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post #11 of 20
Grab a cheap 5850 and experiment with multi-GPU for awhile. If your unsatisfied (doubt it), you'll have two relatively powerful cards to sell down the line when you have more of an option, and use that to lower the cost of whatever else you want.

5850 > New single card. Worst case, sell them both, best case, kick-butt increase.

6XXX series scales much better, the 6850's are possibly the best bang for buck you can find right now.
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post #12 of 20
I was in the same dilemma a while ago and I ended up getting a 570.

I guess I just couldn't be bothered with adding another card as I felt I may add another 570 in the future rather than wanting to be stuck with two 5850's. I'd sell them while you can and go to the green team, you won't regret it, I don't.
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5850 crossfire is more powerful than 6850 crossfire with current drivers.
    
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Originally Posted by ammarmalik View Post
also, between 5850 crossfire or a 6850 crossfire; which would give better performance?
There are some benchmarks where a CF 6850 is better, there are benchmarks where a CF 5850 is better. Honestly, to save money, get a second 5850.

I have been very lucky with drivers, scaling has never been an issue with me.
Edited by t0adphr0g - 1/19/11 at 4:21am
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but no issues with my PSU right? I will change the PSU eventually, no two ways about that, but atleast for the time being, it would work?
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post #16 of 20
5850's in Xfire will be more hungry, 6850's are a little more frugal, especially if your PSU isn't up for the challenge, which yours probably is. 5850's ARE more powerful a majority of the time though, certain circumstances will favor the new cards.

Ultimately, it's your choice though. I'd at least try two once to see how it scaled.
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post #17 of 20
600w is probably not enough or cutting it too tight.Think 650 is probably the minimum safe
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I had a 850w die on me in mid-benchmark. Antec QuadPower 850. Apparently one of my rails died because the 5850 was too powerful for it, my solution? I FINALLY got a non modualar P.O.S. PSU, and got a PC Power and Cooling 1000w PS. Sure it was a bit expensive, but having a much better, 7 year warrantied unit was worth it.
post #19 of 20
buying a new card, like a 560,570 or 580 is better in the long run.
Though i will probably tell you the exact same thing next year.
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post #20 of 20
This May help you: http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/1608940

I would stick with the one card, prices of the good cards are coming down dramatically, plus your card does perform so no use upgrading unless you really really want that extra fps.
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