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hey all,

I have a hd5850 that is watercooled with a FC EK block my original plan was to pick up a second card and block for Xfire. Today talking with a guy I ended up buying his GTX 295 for $60 bucks planning on just resaleing it. It got me thinking. Would I be better off selling the 295 to buy a second 5850 or selling the 5850 to buy a second 295 and of course water cooling them.

Let me know what you think and thanks for the help

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I would go with the 5850. 2x 5850=HD 5970 which will basically max out most games that the HD 5970 maxes out.

Dont buy the gtx 295, even though a gtx 295= a gtx 480, it will run hot, and 2 of them will run hotter and launder.
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even with both being water cooled you would say crossfire 5850 over quadSLI GTX295s

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even with both being water cooled you would say crossfire 5850 over quadSLI GTX295s

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AFAIK, you can only run up to Tri-Sli 295's. If you have a well ventilated case and a decent WC loop, I'd go for the 295's.
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If you good vent, 295 would run better but you should keep it cool.
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5850, runs cooler and has dx11.
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AFAIK, you can only run up to Tri-Sli 295's. If you have a well ventilated case and a decent WC loop, I'd go for the 295's.
How would you run tri-sli with dual gpu cards?

Quad-sli with 295's is a pretty decent setup, just remember they will be hot and power hungry. Under water they should be fine.
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AFAIK, you can only run up to Tri-Sli 295's. If you have a well ventilated case and a decent WC loop, I'd go for the 295's.
Quad SLI being two 295s in sli.

the whole dx11 thing isnt that important to me at this point.

from evrything iv read these cards are about 50c load under water. I can deal with adding another rad into my loop and having to up to at least a 1000w PSU before i get my second card.

I suppose once i get the card and try it out itll help me decide Im going to be picking it up tomorrow morning
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well I installed the GTX295 today and I like it, Its a EVGA Co-op super clocked model. Got it in the original box with all original accesories still in their plastic wrap for $60.

Left 4 Dead 2 everything maxxed out at 1080p never drops below 60FPS and this card never gets above 60C doing it i can only imagine how temps will be under water. Im still waiting on my 5850 to show up so I can try it out but i think i may just keep the 295 since i have a buyer lined up for the 5850.

The only thing that worries me is DX11. the only games I really play are TF2 wich it wont matter for and soon all my time is going into Skyrim. Will DX11 vs DX10 matter in Skyrim?
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If you don't mind playing in dx10, having a longer, hotter, and more power hungry graphics card then get the gtx 295. If you do mind, the 5850 is the better choice.
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