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So Ive looking around at GPUs and cant decide if I should go crossfire with my 7850 for ~$240 or get a 7970 for ~$400 (few with mir making them cheaper). The problem Im having is I cant just throw $400 at a gpu. Im more of a little purchase type of person. I did the same thing with my xfire 5850s bought one waited then bought another. If I was able to sell ded rig to friend I might consider the 7970 but at this point in time I can only imagine me going xfire with 7850. This is going in main rig so it will be used for everything and if ded rig is sold it will become main boinc rig as well. Darkryder told me it was like 1.5m ppd with a 7970.

I want every ones opinion if they were in my position what would they do? Would you go xfire 7850s or sell the 7850 and put that money towards a 7970?
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It's always better to get the best card you can now rather than get two cheap cards upfront.
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I was in the same situation as you were, either get a single 670 FTW for 390$ or get two 660's for 413$, and i finally went with the two 660's and it's the best decision i ever made with my rig biggrin.gif... If i got a 670, i would have ended up not getting another one. Shelling out 400$ for another card would have been a no brainer for me... my two 660's perform way better than any single card out there, but cost the same price. Don't listen to people that say you would have issues with two cards... it's not the same with everyone... I have never had an issue with my setup.

The 7850's perform just as good as the 660's when overclocked... so i imagine your performance to be similar to mine...go for it! smile.gif

I say this because you are on a budget... Just get the maximum performance you need now.. two 7970's will be overkill and too expensive IMO... plus you might not upgrade till newer cards come out.
Edited by Yungbenny911 - 12/11/12 at 10:41pm
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It's always better to get the best card you can now rather than get two cheap cards upfront.
It wouldnt be 2 cards i already own a 7850. But are you saying i should sell and try for a 7970?
Edited by TechCrazy - 12/11/12 at 10:39pm
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I would crossfire especially since you already have a 7850.
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If you already have a card I would say go crossfire.
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If you plan on staying at 1920x1080 then it would be more cost friendly to buy another 7850. If you want to increase you resolution or go Eyefinity then sell and get 7970.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Swolern View Post

If you plan on staying at 1920x1080 then it would be more cost friendly to buy another 7850. If you want to increase you resolution or go Eyefinity then sell and get 7970.


I concur, solid advice.
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Depends on your PSU.... IF it is upto the load of X-Fire then that's the obvious answer.

If you may be interested in a higher res. display then sell and get the 8970 thumb.gif

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7970 all the way. yessir.gif
Why you might ask? Just the fact that your debating getting one and if you don't, you will be "settling" on a cheaper card. While in the back of your mind you will wonder, "I should of just saved a little more money and got the 7970."
At least that's what I do when I try to save money.
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