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Upgrade options from dual hd 4670 to ???

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December 30, 2011 5:43:02 PM

Hello,
I am looking to upgrade my graphics card(s). What kind of recommendations can you make?

I have a computer with:
Windows 7 Ultimate
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 B55 3.467 GHz
Motherboard: ASUS M489GTD-PRO/USB3
RAM: 8 GB DDR3
Dual Radeon HD 4670 1 GB Graphics Cards (Crossfired)
a b U Graphics card
December 30, 2011 6:51:30 PM

What is your budget? Most +$100 single GPUs will be an upgrade.
December 30, 2011 7:17:53 PM

Was thinking of getting 2 cards. Budget, $100-150 per card. One now, one later.
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a c 92 U Graphics card
December 30, 2011 7:21:36 PM

you'd be better off with 1 card at that budget.

a 6950 or a 560 ti would be good for your budget and will be better than any sli or crossfire you can get for lower prices.
a c 214 U Graphics card
December 30, 2011 7:23:37 PM

I agree.It's always better to go with a single more powerful card solution.

What is the make/model of your PSU?
December 30, 2011 7:26:42 PM

Looking at getting one card between $100 to 150, and then a second card exactly the same to crossfire them later. again spending $100-150 later.
December 30, 2011 7:30:13 PM

Antec EA-430D with one PCI-e power plug.
a c 92 U Graphics card
December 30, 2011 7:30:37 PM

oh, well you should just get a 6850 or a 6870 I guess. I thought you had the entire budget now.

you'd get a 6870 for about 150 and a 6850 for a bit less
a c 92 U Graphics card
December 30, 2011 7:31:55 PM

how do you want to crossfire with only 1 power plug?

if you want the card to only draw power from the pci slot then you can only go with a 6670 and even 2 6670 would not be as good as a 6870.
December 30, 2011 7:34:50 PM

I can add a PCI-e power plug later. That is not a problem.
December 30, 2011 7:36:26 PM

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.
a c 214 U Graphics card
December 30, 2011 7:38:40 PM

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.
a c 92 U Graphics card
December 30, 2011 7:39:40 PM

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?
December 30, 2011 7:42:11 PM

Gaming. I am going to migrate my graphics cards to his computer after I upgrade his motherboard to one that enables crossfire.
December 30, 2011 7:46:57 PM

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 c 92 U Graphics card
December 30, 2011 7:51:49 PM

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.
December 30, 2011 7:55:07 PM

So an HD 6870 now, upgrade other parts, then a secon 6870 later?
December 30, 2011 7:56:39 PM

Next thing to upgrade recommendations after the graphics card?
a b U Graphics card
December 30, 2011 8:00:06 PM

If you're planning on crossfire, get a 6870 now and another one when you upgrade your PSU.
December 30, 2011 8:05:00 PM

Thank you for the input. I have been racking my brain for the last week trying to figure this out.
a c 92 U Graphics card
December 30, 2011 8:05:09 PM

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.

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a c 106 U Graphics card
December 30, 2011 9:14:06 PM
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For your budget I would say get a 6850 or 6790.

SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB $149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PowerColor AX6790 1GBD5-DH $124.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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.
January 7, 2012 12:07:54 AM

Best answer selected by Toman-Sager.
January 7, 2012 12:12:08 AM

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.
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