Hi everyone, I've just built a new rig and my GTX275 died on me, since i'm not in the US BFG will not replace it so i have to buy a new VGA.
After checking all my options, wich weren't many, I've narrowed it dow to buying a XFX GTX275 or 2xHD5750, both options cost effectivly the same (~5% difference), so my only doubt is about the hassles of using a dual GPU solution.
Long story short, in terms of possible issues arising from using a crossfire setup (game compatibility, driver issues, etc) would you recommend going for the ati cards or would you choose a single card, even if it performs relatively slower?
For what it's worth, my (currently dead) rig is:
4 GB DDR3
Asus P7P55D PRO
TT TR2 RX 650W
2xSeagate 7200.12 500GB in RAID 0 (AID 0)
My monitor res is 1680x1050
On a side note, feel free to suggest other choices, but bear in mind they probably won't be available here.
the 5830 is too crippled IMO, i would definitely go for a 5850. in some games the 4890 wins over the 5830 so go for the 5850 you will not regret it, you will play games with high graphics settings a long time with the 5850 and that resolution
ya but the 5830 is cooler and more power efficient than the 4890, Has DX11 *which i would get for future games* and if he ever gets a second monitor the card has eyefinity. and in a year or two he can crossfire a 5830/50/70 for a low price!
I have never used a CF setup so I'm unfamiliar with them...but in terms of processing power 2 5750's would be great for your resolution! My only concern is for games that DO NOT support crossfire you will be stuck with a single 5750...other concerns are added heat but I'm sure it would be fine since a single 5750 is quite cool anyway...and in regards to DX11 i am buying a DX11 card simply because it's the new thing! lol! but that's just me! right now it isn't really necessary but when more games support DX11 you would regret not having it!
why dont you just get a single 5850? it takes less space, runs cool, you dont need to worry about games supporting crossfire or not, you dont need to hassle with anything etc. if you run crossfire pci-e will only be in x8 mode on that mobo. a single 5850 is a smarter choice please beleive me.
I agree That a 5850 is undoubtedly better and easier but it depends on his budget, if he can stretch it to get a 5850 great! But if not I think that a 5830 is easier than a CF solution because it's a single card
If a 5770 would cost you 140, running two would be 280 or so, and at your estimates a 5850 will run you 270. The choice is obvious : 5850. It's better, ALWAYS, to buy 1 faster, better card now for the price of 2 "Lesser" cards, because the 5850 will still give you great performance, and when you get the "upgrade bug" (you will), then you need only to get one more 5850 to CF, rather than replacing both your 5770 for something else. One 5850 won't perform quite as well as 5770 CF, but it'll do everything you need it to and it'll be more "future proof" upgradeable .