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Would a 7850 be a big upgrade from a 5850?

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2 years ago#1
And are Crossfire 7850's better than a 7970?
Want to get a 7970 but can't really afford it so was thinking of getting a 7850 and maybe crossfiring them later on when I have more money.

2 7850's are basically same price as a 7970.
Also would a 550w psu be enough to xfire them?
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2 years ago#2
Processor is a i5 2500k @ 4.8ghz so I think i'm a bit bottlenecked right now by my GPU. Want to get a new one before bf4 comes out.
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2 years ago#3
550w is far too close for comfort, wait a while and save for a 7950 m8 you will thank yourself for not having the hassle of crossfire.
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2 years ago#4
Wait a few weeks for the R9 280X. It's essentially a 7970 GHz for $300
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2 years ago#5
Eh, 7850 is only a modest upgrade. It won't be mindblowing. I'd go 7900 series or wait for the R9 200 series honestly.
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2 years ago#6
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550w is far too close for comfort


Not if it's a good PSU... that can handle a pair of 7850s without issue. The only question is what the PSU is as that will determine whether it's a good one or not.
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2 years ago#7
Actually my PSU is 650w - I was wrong.
And its a decent quality one.

Here are my options now.

7850 for 113
7870 for 135
7970 for 210

Is a 7870 a big increase over the 50?
I'm just not sure if I can really afford a 7970 right now, but if I buy one of the others I could sli them when I get some more money.
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2 years ago#8
A 7870 would be definitely be worth it over a 7850.
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2 years ago#9
I upgraded my 5750 to a 7850 and saw a huge increase in performance. I couldn't even play Grid 2 at max settings but now I can along with many other games and I'm still using my Phenom II X4 945. I only bought it though because I got it for a really good deal off of newegg and it fits perfect on my MicroATX motherboard, the 7950s and 7970s would be massive for my motherboard and case. If you have a regular case and ATX motherboard, I'd say go with a 7950 or 7970, as they have 384-bit memory compared to the 7850's 256-bit. Or if you have the patience wait for the Radeon Rx 200 series like others have just said.
2 years ago#10
It's just I want something before bf4 release, 5850 aint really gonna cut it I think.
Not 100% sure a 7970 would even fit in my case after comparing it to my 5850 if it does it will extremely tight.

Leaning a bit to the 7870 now.
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