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Hi all. For my upcoming gaming rig, I still have to finalise my GPU selection. In my budget for the video card ($500 ish) there seem to be two viable options available.

1 x Single Radeon HD6950
2 x Crossfired Radeon HD6850

The cards I'm looking at are:

SAPPHIRE Toxic Radeon HD 6950 2GB

http://www.playtech.co.nz/afawcs0139235/CATID=300/EX=0/ID=16432/SID=82798582/idPlaytechNZ_OrderDetails=435042/idOrderDetailsSession=669626852/productdetails.html

or

Dual XFX Radeon HD 6850 1GB

http://www.playtech.co.nz/afawcs0139235/CATID=300/ID=14938/SID=862060618/productdetails.html

The main purpose of this machine will be for playing BF3 and Skyrim (Hopefully maxed out on the video settings...)

Any advice or alternatives would be greatly appreciated! By the way I live in New Zealand so that severely limits the availability of tech...
post #2 of 9
I would go for the single 6950. Hope that it unlocks to a 6970, and if in the future you need to upgrade, you could always throw in another GPU. If you crossfire now, you would be limited with your upgrades.

Just my thoughts.
    
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Single 6950 hands down. Crossfire appears to be having some issues in BF3 along with the fact that the 6850s only have 1gb vram and the extra gig that you get from a 6950 2gb goes a long way. And like they always say you can get a second 6950 later for some real power if needed.

I was in this same position yesterday and I finally decided to buy a 6950 sapphire dirt 3 edition myself instead of 2 6850 toxics.
    
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post #4 of 9
Single 6950. Not only does the Toxic have a very high rate of unlocking to a 6970, but it also has 2GB of Vram which means the card is much more future proof. 1GB Vram is starting to become obsolete, even at 1080p.
post #5 of 9
Go for 6950 for its 2GB frame buffer, unlockable or not. Then add another one in crossfire if you need more GPU power when going to a higher resolution 2560x1600/1440.

Edit: BFB3 Beta works in Cross, Tri and Quad-Fire.
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Cool. Thnx 4 the help. That clarifies things
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Quick tip: Computer lounge is cheaper(if not they price match), and in my personal experience much better.

I would go with the single 6950.
http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=15644

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why is it like 400 bucks the one u posted lmao go to tigerdirect.com they have it there for 299 ;]
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why is it like 400 bucks the one u posted lmao go to tigerdirect.com they have it there for 299 ;]

Maybe you missed it, but they are in New Zealand. tongue.gif Tiger Direct isn't. biggrin.gif Everything is expensive over there tech wise compared to prices here.

@ OP: Single 6950 2GB, no question. Saphire Toxic, or MSi TFIII if you want to unlock. In that order per success rate on unlocking to a 6970. smile.gif
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