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Is it worth it to make my future rig crossfire ready?

Poll Results: Crossfire or no crossfire?

 
  • 66% (2)
    Crossfire.
  • 33% (1)
    No Crossfire.
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post #1 of 14
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Hey OCN smile.gif

I would like to have your opinion on crossfire/SLI.

I'll be buying a new rig this summer. rolleyes.gif I will be using it mostly for gaming and watching movies. I'll be working this summer and will be able to upgrade my GPU in around 1 or 2 years. My case is still to choose but I'm thinking of getting the Phantek Enthoo Luxe.

So in order to save dollars while still having great performances and a computer that will run quiet and cool, what should I do?

  1. Should I get a r9 280x with a Z97 board and 750w PSU and add another card later?

    Or

  2. Should I get a r9 290 or a gtx 780 ( depending on how much I could save) with a h97 board and a 500-600w PSU and sell the card when it gets old and buy a new one?


Also, if I choose to make my rig ''crossfire proof'', will the r9 280x still be easy to find in one or two year? Because when I look up to gtx 6xx and hd 7xxx, there doesn't seems to be a lot of place that's still sells them.

Take in account that the z97 motherboard has the advantage of allowing me to get a unlocked CPU and overclock it also.

Thanks for your future help and
post #2 of 14
A better, higher end card will usually always beat SLI/Crossfire'd lower end cards. Scaling with 2 cards is never as good as everybody would like.
Go with a higher end card and crossfire that later on for a more future proof solution.

I guess I should be more specific. Go with a 290 or 780 and a z97 board for dual GPU capabilities later. I'd also go for a better wattage PSU at the same time.
Edited by pilihp2 - 5/16/14 at 12:17pm
post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by pilihp2 View Post

A better, higher end card will usually always beat SLI/Crossfire'd lower end cards. Scaling with 2 cards is never as good as everybody would like.
Go with a higher end card and crossfire that later on for a more future proof solution.

I guess I should be more specific. Go with a 290 or 780 and a z97 board for dual GPU capabilities later. I'd also go for a better wattage PSU at the same time.

I won't have enough dollars to get a 750w PSU with a z97 and r9 290/gtx 780. If I choose the second option, I will be able to save enough dollars to get a r9 290 or a gtx 780 but otherwise, I can't afford those graphic card in my build. So it's either r9 280x, 750w PSU and z97 or r9 290/gtx 780, h97 and 500-600w psu.
post #4 of 14
option 2 - nah. don't pair any of those to an unlocked chip. so, how much are you willing to pay for a GPU? i recommend just one highend for now until you determine if you have enough to buy a good cpu to pair.
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post #5 of 14
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option 2 - nah. don't pair any of those to an unlocked chip.

I'm sorry but I didn't understand what you post. You think I should get the second option?
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Originally Posted by rdr09 View Post

so, how much are you willing to pay for a GPU? i recommend just one highend for now until you determine if you have enough to buy a good cpu to pair.

My budget for the CPU, the GPU, the PSU and the motherboard is around 750$.
post #6 of 14
If you're going to wait one or two years for a second of any card, you're going to have to be OK with buying one used.
New stock of older gen cards get cleared out once the newer gen cards drop.

As for which direction you want to take your rig, that's entirely up to you - there are pros and cons to each.

CF / SLI you can get a nice performance bump by adding a 2nd card cheaper when new ones drop.
By going with a single card setup you can sell the old to defray the cost of the new and get a decent bump as well.

If you're concerned with quiet / cool and possibly saving power consumption then sticking with a single card setup is a better plan.
Personally I just go with single powerful card because it's just less issues (and I'm on mATX too), though SLI will usually have less than CF will (in my and many other's experience over the years).

Hope that helped a bit.
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post #7 of 14
Always nice to have the option to cross fire.
You dont know if down the track you get offered another card that compatible for really cheap.

Only problem is if you dont have 2 matching cards you wont be very likely to get very good overclock.
Also with the 280X (currently just a 7970ghz) they are in the process of changing the core in it.
So dont know how well scaling will be with a old 7970ghz core and the new 280x core.
I can tell you tho two 7970 ghz work very nice in cross fire and drive every game iv got at over 120fps on my 1440p 120hz screen.


If you got 290 you will be able to pick up another one cheap since they are selling dirt cheap 2nd hand. I imagin in 1.5-2 years time tho youll have a hard time finding another one.
And they do get quite warm with two in a case. And youll need a 700W+ PSU if you want to run 2 cards safely and overclock.
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post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your help guys. I hate buying used thing. But I've heard that crossfire could work with card that uses the same architecture like a hd 7970 and r9 280x Crossfire. Will the new graphic card serie uses the same architecture? If not then I think I'll stick with a single high end card as you guys recommended me.
post #10 of 14
I've built all my riggs with Crossfire/SLI readiness thinking oh when i get more money i'll add another card. By that time the new gpu line had come out and i would always go and get one of those with the same thing planted in my head. did this with 9800gtx+ went to a 5850 did this with a 680 went to triple 7970(mining purposes) only one was being use and then from 7970 to a 290 then to a 780ti.

The only card's i've ever crossfired where the 5850s due to needing it for eyefinity. So from a couple years back i stopped getting stuff dual card ready not worth the extra $$ as upgrading to a newer line is usually the better option
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