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1 strong GPU or 2 mids?

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December 19, 2010 10:41:18 AM

I am geting ready to build a new system and I am at a cross roads. I can't decide whether to install a single ATi 5870 card or install two ATi 5770s and crossfire them. As far as bag-for-your buck and ease of install and maintenance goes, which would be the best path for a gaming setup?

------------ My Planned System -------------

Case - Antec Lanboy Air Black/Blue
CPU - Intel i7-920 2.66 GHz (will be over-clocked beyond 3.5 GHz)
Cooler - Cool Master V8
Motherboard - Intel DX58SO
RAM - Corsair Dominator 6 GB (3 x 2GB)
Primary HDD - Intel X25-M 80 GB SSD
Secondary HDD - WD 2TB 7200 RPM 64 MB cache
Video Card(s) - ** TBA **
Audio Card - Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series
Optical Drive(s) - LG Blu-ray Disc Combo Internal SATA 10x SuperMulti Blue LightScribe (x2)
Power Supply - Corsair HX 850 watt
OS (duel boot) - Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit / Ubuntu 10.10 32-bit

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December 19, 2010 10:43:12 AM

I would go for a single HD 6870 and add another one in the future if necessary.
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December 19, 2010 10:48:54 AM

Tamz_msc said:
I would go for a single HD 6870 and add another one in the future if necessary.

And I would wait for a bit and then slap a couple of GTX560's in from the get go. ;) 
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December 19, 2010 10:53:46 AM

I'd opt for a HD6950 for £200, roughly the same performance as 2 x HD5770's and you can add another if you want later on.

@ mousemonkey, do you have an ETA on the GTX560?
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December 19, 2010 11:03:01 AM

Rustyy117 said:
I'd opt for a HD6950 for £200, roughly the same performance as 2 x HD5770's and you can add another if you want later on.

@ mousemonkey, do you have an ETA on the GTX560?

No, I'm just hoping it's going to be sometime real soon! :lol: 
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December 19, 2010 11:09:42 AM

Mousemonkey said:
No, I'm just hoping it's going to be sometime real soon! :lol: 

:o  Your upgrading from your 8800's?

I'm shoppping around for 2 x GTX570's for under £500, not having much luck atm :( 
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December 19, 2010 11:14:00 AM

Rustyy117 said:
:o  Your upgrading from your 8800's?

I'm shoppping around for 2 x GTX570's for under £500, not having much luck atm :( 

Yeah, it's got to be done at some stage and I've just built a rig for my nephew with an i3 530 and a POV GTX460 768MB card and the framerates that was chucking out on a 16 x 10 screen were comparable with and sometimes better than the 8800's can manage.
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December 19, 2010 11:18:03 AM

Mousemonkey said:
Yeah, it's got to be done at some stage and I've just built a rig for my nephew with an i3 530 and a POV GTX460 768MB card and the framerates that was chucking out on a 16 x 10 screen were comparable with and sometimes better than the 8800's can manage.

Yeah the GTX460's are amazing price/performance cards, a GTX560 should be a very nice upgrade from your 8800GTs and 2 x GTX560's in SLI will be the difference from night and day :p 
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December 19, 2010 11:21:06 AM

Rustyy117 said:
Yeah the GTX460's are amazing price/performance cards, a GTX560 should be a very nice upgrade from your 8800GTs and 2 x GTX560's in SLI will be the difference from night and day :p 

That's what I'm hoping for and my only concern is that the CPU won't be able to keep up but if that happens I do have a "plan B" to fall back on. ;) 
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December 19, 2010 11:46:46 AM

Since you've not yet built the system, I am with mousemonkey on waiting for the GTX 560.
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December 29, 2010 2:56:21 AM

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December 29, 2010 9:12:41 AM

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