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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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.
The HD6950 should be right in your budget and is likely your best choice if you are willing to wait.