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Okay, so I have my rig and love it but want MORE POWERRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.... So I wanna crossfire,

At present I have a Sapphire Toxic 5850 2GB and I love it, fast and reliable, but I want MORE!!!!... so I was thinking of a card to crossfire with it, maybe another Toxic 2GB, I can find one for £305.00 or I can get a 1GB Sapphire 5870 for a bit more £330.00

Money is an issue and I wont get it right away but some suggestions on what to crossfire it with would be lovely.

I was thinking a dedicated PhysX card but then that means new monitors etc..

Cheers!
 
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I would stick with the 5850 toxic.I mean grab another one for crossfire.I love my crossfire setup.
 
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Okay, so I have my rig and love it but want MORE POWERRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.... So I wanna crossfire,

At present I have a Sapphire Toxic 5850 2GB and I love it, fast and reliable, but I want MORE!!!!... so I was thinking of a card to crossfire with it, maybe another Toxic 2GB, I can find one for £305.00 or I can get a 1GB Sapphire 5870 for a bit more £330.00

Money is an issue and I wont get it right away but some suggestions on what to crossfire it with would be lovely.

I was thinking a dedicated PhysX card but then that means new monitors etc..

Cheers!
Get another 2gb 5850 otherwise your 5870 will be running at 5850 speeds and you will be limited to 1gb Vram as per the 5870
 
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Cheers, I'm swaying between a Xfire setup or a SSD for my PC.
 

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sell the 5850 get two 5870 and boom youve got 4x power
 
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sell the 5850 get two 5870 and boom youve got 4x power
yeah problem is I'll get what, £250-60 for my Toxic, then it'll cost £660 (minus £260 for the 5850) is about £400.00 for 2x 5870's

instead of £305.00 for a 2GB 5850, unfortunately I do not know if I can cost that jump.

heck If I could afford it, I'd go for dual 5970 4GB's lol..
 

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yeah problem is I'll get what, £250-60 for my Toxic, then it'll cost £660 (minus £260 for the 5850) is about £400.00 instead of £305.00 for a 2GB, unfortunately I do not know if I can cost that jump.

heck If I could afford it, heck I'd go for dual 5970 4GB's lol..
well its up to you.
THIS IS THE OPTIONS
1st. Buy another 5850. 2x power yea!
2nd. Sell 5850. Buy a 5870(2x the power!!!) and save up. buy another 5870 later.(4xPOWER)
3rd. Sell 5850. Buy a 5870(2x the power!!!) and save up. then sell 5870, and buy 5970 later.(4X POWER). then save up. then buy another 5970!!(8x POWER)
4th. SAVE UP A LOT OF MONEY AND WAIT FOR 6xxx series and BUY THEIR FLAGSHIP!!!:rockout:
 
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well its up to you.
THIS IS THE OPTIONS
1st. Buy another 5850. 2x power yea!
2nd. Sell 5850. Buy a 5870(2x the power!!!) and save up. buy another 5870 later.(4xPOWER)
3rd. Sell 5850. Buy a 5870(2x the power!!!) and save up. then sell 5870, and buy 5970 later.(4X POWER). then save up. then buy another 5970!!(8x POWER)
4th. SAVE UP A LOT OF MONEY AND WAIT FOR 6xxx series and BUY THEIR FLAGSHIP!!!:rockout:
hmmmmm ORRRR....

5th Sell 5850 and buy 2 4GB 5970's on my Credit Card

Hard decisions... and I still have the hurdle of the WIFE!!!
 

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hmmmmm ORRRR....

5th Sell 5850 and buy 2 4GB 5970's on my Credit Card

Hard decisions... and I still have the hurdle of the WIFE!!!
HAHAHAHA Best option so far. :roll: :banghead:
 
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yeah, na I think I might get another 5850 (I have another kid on the way so I cannot justify the cost of anything else.)

Then later on upgrade to 6series card,

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yeah, na I think I might get another 5850 (I have another kid on the way so I cannot justify the cost of anything else.)

Then later on upgrade to 6series card,

Cheers!
Nice. goodluck on your new one. =))
 
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well its up to you.
THIS IS THE OPTIONS
1st. Buy another 5850. 2x power yea!
2nd. Sell 5850. Buy a 5870(2x the power!!!) and save up. buy another 5870 later.(4xPOWER)
3rd. Sell 5850. Buy a 5870(2x the power!!!) and save up. then sell 5870, and buy 5970 later.(4X POWER). then save up. then buy another 5970!!(8x POWER)
4th. SAVE UP A LOT OF MONEY AND WAIT FOR 6xxx series and BUY THEIR FLAGSHIP!!!:rockout:
I'm sorry but a 5870 IS NOT 2x the power of a 5850 by any means, infact pretty much most 5850's when overclocked can match the perfromance of a 5870
 

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Just get another Toxic, the 2GB helps when it comes to CF.
 
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Just get another Toxic, the 2GB helps when it comes to CF.
The 2gb does nothing to help crossfire, though there is no point him getting aq 1gb when he already has a 2gb otherwise he is limited to 1gb ram :toast: defo best option is grab the same again if you want the upgrade, 2x5850s are plenty fast enough
 

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The 2gb does nothing to help crossfire, though there is no point him getting aq 1gb when he already has a 2gb otherwise he is limited to 1gb ram :toast: defo best option is grab the same again if you want the upgrade, 2x5850s are plenty fast enough
As graphics demand rise over the course of the next 2 years, 1GB of video ram is not going to be enough for high resolutions above 1920X1080.
 
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As graphics demand rise over the course of the next 2 years, 1GB of video ram is not going to be enough for high resolutions above 1920X1080.
Well thats yet to be seen and as of now its not an issue ;)
 

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Well thats yet to be seen and as of now its not an issue ;)
Well, the primary reason for my suggestion is that he already has a 2Gb graphics card, CF with a 1Gb graphics card will be a waste of 1Gb of graphics memory and you seem to have the same idea too. The (potentially) futureproofing is just an added bonus.
 

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I'm sorry but a 5870 IS NOT 2x the power of a 5850 by any means, infact pretty much most 5850's when overclocked can match the perfromance of a 5870
oops i was thinking 5870 and 5970 sorry mate :banghead:
 
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Depends on what type of games you play bro, off the bat I would just grab another HD5850 toxic 2GB card if you just want more POWERRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!:toast:

I would overclock like hell too:rockout: not sure if those HD5850 PCB support voltage control though:cry: but you should be able to get a good overclock outta them without touching the voltages:toast:
 

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Depends on what type of games you play bro, off the bat I would just grab another HD5850 toxic 2GB card if you just want more POWERRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!:toast:

I would overclock like hell too:rockout: not sure if those HD5850 PCB support voltage control though:cry: but you should be able to get a good overclock outta them without touching the voltages:toast:
Yup mine doesnt have voltage control but ive OC'ed it good.
 
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it doesnt have to be a toxic card - just grab a cheaper non reference 5850 - you probably bought the card for the cooler. I paid £240 for my non ref (no voltage control/blue PCB) sapphire 5850 with the stock cooler & temps are still very very good. better cooling is not something you really need to invest in.

if you do get another non ref card chances are the bios's are the same asside from the difference in clock speed so you could probably flash the non toxic card with a toxic bios & it would still work perfectly fine.

if all fails - they still overclock really well. I got 920/1200 (without voltage tweaking dont forget) Ive heard of people hitting 950/1200+ on non reference cards. so its all down to luck.

as it stands the 5850 represents great value for money so long as you have the REFERENCE version - you can tweak the voltages & get 5870 performance for much lesser cost.

another 5850 would be a good idea but if you paying over £300 then its not really worth it anymore & you would probably be better off selling your current 5850 & putting the cash from the sale & the £300 from not buying another 5850 - throw in a little more cash n get a 5970 as they retail for around £600 (LOL £600 graphics card....)