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mazelda

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I'm half thinking about a new system weather I build it my self or buy I haven't decided yet
the main problem i have is the graphic card do i go with a single nvidea 1535mb gtx580 which appears to be the top card on the market or do I go with 2 ati hd6870 cards linked together which individually are about 13th on the passmark video card tests I have no idea what they're like linked in crossfire config
cheers. if it helps i'm thinking of a 2600 i7 proccessor 8gb ram


oops can someone put this in the corect forum just read this for non computer relared stuff
 

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Well according to this: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fastest-graphics-card-radeon-geforce,3067-6.html
Two Radeon HD 6950's are faster than a single Geforce GTX580. So two Radeon HD 6870's would be even faster. The question is do you really need that kind of performance? What resolutions are you going to be gaming at?

FYI, the fastest single cards are the Radeon HD 6990 and Geforce GTX 590 but both are dual GPU.
 

mazelda

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res would prob be 1920x 1080 as that is all the monitor would take i think but i would like to run software at max settings if i can mostly i play wow,flightsim x and the elder scrolls stuff
 

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I made a mistake in the above post, the Radeon HD 6950 is faster then the Radeon HD 6870.

At that resolution and for those games I think a single Radeon HD 6950 is all you'd need. Multi-card setups are generally for those you rum multi-monitor setups at extremely high resolutions. A single card setup is generally plenty for the average gamer running at 1920x1080. I find my Radeon HD 6850 can handle COD:MW3, BF3, Crysis 2, and FarCry 2 at their highest settings at either 1920x1080 or the 1360x768 that I usually run on my TV without problem and that's with a lesser video card, and older Core 2 Quad based system.
 

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I run Skyrim on a GTX460 at 1920x1080 with pretty much maxed out graphics with a few tweaks and small reductions here and there.

A single card is absolutely plenty for your needs based on what you have said. Also, unless you are SLI/Crossfiring top end cards its probably better to get a single card. That way, if/when the system starts to slow you can boost it with another of those cards (which would be alot cheaper by that point). Buying lower cards and SLI/Crossfiring means you are stuck with that performance level unless you pay out alot of money again to get two new cards.
 
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