Upgrade 5770, or CF?

kyleorsini

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hey there, looking for recomendations on either upgrading or add a second and crossfire my 5770 gpu, reason being is for bf3 not sure if current setup will be enough for high-max settings. computer is currently not overclocked and havent tried it yet, but if needed i will oc. still new to the computer building process this current setup was built in feb. and havent done much to alter performance etc. would adding a second 5770 and running cf be adequte enough instead of buying say the 69xx that is reccomended on for the game. budget well obviously like the rest of us i want the best bang for the buck, but i am not opposed to buying a new better card then what i have now. i would even wait for the new 7000 series of cards to come out if that is a better option, i have mw3 for the ps3 coming to me aswell so i can wait :kaola:

thanks in advance

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:main usage is day to day internet browsing, streaming video to ps3 and gaming

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: his 5770, corsair 600cx

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: amd 965 black edition, patriot sector 5 "G series" 2 4gb sticks, gigabyte 890gpa-ud3h mobo

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:any reputable site

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: canada or us, whereever will be cheaper

PARTS PREFERENCES: dont have a preference this is my first video card so something that will work

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE:Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
 
1) First, I suggest you wait untill you get to try the game. You will get a better idea of what you need, and graphics card prices are always dropping, giving you more for your dollar.

2) In general, I suggest a single strong card vs. two in cf/sli. Your psu needs are less, and some games, particularly new ones , do not do that well with dual gpu's.

3) Besides average FPS numbers, there is the issue of microstuttering in cf/sli, particularly with less than top end cards.
Read about it here:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-stutter-crossfire,2995.html