Should have a pretty beefy PSU for that setup, make sure yours can handle it.
You shouldn't have any problems with it.Just install it then it will downclock to the Asus.Then start O.C.ing them both from there.
Yeah that should be no problem.Thankyou for supplying that.
Just out of curiouosity what CPU do you have?If you don't mind plz list your full system specs.
Yea just a warning,which you probably already know,any 5870 you get that is of higher clocks than your current will auto downcloack to the slowest.That is why i say start from there to O.C.
WOW,I just looked a prices and the XFX 5870 is selling for $220 with a $20 MIR in the U.S. newegg.Leveling it to $200 with free shipping.
Honestly the Vapor X doesn't have any more improvement over a regular 5870 than the reference besides the clock speeds.Really if i was you i would go for the same 5870 you have.Unless the vapor x has more shaders etc. theirs no reason to get it over any other 5870.Like a couple posts above said,the same maker + same clocks will work the best.If you already have the Asus version i would get another Asus version!!!
x2 5870's IS a godsend STILL!!!!! I would get any 5870 if i was you and i already had one.
pshhh,6870's sell more than 5870's and thier not as powerfull.
Honestly, I don't think anyone with an i7-9xx should rebuild any within the next 18 months.
The reason is because I look at things from a practical stand-point; what is the bottleneck of my system right now. At the resolution I play (1920x1080) the bottleneck is definitely the GPU sub-system. How do I know? When I overclock my GPUs, there is a direct correlation with how smoothly things run, but when I raise/lower my CPU overclock, I don't notice a difference (3.2~4.0 GHz). When my GPU speeds no longer makes a difference, that's when I know that I've hit a system wide dead end.
I built a computer in 2001 with an Athlon Thunderbird and used it quite well until 2005 with just upgrading the RAM and GPU. I built another in 2005 that ran until it died until 2007, again only upgrading the GPU. I had another that went from 2007 till 2009 with no changes. My system was always GPU limited, and even with 5850 in crossfire that is the case. The 4.0 GHz OC I'm running right now is mainly so that some of my older single/dual threaded games run faster (namely Civ IV).
Yes the Sandy Bridge is faster/better/whatever, but personally I'm going to wait until my system actually struggles with games. Even when beating it as hard as I can in Star Trek Online or Bad Company 2, my GPU subsystem takes the beatdown while the CPU is working at a nominal level. Even when I was not overclocking, my GPU was still receiving the main workout.
My opinion would be to keep your system, upgrade graphics every year or two, and buy a new/more monitor(s), upgrade your sound system, whatever. Maybe when Ivy Bridge or even Haswell comes out then I might consider an upgrade.
Well I tend to sell my pc after only a couple months, they end up not getting used to their potential and I dont like them depreciating drastically so I sell them on and get to enjoy building another one.
Havn't had a pc for more than 4 months in the last 2 years and luckily havn't made a loss on any of them yet. Sold two i7s with gtx 580 and gtx 470 in the last few months.
Its a bit of a hobby shopping around for a month or two for the best deals and using my laptop and ps3 to keep me going in between.
I keep meaning to build one thats not too expensive so I don't mind it sitting there for a year or two but think I'm addicted to having top components.
Maybe the next one I build I'll keep for longer, thanks for the advice
Get the 5870 reference version, you will have less of a hassle setting up the crossfire. Expect a massive boost in performance but don't expect the drivers to work flawlessly.
Keep in mind this is coming from an AMD fan boy who also owns a gtx480sli setup.(the implementation is far superior on Nvidia's side)