Hello all, My system specs are as follow:
AMD phenom x4 955 @ 3.9ghz
Radeon xfx HD5870
4gig Ripjaw 1600mhz DDR3 Ram
OCZ 500watt PSU
Antec Dark fleet 85
23inch monitor (1980 x 1080)
I noticed when I bought battlefield 3 that I can not max it out at my resolution. I am wondering if ugrading my PSU and getting another HD5870 is the best way to be able to max out recent dx11 games or maybe getting a 6/7 series card might be better? And is there any need to upgrade my motherboard for the new PCI-E if I went for a 7 series card?
2 x 5870 is very powerful. So is a 7970. At your resolution 2 x 5870 will own. So would a 7970. It comes down to price differences and whether you want to do XFire and upgrade that PSU to accommodate the extra 5870.
The 7970 requirements (as listed by AMD) only want a 500w minimum with one 8-pin and one 6-pin.
Edit: Shouldn't be any need to upgrade your motherboard for the 7970.
I'm looking at around £250 to upgrade to a decent PPU and buying the second card second hand =/
Well then by all means, XFire your 5870 with a used one and get a nice branded PSU. Your mobo wan't listed in your post, just make sure your mobo supports XFire and that you will have adequate airflow for each card.
I have noticed a general low-opinion of OCZ PSUs around here but Antec, Seasonic, Corsair, XFX, are premium.
That mobo has ONE PCIe16x running at 16x and ONE PCIe16x running at 4x. I'm actually not totally sure, but I think you need them each running at at least 8x for XFire. If that is your mobo, make sure you find out if that will work with XFire before getting a 2nd card.