Can I Crossfire asrock z68 with Radeon HD7950

Last year I purchased my first "gaming computer" with the hopes of being able to upgrade it in the future. With the announcement of PS4 and the next generation of consoles just around the corner I am expecting quite a few more graphically demanding games on the horizon and would like to think about upgrading my rig.

As of now I am running:

Intel i5-2500k 3.3Ghz
16GB Kingston Hyper-x4 DDR3
ASrock z68 xtreme4 Gen 3 mobo
Radeon 7950 3GB
850W Power supply

OC'd and running graphically intensive games (Battlefield 3, Crysis 3, Planetside 2) I am getting temps no hotter than 71 degrees C.

I was wondering if my rig would allow/support me to purchase a second 7950 and allow me to crossfire for better graphical fidelity while maintaining a safe core temp with adequate power.

I am new to the idea of customizable pcs and am more of a newbie when it comes to the deeper technical understandings of components but will do my best to answer any questions you may have in an attempt to assist me.

Thank you for any and all assistance you may be able to give me in this matter.
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  1. yes, you can go for 2nd 7950, your mb supports pci 3.0, and 2 times 8, this is a mb for crossfire, go to pcmark web and look up some scores between 1 card and 2 based on a 2500k
  2. From your motherboard's product page:

    "Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX™ and NVIDIA® Quad SLI™"

    ...so I think dual 7950s would be fine, lol. Just make sure that your power supply has enough 6-pin PCI-E cables (you'll need 4).

    I'm also compelled to warn you that 7950s in Crossfire is absolute overkill unless you're gaming on 3 1080p screens, one 2560 x 1440, or just can't handle playing anything less than 60fps :P If you don't need to buy another, I'd say wait for the 8000 series (either later this year or early next year).
  3. I
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    just can't handle playing anything less than 60fps
    . Thank you for your help. I am looking into the future and figure with dual graphics card will be more apt to handle the future of gaming without the need to upgrade again for several years.
  4. "handle playing anything less than 60fps If you don't need to buy another, I'd say wait for the 8000 series (either later this year or early next year)"

    And do what with his 7950??
  5. MrSlavw said:
    And do what with his 7950??


    Sell it, or just keep using it. I'm not against CF (I run dual 6950s), but for a single screen the 7950 is pretty good right now. Splurge though, it never hurts having more graphics performance. A 3 monitor setup for the right game is a beautiful thing.
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