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So I'm planning to get a few upgrades for this system before I build a new rig in a couple of years time, also going to get another 4GB Crucial Ballistix DDR2 as I have 2 empty slots and I do get a little low on RAM sometimes.

I can't OC my CPU any higher due to heat, think it's possible to get 3.8 or higher stable with a better air cooler, thinking of getting Noctua NH-D14 for £66

How about, XFX HD 6870 1GB x 2 = £278
I'm thinking they'll be too powerful and wasted on my system but I could be wrong.
I want 2 x 5xxx+ gen cards so I can fold efficiently.

Basically, what 2 cards in crossfire can my CPU handle without getting bottlenecked?
And is it worth getting a better cooler so see if I can get a higher overclock?
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post #2 of 15
well, you're years from upgrading to a new rig right?get those 6870s....if you have the money...or even a better graphics card in dualfire
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6870 CF is extremely overkill at 1920x1080. I have a single 6870 and it already plays every single game I have tried at maximum possible settings, including Crysis, BC2, etc.

If your going for a tri-monitor set-up, CF 6870's is fine.
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Why do you want to CF? 1 6970 would be plenty sufficient.

If you're set on it though, 6870s would be good. CF scaling is a lot better in the 6xxx series compared to the 5xxx series I believe.
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Why do you want to CF? 1 6970 would be plenty sufficient.

If you're set on it though, 6870s would be good. CF scaling is a lot better in the 6xxx series compared to the 5xxx series I believe.
I agree, at that res just go with 1 6970.
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Well, you think my Q6600 can handle 2 of those cards?

I really wanna try out CF since I never did before, and I wanna get a better card than my current one.

I mean, my setup is getting pretty old now, I'm thinking also it's probably not worth spending much more money on.

How about 2 x 6770s?
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Well, you think my Q6600 can handle 2 of those cards?

I really wanna try out CF since I never did before, and I wanna get a better card than my current one.

I mean, my setup is getting pretty old now, I'm thinking also it's probably not worth spending much more money on.

How about 2 x 6770s?
If you wanna get the 6770, might as well get 5770.
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6850 cf. It beats a gtx 580 :O. Get the noctua if u can. its a beast cooler.
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If folding a single 570/580 will destroy any crossfire setup
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I've got a similar dilemma, CF 6850's vs 6950. The thing thats putting me off is micro stutter Is it that bad?

EDIT: Don't mean to hijack, but it may help the OP
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