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Well, my rig right now is good. But I am never satisfied.

For the longest time I have wanted to crossfire, and that was always my plan after going 2600k. But after reading recent reviews, complaints, etc. Crossfire seems really... "buggy"?

I've heard it's amazing and gives great improvements over a single card. But then on the other hand I've heard the drivers deliver a crapstorm of issues with crossfire. Some games run WORSE with crossfire, etc.

So I'm raised with two choices here.

A) Get another 5850 and crossfire.

B) Get a really nice desk to fit my computer onto.
post #2 of 22
You could get a 5850 but good luck with drivers
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Depends on really what game you're planning to use it on. Also, I'd rather wait since the 5850 is still a decent card, but the crossfire does not scale as great as the 6000 series.

In my opinion, get a nice-looking desk and wait for newer future-proof cards, .

Crossfire works fine for me! I have had the driver installation/uninstallation problem before, but I used DriverSweeper which caused that problem.

I am not against AMD, but I have heard problems with using multiple monitors (my brother has 2 monitors having a few hiccups with setting it up).
Edited by maTyaR - 3/26/11 at 12:13pm
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Unless you are running a large-format monitor or a multi-monitor setup, you won't gain a tremendous increase in performance going Crossfire...5000-series and 6000-series Crossfire really shines in multi-monitor setups, but doesn't do much for single monitor ones (basically, you can turn on a bit more eye candy). Unless you have really sharp vision, go for an awesome desk, then upgrade your monitor+video setup later.
    
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Originally Posted by Konig-Wolf View Post
Unless you are running a large-format monitor or a multi-monitor setup, you won't gain a tremendous increase in performance going Crossfire...5000-series and 6000-series Crossfire really shines in multi-monitor setups, but doesn't do much for single monitor ones (basically, you can turn on a bit more eye candy). Unless you have really sharp vision, go for an awesome desk, then upgrade your monitor+video setup later.
Didn't think of it that way, yeah. I think I'll just go with a really nice desk.
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Originally Posted by IzninjaFTW View Post
You could get a 5850 but good luck with drivers



Whats that suppose to mean...



They work fine
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Originally Posted by Konig-Wolf View Post
Unless you are running a large-format monitor or a multi-monitor setup, you won't gain a tremendous increase in performance going Crossfire...
Uhhh, yes, he will gain a substantial amount of performance, especially since he's got the CPU horsepower to really let 2 cards fly.

Although Crossfire can be a hassle... once you get things sorted, it's pretty much night and day compared to a single GPU.

Get another 5850!

EDIT: Just saw the 1680x1050 monitor. Hmm. I still think you would see substantial gains with a second card! Go for it!
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post #8 of 22
5850.
crossfire scales quite well. better then sli even.
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post #9 of 22
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Aghh. This is so hard.

Pros of crossfire:

Better performance
Looks cool

Cons:
Possible issues here & there
Won't get me laid

Pros of desk:

I can finally see my rig
Replace this old PoS desk

Cons of desk:

It won't give be better performance
It won't get me laid

So far enough people have convinced me to crossfire. It's working.
post #10 of 22
do it!
you will nearly double FPS. trust me.
im using 11.4 drivers btw.
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You could get a 5850 but good luck with drivers
nice try troll.
dont make me counter troll about ur 465...i'll do it...
Quote:
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5850.
crossfire scales quite well. better then sli even.
no.
68xx/69xx cards scale better than SLi.
58xx series scale close/on par with SLi.

its still worth it tho. GO CF BRO! IT MAKES UR E PEEN BIGGER!!!!!!!!!
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