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HD 6850 CrossFired or single GTX 580 graphics card

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July 5, 2012 3:59:28 AM

I have a single 6850 am and wanting to crossfire it... what im wondering is if i am to sell the single 6850 and wait about a month I can save up enough for a single gtx 580

my question to you guys is what is the better deal?

Also is the hd radeon 6850 cf equal to what card?

thank you for your time! :) 

P.S. I have a fx-8120
a c 103 U Graphics card
July 5, 2012 5:44:14 AM

6850 crossfire has about the same performance of a single gtx 580.....if it would be cheaper for you and you have the motherboard and psu to support the two cards you could go that route. I would recommend you go the single gpu route though. How much would you be paying for the 580? If its near $400 I would look into getting a gtx 670...it uses less power and is faster.
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July 5, 2012 5:47:18 AM

yeah i keep hearing that but I have a pretty low budget and i have a 850w psu and really i just want to be able to play all games on ultra for the next year then I think ill get a crossfire on the 670 and possibly a second generation on the bulldozer if they are out so do you think that the crossfire and 8120 will last me at least a year on all games?
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July 5, 2012 5:49:34 AM

Do you have any evidence on this?
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July 5, 2012 5:53:21 AM

can you find any threads on this fact?
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July 6, 2012 1:57:18 AM

are you saying you want to purchase a gtx 670 and eventually get a second 670? if so if your psu is a good quality unit you could do it provided your motherboard supports SLI as well....and as far as 670 SLI goes it will definitly last you a year on all the games maxed out. It is overkill for almost everything out there now....last question what resolution are you gaming on?
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July 6, 2012 2:02:14 AM

well i have a 850w corsair enthusiast series
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July 6, 2012 2:22:25 AM

PanicMaster85 said:
well i have a 850w corsair enthusiast series



ok thats a good unit but what about the othe questions that I asked?
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July 6, 2012 2:42:02 AM

Also i meant a crossfire 6850 last a year(i have done over 20 threads before i came back to this one forgot what it was on) and then in the year get a 670
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July 6, 2012 2:45:16 AM

ahh so you are saying you would crossfire two 6850s now and then get a 670 in a year? two 6850s would give you great performance. just a little shy of the 670 so I would say yea it would last you a year
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July 6, 2012 2:52:34 AM

ok I was just in a forum and they said that I would get micrstuddering and that it would be a lot better for me too just stick with one 6850 for a year and in that end i upgrade mobo,cpu, and gpu
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July 6, 2012 3:00:11 AM

microstuttering is very possible but not guarenteed....it all really depends on if you notice it or not too....most people wont even notice it....if you can live with your one 6850 then I would def stick with that and just upgrade everything at once....you would have a much more satisfied feeling....thats why I am still rolling with 285 sli ....I am gonna build a whole new rig here soon so I have a major improvement
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July 6, 2012 3:04:57 AM

yeah sounds like a plan hey have you hear of the new amd proccessors i might upgrade to that instead of the i5 3570k if it gets good reviews.
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July 6, 2012 3:08:22 AM

I have heard things about them but nothing too good...if its anything like the recent past its gonna fall way short of expectations. AMD has always been great performance for the price chips but never been top performers...only time will tell
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July 6, 2012 3:09:50 AM

haha yeah i guess that if they do come out with a real nice chip then ill be able to drop 180$ off the upgrade(i wont have to get a new mobo)
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July 6, 2012 3:21:17 AM

yea that would be nice one less thing you have to replace
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July 6, 2012 3:28:47 AM

yes it would well i think im going to end the thread now any other advice you have?
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