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April 20, 2012 3:34:52 AM
April 20, 2012 12:22:43 PM

you want the single fastest GPU you can buy! The HD 7850 is a very good buy at $250. though it is showing out of stock at newegg currently.

not all games or all resolutions benefit from xfire/sli setups.

your Seasonic PSU will handle 2 x 550ti or 2 x HD 6790's and even 2 x 7850's :o 

benchmarks and review at THG:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7870-revi...
April 20, 2012 7:01:39 PM

jerreddredd said:
you want the single fastest GPU you can buy! The HD 7850 is a very good buy at $250. though it is showing out of stock at newegg currently.

not all games or all resolutions benefit from xfire/sli setups.

your Seasonic PSU will handle 2 x 550ti or 2 x HD 6790's and even 2 x 7850's :o 

benchmarks and review at THG:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7870-revi...

so a single 7850 would be better than those in sli/crossfire?
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April 21, 2012 7:11:23 AM

austin4189 said:
so a single 7850 would be better than those in sli/crossfire?


Yes. SLI/Xfire is helpful at higher resolution and with AF/AA cranked up. With SLI/Xfire comes stability issues and a phenomena known as micro-stuttering. Granted SLI/Xfire has come along ways and is much more stable now days. I run a GTX 590, using SLI all the time without issues for the most part, and before that I had GTX 570's in SLI. I have 3 monitors and do Widescreen gaming on occasion, so SLI is a must to crank out 5760x1200 and a good framerate.

I always advise and build systems with the single best GPU that fits in the budget. if a year down the road more GPU power is needed, you can SLI/Xfire for a speed boost or when you see a big price drop for you second card.

A pair of HD 6850's will beat the 7850, but will cost a few $ more and use 2.5x the power (electric bill) and create 2x the heat and noise.
April 21, 2012 9:32:15 AM

That 7850 is a powerful card. Get that. Later when you want to upgrade you can get another at a cheaper price too. 550 ti is meh
April 21, 2012 1:02:24 PM

kcsmacker said:
That 7850 is a powerful card. Get that. Later when you want to upgrade you can get another at a cheaper price too. 550 ti is meh

Well i was gona get it but its out of stock -_- what about this? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is it as good/better than the 7850? and is it worth the couple extra bucks
April 21, 2012 2:13:06 PM

austin4189 said:
Well i was gona get it but its out of stock -_- what about this? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is it as good/better than the 7850? and is it worth the couple extra bucks


I would say they are close, because the 560ti is OC'd. if they were both Stock the 7850 has and advantage and it uses less power.

Amazon has both the ASUS and Sapphire 7850's in stock at the same price as newegg.

the 560ti you picked is a solid card 127 reviews and still 5 eggs.
April 21, 2012 2:55:55 PM

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GTX 480 would also be a recommended card at it's current price on the egg at $229.
Outperform both the 7850 and GTX 560Ti.
Once overclocked it can surpass the GTX 580.
Downfall is power consumption and in some cases heat.

ok i think im goin with the 480 its on a huge sale right now at newegg and im gona get a pci exhaust fan to keep it cool :) 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
April 21, 2012 3:50:31 PM

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HOLY!!
That's gone down tonnes.

Get it and do not look back!

haha i will! thanks for all the help guys!
April 28, 2012 12:13:15 AM

Best answer selected by austin4189.
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