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November 4, 2010 12:25:47 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within two weeks

BUDGET RANGE: approx. $350

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:  Gaming, gaming and occasionally gaming. 

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: 
None

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: 
This is a new build:
Phenom 2 965 Black Edition
Asus Crosshair IV Formula
4gig G.Skill 1600 Ram


PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: 
Newegg.com Frozencpu.com and local shop

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Ati

OVERCLOCKING: No.  I fail in the patience category.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe 

MONITOR RESOLUTION:  1920x1200 

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I play mostly Steam based FPS's like Mass Effect 2 and on rare occasions some mmo's.   My main concern is not to gear the computer towards any specific  game but just well balanced throughout all games I will play.

I see on another thread that Crossfiring 5870's creates quite a bottleneck on the guy's 1090T, giving him only 5 - 10 FPS when running two cards.  If the gains in crossfiring are that minimal then I fail to see the finical justification.  

My question is, is crossfiring this system beneficial?  Due to the bottlenecking issue I feel that purchasing one really good card is just as good as crossfiring anything else.

If I don't crossfire, am I better off waiting for the 69xx's to be released? Even if it is just to wait for the price drops on other cards?

Or is the bottlenecking not that serious?  I apologize if I am being vague but I am at a loss.  My original plan was for a Xfx 5870 but then I found I could crossfire 6850's for roughly the same price which limits my ability to upgrade.  

Thank you greatly for your time and input.

 

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a c 126 U Graphics card
November 4, 2010 12:32:21 PM

I'd recommed you buy a single fast/high end card, rather than 2 mid range cards like the HD6850's, although they do scale well, it does limit your upgrade path.

I'd wait until the 69xx series are out, should only be a few weeks to wait.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
November 4, 2010 12:43:19 PM

The HD6950 should be right in your budget and is likely your best choice if you are willing to wait.
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November 13, 2010 11:02:46 PM

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a c 169 U Graphics card
November 14, 2010 11:19:07 AM

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