I was wondering if it would be worth investing into a second Radeon HD 6950 to run crossfire? The main reason for this is the upcoming game Skyrim that I hope to play at full settings at 1920x1080 res. So my main question is, would the money be worth the improvement? Also I was wondering if my Power Supply would be ok with a second card?
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: I will be playing Skyrim and a few other games as soon as it comes out, hopefully at full settings.
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Right now I have a single Radeon HD 6950 2gb. I have a 750W Power supply.
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: CPU- AMD Phenom II X6 1100T
Your 750 watt PSU would be sufficient, and two 6950's in crossfire scale quite nicely and would offer the performance you need. You can view examples of how well that pair scales in comparison to other GPU setups here:
For now... no, it's not advisable to buy another one considering you want to play Skyrim. The 6950 can easily play anything out there for now. What you should do is wait until the end of october and look for Ati cards bundled with Skyrim, you'll get your money's worth at that time.
I have the game pre-ordered so im not going to be able to bundle with the card. I did have one more question. Would it be better to get the exact same card, brand and everything, or does it not matter as long as i get an hd 6950? Im asking because if i wait to buy it im afraid newegg wont be selling the same card by the end of October.
^^ Correct. Just note that if you get one card that has different clock speeds (a pre-overclocked card for example) that the overclocked card will underclock itself to match the other card. OR, you could overclock the other card to match your pre-oc'd card, or just OC both of them. Your choice.