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Is it worth upgrading my 4870

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November 7, 2011 8:15:35 PM

Im starting to feel the need to upgrade my current system with an entire new one but unfortunately funds arent there to do so. At the moment i am working on getting the most life that i can from my system.

My current specs
Asus P5W DH Deluxe board
Intel Q6600 CPU OC'd to 2.93GHz
OCZ 4GB DDR2 800
4870 and 4850 in crossfire (had 2 4850s but one died, so i am using an old 4870 of my friends to keep my crossfire)
1000w thermaltake PSU (old died and i wanted somthing that i can put into a new rig when i built it)

My question is, is it worth the money to buy a new video card? specifically im looking at an ATI 6870. Will i see an improvement over my current GFX setup or is my CPU and Mem going to be holding me back not allowing for much if any improvement.

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a c 197 U Graphics card
November 8, 2011 1:29:16 AM

With that setup and CF 4850+4870, I don't think a new card would called an upgrade.
But a new card, like 6950 or 570 ^+1 will good for long term, you can always use that card into your next gaming PC... :) 
a c 109 U Graphics card
November 8, 2011 2:12:20 AM

Wouldn't be much of an upgrade. It would eliminate the need to rely on CF and thus eliminate some of the problems for games that don't like CF, but a single 6870 wouldn't be faster than your current setup in most cases. You should hold on a little longer till AMD and nVidia release their new cards early next year.
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a c 413 U Graphics card
November 8, 2011 2:23:01 AM

You may feel the urge to upgrade, but upgrading to a HD 6870 is simply not worth it.

What's your monitor's resolution.
a c 376 U Graphics card
November 8, 2011 3:04:11 AM

I would look at either the HD6950 or GTX 560 Ti for a worthwhile upgrade in performance.
One good reason to do so you may not have considered is power usage. Those HD4800 cards used a lot of power at idle. Your cards probably use over 100w even when you aren't gaming. Current cards use much less, about 10-20w. That difference can really add up on your power bill, especially if you are the sort that leaves your computer on all the time.
November 8, 2011 4:48:10 AM

Either the GTX 560 Ti or GTX570, as always it entirely depends on how you are as a gamer, casual or never leave your room gamer.

once you determine that you will know what you need.