Solved Choosing Between 6800 Series Cross Fire or Single 7800 Card

Biostar group / A870u3
May 28, 2012 at 08:09:03
Specs: Windows XP, 3.399 GHz / 3327 MB
Hello there inhabitants of computing.net, even though the tittle is rather self-explanatory, I might as well give you the entire (yet still short in its entirety) story.

I built a right a while ago and now I'm looking to upgrade for a number of reasons, but right now my only focus is graphics cards (I've already tackled the CPU issue), I currently have a Power Color: Radeon HD 6850 card running in my computer, its pretty decent, although some glitches do occur (freezing, stutters, etc..), Now I've been researching for a bit, and I'm stuck between 2 choices, I can either

A: Keep my Current 6850 and buy a Radeon 6870 to Crossfire with it

or

B: Purchase Either a Radeon 7850 Card

now I'm not completely closed to Nvidia, but I've never dealt with them before, so if anyone wants to give me some advice concerning non-radeon options, it would also be appreciated, I'm trying to stay around $250 for the card.

Once again, any, and all, input would be greatly appreciated

Thank You
-Lightrampage-


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May 28, 2012 at 10:44:44
well i hate to break it to u, but ur psu is bad, it has 2 12V rails and this is not good bcz the distribution of power to ur hardware would be very low. What i would do is get a new powersupply from a well known brand corsair, rosewill, coolermaster.... And sell ur current gfx card and get a gtx670 which will set u up

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#1
May 28, 2012 at 09:41:39
Why are u still using win xp?
New games like Battlefield 3 only support dx 10 & 11.
Don't waste another 250 on a second video card. How about selling your current video card then add that cash and purchase a powerful card like GTX 670?

U need to fix the freezing issue of your hd 6850. May be new driver is the solution.

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#2
May 28, 2012 at 09:51:10
I Already Have windows 7 in my house, but I'm not going to install it just yet, Im in the process of backing up all of my movies, music, programs, etc...

I already have the drivers up-to-date, it's not like it stutters on small things, but lets say when I'm playing Skyrim or Fallout, I get some rendering issues (mainly stutters and freezes), and ive checked to see if there was anything else.

And i will look into the Gtx 670, and if i were to get and card that isn't a 68xx, ill sell my current card, thank you for replying, I'm definitely going to look into your idea.

(also still looking for more ideas, I'm trying to get some more options built up before i chose)


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#3
May 28, 2012 at 09:58:28
You didn't list your system specs. We have no idea if you have an AMD or Intel system (I suspect AMD), the amount/type of RAM, PSU specs, etc, etc. A 500W PSU would be cutting it pretty close for a crossfire config & it wouldn't leave much room for error or upgrades. And if you're having freeze/stuttering issues, I don't know what adding or changing the graphics card is supposed to do to fix it? It's most likely a software issue.

I agree with kuwese - why are you still running XP? If you want to take full advantage of your graphics cards & play your games the way they're meant to be played in all their DX10/11 glory, you should be running Win7 64-bit.

http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeo...


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#4
May 28, 2012 at 10:09:36
well if i were u i would post the power supply specs bcz it might be an issue which is causing ur graphical anomalies...
Post ur psu full specs, then do as kuwese suggested gtx670 faster than ur current video card and uses less power. But first check ur psu

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#5
May 28, 2012 at 10:16:20
Specs:

Mother Board: Biostar A87OU3 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


CPU: AMD Phenom II 965 Black Edition - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


GPU: Power Color: Radeon HD 6850 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


PSU: Raid Max - 530W - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint 1.5TB 5400 RPM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


Optical Drive(s): 2x ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

Ram: PNY Optima 8GB DDR3 1333 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


Case: NZXT Phantom - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#6
May 28, 2012 at 10:39:28
Ok That watt usage article scared me straight, no Cross Fire or Sli (For now) so now heres the new question, Radeon or Nvidia, im kinda leaning towards Nvidia right now, but still would like opinions

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#7
May 28, 2012 at 10:44:44
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well i hate to break it to u, but ur psu is bad, it has 2 12V rails and this is not good bcz the distribution of power to ur hardware would be very low. What i would do is get a new powersupply from a well known brand corsair, rosewill, coolermaster.... And sell ur current gfx card and get a gtx670 which will set u up

computers are a second home
NVIDIA GeForce
GS_Toxict51


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#8
May 28, 2012 at 11:03:05
I Understand, Thank you, I was going to get rid of it soon enough anyway but i didn't know it was insufficient, I just dislike non-modular psu's and i was going to get a NZXT 850W Modular one - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

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#9
May 28, 2012 at 11:56:28
I agree - your Raidmax power supply is garbage. And although modular PSUs are nice as far as cable management is concerned, the connections can be troublesome (arcing & burning). Basically an additional potential failure point is being added to each cable. It's not common but it does happen. Plus all these added connectors/plugs add to the cost. Better to stick with a hardwired unit.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

Why the slow 5400RPM HDD?


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#10
May 28, 2012 at 12:48:40
When I first built this rig, i was bargain hunting, and it costed me 75$ for 1.5 tb

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#11
May 28, 2012 at 14:41:15
Your PSU isn't good but i think u can get away with GTX 670 without any issues.
The total system power consumption with GTX 670 is only 335W the normal GTX 670 331W.
http://www.legitreviews.com/article...

Here is a NVIDIA & EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card Review
http://www.legitreviews.com/article...

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#12
May 28, 2012 at 23:52:42
still it would be better to change psu to be on the safe side :)

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