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Hello again. Been wondering, would buying 1 7870, then crossfiring it down the road be more economical/ powerful than 1 7950 right now?

My common sense answer would be the 7870, as my paychecks are very small. but could OCN convince me to go for the 7950?
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sell the 7870 and go with 1 7950 the money you get from the 7870 you can put towards the 7950, smile.gif 1 card is usually better than 2 cards as you don't have to worry too much on driver problems and what not associated with crossfire.

but 2 7870's will beat a 7950 in raw performance though, i still stand by my original suggestion.
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It didnt occor to me to buy the 7870 and sell it to reduce the hit when buying a 7950. I'll be doing this =D
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Overclocked 7870 is on par with a 7970. Ill have 7870 hawk crossfire numbers in a week as soon as my return hits
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Hello again. Been wondering, would buying 1 7870, then crossfiring it down the road be more economical/ powerful than 1 7950 right now?

My common sense answer would be the 7870, as my paychecks are very small. but could OCN convince me to go for the 7950?

I would never buy a GPU with plans of crossfiring down the road. It doesnt make sense to do this because you are very unlikely to do so. By the time funds are there, tech has evolved enough to make that option obsolete compared to buying a newer GPU.

Example: I bought my 6870 thinking the same as you. But by the time funds came arround, it made more sense to buy a single next gen card because my 7970 is double the performance of my 6870 anyway.

This late the 7xxx generation GPUs lifetime I would just say go buy yourself a Gigabyte 7950 3GB. That extra money ($50) is well worth the premium over buying the 7870 in terms of performance and resale value. Also, adding the fact that the 7950 is faster and also comes with Crysis 3 and Bioshock Infinate for free ($120 worth of free games!) makes the choice a no brainer.
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It didnt occor to me to buy the 7870 and sell it to reduce the hit when buying a 7950. I'll be doing this =D

and if your on budget it's the best way to go as it'll cost you less each pay check making it easier and easier once the 7870 is sold. smile.gif wait around a little first before purchasing there's a never settle bundle reloaded coming. get the 7950 then as Shaded War suggest's you'll get more for the money. biggrin.gif
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I would never buy a GPU with plans of crossfiring down the road. It doesnt make sense to do this because you are very unlikely to do so. By the time funds are there, tech has evolved enough to make that option obsolete compared to buying a newer GPU.

Example: I bought my 6870 thinking the same as you. But by the time funds came arround, it made more sense to buy a single next gen card because my 7970 is double the performance of my 6870 anyway.

This late the 7xxx generation GPUs lifetime I would just say go buy yourself a Gigabyte 7950 3GB. That extra money ($50) is well worth the premium over buying the 7870 in terms of performance and resale value. Also, adding the fact that the 7950 is faster and also comes with Crysis 3 and Bioshock Infinate for free ($120 worth of free games!) makes the choice a no brainer.
Seconded. Buy the power you need now.

Very few people who buy with the intention of going CFX/SLI down the road ever follow through on it. 7870 CFX would unquestionably be faster, but if there's a long gap between now and when you can get your 2nd card there's no telling what the market will look like then.

If the 7950 is the best you can afford and fits your needs, go for it.
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I Probably wont be able to buy the 7950 when the 2 free games still a part of the deal, would be great though! Iv read topics about peoples 7950's hitting aorund 50 fps in BF3 on Ultra. That seems very good. as iv never ran anything on ultra with my 550ti, let alone the 460 i once had. When are the 8000 series coming out? Would a 7870 vs a 8870 be better? Should i save up and keep saving up untill the 8xxxx series are released and go to town? I havent really looked into the market when Gfx cards first come out. what would the 8870's and the 8950's price start at, if you could guess.
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Normally I would agree with the comments above............... HD 7950 owner.

But as we are nearly due a new generation of product, I suggest a cheap 2nd 7870 will be a good buy.

1. Spreads out the cost.
2. You end up with more raw processing power.
3. But you rely on drivers being optimised for games.
4. No-one knows prices for the next gen. products yet.
5. No-one is sure when they are going to be available.

All IMHO.

dunx

P.S. I will be grabbing a 2nd HD 7950 as soon as I find them start to be cleared out for new product. 2 of these will eclipse any 7970.
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You should never go for two cheaper cards with the intention of Crossfiring/SLI-ing them to match a similarly powerful card that you can also afford.

It's just not worth all the headaches and the fact that the single, more powerful card would possibly overclock and thus overtake the two weaker cards in terms of sheer performance.

Did I mention the additional heat and power draw you'll get by getting two cards?

Just get a 7950, sit back and max out every game out there. thumb.gif
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