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Best gpu setup for my build?

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Edit Sorry everything is fixed and suggestions were used lol.


I am getting ready to build a new pc and was wondering what the best GPU setup would be for my build.

I plan on using the pc for just surfing the net and major gaming. I want really good graphics for games like Battlefield 3, Star Wars The Old Republic, Diablo III you know stuff like that.

Would this single card be best

MSI Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16

Or would a Crossfire setup with a lower card be best performance?

XFX Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16

Here is what my build will be

cpu
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz

mobo
ASUS Crosshair V Formula AM3+

psu
CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

ram
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

hard drive
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

blu-ray burner
LITE-ON 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner
Edited by stonecoldvenom - 7/31/11 at 9:16pm
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All of your links are broken.
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post #4 of 6
The 2x 6850's will offer better performance at 1080p. The 6970 will be better at large resolutions like 1440p or 1600p, because of the 2GB of VRAM.

If you are only gaming on a single 1080p monitor, the 2 6850's are definitely the way to go. They are cheaper and will give better performance at that resolution.
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post #5 of 6
i would recommend 6970
the 6850 might offer slightly better performance, but that's the end of the line
it's not worth upgrading down the road, whilst by getting 6970 now, you can add another one later
and that makes more sence
also you avoid any crossfire issues with drivers right now if you go with single card
and also what has been said the 2gb on 6970 make much more sense if you plan on high res
so 6970 all the way
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post #6 of 6
I would also recommend a single 6970 2gb.
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