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Hey guys. I've been planing out a custom gaming computer build for Battlefield 3. I was looking at a Sapphire Radeon HD7950, but I think it may be to much beef for me atm. So I was looking at some of the recommend cards on the system requirements and it said either a GTX560 or Radeon HD6950. I was wondering if getting a single GTX570, GTX580, Radeon HD6950, or Radeon HD6970 would be better than say Crossfire HD6870's or SLI GTX560's. Or if they would be able to match the performance of any of those single cards, if not have better. As to wondering about the benefits and drawbacks that SLI or Crossfire may have, or if one is better than the other.

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It's usually a better idea to go with a single card solution. Less things can go wrong.

Speaking in generalizations and with possibly dated facts, I believe both work well nowadays. Crossfire scales slightly better but is more prone to the possibility of microstuttering.
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Go single card especially if you go AMD. For that game a 7950 or 580 is going to be what you want to run it on max. Any of those cards will run it well with some settings turned down.
    
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IF you ever had the choice of 2 weaker cards in SLI or Crossfire vs 1 Ubersauce card, go with the 1 Ubersauce card, More games will support it and you will run into less software conflicts which is the last thing you will want while gaming. And if I had a choice between Crossfire and SLI, I would go SLI, only because I havent heard many problems with it yet, and Crossfire is giving me hell sometimes sozo.gif
    
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