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Old 08-11-2011, 04:36 PM   #1
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Should I go Dual Newegg.com - VisionTek 900357 Radeon HD 5670 2GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card ? or should I go with a single Newegg.com - GIGABYTE Ultra Durable VGA Series GV-R685OC-1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity ?
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Old 08-11-2011, 05:19 PM   #2
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I have the VisionTek 5670 and I haven't done my research on it so this post will be mostly anecdotal.

Basically, the graphics performance vs. price is great for the 5670 (although the version I have is 1GB vs. the 2GB you linked). The compatibility though, is less than great. Linux has a lot of trouble with the 5670 and many of the distributions I tried simply wouldn't work with the 5670. Not sure if this has been corrected in the later cards (6850) but I imagine that from the reduced number of Google results for a 6850 Linux search, and the fact that most of the posts have an update to them with a note about updated drivers, your experience will be a little better.

Assuming there's no CPU bottleneck, I would recommend (and have read) that the 6850 would be much better. (Especially if you CrossFire those later) There's some discussion floating around that the 5770 = 6850, but this is not true. There are a few noticeable differences especially when AA is enabled. I'd personally go with a 6850 out of those two options and then CrossFire later when additional funds become available.
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Old 08-11-2011, 05:43 PM   #3
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Yea, I'm also getting an AMD Phenom II 4 Core 3.6GHz processor
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So you won't have a CPU bottleneck as the Athlon x4's should be able to handle the CF'd 6850's with about 30% CPU usage available. Source
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Old 08-11-2011, 07:03 PM   #5
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Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition Deneb 3.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HDZ975FBGMBOX heres the processor

If I have that processor, that video card Crossfired, and 8GB of G.Skill 1333 RAM, What would need an upgrade first in the far future?
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