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Second HD5770 or something else?

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November 21, 2011 2:00:36 PM

I have about $200 to spend, and I think the thing that is most holding me back right now is my graphics card. I currently have a Sapphire Vapor-X 5770. Would it be best to buy a second one of those and do a crossfire setup, or to buy something completely different. Keep in mind my $200 budget. The rest of my specs are below. The only other thing I could spend the money on would be a bigger SSD, as my main system drive is only 40GB right now. I have a 2TB storage drive, but being able to install more games on the SSD would be nice. Anyway, all opinions/suggestions are welcome.

CPU: Intel i7 920
Mobo: ASUS Rampage II Gene
Graphics: Sapphire Vapor-X HD5770
RAM: 6GB RAM
HDD: Intel 40GB SSD & WD Green 2TB Storage drive

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November 21, 2011 2:07:15 PM

If your not in a hurry and can wait a month or two then it may be an idea to see what the AMD 7xxx series brings.
November 21, 2011 2:17:05 PM

I have a Saphirre 5770 here I'll sell ya for $75, lol.

You didn't say what games and the res that you play at, so it's hard to say what's best.
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November 21, 2011 2:25:59 PM

Right now I'm playing Skyrim, as it was the game that actually convinced me to pull my PC out of the storage closet. I have it hooked up to my TV, so I'm playing at 1080p resolution. Basically I'd like to be able to play any current game comfortably at 1080p. Not necessarily at maxed out settings, but almost there.
November 21, 2011 3:02:41 PM

Well, if you read the article, it looks like even a single 5770 does a decent job, so a 2nd one would be the cheapest option while maxing it out. A single card got just shy of a 30fps avg. I would think a 2nd would get you 50fps all maxed out.
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November 21, 2011 4:00:44 PM

6870 or 560 and sell your current card.
From what I've seen CF 5770's is about as powerfull as the GTX470 at stock
but the minimum frame rates are lower.
a 6870 is about as good as the 470 very close.
November 21, 2011 7:27:29 PM

FWIW, I'm running two 6870's right now for BF3. It's been a good card for me so far, and they can be had at a pretty reasonable price right now. Figure you should be able to get $75-80 for your 5770, you'd be halfway there to a 6870 with rebates these days.
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