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What should I get for $700

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August 6, 2010 10:15:48 PM

Hello,

Here is my system info.

MB GIGABYTE GA-X48-DS4 X48 RT
PSU CORSAIR|CMPSU-1000HX 1000W RT
CPU INTEL|C2Q Q9550 2.83 775 12M R
8 gigs of ram.
Dead 4870X2

Should I buy a 5970, or crossfire 2 less expensive cards?

Thanks

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August 6, 2010 10:35:15 PM

For $700 the HD 5970 is your best bet.
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August 7, 2010 1:38:31 AM

your board supports SLI no?

in which case, you could get 2 GTX460s, which would cost half as much but offer almost the same performance.
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August 7, 2010 2:01:00 AM

welshmousepk said:
your board supports SLI no?

No, X48 chipset is Xfire only.
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August 7, 2010 3:16:54 AM

ah sorry, my bad.

then yeah, a 5970 would be the best option.
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August 8, 2010 9:01:48 AM

the hd 5970 is obsolete you wont need that power get hd 5870 and your set hd 5970 is dual version of rv870 ( hd 5870 ) so hd 5870 would be good choise for massive performance and budget in your case and in the future you could xfire it with another card
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August 8, 2010 9:14:13 AM

Johnny, that makes no sense. do you even know what the word 'obsolete' means?
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August 16, 2010 4:57:30 PM

welshmousepk said:
Johnny, that makes no sense. do you even know what the word 'obsolete' means?


sorry im not that good in english i meant by 'obsolete' is too much the hd 5870 can max any game settings you wont need the hd 5970 for today games i guess
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August 16, 2010 5:05:48 PM

not true. depending on the resolution of the monitor, the 5870 might not max all settings. if youre using 1920x1080 or higher, you will notice a difference in fps.
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August 16, 2010 5:20:25 PM

I had a 5870, and it did VERY well on my 1680x1050 display. It would not max ALL games. I believe Crysis and FarCry2 it did not. Bad Company 2 dipped in FPS on few occasions with VSYNC on. But do you REALLY need to max everything? I now have a 5970 and It does max everything, but really it is not needed unless you want to pay for it, I kind of fell into my 5970 as a replacement for an RMA'ed 5870. A 5870 will give you around the same performance, depending on game, of your old 4870x2. A 5970 may be a logical upgrade if you are willing to pay for it and want an upgrade.

A GTX would be less expensive, but still give you great performance. You could just never SLI on your board.
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