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Update- I wanted to ask you guys what u think if i got a Radeon 6870? Having a hard time finding 1 on new-egg thats 2gb so 1gb will have to do for now(lol) mad.gif.Anyway I plan on adding a 2nd card withinn a few weeks so iam curious ive read 6870s dont support voltege control so ill be limited in my overclocking journey lol.What do u guys think? Schould I just hold off and get a 6970? Does 6970 support voltege control? Sorry for all the questions I dont wanna be annoying- i just dont wanna mess-up again and regret another gpu.Thanks much:thumb:
     
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Hi, I know this thread has been going on a little while but I would like to mention a few things. As people have said FSX is CPU first graphics second. Seems like you have a handle on the CPU side of things if you are running at 4GHz.

That being said I would run something like the program that comes with afterburner and precisionx to throw an overlay that displays your CPU and GPU usage. If you CPU is pretty much pegged at a certain percentage like 50% and your GPU is not pegged out then the game is limited by your CPU speed. You won't see 100% cpu utilization on the meeter unless you go and turn off some of your cores.

I kinda doubt that you are CPU limited as of right now since 4GHz isn't bad. That being said though I would have recommend that you stay CLEAR and FAR away from crossfire. IMHO there is a place for crossfire. It is when you have tons of cash to spend on 2 or more of the highest end cards. Not strapping to mid-low end cards together. It just doesn't make sense to me. Buy 1 card the best you can afford. You can get a 7850 for as little as $170, a 7950 for $280 or less and a 7970 for $330 or less. Also both the 7950 and 7970 come with Far Cry 3, Hitman, and Sleeping Dogs. Thats $150 worth of games I would say that it a steal!!!

You will not have to worry about any CF issues with one card.

Also CF is a waste of money for one very good reason! So you buy these expensive cards and they have 2GB of memory on them EACH but you only get to utilize a total of 2GB... sounds like a waste to me.

Good luck with your decision.
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Very well put! I agree with what u are saying almost 100 percent lol. Ok 1st of all how many cores would I need to turn off iam assuming 2 and run it like a 4 core basicly? I had a bad experience with a radeon 7770 about a month ago so I said to myself iam gonna stay away from 7000 series until 8000 comes out..... id perfer a 6970 but they are pretty hard 2 find new u know? I agree about not being able to ltilize all of the d-ramm as well but on some games....maybe not fsx u do get a decent jump in fps and there are of course problems using cf that come with the territory/ iam using cf right now actually lol. What do u guys think about a radeon 7870?are those any good?
     
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the wife will kill me if I go over 200 per card- I think this time she really means it lol
     
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http://slickdeals.net/newsearch.php?firstonly=1&q=7850

7850 would serve you well. Or change the search term to 7870 or 7950. Each goes a little higher, only the 7950's are out of your price range.

imo /thread.

<3 slickdeals because it keeps you under $200/card but you get AMAHZBALLS performance. I personally have my 560 Ti 448 FTW @ 900MHZ and it's a little under a overclocked 7850.
Edited by FlashFir - 11/21/12 at 11:35am
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Update...waiting for radeon 6870 to get here by tommorow....i hope ups dosent pull a ace ventura on my gpu lol.if all goes well ill get a 2nd card 4 cf
     
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