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Old December 1, 2010, 02:10 PM
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Default What kind of video cards should I buy for Xmas?

My current setup is:

AMD X6 1055T (Overclocked to 3.5 ghz)

MSI 890GXM-G65 Motherboard

4gb 1600 ram

650w Silverstone Power Supply


This is my current build and my motherboard can support crossfire with 2 pci-express slots.

So what kind of video cards you guys suggest?
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Old December 1, 2010, 02:12 PM
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I'd go for a pair of Gigabtye Radeon HD 6850's.
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Old December 1, 2010, 02:15 PM
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I'd go for a pair of Gigabtye Radeon HD 6850's.
Ya, I was thinking about that and it would cost around $400, but if i get a single video card I might be able to upgrade later on?

I hear the 6900s are coming out this month.

But crossfire 6850s are definitely a choice right now.
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Old December 1, 2010, 03:25 PM
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Get a 6900 card for $400.


It might not be quite the same as 2x 6850s but at the same time, it'll leave you room to upgrade later.


Also there isn't really a game out there that isn't maxed by a single 6850 already.
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Old December 1, 2010, 03:28 PM
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Well,

There is two ways to see this.

1st: Buy two cards right away, both of the same, same everything... at least it looks better...LOL and you get the same PCBs...same bios revision, same coolers/cooling potential...you get the idea.

2nd: buy ONE faster card, like the upcoming HD69** when it comes out, and play to Crossfire later...BUT, it might not be easy in the long run...price might not go down quickly enough (or single newer card might be more interesting), models might change (a la XFX 5770 reference, then V1 (egg shaped cooler shroud), then V2 (looks like the reference but is NOT)....
You you might end up with two cards that don't match (no biggie, but some don't like it).

I was planning to buy a second HD5870 for Crossfire...that would cost me another $300 right now....but the scaling wasn't always great with those...I'm glad I didn't do it..

I'm waiting for HD6970, or reviews of Crossfired HD6950s....it's unlikely that I'd order another 5870..

A good SLI/Crossfire review of recent popular combos:

From TECHREPORT:

Paired up: The latest GPUs - The Tech Report - Page 1

Well...maybe the GTX570s in SLI will be so nice that I could grab a SLI mobo!
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Old December 1, 2010, 03:40 PM
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A budget is always nice to have in mind. Remember, the 69XX series are coming (slowly but surely) and the rumoured GTX 570 also seems like a good bargain once it's released. Your power supply should chew through any moderate SLI setup with ease. People tend to grossly overrate the power draw of a system.
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Old December 1, 2010, 03:53 PM
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Thanks for your suggestions so far.

I'll keep you guys posted on other sites/info I find.

So far, I don't think my overclocked cpu will have any bottleneck issues in crossfire.

My decision right now is to wait 2 weeks and see the reviews of the new 6900s and how well they scale compared to other video cards in dual crossfire.
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Old December 1, 2010, 04:08 PM
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Can't answer the OP's question properly without knowing the Res he's planning on using....
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Also there isn't really a game out there that isn't maxed by a single 6850 already.
^^^ I wouldn't count on that at 1920 x 1200 Res and higher......thats why we wanna know his Res ;)
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Old December 1, 2010, 04:53 PM
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on a budget i'd go for a gtx 460.
but wait for the new 6900 series.i think it comes out dec.
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res is what matters but with out know it i love the gf104 core gtx 460 kicks the crap outta any game i have played
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