Currently, I've been debating about upgrading my GPU as I recently upgraded from a 22" 1680x1050 Samsung to a 24" 1920x1200 Dell Ultrasharp. I currently have a 4850 which has been doing its job nicely for the last few years. With the monitor upgrade, the 4850 just seems a bit long in the tooth and a bit weak. I currently do semi-light PC gaming, meaning I usually buy one or two new PC games a year. My primary game of choice is SC2, and I have D3 on pre-order. My current machine is a OC'd Q9550 (running at a conservative 3.2ghz), with 4gig of Corsair Dominator ddr2, and a Corsair 650TX PSU. My Current mobo doesn't support CF or SLI.
I plan to build myself a new computer when Haswell hits shelves next year with a ~$1200 budget. So my questions is: Do I go for a cheap video card now, or go mid range with the intent to crossfire in a year? I've currently nailed it down to either the XFX 6870 DD from today's frontpage or a XFX 7850 DD with the intent to CF.
I'm personally leaning towards the 7850, as it would be $250 now, and more than likely $125 a year later resulting in a total expenditure of $375 for a 7850 CF setup. The question is whats the likelyhood I could match the performance of 7850's in CF for $225ish ($375 - $150 6870) in years timeframe? Anyone have any insight/predictions for the CPU market in a year?
There's no reason you need to have your CPU and GPU on the same upgrade cycle. If I were you, I'd go ahead and buy the 7850 now and plan on keeping it for ~2 years then selling it and buying a new midrange card. I wouldn't bother with CF unless you just happened to get a killer deal on another card down the road.
Agree- I never think Xfire or SLI will be a worthy upgrade( $$ VS performance gain). Just buy the best card within your budget and use for a few years then upgrade again to the best card you can afford.
Just my 2 cents.
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