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Should I CrossFire a 6950 into my system?

Poll Results: Should I add a 6950?

 
  • 37% (3)
    Yes, Do it now!
  • 0% (0)
    No, don't do anything.
  • 50% (4)
    Add an SSD instead of a 6950.
  • 12% (1)
    You could do with an SSD and 6950.
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post #1 of 15
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Ok so i've finished the system in my Sig. At the moment its running very well other than slow boot times (Not horribly slow but annoyingly slow). I want it to be quite future proof and so I was thinking that it might be beneficial to CrossFire a 6950 with my 6970 so that it won't have any trouble with games for a while.

The system will be used for gaming/programming, and at the moment I can't think of anything else I'd need to upgrade other than adding a SSD for OS and some programs.

What should I do? Should I add a 6950 or just leave it? Should I add an SSD for OS/Programs or should I wait until they are cheaper? Is there anything else the system could do with?
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Vertex 3 for booting =]
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post #3 of 15
SSD is the better option.

I don't think you really NEED an extra 6950. You can always buy one a bit later down the road when he prices drop more.
post #4 of 15
SSD will be the single largest improvement you can make
    
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post #5 of 15
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Right, I have been looking very seriously at SSDs for last while, looking for over 80GB and the Vertex 3 does look good, but undecided as of yet
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post #6 of 15
Is your performance suffering at present? If not, then obviously buy nothing. You don't future proof a system by buying components you don't need right now. You future proof a system, by leaving plenty of room to update imo.
post #7 of 15
I voted SSD. But if you have the cash to do both then do both.
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post #8 of 15
Well, I went for the overkill and crossfired my 6950. I am a fan of multi GPU unlike the norm With that said, I think you are nicely set the way it is. What monitor are you running at this time? A crossfire setup will definitely give you a huge boost, but it is not you NEED it, you just like to HAVE it

As for SSD, it will increase your load times. But it appears you have a software issue regarding your boot times - too many processes maybe? I have a slower than usual boot time as well - I got about 30 process that comes on at start up. If I were you though, I would wait for them to go down in price. Another option would be to raid 0 two good HD and use your 1 TB as backup.

Overall, here are my thoughts - you are awesomely set up now. But keep an eye out for used 6950 or SSD here in OCN marketplace, ebay or newegg option box, or any huge drop in price and grab one. I do not think you need to pay full price to get something - unless you got the dough!
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post #9 of 15
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Thanks Asmodean, well I dunno if i can saw that its suffering, but boot up is pretty awful, and files do move slowly, the reason I was thinking of a 6950 is that I want to make sure I can run Skyrim on max settings

EDIT : thanks Awaz, I thought it might be a software issue but as much as I tried to remove things/reinstall it still takes ages to boot, although now no matter what I install it doesn't change boot time, always the same, so I want to get an SSD to improve whatever OS process that is slowing it down consistently.

Issue I also have ATM living in the UK components are much more expense, and where I live makes it even more expensive (shipping) so whatever component I get has to be cheap :S
Edited by mike12345567 - 5/23/11 at 6:43am
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post #10 of 15
FYI - I wouldn't trade one of my 6950's for an ssd.
    
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