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Now, normally I would go with a single card over dual cards, however, i'm trying to get the most out of my system without modifying anything(except the motherboard which will be replaced soon). I have 650w to work with, and I want to spend roughly $350-400 on a graphics card(s).

I play a lot of tf2, however, I also play BF:BC2, Starcraft 2, and I want to be able to run TES:V Skyrim at high settings when it comes out.

What do you guys think?
     
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post #2 of 17
Definitely HD6850 CF. No second thought.
And 650W also definitely can handle a pair of 6850s.
Edited by windfire - 2/27/11 at 6:29pm
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2 6850 in CF would be faster but some games don't support CF. I know Starcraft 2 doesn't support it, but then again you won't need more than 1 6850 to max it out. It really just depends on how many games play or plan to play support CF.
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6850 CF

2 cards makes your epeen much larger than one
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6850's work really well in crossfire. Go for it!
A single card seems tempting because not all games work well with two, but the games your playing seem pretty dual-card friendly.
Plus your 650W PSU is from Corsair, trust it!
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I see 6870's with rebates for $190 or so, and for games that run on single GPU, you would have a little more steam.
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I see 6870's with rebates for $190 or so, and for games that run on single GPU, you would have a little more steam.
My psu only has 2 6/8 pin connectors, and I don't want to have to use adapters.

Also, I'm looking at a specific set of 6850's that fit my needs. The only way I would be happy with a 6870 is if I got one of the more expensive ones, and then that would put me over my budget.
     
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How important is performance / dollar to you, really? Compared to say, inconvenience?

The 6850 Xfires really well, and I've been seriously lookin at that as my graphic solution, so when I say that I'd probably choose a 570 between the two, it's not out of any real bias other than laziness.

The heat, occasional driver issues, lack of dual gpu support at times, noise, power consumption and whatnot that accompanies dual 6850s for me makes the slightly higher price of a 570 and lower performance vs the 6850 xfire less of a factor.
Looking at the price of a 570 being about 324 on new egg with MIR (to make it 295), vs. 2x6850s at about 140ish each when you find a good deal. If you found a better deal one way or the other I'd probably jump on that.

However from a price / performance at purchase standpoint the 6850s are definitely the better buy, for when everything works as intended.

As a sidenote sc2 would run flawlessly on a single 6850 with all settings maxed.
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How important is performance / dollar to you, really? Compared to say, inconvenience?

The 6850 Xfires really well, and I've been seriously lookin at that as my graphic solution, so when I say that I'd probably choose a 570 between the two, it's not out of any real bias other than laziness.

The heat, occasional driver issues, lack of dual gpu support at times, noise, power consumption and whatnot that accompanies dual 6850s for me makes the slightly higher price of a 570 and lower performance vs the 6850 xfire less of a factor.
Looking at the price of a 570 being about 324 on new egg with MIR (to make it 295), vs. 2x6850s at about 140ish each when you find a good deal. If you found a better deal one way or the other I'd probably jump on that.

However from a price / performance at purchase standpoint the 6850s are definitely the better buy, for when everything works as intended.

As a sidenote sc2 would run flawlessly on a single 6850 with all settings maxed.
With the cards i'm looking at, i'd say the only real problems I would have to deal with are driver issues, lack of dual gpu support, and power consumption. But really, dual 6850's don't take much more power than a gtx 570, and yes occasional driver issues could be a pain, but if it really gets that bad, I can always disable one of the cards and just run with a single card for that particular game.

Price/performance is very important to me, but so is a quality product. I would never cheap out on components just for an extra few bucks off.
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