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Xfire 5850's or Used 570/580

Poll Results: What should I do?

 
  • 10% (1)
    Get a Second 5850
  • 20% (2)
    Get a used 570
  • 50% (5)
    Get a Used 580
  • 20% (2)
    GFX is fine, Upgrade CPU
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post #1 of 10
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So, I'm attempting to decide what I should upgrade next. My sig rig is in need of upgrades.

The biggest question I have is will it be better to get a second 5850 for crossfire, which would mean getting rid of my sound card (MicroATX redface.gif ) Or selling my 5850 and getting a 570 or 580 used from somewhere (most likely OCN) AMD equivalents to the 570/580 are also in consideration

Or I could keep my current graphics setup and shoot for a sandy bridge set up.

The most graphically intensive game I play is BF3.

I'm trying to spend the least amount of money for the most actual gain. I don't care about benches, I want BF3 to run well.

Thanks,
Bryan
Edited by imadude10 - 4/2/12 at 6:18pm
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post #2 of 10
Upgrade mobo + CPU, switch to 2500k is your best option smile.gif
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post #3 of 10
Honestly I would go for the gtx 570 or 580. They are beast cards when overclocked and will both be able to play BF3 max settings without msaa.


Upgrading your cpu power won't do you much in BF3. Go for the gtx 570 or 580 whichever is in your budget.
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post #4 of 10
For BF3 go with nVidia, that game favors green team. Otherwise ATI's 7xxx are newer gen and better choice. I wouldn't bother with CPU upgrade since you would gain much more in games going with better GPU then CPU.
post #5 of 10
I'd go with a 570/580 as BF3 will benefit from more VRAM, which a second 5850 can't provide.
post #6 of 10
The cheapest easy solution is a second 5850.
    
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post #7 of 10
I vote used 580 because the AMD 5xxx series are no good at tessellation and I have a rule which saves me hassle and headaches: never run more than one gpu. It seems that most of the problems surrounding GPUs and drivers have people with multi-card setups as the crux of the issue.
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post #8 of 10
I would say a 6970/7870/7950/7970 or GTX 570/580/680 would be what your looking for.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/GPU12/398

It looks like Intel CPUs are not a huge blowout like they are in some games. I think the GPU would be your biggest upgrade.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/battlefield-3-graphics-performance,3063-13.html

I had the same debate between a second 5850, and upgrading. I went with the 6970 because I couldn't find a 5850, and I got my 6970 for $159.

Googling "battlefield 3 crossfire" it looks like lots of people with issues. I would go single GPU.

I would look into the FXAA injector for BF3 as well. Great picture quality with less performance loss than MSAA.
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post #9 of 10
get the 580 since it has more vRam. When I tried 560 SLI I regretted because 1GB v ram limited me in a few games if I wanted to max them and use msaa. It seemed that 1GB was not enough
and dropped my fps from like 80-100 in some games to like 20-25fps whenever it needed more than 1GB vram.
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post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by sepheroth003 View Post

I would look into the FXAA injector for BF3 as well. Great picture quality with less performance loss than MSAA.

Definitely go with the FXAA injector for BF3 with a single card, it looks so much better. Crossfire/SLI is a hassle.
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