I am looking at upgrading my video card (currently running an AMD 3870 HD). I usually go AMD - I tried to go Nvidia twice and got two dud cards in a row which kind of turned me off the brand. I waited until the 6800 and 6900 series came out and now I'm not sure what card to get. From what I read, the 5870 is actually one of the best right now, but I'm concerned about buying an older series card that if I wanted to cross fire later to increase performance that I might not be able to get one. Also, apparently 6850s in crossfire are better than the 6950 or the 6970, but then it's the same problem - no room to upgrade later.
I had been thinking of picking up a 2 GB 6950 now, and since according to the CrossFire forum two card doesn't mean double memory, I could later pick up a cheaper 1 GB 6850 and crossfire (when the need arises) but I would like some feedback from people that have a better knowledge than I do.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within a month
BUDGET RANGE: $300 Cdn before rebates
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming - WoW, but would like something that I won't have to replace in order to play Diablo 3 on highest settings when it comes out (please god let it be in 2011)
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: ATI 3870, Antec 500 Watt PSU (I know that I may have to upgrade my PSU for a new card and for sure would in order to Cross Fire)
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: 3.0 Ghz Dual Core E8400 (plan to overclock after reading up a bit more on the forums, buying a new case - HAF 922 - next week with better airflow / room for an upgraded CPU heatsink / fan), P5QL-E motherboard
That same card you linked me is $187 on the Canadian site (then a $15 rebate)
the one I linked above (sapphire toxic) comes already overclocked and has a cooling chamber that vents outside your case for $210 (and it has the same $15 rebate). would the overclock and outside the case vent be worth $23 or should I just stick with the cheaper card? Both are made by Sapphire, which I like - my 3870 is made by sapphire and I've had it for 3 years without a problem, it's just outdated.