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I'm looking to upgrade my graphics card, a Radeon 5870 1 GB, to something better. My system is about a year and a half old. I've been looking at a few things and it's really come to a few choices

GTX 580
Radeon 6990
Crossfire an additional 5870

I'm relatively new to the computer building community so its a hard and confusing decision to make without the right knowledge. I play a lot of high intensity games like Witcher 2, Crysis and eventually Skyrim. Any thoughts and opinions?
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I'd invest in a better CPU before upgrading from that 5870 which is already very fast.
    
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Originally Posted by MinitroN View Post
I'd invest in a better CPU before upgrading from that 5870 which is already very fast.
The processor is fine. Four cores is more than enough for any game at the moment.

I would just go ahead and crossfire the 5870's.
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The processor is fine. Four cores is more than enough for any game at the moment.

I would just go ahead and crossfire the 5870's.
^^^ This +1
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Sounds like crossfire would be the way to go. Would it be the best way to go if I plan on dual monitors or a bigger TV?
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It'll probably depend on the resolution you set the monitors at, but for 1920x1080 and under, I'd think it'd be okay.
post #7 of 22
Processor is fine for gaming, it is not his FPS bottleneck. Here is a comparison between the XFire and the 580. The 5870 XFire will perform better.
But, personally I would go with the 580 and sell your old GPU. It will run cooler and if you need more Graphics power, just get another 580.

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Overclocked GTX 580 has almost equal performance that 5870 CF does, but game's run much smoother with GTX 580 than 5870 CF! There are still lot of problem's with multi GPU-setups like microstuttering etc.
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No, the CPU is not fine for crossfire or high-end GPU. Yes, he might see an improvement but the bottleneck would still be there and would be significant, especially in crossfire.

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...re-review.html

It might be 4 cores but it's 4 terribly slow cores. The i3-5xx overclocked to 4.0ghz would be significantly faster.
    
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post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by MinitroN View Post
No, the CPU is not fine for crossfire or high-end GPU. Yes, he might see an improvement but the bottleneck would still be there and would be significant, especially in crossfire.

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...re-review.html

It might be 4 cores but it's 4 terribly slow cores. The i3-5xx overclocked to 4.0ghz would be significantly faster.
What's the difference between his processor and a i5? Nothing significant. You can overclock both processors to 4 GHz as well; probably beyond that too.
post #10 of 22
If you want to save money two 5850's
If you want to buy something new 6990
If you want something fast the 580
If you want something to spend money on and not see to much improvement a new Intel CPU
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