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Better use of money for gaming: Crossfire or better CPU?

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Anonymous
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September 24, 2010 12:37:14 AM

I'm in the process of building my first system. It will be used primarily for gaming and HD video editing. Given those tasks, would my money be better spent buying an x58/i7 system with one Radeon card, or a p55/i5 system with 2 radeons in crossfire? I realize that one option might cost a bit more than the other, but in general, which gives you more bank for your gaming buck? An i7 or crossfire?

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September 24, 2010 12:43:11 AM

for gaming I'd say the i5 and crossfire
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September 24, 2010 1:06:46 AM

Depends a HD5870 or HD5770?

What resolution? If you have 1920x1080 and a HD5870 then thats fine... Higher res or lower GPU then Crossfire.
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Anonymous
a b 4 Gaming
September 24, 2010 3:02:59 AM

Just one screen at full HD, so yeah 1920x1080 I think. And I was looking at the cheaper 5850. My thinking is that going for the faster CPU would provide a better upgrade path, as I could easily add another ATI card somewhere down the line and do crossfire with something newer and faster. The crossfire cards don't have to be identical, right?
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September 24, 2010 12:48:39 PM

Here is a Crossfire configure chart from AMD
http://game.amd.com/us-en/content/images/crossfirex/CF_...

You can crossfire any brand, If you have a EVGA and a ASUS HD5850 they will work together fine

If you have a HD5850 and a HD5870 they will work also.

A HD5850 and 1080i will run most games great. If you can swing it get a SSD. That will make boot time and load times a lot faster. The can you get another HD5850 later if you want.
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Anonymous
a b 4 Gaming
September 24, 2010 6:29:43 PM

Thank you, great chart. I was thinking of getting a small, 60gb SSD. What files would you recommend putting on there? OS, program files, games, with all media files going to a separate mechanical drive?
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a b 4 Gaming
September 24, 2010 7:02:11 PM

actually, instead of an i5/i7, if you're doing heavy video editing, I'd suggest a 1055t 6-core.
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Anonymous
a b 4 Gaming
September 24, 2010 11:47:23 PM

That looks like a great call. Sounds like hexacores are better for video editing. I'll look for some comparisons b/w the 1055t and the i7 950 (the other proc I was considering).
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