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Built my PC around 3-4 months ago around a Phenom II X4 965BE @3.75. After playing the BF3 beta i could see that my lonely toxic 5850 does not fully pull it's weight. This is why I'm considering the purchase of another 5850.

I play SC2 and BF3 @ 1920x1080

I'm wondering:
1. Will I likely be bottlenecked by my CPU with 2 5850's.
2. Do I need the same kind of 5850 with the higher clocks?
3. If I bought a 5870 and crossfired would it be better than 2x 5850?

Thanks,
Gene
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no it will scale down the 5870 to a 5850 I wish it would compinasate ... that is what MSI chip trys to do and the drives work sometimes and even not that much from what i have read ... I had the 5870 ... Amazing card man! I would grab one with out thinking ... but since you have a 5850 ... witch ever you can get at the best bang for your $$ what i would look for ... so if you can get a 5870 for close to what you can get a 5850 for go with a 5870 cause on games that dont Xf very well you can just use the 5870 as your main ... get it
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Built my PC around 3-4 months ago around a Phenom II X4 965BE @3.75. After playing the BF3 beta i could see that my lonely toxic 5850 does not fully pull it's weight. This is why I'm considering the purchase of another 5850.

I play SC2 and BF3 @ 1920x1080

I'm wondering:
1. Will I likely be bottlenecked by my CPU with 2 5850's.
2. Do I need the same kind of 5850 with the higher clocks?
3. If I bought a 5870 and crossfired would it be better than 2x 5850?

Thanks,
Gene
1. A little, but not severe enough to upgrade.
2. No, any will be fine, though you may need to add extra voltage to compensate.
3. No, it won't, it would be the same.
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When you say the card isnt pulling its weight, what is it struggling with? I have a 5850 toxic and it runs most games without any problems, and i have 3 monitors for it to render Im undecided to upgrade it with my new i5/7 system, i think its more than good enough for another year or 2 yet tho.

Its not the fastest for sure, but for the money i paid for mine, its been, and is, a cracking little card. Maybe some other Hardware update would sort what your having issues with. Food for thought
    
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Don't be too hasty remember it was a beta and nothing has been optimized also newer drivers will be out when BF3 launches. I think a 5850 at that res will run the final game perfectly maybe not at ultra but certainly at high settings.
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