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Go with 2 x HD6850, they scale well when in crossfire. Like I said however, there is little point to water cool these graphics cards; they aren't hot enough to warrant it.
ill see how hot i get them amd then decide...i want to oc them but now how would i monitor the temps on them? do they have built in temp sensors? or should i get external ones to put on the heatsinks?
and what would you get as a psu to run them? and how many pci-e cables do they need each?
post #12 of 25
6850-70 is the way you want to go. the 6800 series scale very well in crossfire and kill about any single card solution. but there are down sides to crossfire also. like some games don't support it,and drivers can be a pain. i'm pretty sure your mobo will fall to x4 on one pcie lane,which shouldn't hinder the 6800 cards by much.
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ill see how hot i get them amd then decide...i want to oc them but now how would i monitor the temps on them? do they have built in temp sensors? or should i get external ones to put on the heatsinks?
and what would you get as a psu to run them? and how many pci-e cables do they need each?

You can see its temperature from Catalyst Control Center, GPU-Z, and MSI Afterburner. 6850 will need 1 PCIe 6-pin connector per card. So you will need 2 PCIe 6-pin total.

Any PSU with around 600W should let you comfortably overclock 2 x HD6850 and your CPU.
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eventually ill upgrade my mobo as well...but doesnt everyone upgrade eventually? i think thats the way i go but like i said all depends on power connectors...
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so ill be fine with my psu then i guess so i can wait longer to upgrade and get more ram as well as the cards then...8gb or 16gb?
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so ill be fine with my psu then i guess so i can wait longer to upgrade and get more ram as well as the cards then...8gb or 16gb?

8GB is enough for most people. Unless you have special needs 16GB is not needed.
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im thinking of 16GB for if i start folding, and ram is at such a great price right now...
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im thinking of 16GB for if i start folding, and ram is at such a great price right now...

Depends. I got 16GB because I do RAMDIsk and Virtualization often.
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Depends. I got 16GB because I do RAMDIsk and Virtualization often.

huh???? explain?
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huh???? explain?

RAMDisk = Assign a portion of your RAM as a hard drive. Useful for caching.

Virtualization = Running another operating system at the same time.
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