Originally Posted by JackArbiter
Right now I'm just thinking that I'll go with 1 3870, but I want to be able to upgrade to the next generation soon, either crossfire between 2 generations or just say screw it and go with another 3870 when they come down in price.
I also want to be able to run 4 120's and 4 80's (not likely I'll go that high but possible) and I don't know how many extra fan plugs typically come with power supplies.
And I was mostly joking with the travesty bit, I don't mind the PSU... I just worry that it may not be enough for upgradeability. Wasn't sure if there was an 850 out there without the crossfire "seal of approval" that is still good for crossfire and is around the same price.
Even with two 3870's a 750W would be enough.
And the Crossfire "seal of approval" doesn't really mean much (sorry ATI, nothing personal). You just don't see it very often because part of the SLI license agreement is that the SLI logo not appear on the same box, webpage, marketing material, etc. as a Crossfire logo. Since Nvidia has greater market share, you're going to see a lot more SLI logos. And since they can't legally display that logo with a Crossfire logo, you'll not see both.