Hi guys. i'm planning to upgrade my computer for gaming. i play mostly fps games such as bf3.
i'm think of unlocked 3rd gen ivybridge i5, i7 or x79 platform with 3820. depending on the cost. would the 5850 i have now still worth to crossfire or should i just get sth like 7950.
5850 crossfire would be a very low cost upgrade, but i'm afraid it will become the bottle neck of the new system.
hopefully by the time i put them together (june or july) nvidia would have finally come up with their new cards and price for 7950 will drop a bit.
thanks for all your help. cheers
Given card costs, it may be a nice stop-over until you can afford a newer generation (like, waiting for the HD 7000 series prices to level out... ouch!). A pair of 5850's would do fairly well in most games.
Heck, I'm still on a 4670...
HD 5850 is a DX11 card stronger than a HD 6850, almost like a HD 6870.
Two of these in crossfire are strong, but be careful with the PSU.
Benchmark wise, in pure horsepower, the 6850 is 20% stronger than the 5850. There are some areas where the 6000 series wasn't as agressive (OpenGL, for instance) and for most Dx10 applications they run much closer than that 20% window. Dx11 seemed to be where the 6000 series showed it's muscle.
If you're on a budget, yea, otherwise get the 7850s.
will there be a 7850, or did you mean the 7950? i'm leaning towards the ivybridge i5 platform. similar to the current sandybridge platform i5 2500k is the best value cpu for gaming as games don't benefit from things like multi thread. i'm also adviced by my friends to spend generously on video card, hard drive and ram aiming for a more balanced system
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