I am going to upgrade other parts a needed, RAM to 32 GB, 2 TB HDD, PSU, etc. just looking at Graphics cards right now.
What do you use your computer for? Gaming or Work?
IMO,unless your work requires it you don't need more than 8GB of RAM.That money can be better spent elsewhere.
Well if your upgrading the PSU later I suggest going for a 6870 so that you can crossfire later.
I'd suggest just not going crossfire with that power supply and get a 6870. I'd think the max you'd be able to go with be 2 6750 and thats MAX, not good to cut it so close, performance wise 1 card would be pretty even with the 2 cards. I don't think it would be worth it to get 2 cards.
I think you should just get as much for your budget now and buy a 6870 or better, also what resolution do you game at?
Gaming. I am going to migrate my graphics cards to his computer after I upgrade his motherboard to one that enables crossfire.
1280 x 1024. Looking at going higher. that is one reason I am looking a graphics cards. looking for HDMI out, getting a better monitor. This motherboard is the backbone to upgrading the entire PC step by step. CPU and RAM good for now, trying to take the first steps for the other components, until I get a really good computer.
a single 6850 would be good now for that res, might even be a bit overkill.
a 6870 can play basically everything at 1080p with good settings
I'd say get the 6870 if you will upgrade to 1080p and don't worry about crossfire until you start to not be able to play games well and have upgraded everything else such as the cpu. It is a giant upgrade to what you have currently.
So an HD 6870 now, upgrade other parts, then a secon 6870 later?
Next thing to upgrade recommendations after the graphics card?
If you're planning on crossfire, get a 6870 now and another one when you upgrade your PSU.
Thank you for the input. I have been racking my brain for the last week trying to figure this out.
well you have a pretty balanced system with a 6870 and you'd have to upgrade your cpu to have a substantial effect.
only really good cpus for gaming today are intel so you'd have to get a new mb and a new cpu which could cost a lot.
I think you will be good for a while on this, you'd have to upgrade to an i5 for much increase in performance. upgrading to 2 6870 might also become a bottleneck for your cpu. you can always try to unlock your cpu into a quadcore or get a quadcore phenom which will help with that but the difference could be minimal while gaming.
I say spend the extra to get the 6850 but either will be a good upgrade from your dual 4670s and you can CF the cards latter. While it's true that your current CPU might limit two 6850s in CF it would still be a decent increase over a single card and you can use them latter when you upgrade the rest of your system.
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I am going with the 6850. It matches my price range and my best option for later upgrade to a second card before upgrading my CPU. Display will be next and then RAM. Thank you all for your responses.