Xfx radeon 4850 1 gb should i crossfire them

huntsman

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hey i got one xfx 4850 1gb graphic card and im thinking bout getting another one because the price dropped, and putting them in crossfire. i bought my for 150 and now its 124 ill wait a bit more for it to drop. im thinking bout keeping my rig for like 3 years or more and was wondering should i buy another one of those cards and do crossfire or should i just wait and get a better one and get rid of the 4850 i got right now. because if i get a high end one then its still gonna run with the card that has the slower speed. So if i do crossfire will it really show effect and increase the frames, and just how much better is it then just one card?

thanks
 

invisik

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What resolution are you running at? What cpu do you have? 4850 is a excellent card specially in cf. I would recommend cf but for 3 years im not sure if the card will hold up. You'll definitely have to drop some of the settings but it should run games solid for 2 years in my opinion.
 

brett1042002

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Hopefully more titles will support CF in the future as well. As for right now, I can't justify utilizing CF for the few titles/games that do fully support it. I'll stick with the single, high end card for now. Just my .02.
 

huntsman

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running at 1440x900 and got a amd phenom 2 x2 550 black edition, and im pretty sure it should run games for 3 years or more but like u said might have to drop the settings to medium or so.

my old pc which is a pentium 4 2.8 ghz , 2gb of ram and 7600gs card it ran most games and i had it for like 4 years or so. i Could play left 4 dead on low settings but after they updated it it went to shyt. :( lol
 

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wow i never knew res bottlenecks, thought it was only between cpu and graphic cards. huh well i learned something new. and i will also get a 22 in monitor soon, dont know what res they run at but im getting sick of my 19in it seems small now i had it for to long, lol time to upgrade.
 

rambo117

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alot do, just name a title and it most likely takes advantage of cf/sli.

every game i play on my cf rig takes advantage of it. except some older titles like halo(not like i need cf advantage for it:p)