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Got the green light to upgrade

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January 4, 2011 5:37:27 PM

So I got the green light to upgrade my gfx card for my bday from the wife. My budget would be in the $300-400 range. Right now I'm running 2 hd5770s and I'm unsure what would be the best single solution card to go with considering the release of 69xx cards. I want to get a single card that would significantly boost performance over the 2 hd5770s that I currently have and maybe sell the 5770s or give them to my step son. I'm just having a hard time deciding right now if $300-400 on a new gfx card that won't significantly boost performance is worth it right now. I've been eyeing the gtx 570 and I've also read that you can flash the 6950 to 6970 speeds, but how do these cards compare to 2 hd5770s? Is it a major boost?

I mainly play bc2 and I'm going to start playing mafia 2 @ 1920x1080 resolutions. My crossfire setup seems to handle my games pretty well on max settings as it is. Should Ijyst wait a few months to see what cards might be available? Thanks for your input on this.

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January 4, 2011 5:50:45 PM

2 5770s is more than plenty for any of the current games at that resolution.
2 5770s is about a single 5870 which is about a gtx 480, I think neither the gtx570 nor 6970 would be worthy upgrade from what you have, you'd have to step up to a gtx580 or a 5970.

It's also a good idea to wait for AMD's next dual card, which should be either 2 6950s or 2 6970s, if that's the case it'd crush the gtx580, but all of those I mentioned are already WAY overkill for your resolution.

I'd spend the money on SSD's or loads of RAM, a gpu upgrade would frankly just be an overkill.
January 4, 2011 6:08:33 PM

Thanks for the quick reply, exactly the kind of advice I was looking for. I'll just wait a while and see what comes out next!
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January 4, 2011 6:13:37 PM

The one advantage to going with a 6970 or 580 is if you are playing games that aren't taking advantage of your crossfire. If you aren't having issues, then ya, you sound like you'd be better off waiting or going into the SSD market.
January 4, 2011 6:23:03 PM

I have an ocz vertex SSD right now for booting. I don't really want to spend $500+ for a gfx card so I'll just wait it out & see what comes out later this year.
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