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May 17, 2011 11:49:30 AM

I am currently using Sapphire 5750 1GB DDR5. It's a nice card for me, does what I want well. Though I am thinking for an upgrade. I am thinking of CrossFire, dual 5750. But I am not sure in performance increase as opposed to say, for an example, 6850.

I'm going to do some gaming on a 1280X1024 screen, and dual screen with another 23'' LCD. As a student I'll also be doing a lot of 3D Modelling stuff, and rendering.

My budget for now is around $160. Depending on the advice, I'll maybe increase of lower it.

Oh, and I am using CM 500W PSU.

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a c 1362 U Graphics card
May 17, 2011 3:56:43 PM

On 1280 x 1024 the HD5750 should be doing fine. When you add the other screen in the mix it is a different story. For your budget and PSU I would go with a HD6850.
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May 17, 2011 5:07:00 PM

rolli59 said:
On 1280 x 1024 the HD5750 should be doing fine. When you add the other screen in the mix it is a different story. For your budget and PSU I would go with a HD6850.

I usually play games on the 1280X1024 screen. I do work related stuff on the 1920 x 1080 screen. Will HD6850 give me a higher increase of performance compared to dual 5750?

I can go extra on budget, depending on the gain.
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a c 1362 U Graphics card
May 18, 2011 8:18:18 AM

I was not only looking at performance here but PSU as well the CM 500watt should be able to handle the HD6850 just fine but might struggle a bit with the 2x HD5750 which would probably give you more performance.
Cooler Master PSU's are a little hit and miss in the quality department!
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a c 376 U Graphics card
May 18, 2011 8:32:03 AM

The HD5750 really should do quite well at 1280x1024. If you are considering gaming on the higher res monitor then an upgrade would make more sense.
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May 18, 2011 8:43:34 AM

rolli59 said:
I was not only looking at performance here but PSU as well the CM 500watt should be able to handle the HD6850 just fine but might struggle a bit with the 2x HD5750 which would probably give you more performance.
Cooler Master PSU's are a little hit and miss in the quality department!

Aha, I forgot about that.

After reading on what you've said, I checked the PSU and it looks like it lacks a power connector. Looks like CrossFire is not an option. Cooler Master products kinda 'rule' here. Not much of a choice. Recently there's Huntkey, Antec, Corsair, Gigabyte. The selection is not much and the price is quite expensive.

Do you have any suggestion to what PSU I should upgrade? I think I'll take up HD6850, and maybe CrossFire in the future.

jyjjy said:
The HD5750 really should do quite well at 1280x1024. If you are considering gaming on the higher res monitor then an upgrade would make more sense.

I tried and the difference is like, Heaven and Earth.

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a c 1362 U Graphics card
May 18, 2011 9:06:56 AM

For a new PSU looking at the brands you mention then I would look for a Corsair or an Antec in the 650watt range bearing crossfire in mind.
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May 25, 2011 12:04:27 PM

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