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Crossfire 7870's, or single 7970?

post #1 of 10
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i'm wanting to upgrade from my un-godly horrible gpu, to something like 7870CF or a 7970. i hear a lot of stuff about how crossfire has so much headaches and yada yada, but the games i'm wanting to play are: Battlefield 3, skyrim, and minecraft(which anything can run). so i shouldn't have any issues right?
i play on a single 1080p display, and run a 2nd 1024x768 dell while running minecraft (for monitoring my server), so either of the 2 choices will be fine. i am a graphics whore, so if i can run it on ultra, the better frames, the happier me.
from what i've seen, the 7870's and 7970 will be around the same price.
here's the rest of my rig for reference:
AMD FX-6200 @3.8 (soon to be 5g's)
16gb Kingston HyperX DDR3 1866
ASRock Extreme4 990FX AM3+
128gb SSD boot/500gb WD black drive

thanks for any and all advice




P.S. the card i'm upgrading from is a friggan 6670 lol, so ANYTHING will be a significant jump up.
post #2 of 10
even though mention these 2 games would you be playing latest games when they release . always a single GPU is the best option and provides the most consistent performance. HD 7970 is 40% faster than HD 7870 at same clocks. since you are gaming on a 1080p display a single HD 7970 or HD 7950 is the best option. both these cards will play the games you mention easily at 60+ fps.

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/11/12/fall_2012_gpu_driver_comparison_roundup/4

go for a single GPU. what psu do you have ? which country are you from ?
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even though mention these 2 games would you be playing latest games when they release . always a single GPU is the best option and provides the most consistent performance. HD 7970 is 40% faster than HD 7870 at same clocks. since you are gaming on a 1080p display a single HD 7970 or HD 7950 is the best option. both these cards will play the games you mention easily at 60+ fps.

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/11/12/fall_2012_gpu_driver_comparison_roundup/4

go for a single GPU. what psu do you have ? which country are you from ?

Agreed. Single GPU. Less problems. More gaming.
post #4 of 10
Single GPUs are better but if you have budget constraints, I could see picking up one 7870 now, and then another one down the road.
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post #5 of 10
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my budget is $500, so either option is fine on that part. i've always been interested in running a crossfire setup since the 4000 series, was just too lazy to try it out. i do plan on starting a Youtube channel, and i already stream minecraft on Xsplit occasionally, so i'll need good performance to keep up with battlefield and whatever else. another thing i forgot to mention was the rediculous amount of modding i've done to skyrim. i mainly just do screenshots as of late, i only get around 4fps.. would the single 7970 be able to keep up with everything maxed while recording?

p.s. my psu is a Thermaltake 850w Smart series 80+bronze
post #6 of 10
a single HD 7970 will do fine at 1080p. also for recording while gaming you need a powerful CPU a core i5 / i7 or FX-8320 / FX-8350.
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post #7 of 10
I had the same issue.

Went from a 7870 to 680/7970 lol....now I need another 7970 because I cant handle skyrim @ 1440p lol. 7970 will lead you more upgrade options down the road as well.

@1080p I can run anything on the 7970 lol
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post #8 of 10
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i think im gonna go for the single 7970. thanks for the advice guys! smile.gif
post #9 of 10
Getting to lower end cards to outperform a higher end card is generally a bad idea. Some games don't support sli/crossfire and you'll end up a less consistent experience. Always go with the most expensive single gpu you can afford. If you find it's not up to snuff then you can get another down the road.
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post #10 of 10
single gpu set up to avoid multi gpu issues

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