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I've been thinking about this, and I'm haven't been able to decide for myself what is better...

I'm buying a new rig in the future, and buying a xfire capable mobo and PSU adds about 100 bucks onto my system:

(UD4 and x-760 vs UD3P and X-560)

Should i save the money and just upgrade the single GPU when needed? I've heard people have issues with crossfire, and some games dont benefit much from it. I don't expect the 6950 to become obsolete anytime soon anyway, but is it better to get the UD4 and 760 and crossfire in the future (when required), or just buy a new single GPU in a few years? Keep in mind, the 6950 would be considerably cheaper in a few years.

I'm also trying to make a quiet system, so Ill be buying an accelero Xtreme plus for the 6950 and I'm not sure if i could fit 2 in crossfire anyway... Although there is quite a bit of space between the PCIe slots on the UD4

Ill be gaming at 1920x1080 res, with no plans of a double monitor setup.

Please share your opinions and experiences, and let me know if any other info about my future rig should be shared.
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Personally if you don't want to deal with driver issues and late driver releases for all games that ever come out just buy the best single card solution you can afford. Both camps whether Nvidia or ATI have issues when SLI-ing or Xfiring so it doesn't really matter.

A lot of the newer cards can handle 1920x1080 easily so going two cards is really for me something you would do to increase your epeen!

Take note that also having two cards means more heat, more noise, more expensive... though this is OCN so people will say that's moot!
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Personally if you don't want to deal with driver issues and late driver releases for all games that ever come out just buy the best single card solution you can afford. Both camps whether Nvidia or ATI have issues when SLI-ing or Xfiring so it doesn't really matter.

A lot of the newer cards can handle 1920x1080 easily so going two cards is really for me something you would do to increase your epeen!

Take note that also having two cards means more heat, more noise, more expensive... though this is OCN so people will say that's moot!
Not sure on what basis you say that. I have been a dual GPU user for a long time. I had 2 X 8800 GT, 2 X GTX 260, and now 2 X HD 6950. The first two, I did not overclock and there was no noise, or heat issue. The HD 6950 I overclocked and they never broke 65c on a Antec 900 with fan speed at 50 - 60%. And as for gaming, I gain double the frame rate. Games that are borderline unplayable with all eye candies turned on, are now smooth sailing. And I never had one issue with the games I play/played where SLI or Crossfire caused me issue.
I am not saying go crossfire your 5770. I am just saying that all these crossfire or SLI is bad preaching is not entirely true. I do not have experience on 5770 if crossfire will net you more or equal performance of a single latest card for less money. Do what your budget will allow.
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i think its dependign your money..

what do you want?

2x6870 better than gtx 580 and 6970 and very cheap...

i think 6870 and 6950 crossfire better option at this moment ..cheap and very strong..
    
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2x6870 beats 580 in every game and sometimes by a big margin of up to 30% in some games. That's due to the remarkable scaling for 6000 series and you wont regret going crossfire.
As it's always been said most of CF or SLI issues are actually user-related rather than driver related. When you go for a setup that you know nothing about , and don't have any knowledge or whatsoever about necessary tweaking it's given it wont work properly right of the bat !!!
Just like when you jump from HDD to SSD, when you go CF from signle card you gotta do some adjustments like downloading AMD profiles and other stuff.

I say Go CF and don't look back.. those who do it the right way will enjoy the extra performance and love it !

use Radeonpro for switching between game profile and different drivers automatically. this program is a godly git to CF users and makes all the hassle of manual tweaking disappear !
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Not sure on what basis you say that. I have been a dual GPU user for a long time. I had 2 X 8800 GT, 2 X GTX 260, and now 2 X HD 6950. The first two, I did not overclock and there was no noise, or heat issue. The HD 6950 I overclocked and they never broke 65c on a Antec 900 with fan speed at 50 - 60%. And as for gaming, I gain double the frame rate. Games that are borderline unplayable with all eye candies turned on, are now smooth sailing. And I never had one issue with the games I play/played where SLI or Crossfire caused me issue.
I am not saying go crossfire your 5770. I am just saying that all these crossfire or SLI is bad preaching is not entirely true. I do not have experience on 5770 if crossfire will net you more or equal performance of a single latest card for less money. Do what your budget will allow.
My basis are the threads in OCN that always talks about the issues when anyone goes X-fire or SLI. For people who don't have experience doing this (unlike you who has done this multiple times) it can be an issue setting things up. Classic example is just what a simple installation of drivers for a single card vs. having two cards can give someone with very little experience has to go through just to get it up and running. I'm sure you understand that my friend!
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My basis are the threads in OCN that always talks about the issues when anyone goes X-fire or SLI. For people who don't have experience doing this (unlike you who has done this multiple times) it can be an issue setting things up. Classic example is just what a simple installation of drivers for a single card vs. having two cards can give someone with very little experience has to go through just to get it up and running. I'm sure you understand that my friend!
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