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Poll Results: Bang for the Buck?

 
  • 0% (0)
    Another 7850 and X-Fire?
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    Drop the coin on a 7950/7970?
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Right now I have a 7850 (running at 1185/1410) using a Swiftech MCW60 waterblock with copper heatsinks on the memory and VRM. I have a second MCW60 waterblock and heatsinks sitting in a drawer not being used.

I am thinking of upgrading to a 7950 or 7970 card that cost almost twice as much as the card I'm running now. To use the MCW60 block on a 7900 series card I would have to spend another $38 to replace the base plate to use it on the new cards.

I'm having a hard time talking myself into dropping the extra cash for a 7900 series card right now and am thinking of picking up another 7850 to crossfire with my current card to give it a little more power.

I do see a couple of 7950's a little over $200, but from what I have read a pair of 7850's would perform as well or out perform it.

Would the performance of the 7950/7970 over a pair of 7850's warrant spending around $350 or pick up a second 7850 for $149 (after rebate) use the block and heatsinks I have and just crossfire them?

I know I could sell the three month old 7850 and recoup some of the cash.

Thanks
Edited by By-Tor - 10/2/13 at 7:09pm
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Personally I don't think crossfire is worth it. I had crossfire before and it was a mixed bag. Some games run fantastic with two videocards some games see zero improvement with two cards. I'd say save the cash for a future card. Unless there's one game that absolutely destroys your current videocard in FPS performance I'd say skip crossfire. I think the only time it's really worth it is if you game on like 30" screen at 2560x1920 where it could make a difference. I always saw it kind of useless to pay $200-$300 extra for a 2nd card to only gain very little from and knowing that most games still won't benefit from 2 cards.
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I would have to say go for the 7900. They are dirt cheap right now and yes the new faster whatever is coming out soon etc etc.

The 7950 I own is almost 1/3 less than I paid for it 1 year ago. I don't think you'll be able to get a top tier be it a generation (almost) old for $300. I really don't think you'll see bang for the buck as silly as it is right now.

Yes the new ones will be x faster and x more ram and x more power effecient yada yada.. But a 7970 OC'd will be x faster than your 7850 also.

Do the math figure out how much your 7850 equipment is worth and sell it while it's viability is high.

Or buy a previously enjoyed one from the marketplace with a water block already. Just saw a 7970 with block for $350
Edited by DaFirnz - 10/2/13 at 9:25pm
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