Single card upgrade, or go crossfire?

jchan

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Hi i'm about to build a computer soon and i wondering what i should do about this one question i had.

I'm planning to buy the ASUS M4A79T Deluxe AM3 motherboard with the AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE.

Right now, should i buy the EVGA GTX 260 core 216 Superclocked edition? And then in the future just get like a GTX 295. Or should i get a ATI 4870 / ATI 4890 now and then in the future just buy another ATI 4870 / ATI 4890 and go crossfire?

 

uncfan_2563

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or get a 4850 right now depending on what your playing and at what res. but its ur choice because really it takes only about $30 more to get a 4870 instead of a 4850
 

jchan

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okay nvm i read online... a bad monitor basically ruins crossfire or sli ...

What if i bought a 4870 now, and keep my 1280x1024 monitor. Then when i feel its time to upgrade, buy another 4870 and a new monitor? Because by then, monitor prices will be cheaper?
 

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Stick with a 4850 or even a 4770 at that resolution. Pointless to go with more than that until you can upgrade to a good monitor. Save your video card difference cash wise towards your monitor fund.
 

jchan

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i might go 4870 because its $15 more than the 4850 on newegg lol.

But just wondering, when the 5800 series from ATI comes out, do you think it will still be PCI-E 2.0 ?
 

jchan

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Okay, so assuming my resolution is 1920x1080

What should i do now? Should i either:

Buy a single 4850 or 4870 now, and then upgrade to a single 5800 series card

or

Buy a single 4890 now, then buy another 4890 to go crossfire later?

And my previous question still stands, when the 5800 series comes out, will the slots still be PCI-E 2.0 ?

And is it true that crossfire can be a really big headache or hassle sometimes?
 

uncfan_2563

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1. Umm if u can afford a 4890 now, i guess u can get one now and xfire it later
2. (already answered above)
3. Yes crossfire and sli can be annoying sometimes, but those headaches are slowly going away and i personally think the advantages of dual-gpu's is worth it