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I was wondering if CrossFire (or SLI) is worth the $500? Like, for my conroe build should I get an E6300, 2GB of Ram, and 2xR600 or 2x8800s? Or would an E6600, 4GB of Ram, and an R600 or 8800GTX score better? Also, if I could the exact same rig but just SLI or CrossFire would that be worth the $500 more I will be paying? My thought was that I'd always just get top-of-the-line instead of just getting two of the good card. For example, if I got a X1800XT and I was lagging a bit I won't get a second one, I'd get an X1950XTX or a R600. Thoughts? Comments? Opinions? Thanks,

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Basically, if I get a rig should I spend $500 on a second GPU or should I just make the rest of my rig faster? Also, if I was going to keep the rig identical but add a second GPU how big would the FPS/Benchmark differences be? Thanks.
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Bump. Sorry, I have no patience, at all. Ever.
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As it is right now, I can run the best games at max settings with 40fps easy with only one X1900XTX, so having two cards is only worth the benchmarks, and not the money in my opinion. I don't see how it will be any different when DX10 games and cards come out full-fledged. So get 1 card and spend the rest on a RAID setup.

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I'd say it depends on how much gaming you do. It goes without saying that SLI or Crossfire will give you more FPS at higher graphical settings. People dont get dual GPU's for high benchmarks. They get them for a better gaming experience.

So I think it depends on how pretty a picture you like and what resolution you game at. If you play games at low resolutions (due to your monitors limitations), like 1280x960 or something, getting two video cards is a waste of money. But if you play games at 1600x1200 like I do, having SLI or crossfire will definitely benefit you.

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Will the FPS difference be significan in games like Cysis and other DX10 games? If I pay $500 more I won't want 6 more FPS, I want my game to amazing and run fawlessly at a very high resolution.
I think a single ATi R600 can handle DX10 games at 1920x1200. So, would it be safe to say if I got 4GB of ram later on that I would be fine for any game that would be thrown my way?

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I don't think there's a solid answer for that right now. Only time will tell since few people have the new cards and those games haven't even been released yet. One could only assume that you'll get better results. For me, the general rule of thumb has been that when crossfire is turned on, I get roughly twice the FPS in graphic-intense games like FEAR and Oblivion. I would assume the same would hold true for DX10 games (once more and moer come out).

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Mike, I agree with you that that isn't why people buy said dual graphics systems, but the point stands that it isn't necessary to achieve a good framerate at maximum settings. The best graphics cards out there that are DX9 will still provide you with great framerate on the newest, most graphics-intensive games. You will especially get better performance at higher resolutions if you go with ATI. The $500 could be better spent elsewhere in my opinion.
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Youre absolutely right Stargate. I don't disagree with you at all. I think it simply depends on what resolution you want to game at, what games you play (how intense are they?), and of course, what you personally consider a "good" frame rate.

SLI/Crossfire is overkill for many games. But for FEAR or Oblivion, there's certainly a difference. All personal preferance I guess.

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Mike, I agree with you that that isn't why people buy said dual graphics systems, but the point stands that it isn't necessary to achieve a good framerate at maximum settings. The best graphics cards out there that are DX9 will still provide you with great framerate on the newest, most graphics-intensive games. You will especially get better performance at higher resolutions if you go with ATI. The $500 could be better spent elsewhere in my opinion.
So, I should spend that $500 on upgrades like Ram, Hard Drives, a Sound Card, etc.? Instead of putting $1000 for 2 GPUs. I never really liked CrossFire because why would I have two good cards when I could always have the best when I start to lag.
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I think that's your best best Ninja. Get other high end parts now, and leave the possibility for a 2nd GPU a little later down the road.

*Edit - Also patience will pay off for you. By waiting for the 2nd video card you'll get to see what the best route to go is.
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