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Worth it? Weighing in options in upgrading or not upgrading....

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Well after thinking over this for over 4 days, I can't figure out an answer and would love to hear everyone's opinion.

First lets start with my rig:
Intel i7 860
P7P55E-D Pro Motherboard
4x4gb G-Skill 1.5V DDR3 1600
2x1gb Gigabyte 4850 (passive cooling)
2x64gb Kingston V100 SATA2 Drives in Raid 0
90gb OCZ Vertex 3 SATA3
Asus DVD-RW Drive SATA
1200W Turbo Cool Powersupply
Asus 23" LED Monitor 1080p
Full watercooling setup (CPU, GPU, NB, GPU)
Antec P182 Case


So now the question arises with, should I upgrade my GPUs? I know I have the cooling and power to handle everything. The motherboard runs in 8x 8x and I have been told that it really isn't much different than 16x 16x (~5%).

So should I upgrade to a single fast card? Dual GPU setup? Keep what I have? (Keep in mind whatever I get, I can overclock very easily)

Keep in mind, everything right now is in boxes sitting in my room and I haven't assembled it. Reason I went with 1/2 these parts is because I got them really cheap or came with other stuff I bought.

I do want some future proofing for games (granted I took a dead socket). I want to be able to run BF3, the new Call of Duty, etc.
post #2 of 8
x8 vs x16 isn't of much importance unless your running Dual GPU cards or Surround Resolutions.

Personally i'd upgrade to a single fast GPU for now.
 
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How much faster would be a single fast card be over crossfire overclocked 4850s?
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AMD will have new cards out in a few months. 7000 series benches are being "leaked." Unless you need to I would not.

48xx x2 vs 58xx CF

68xxCF vs 58xx CF

I plan on keeping my 6850CF for quite some time. My Q8200 though...
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Oh I should mention this is not a X2 card, its just a regular 4850. Would it have the same performance as 4850x2 (as in 4850s on two cards?)
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No, I was just showing you how the dual/crossfired cards compared.

Unless I have a game that won't play, I don't upgrade. I moved from an HD2900 to HD6850, then crossfired HD6850 for BF3.
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Yeah thanks for the input guys.

I think I am going to stick with my 4850s for now and wait for the new 7XXX series. I figure that would at least drop the 6XXX series down.

I guess my last question is what should I keep my eye out for? What would be a good card to get for a cheap price?
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Personally, I go for a 256bit card I can afford at the time. Newegg open box specials can be good deals. I just have to be patient and diligent in checking twice a day or more.
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