVD Writer Black SATA Model DVR-S18M LabelFlash


    I've never been able to play hardware demanding games and want to make sure I will be set up at least for couple years to play the latest and greatest

    thanks again man
  12. I read that was a good PSU but you could buy this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005 its a grate PSU and if your not going to add a 2nd GPU will be grate.

    Cheeper RAM with lower CL http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227365

    The VelcoRaptor Is a lot for the spped you get a Samsung F3 1T would be almost as fast http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185 and you get a lot more room. < i would use that and save up for 6 to 8 months then look into say a 120 gig SSD for your OS and programs then use the HDD for storage
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