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I was wondering if it would be worth it to pick up a second MSI HD6950 Twin Frozr II and crossfire it if I'm only going to be gaming on a single monitor. I plan on using my computer for just gaming and surfing the net not so much for any programs.
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Not really to be honest. My 6850 at stock can handle most games on max settings at 1080p(Haven't tried Crysis or Metro 2033 yet though). Just buy one, and if you want more power, pick another one up later, it may even be cheaper when you decide you want it
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@OP

If you can input your system spec, it would be helpful.

Assuming you have 1920 x 1080p single monitor. You should be fine with single 6950. Adding another one will definitely give you higher FPS, but it will also add more heats to your system. If your card is not slowing you down, I would say stay with single card solution.
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i think you don't need to crossfire your 6950 it can handle any game you throw at it it is a good card and wait for some months and get a kepler gpu then you will notice a significant boost with the latest 28nm technology
    
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@OP

If you can input your system spec, it would be helpful.

Assuming you have 1920 x 1080p single monitor. You should be fine with single 6950. Adding another one will definitely give you higher FPS, but it will also add more heats to your system. If your card is not slowing you down, I would say stay with single card solution.
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My old monitor samsung syncmaster 906cw.
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If it's a new build, and you have the money to add a second 6950 now, then why not just get a GTX580 and be done with it?

Honestly though, overclock the hell out of a 6950, performing to around equivalent to 6970 levels (thus getting bang for your buck) and with that system you should run any game released.

Seeing that you are running a 19" monitor, frankly the 6950 is overkill. A 6850 will MAX any game you play on it at that resolution.

Take the money you were going to potentially spend on a 2nd 6950 and get yourself a 24" 1080p monitor. If you can afford it, potentially get a GTX570 instead of the 6950 as well; this will work better in nVidia optimized games which there are numerous (and the same cannot be said for AMD, wherein the equivalent cards perform the same otherwise), and will give you physx potential. Money MUCH better spent.

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You should think of your 19" monitor as a bottleneck honestly - the system you are building is WAY too powerful for that level screen right now. The max your resolution could be is 1440x900 (I think). That's about 55% of the pixels displayed on a 1080p monitor, and a single 6950 is more than enough for 1080p currently. Shoot, my 6850 overclocked to 6870 levels handles 95% of all games maxed with AA @ 1080p.
 
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Thanks for the replies. I already bought the MSI HD6950 today from frys but haven't opened it yet so I could return it if you think the nVidia is that much better. I was looking at my monitor today and thought instead of crossfire I should get a better monitor lol.
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I would just use the 6950, OC the hell out of it to run almost or as good as a 6970 and get a 27 inch monitor or something. 6950 is already good enough to play 99% of the games on the market today at max settings so you don't really need any more power and then you can xfire later on when 6950's become cheaper if you need that extra boost
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I would just use the 6950, OC the hell out of it to run almost or as good as a 6970 and get a 27 inch monitor or something. 6950 is already good enough to play 99% of the games on the market today at max settings so you don't really need any more power and then you can xfire later on when 6950's become cheaper if you need that extra boost
Alright thanks alot. Yeah I plan on star wars the old republic, diablo III, and probably battlefield 3 for my next games so if it will run those well then that's good enough for me.
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