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August 3, 2012 3:24:22 AM

So im in a little dilemma here. I am new to the computer building scene and after alot of research have arrived to what seems to be a good gaming setup. My question now is what graphics card should i get, the MSI R7850 Twin Frozr 2GB (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) or the Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...). Id like to run crossfire with this 650watt PSU(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) on the one i decide to get. I have heard mixed reviews but on the World of Warcraft benchmarks i see that the 6950 gets higher fps than the 7850 while also being almost $50 less! Im also aware of the pros for the 7850 and see that it runs very quiet and cool while taking up less wattage (may be wrong on the last part). Either way...I NEED ADVICE!! :( 

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a c 139 U Graphics card
August 3, 2012 3:56:00 AM

The 7850 is generally faster than the 6950. WoW may be a rare exception to that. The 6950s are starting to disappear, so if you do want to Crossfire down the road, you may have problems finding a second 6950. I would say get the 7850 unless WoW is literally the only game you play. In that case, just one 6950 will be more than sufficient for you, you don't need Crossfire for WoW.

Your 650 Watt PSU also probably wouldn't be enough to Crossfire 2 6950s, they use too much power for you to do that safely. 2 7850s may be possible on a 650 Watt, but I still don't recommend it. If you want to Crossfire 2 high end cards, get a 750 Watt power supply to be safe.
August 3, 2012 4:04:13 AM

Supernova1138 said:
The 7850 is generally faster than the 6950. WoW may be a rare exception to that. The 6950s are starting to disappear, so if you do want to Crossfire down the road, you may have problems finding a second 6950. I would say get the 7850 unless WoW is literally the only game you play. In that case, just one 6950 will be more than sufficient for you, you don't need Crossfire for WoW.

Your 650 Watt PSU also probably wouldn't be enough to Crossfire 2 6950s, they use too much power for you to do that safely. 2 7850s may be possible on a 650 Watt, but I still don't recommend it. If you want to Crossfire 2 high end cards, get a 750 Watt power supply to be safe.

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a c 107 U Graphics card
August 3, 2012 4:06:49 AM
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650w is more than enough to crossfire 7850's. AMD already recommends only 600w, and everyone knows AMD/Nvidia grossly overstates the requirement.
a c 139 U Graphics card
August 3, 2012 4:15:21 AM

Yeah, I stand corrected on that, I though the 7850 actually needed 2 6 pin connectors. I'm surprised how efficient that card is. 650 watts is okay for 2 7850s, though there are few games out there right now that really need 2 7850s.
August 3, 2012 4:18:26 AM

Go for the 7850...better card
August 3, 2012 4:23:56 AM

Thanks all this information really helps!
August 3, 2012 4:24:12 AM

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