Should I crossfire or get a brand new gpu?

I built my rig about 2 and half years ago and when I did the GPU I bought was definitely medium end. It was a Radeon 4850 HD 512 GDDR3 Ram

Looking at the Graphics heirarchy it's still fairly high up there and knowing how old my card is now I was wondering what you would recommend? To be fair this card is still kicking ass for me who really only plays wow or running some sort of emulator.

So my question is, Should I just drop a small amount of cash on buying another one of those cards and crossfire or knowing how old my card is and with you being able to look at the specs should I just get a new card and quite honestly what card would you recommend?

I'm looking for a decent upgrade so I can continue playing at the higher end of the settings but I don't need anything extravagaent.

Current specs: Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz
Video Card: Radeon HD 4850 512 GDDR3
Ram: 8 GB
PSU: 600W
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  1. What power supply are you running?

    This is the power supply I bought with the rig. If I did cross fire and it required a bit more juice I suppose upgrading a PSU wouldn't be a big deal considering how cheap the 4850's are.
  3. Why upgrade at all? The system is obviously plenty for you needs, unless you plan on getting some more demanding games, I'd say leave well alone.
  4. The reason is I'm definitely noticing a nice solid frame drop in graphic intensive environments like 25 man raids as the game gets upgraded. There are also some other games I want to try out and would like a bit more juice like GW2
  5. If budget permits, I would market your 4850 go with a single strong card.
    Your 600w psu should be good for a card as strong as a GTX670 or a 7970.
    But a GTX660ti or a 7850 would be a nice jump in capability.

    I think your psu would be sufficient for 4850 crossfire but you could run into a microstuttering issue which could be annoying.
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  6. everything drops framerates in 25 man raids...

    any getting another for crossfire will get you ultra easily but.. its still WoW's crappy cartoonish graphics so you gain nothing. LOL
  7. I appreciate the help =).
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