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Im kinda new here and i couldnt find many posts searching for info on buying a crossfire build. Id also like advice on the best overclocking (hopefully to 4.5 ghz) for the Cpu im looking at. i already have a monitor, hard drive, dvd drive, ram and case. this is what ive currently looked up on newegg, hopefully its good enough. smile.gif

mobo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128509
cpu:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103962
gpu: (x2)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150560
psu:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139023

i also need a little help deciding between two mobo's , a crosshair v or a gigabyte ud5

thanks in advance biggrin.gif
post #2 of 17
You know instead of getting 2 cards in CFX. You can use the same amount of money and get a 560ti which will provide a little less performance but options for SLI, and lack of drivers and issues.

The reason why there arent so many posts of a crossfire build off the bat is because a single GPU card is always better than 2 GPU cards.

And it is well known that the FX chips do not play well with the CFX/SLI setups.

Get a Asrock Extreme3 and a 2500k. And the mobo you chosen isnt ideal for Multi-GPU setups as the GPUs will be sandwiched with no space inbetween each other causing them to be starved of airflow ( = higher temps).

If your budget is too low, get a i3 2100. Just stick to Intel for now. Or you can get a Phenom II setup.
post #3 of 17
yeah, dont go AMD if your looking to CF/SLI
pick up that i5 2500k and that asrock extreme 3 board.
Also I would Go 6870 CF or go for the gtx460 SLI
5770's are old so might as well get something better.
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I looked up the AsRock u guys recommended. it looks good but what about an asus crosshair v? my friend has one and is running a cfx build with no problem.

ive seen the i5 2500k after hearing a lot of good reviews about it and how it can go upto 4.5 or in some cases 5. thing is its out of my budget!

about the gpu. i aldready have a 6770! so im kinda trying to use my 1080p monitor to its full potential by getting a cfx setup. also ive heard that 2 gpus cant be beaten by 1 (except if its some card like a 6990 or a 590 - btw this is all from friends so i can be really really wrong!!) . and as i mentioned above about a friend using cfx ( he uses 2 5670's) and he's had no problem! redface.gif
post #5 of 17
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I looked up the AsRock u guys recommended. it looks good but what about an asus crosshair v? my friend has one and is running a cfx build with no problem.

ive seen the i5 2500k after hearing a lot of good reviews about it and how it can go upto 4.5 or in some cases 5. thing is its out of my budget!

about the gpu. i aldready have a 6770! so im kinda trying to use my 1080p monitor to its full potential by getting a cfx setup. also ive heard that 2 gpus cant be beaten by 1 (except if its some card like a 6990 or a 590 - btw this is all from friends so i can be really really wrong!!) . and as i mentioned above about a friend using cfx ( he uses 2 5670's) and he's had no problem! redface.gif

If you're wanting to Crossfire, don't bother wasting your money on AMD. Get the ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 motherboard, and either an i3 2120 / 2125, or an i5 2500k. The i3 won't overclock, but it'll beat an AMD setup at 4GHz easy in gaming. The i5 will easily handle everything you throw at it, and it'll overclock soooo well.

For the GPU's, since you've already got a 6770, another for $120-130 isn't too bad of a deal. But you need a CPU that'll handle it, and AMD won't do it.

If you can afford a Crosshair V + AMD FX chip, you can afford an i5 2500k and the ASRock board.
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I looked up the AsRock u guys recommended. it looks good but what about an asus crosshair v? my friend has one and is running a cfx build with no problem.
ive seen the i5 2500k after hearing a lot of good reviews about it and how it can go upto 4.5 or in some cases 5. thing is its out of my budget!
about the gpu. i aldready have a 6770! so im kinda trying to use my 1080p monitor to its full potential by getting a cfx setup. also ive heard that 2 gpus cant be beaten by 1 (except if its some card like a 6990 or a 590 - btw this is all from friends so i can be really really wrong!!) . and as i mentioned above about a friend using cfx ( he uses 2 5670's) and he's had no problem! redface.gif

Get the Intel setup no matter what. Just do what we say, we know what we are talking about when we say AMD does not stand up to Intel for now, in single-GPU setups or Multi-GPU setups.

You can get a P67 Extreme3 board btw, no need for a Z68 and it will be in budget or maybe 10 dollars or so more.
Whoever said a 6770 CFX wont be beaten by anything except for a 6990 is obviously ignorant. As a 6770 CFX set-up, will be beaten by a GTX 480, 570, 580, AMD 6970 and will be more or less matched by the 6950 or the 5870. But since you have one, you can get another one for CFX for instant boost, but dont expect to up too much AAx in games like BF3 due to lack of VRam.

Verdict:

Get a Asrock Extreme3 P67/Z68 (based on budget) and a i3 2100 / i5 2500k. Dont bother with AMD FX for multi-GPU set-ups.


If you need solid proof, http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/11/03/amd_fx8150_multigpu_gameplay_performance_review/1

The FX 8150 is the current best FX chip, see how it does against the 2500k which is a LOT less. And the reason your friend is doing so well with his rig is because the 5670 CFX is nth compared to 6770 CFX.
Edited by sloppyjoe123 - 1/5/12 at 2:56am
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well after you guys recommended the asrock i dont think ill be getting a crosshair v. thing is the amd version seems to in stock while the intel one isnt. also (using an open box version of the same mobo) i got an estimate. the intel processor and mobo is 50$ more than the same type of mobo with an amd cpu.

about the cpu, arent the fx cpu's better for overclocking than the intel i series? and wont a 6 core processor be better than a 4 core cpu?
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well after you guys recommended the asrock i dont think ill be getting a crosshair v. thing is the amd version seems to in stock while the intel one isnt. also (using an open box version of the same mobo) i got an estimate. the intel processor and mobo is 50$ more than the same type of mobo with an amd cpu.

about the cpu, arent the fx cpu's better for overclocking than the intel i series? and wont a 6 core processor be better than a 4 core cpu?

Its WELL worth the extra 50 bucks. If that means you have to wait for your crossfire, so be it. The 2500k will help dramatically even with your current card.

The FX series aren't REAL 6 core or 8 core processors either, so keep that in mind. The 6 core has 3 modules with 6 threads. Think of it kind of like Hyper Threading. It's a triple core + HT basically (to put it very simply). And more cores isn't always better, gaming can only utilize quads at MOST right now. You want something with more power per GHz than something with more cores slapped on.

EDIT:
If you absolutely MUST go AMD...here's a comparison for you.....

AMD Setup:
ASRock 990FX Extreme 3 - $129
AMD FX 8120 - $209
Total Cost = $340 Roughly

This is the CLOSEST you're going to get to i5 2500 performance from AMD. The i5 is still going to win in gaming, easily. The i3 2100 would actually beat this in gaming.

Intel Setup:
ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 z68 (OB, grab it now before its gone) - $115
Core i5 2500k - $220
Total Cost = $345

The 2500k setup will DESTROY the FX setup in gaming. There's proof of this in benchmarks all over the internet. The 6 core FX chip, its not even CLOSE to being comparable to the 2500k. It's actually closer to the i3 2100....but even then the i3 will still beat even the FX8120.

The choice is painfully obvious, I'm sorry to say.
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Get the Intel setup no matter what. Just do what we say, we know what we are talking about when we say AMD does not stand up to Intel for now, in single-GPU setups or Multi-GPU setups.
You can get a P67 Extreme3 board btw, no need for a Z68 and it will be in budget or maybe 10 dollars or so more.
Whoever said a 6770 CFX wont be beaten by anything except for a 6990 is obviously ignorant. As a 6770 CFX set-up, will be beaten by a GTX 480, 570, 580, AMD 6970 and will be more or less matched by the 6950 or the 5870. But since you have one, you can get another one for CFX for instant boost, but dont expect to up too much AAx in games like BF3 due to lack of VRam.
Verdict:
Get a Asrock Extreme3 P67/Z68 (based on budget) and a i3 2100 / i5 2500k. Dont bother with AMD FX for multi-GPU set-ups.

If you need solid proof, http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/11/03/amd_fx8150_multigpu_gameplay_performance_review/1
The FX 8150 is the current best FX chip, see how it does against the 2500k which is a LOT less. And the reason your friend is doing so well with his rig is because the 5670 CFX is nth compared to 6770 CFX.

dude seriously!! i was just confused man! so many ppl saying different things da! wackosmiley.gif
and yeah ill check up the i5 with the mobo. if u guys can post a good deal with both combined ill be really grateful
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ok ok u guys have convinced me to go for the i5 instead of the fx cpu's biggrin.gif
Edited by dr4gonhunt3rZ - 1/5/12 at 3:20am
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Originally Posted by sloppyjoe123 View Post

Get the Intel setup no matter what. Just do what we say, we know what we are talking about when we say AMD does not stand up to Intel for now, in single-GPU setups or Multi-GPU setups.
You can get a P67 Extreme3 board btw, no need for a Z68 and it will be in budget or maybe 10 dollars or so more.
Whoever said a 6770 CFX wont be beaten by anything except for a 6990 is obviously ignorant. As a 6770 CFX set-up, will be beaten by a GTX 480, 570, 580, AMD 6970 and will be more or less matched by the 6950 or the 5870. But since you have one, you can get another one for CFX for instant boost, but dont expect to up too much AAx in games like BF3 due to lack of VRam.
Verdict:
Get a Asrock Extreme3 P67/Z68 (based on budget) and a i3 2100 / i5 2500k. Dont bother with AMD FX for multi-GPU set-ups.

If you need solid proof, http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/11/03/amd_fx8150_multigpu_gameplay_performance_review/1
The FX 8150 is the current best FX chip, see how it does against the 2500k which is a LOT less. And the reason your friend is doing so well with his rig is because the 5670 CFX is nth compared to 6770 CFX.

dude seriously!! i was just confused man! so many ppl saying different things da! wackosmiley.gif
and yeah ill check up the i5 with the mobo. if u guys can post a good deal with both combined ill be really grateful
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See above with my edit. wink.gif
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