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Urgent: New graphics card

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August 22, 2011 4:00:05 PM

Now it isnt exactly urgent, but I'm going back to school in two days and once I'm there isnt a microcenter for about 700 miles so I need to go today.

Little backround story: Built the below rig last November, it's awesome. A month ago I decided I was going to crossfire 6870, and as I was about to order my current 6870 broke. I sent it in for the RMA, and got it repaired about a week ago. It worked, but the fan didn't work, so I called up and they said they'll send me a replacement fan. Just took it apart, put the fan in, and now nothing about the GPU works. Maybe I can get a new one through RMA, maybe I voided the warranty by taking it apart (even though they told me to) I don't care. Im tired of this RMA stuff and the last month has been too stressful because my computer. I'd rather spend $500 right now on a GPU than have to go through an RMA service and set it up and wait a month.

So what it comes down to, which graphics card should I get? I don't know my exact budget, but I was planning on crossfiring 6870s, so Id like it to perform at least that well. I was looking at some GTX 580s, but I really don't know. I would like to drive to microcenter right now (Its a half hour ride) and just grab my graphics card. Then I'll be done with everything today. If its significantly better to buy it on newegg, I wont be able to get it for at least a week but I can deal with that.

Thanks for the help! I appreciate it.

Also, any store would work. If best buy had it where I could drive there that would be awesome. I just figured microcenter would be the only store.

I dont care about brand or anything, AMD or Gforce, whatever. Although I do like the idea of running 3 monitors (Although I currently run two, 1920x1080)

Intel i7-950 OC'd @ 3.8
Sapphire Radeon 6870
CM HAF 932
Asus P6X58D-E
Windows 7
CM 120mm Heatsink
Corsair 750w
Light on 24x DVD
1 TB Western Digital
6g Corsair DDR3
2x ASUS 23" monitors
Logitech G510
Razer Naga

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a b U Graphics card
August 22, 2011 4:31:59 PM

Going for a Radeon card would be better if you're thinking of running 3 monitors. And if not, well still, both nvidia and amd should do fine. The GTX 570 or a HD 6970 is what I'd recommend, or you can get the HD 6950 for cheaper price and then unlock it to a HD 6970, but it's risky. A GTX 580 is just too expensive and considering it is just 10% faster than a 570, and costs more, 570 FTW.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 22, 2011 4:50:37 PM

So it's 6970 vs 570 (or 580)

I know I picked 6870 over the 460 because the 6870 crossfired better. I'll most likely crossfire as my next upgrade.
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a b U Graphics card
August 22, 2011 5:00:43 PM

Yes HD 6970 vs GTX 570.
The Radeon cards are said to scale better when crossfired than nvidia's SLi.
So, if you are going to crossfire, then I'd suggest you get the HD 6950. :) 
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August 22, 2011 5:06:12 PM

I'm open to the idea of crossfiring now, although I was thinking I could get a higher performance card now, and then crossfire a year or so from now.
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a b U Graphics card
August 22, 2011 5:09:01 PM

Then a HD 6970.
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a b U Graphics card
August 22, 2011 5:33:09 PM

^ +1
HD 6970 For A Year And The Crossfire It
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a b U Graphics card
August 22, 2011 5:44:00 PM

Gman450 said:
Going for a Radeon card would be better if you're thinking of running 3 monitors. And if not, well still, both nvidia and amd should do fine. The GTX 570 or a HD 6970 is what I'd recommend, or you can get the HD 6950 for cheaper price and then unlock it to a HD 6970, but it's risky. A GTX 580 is just too expensive and considering it is just 10% faster than a 570, and costs more, 570 FTW.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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