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so my sig rig is up to date and i'm looking for the best bang for my buck improvement. should i go with a crossfire setup? switch to tri channel ram?

there's a member here who has a nice price on a 4890 and that piqued my crossfire interest, not to mention i just got a power supply that will finally support it.

i'm just wondering if that's the most cost effective way to improve my system. i feel that it underperforms on some of the better games out and i would like to fix that. as far as overclocking goes, it's very hard to get this thing stable past the stock xfx settings of 850/975.

thanks for the advice and i hope it's pretty easy to find my bottleneck.
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post #2 of 13
Your bottleneck is the 4890. Even going CF on a 4890 would not solve the bottle neck. Might be time for a new 6950 (which you can unlock to a 6970).
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post #3 of 13
I would grab a newer generation GPU rather than XFire your current one. Which GPU to get is up to you and your budget.

Another good upgrade for you might be an SSD for your OS drive. That would make your computer seem much faster overall.
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post #4 of 13
A new graphics card would certainly be the biggest improvement. Adding another 4890 for Crossfire really won't yield that much of an improvement. Time to go out and get something from the DX11 family .

Oh and on the dual vs tri channel RAM thought pretty much every test has shown that there's really no difference between the two in terms of real-world applications. It's kinda like the F3 Spinpoint vs Caviar Black argument. The F3's like .003 seconds faster in access time so you'll never really notice thus it's always best to go with whatever's cheaper.
Edited by Lampen - 2/27/11 at 7:29am
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post #5 of 13
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yeah i know the hard drive needs to go, but i'm trying to do one at a time. the system itself isn't slow, i just am not blown away by the graphics. i was hoping not to get a new GPU, but if that's what's going to improve it the most then i'd rather not waste my money trying to crossfire my old one.

i guess i'll be looking at best bang for the buck video cards now...
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post #6 of 13
Here you go. These are all a good choice and can be unlocked to 6970 speeds.
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post #7 of 13
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i guess i'll be looking at best bang for the buck video cards now...
Pretty sure the Gtx460 is the best bang for the buck card out there atm
    
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I think a good SSD for your OS would be the best improvement, that or new GPU
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Pretty sure the Gtx460 is the best bang for the buck card out there atm
Yep. There have been several points over the last month or two where you could pick up two of them for about 250 bucks.
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post #10 of 13
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how long are 2 460's going to last me? are they going to outperform a single gpu for the same price or if i get a stronger single gpu and then x2 it in a year is that going to make more sense.

technology is infuriating sometimes.
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