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Is bothering to set-up a 4850 and 4870 in crossfire worth it?

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I helped a friend build a new computer today (new motherboard, processor and RAM) and he is using a 4870 1GB. I noticed he also has a 4850 1GB and the motherboard I put in today supports crossfire and he has a 650W Corsair PSU.

I've suggested selling both cards and getting a better one, but he's not that interested as he is not the avid gamer.

I don't think he'll be too happy tweaking around with crossfire profiles and the problems you can face with stuttering, and having to disable one card for certain games.

He'll need a crossfire bridge and a molex to PCI-E adapter to get it to work. But my question is, to anyone who has experience with crossfire. Is it worth the hassle and does it take as much constant tinkering as I make out?

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I helped a friend build a new computer today (new motherboard, processor and RAM) and he is using a 4870 1GB. I noticed he also has a 4850 1GB and the motherboard I put in today supports crossfire and he has a 650W Corsair PSU.

I've suggested selling both cards and getting a better one, but he's not that interested as he is not the avid gamer.

I don't think he'll be too happy tweaking around with crossfire profiles and the problems you can face with stuttering, and having to disable one card for certain games.

He'll need a crossfire bridge and a molex to PCI-E adapter to get it to work. But my question is, to anyone who has experience with crossfire. Is it worth the hassle and does it take as much constant tinkering as I make out?

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I certainly wouldn't bother. Sell the cards and buy the HD 7790 if he isnt a heavy gamer
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sell both the cards and get a HD 7850 2GB or GTX 660 2GB. much better performance and will run cooler and draw less power.
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Not worth it especially if you don't have a spare pcie power cable coming from the psu, might not be able to handle the load, I crossfired two 4890's and the 500w psu the pc had couldn't run them.
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