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Should I Crossfire with my new motherboard plus upgraded CPU?

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First, what I'll be running with:

New Motherboard, Gigabyte ud3h

New CPU, 4670k

New RAM, 8GB 2400Mhz G.Skill Trident X

Sapphire HD 6870, will need to track down another from somewhere since it's discontinued on Newegg.

With my upgraded parts taken into account, how much of a performance increase will I notice? Would it be the most effective upgrade, buying another 6870?

The most important question to me is if I will need to invest in cooling, if I do not plan on overclocking.

This is all for gaming & multitasking.
Edited by Cretz - 7/1/13 at 9:59am
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Originally Posted by Cretz View Post

First, what I'll be running with:

New Motherboard, Gigabyte ud3h

New CPU, 4670k

New RAM, 8GB 2400Mhz G.Skill Trident X

Sapphire HD 6870, will need to track down another from somewhere since it's discontinued on Newegg.

With my upgraded parts taken into account, how much of a performance increase will I notice? Would it be the most effective upgrade, buying another 6870?

The most important question to me is if I will need to invest in cooling, if I do not plan on overclocking.

This is all for gaming & multitasking.
I'm not sure what the % gain will be but it's probably the most cost effective upgrade option. If you can't find one there are plenty of good GPU options from $200-300, some of which will double your current performance.
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I'm not sure what the % gain will be but it's probably the most cost effective upgrade option. If you can't find one there are plenty of good GPU options from $200-300, some of which will double your current performance.

Double? I kind of find that hard to believe for a $200-300 card today...
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Double? I kind of find that hard to believe for a $200-300 card today...
Believe it:
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Believe it:

Ridiculous..I bought this card barely 2 years ago.

It's the nature of the beast. I'm probably better off getting a single card as an upgrade..
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...so, crossfire 6870s, or just buy a new card?
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...so, crossfire 6870s, or just buy a new card?
New card, single GPU > multi-GPU and CFX is worse than SLi.
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