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5850 or 5870 ?

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On building my new system I am trying to decide which GFX card.

I am considering a 5870x2 after they are released (around Nov maybe??), but need a card in the next couple of weeks for my new system.

Do I bite the bullet and go for a 5870 now?

Do I go for a 5850 for now and get the 5870x2 as a Christmas pressie to myself? Would the 5850 play COD:MW2 at high res?

Or something else?

The system I am building so far is:

i7 920
Gigabyte UD5
6gb Patriot 1600mhz ram
SSD
Samsung F3 HDD sata2
Tagan 900w PSU
Gfx card - undecided yet
Soundcard - undecided yet
Windows 7 (eventually)
Monitor - NEC Multisync 24WMGX3

Thanks
 
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If you're planning on buying a 5870x2 you may as well buy a cheap 4850 or something.
 
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Just out of interest, what performance gains will I get from a 5870 to a 5870x2?

Would a single 5870 play all games maxed out in high res?
 
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We can only speculate as to how powerful the 5870x2 is but looking at 5870 crossfire reviews should give a rough idea. What resolution do you play at?
 
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I'd go for a 30 quid card for now tbh lol, do you really want to spend 120 quid rather than wait a couple weeks - let alone 200?
 
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I will be using 1920 x 1200.

The reason I asked about the performance difference is that somebody has told me that a single 5870 will be more than sufficient, and I should wait a few months before bothering with the x2's, as I would be impressed with the performance of the single card and may not need to upgrade further.

Just after general thoughts on this, as don't want to blindly rush into anything and regret it later.
 
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Single 5870 will handle that res with ease, so get id get one of those now, and then you can still add another one further down the line for Xfire if you wanted to.
 
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I Think 2 seperate cards would be marginally faster than a dual core on its own yes. but then its the room these things take up, there huge!! :eek:
Im gonna grab a 5870 in a few weeks after they sort the stock out, personally the one card on its own will prob play anything on high anyway :D 2 is greedy:p
 
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I'd go for a 30 quid card for now tbh lol, do you really want to spend 120 quid rather than wait a couple weeks - let alone 200?

this ^^

surely spend as little as possible, a second hand card for a fiver, that kind of thing.
 
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