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Looking at purchasing a new graphics card with a budget of 250$ recently I have been interested in sli. Or crossfire. What I'm trying to figure out is. Is it better to buy one single card worth 250$ or buy 2 cards for 250$ and sli or crossfire. Also. What I have always been told is when looking for cards core clock is always the determining factor. I know memory has a play in it... but I'm just confused. Currently have a 450gts ftw! But running dual 23' ministers at 1920x1080 In games it struggles a bit. Crysis left for dead and so on. Please advise

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always a single GPU is the best option. gives consistent performance without any multi GPU issues like microstuttering. whats your cpu and psu . how many amps does the psu provide on +12v rail ?
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125418

Edit: Ignore what you have been told about the core clock and so on. It is all based on the actual technology of the GPU.
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Hmm alright, I have always been an nvidia user and never used ati cards. While a big amd CPU fan. The triple fan design looks awesome. Also over locking comes into play. The 7870 is it any good at overclocking? I've tried searching Google and don't find much help. While I do know how to over clock. Just how good will this one go? I've heard little with gigabyte gpu more on motherboard. Any brand better than the other? Sorry for the long reply.

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Hmm alright, I have always been an nvidia user and never used ati cards. While a big amd CPU fan. The triple fan design looks awesome. Also over locking comes into play. The 7870 is it any good at overclocking? I've tried searching Google and don't find much help. While I do know how to over clock. Just how good will this one go? I've heard little with gigabyte gpu more on motherboard. Any brand better than the other? Sorry for the long reply.

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If you want to Nvidia counter-part, it will cost you 320 bucks for the GTX 660. It will OC as good as any other 7870 as long as you get a decent GPU ASIC. It is pure luck on how well it will OC.
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Hmm alright, I have always been an nvidia user and never used ati cards. While a big amd CPU fan. The triple fan design looks awesome. Also over locking comes into play. The 7870 is it any good at overclocking? I've tried searching Google and don't find much help. While I do know how to over clock. Just how good will this one go? I've heard little with gigabyte gpu more on motherboard. Any brand better than the other? Sorry for the long reply.

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First off, please put your rig into Rigbuilder and then into your sig so we know what you have wink.gif

And the 7870 is your best bet, the best 7870 is the HIS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161404&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=
Any other questions just ask, we will be happy to answer them thumb.gif
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If you want to Nvidia counter-part, it will cost you 320 bucks for the GTX 660. It will OC as good as any other 7870 as long as you get a decent GPU ASIC. It is pure luck on how well it will OC.
Umm, I'm fairly sure that the 7870 is closer in performance to the GTX 660 ti, the GTX 660 isnt really even close to the 7870.
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I wonder why the 660 is so overpriced then?
OP, go with the 7870 I say.
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Umm, I'm fairly sure that the 7870 is closer in performance to the GTX 660 ti, the GTX 660 isnt really even close to the 7870.

Yep, the 7870 and 660Ti trade blows w/ each other depending on the game. The 660 is more on par with a 7850.
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Yep, the 7870 and 660Ti trade blows w/ each other depending on the game. The 660 is more on par with a 7850.

This is even more leading towards the 7870 Gigabyte card.
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go with the 7870 I say.

^This, then x fire another with it later on.
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