GTX 275, we hardly knew ye...

I've only had my GTX 275 for about a year now and am considering an upgrade. Before I continue, my rig and things to consider:

MB: ASUS M4A78T-E (Crossfire ready)
CPU: Phenom II X3 720 @ 3.2GHz
Memory: Patriot Viper Series 4gb ddr3 @ 1333MHz, 7-7-7-20
1 TB HDD (unsure about RPM)
EVGA 275 GTX 1792mb ddr3
Displays: 1080p LCD tv (often played @ 1600x900 for ui and text clarity)
Wacom Cintiq 21ux 1600X1200


Things to consider:
Dual display setup for working and using guides/forums while gaming (e.g. maps with rpgs)
gaming emphasis
$400 limit

My 3 considerations at the moment are:

ASUS Radeon HD 5870 1Gb: $329 CAD after rebate

EVGA GeForce GTX 470 Superclocked 625MHZ Fermi 1280MB 3.4GHZ: $270 CAD after rebate

2 XFX Radeon HD 6850 775MHZ 1GB 4.0GHZ GDDR5 in CrossFire: $200 CAD, $400 total.

My info is based on the November 2010 best GPU for the money roundup, and some reviews.

Are there any among these cards that will prove a worthwhile upgrade over the gtx 275? I'm getting ready for Diablo 3 (not too worried about that), but also Crysis II. I've been playing the beta for Rift, and it's been playing in the low teens sometimes. Obviously the fact that it's in beta testing has something to do with it.

Nonetheless, any advice would be appreciated. Thanks for reading!
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  1. HD6850 crossfire is your best bet for high performance. The current performance it offers is also going to get better over time.

    For a single card grab an HD5870.
  2. HD 6850 Crossfire seems to be the perfect choice for your requirements.I would also overclock that CPU.
  3. Yeah, another vote for dual HD6850.
    Just make sure you have enough power on PSU. :)
  4. Tamz_msc said:
    HD 6850 Crossfire seems to be the perfect choice for your requirements.I would also overclock that CPU.


    Thanks for the advice! The x3 720 runs stock at 2.8 GHz, so I've pushed it comfortably to 3.2 GHz after testing. Beyond that it's failed practically in crysis and in testing.

    Thank you again.
  5. wa1 said:
    Yeah, another vote for dual HD6850.
    Just make sure you have enough power on PSU. :)


    Is 700W enough headroom for the crossfire setup? Thanks for the recommendation.
  6. 700W of what brand? model?
  7. wa1 said:
    700W of what brand? model?


    oh see zed (ocz) powerstream.
  8. I"m not seeing any powerstream 700W models, the powerstream series only goes up to 600W as defined by this sticker;

    Is it a StealthXStream or GameXStream?
  9. I apologize, specifically, it is the modXstream pro. Hope that helps :)

    http://www.ocztechnology.com/products/power_management/ocz_500w_700w_modxstream_pro_power_supply

    ps is anyone have issues with the layout of the site loading improperly?
  10. Check your personal anti-script to see if it's stopping things from loading; I know I had to enable a few things with NoScript for Toms'.

    As for the PSU, you have plenty of power left. It comes with a 6pin and a 6+2pin, and the HD6850 only requires one 6pin PCI-Express power connector.
  11. Yup, that's more than enough to run dual HD6850.
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