I am looking for the best way to upgrade my system.
My current system is:
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-890XA-UD3 AM3 AMD 790X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD
GPU: HIS H585FN1GD Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
My motherboard has one PCI-e sloy running at X16, the second is X8.
So here is what I'm trying to find out:
- If I'm to run a Crossfire, should I get another PCI Express 2.1 card or can I do PCI Express 2.0?
- Is it worth getting a better card than the one I already have, or will it be bottlenecked by my current card?
- Should I even bother with Crossfire, or My CPU will bottleneck my GPU setup rendering it redundant?
- Lastly: (not really a Crossfire/GPU question)- my CPU slot is AM3, meaning the best CPU I can use is Phenom II X6 1100t. Is it worth the investment (currenly can be found for ~$230)
2.0, 2.1 they both the same thing basically. I think its just AMD's way of saying oh the bandwidth is .1 more than 2.0! So any 5850 that is 2.1 will support 2.0. Also when you crossfire,the X16 and the x8 should even out to both being at x8 to compensate. Unless that theory only works for x16 and x16
I wouldn't crossfire. If you can save up around $150, you can get a real nice graphic card like the 6870, and it wouldn't bottleneck at all. The phenom is very worthy, and if you can stretch your budget even more, get a 7850. Also, I wouldn't go with the phenom ll 6, unless you're gonna multitask a lot and stuff like that.
When it comes to topping out new systems? Yes, it's great, but when you're in a situation like you are with older equipment and being surrounded by cheap, faster and newer cards.... no, it's not useful to *you.*