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Crossfire - Worth it? Bottleneck??

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January 31, 2012 1:35:15 AM

I was thinking of adding a little more gaming boost to extend my current pc. With the possibility of using the eyefinity in a 3 monitor setup. I have two questions 1) Is it worth the trouble to Crossfire my current radeon 5850 with a second? And 2) is my current system set up going to cause a bottleneck and limit any potential increase in performance.

Any input would be much appreciated.

Current System Specs.
Win 7- 64
ASUS P5E3 PRO LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard
E8400 @ 3.00 (prefer not to overclock)
8gb g. skill ddr3-1600
1 Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 (want to crossfire another)
Corsair HX850w PS
January 31, 2012 2:47:02 AM

should be fine at all.
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January 31, 2012 3:02:43 AM

your setup will fine to crossfire assuming you can find a 5850 to purchase. With AMD releasing the 7xxx series cards you may want to upgrade to a 6xxx series single card solution. Probably a 6970 or 6950
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January 31, 2012 3:04:08 AM

IMHO you will spend more than you will gain.
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January 31, 2012 3:11:27 AM

i wouldn't. you're held back by your dual core now whether you believe it or not. then you want to add another "old" card that can be beat to hell by a 2gig 6950. I would buy the best new single card i could get and plan on moving that to my next mobo/proc/ram build.
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January 31, 2012 3:22:52 AM

You should be ok. (BTW, thats an x38 board and not an x48.) The 8400 is getting long in the tooth so you'll find more and more games that need CPU power. If gaming is pretty much all you do then you should start looking for a quad or upgrade. (I've started seeing Q6600 and Q8400s as the $80 used mark.) As pointed out you might be better selling the 5850 for what you can get and upgrading to a bigger card. The 6950 is a good idea. It's probably only slightly slower then your CF idea. Not saying its a bad idea to get the 5850, but make sure you don't spend to much on it.
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February 1, 2012 1:44:31 AM

Thanks everyone for the feedback. The cheapest I could find a 5850 was $180 (oem version on ebay) and seeing that the 6950's are currently about $250 on newegg, I'll probably spend the extra get the 6950 and send my 5850 to my wifes PC.
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February 1, 2012 1:48:37 AM

can wait for the 78XX to come out and see pricing. they should come mid feb.
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February 2, 2012 11:23:09 PM

rvjones10 said:
Thanks everyone for the feedback. The cheapest I could find a 5850 was $180 (oem version on ebay) and seeing that the 6950's are currently about $250 on newegg, I'll probably spend the extra get the 6950 and send my 5850 to my wifes PC.

hi if you really want the 5850 i saw to 5850s on craigslist for 100 dollars the were sapphires craigslist vancouver canada
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March 3, 2012 3:27:49 AM

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