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January 1, 2012 11:15:50 PM

Hello Everyone,

I currently run dual 5870's and am just itching for an upgrade, I am not oppose to crossfire or SLI but i would like a single card solution (less headaches.) Please Comment and any ideas are open.

Current Specs:

1. SILVERSTONE RAVEN RV02B-EW CASE
2. Thermaltake 850watt PSU
3. Intel BOXDP67BGB3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 MOBO
4. Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge CPU
5. Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory
6. Crucial M4 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive
7. Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
8. SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB GPU
9. SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB GPU
10. Pioneer Black Blu-ray Burner

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January 1, 2012 11:19:56 PM

How much are you willing to spend? The best single gpu card AMD Radeon 7970 comes out on January 9th i believe it will cost around 550$ dollars. It is the most powerful single gpu card out there. Or you could wait a while for the less powerful 7950. i am personally waiting for nvidia to release the Kepler series gpus.
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January 1, 2012 11:22:33 PM

$500 is doable but i just want to make sure I'm getting a worthy upgrade over my 5870's for $500 if u know what i mean.
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January 1, 2012 11:33:59 PM

If the Radeon 7970 is not a worthy upgrade then you would have to crossfire two other cards. i am a nvidia fan and i can not say that the 7970 is not the most powerful card. you could do a 6990 or a gtx 590 but those have 2 gpus inside each card.
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January 1, 2012 11:37:34 PM

Two HD 5870's are still very powerful. Is there a reason why you feel you need to upgrade? I believe they should be able to handle anything you throw at them.
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January 1, 2012 11:39:38 PM

i have yet to own an nvidia card in any of my 3 builds Ive ever done, Ive just always leaned ati but i am not oppose to nvidia, and i hear SLI scales better then crossfire. I was looking at 2 570's but again, the 5870 was a monster and 2 of them is pretty good. That's why this is a tough choice
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January 1, 2012 11:41:39 PM

The 5870s are great cards but i have heard of some issues with them in crossfire. since the 7970 is a new card there is not a lot of benchmarks to compare vs your crossfire 5870s
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January 1, 2012 11:41:54 PM

just burning a hole in my pocket and I've had these for 2 years now id say. knock on wood but i haven't really had any issues with them. i always have had luck with ati and sapphire. but like i said its just an itch
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January 1, 2012 11:42:56 PM

If you don't need to upgrade then don't. Are you having problems with them?
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January 1, 2012 11:46:20 PM

honestly no, not at all. Just itching, but do you think from a performance stand point for 500 bucks it would be a wise choice to go for a 7970 ? or not justifiable
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January 1, 2012 11:51:06 PM

It is only justifiable if you need the performance. The HD 7970 will be a great card and is justified by it's 550 dollar price tag. I am not sure if it will be a worthy upgrade from 2 HD 5870's though.

What games do you play?
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January 1, 2012 11:51:18 PM

The 7970 is a bit better than your 5870s dependent on the game and you would not have to worry about the game supporting crossfire.
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January 1, 2012 11:55:30 PM

I play MW3, Skyrim, Battlefield 3, Dues EX, gta4, i see better performance with some then others. Skyrim is the most up and down. I see a lot of high points and then a lot of lows
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January 1, 2012 11:55:43 PM

demar3214 said:
The 7970 is a bit better than your 5870s dependent on the game and you would not have to worry about the game supporting crossfire.


It is true, you won't have to worry about CrossFireX issues and newer games would probably run more consistently with a single HD 7970. You have to take a step back and look at the money you are spending on one thing if you really don't need it. 550 dollars or more is quite a bit to spend on a single graphics card especially if you already have two very capable cards. It would be a different story if you were building from scratch or had a pair of lesser cards.

You may see a nice bump in performance in BF3 but Skyrim is also very CPU dependent. I often see many lows as well, especially in the cities where the CPU becomes more important than the graphics card.
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January 2, 2012 12:06:36 AM

If you are worried about money you can sell your 5870s.
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January 2, 2012 12:07:31 AM

are they still worth anything?
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January 2, 2012 12:11:26 AM

yes around 160 each
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January 2, 2012 12:33:11 AM

wow, where should i sell them, ebay i guess
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January 2, 2012 12:36:46 AM

ebay, craigs list or amazon are all good places i have sold before.
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January 2, 2012 12:37:06 AM

oh and im guessing you want the 7970 then?
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January 2, 2012 12:45:43 AM

still haven't settled but i think Warmacblu has a good point, just seems silly to upgrade without just cause. Going to have to think it over. what u think demar3214. what would you do ?
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January 2, 2012 12:48:08 AM

if i had the cards for two years i would upgrade even if the 7970 is not a huge improvement from your 5870s because then you have the option to add another 7970 when ever you need/want more power.
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January 2, 2012 1:01:57 AM

very true
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January 2, 2012 1:11:11 AM

I kind of agree with Demar but now is a hard time to upgrade. Development on the PC has slowed down and we receive lots of console ports which barely put our graphics cards to the test. Your two 5870's should be able to play any game out there today at maximum settings depending on your resolution and should be able to handle most things you throw at it in the future.

However, there is a little light at the end of the tunnel. New consoles should be hitting the shelves by the end of 2012 which will push game development and will put our cards to the test.

I was not in a tough spot for an upgrade; I had an aging GTX 275 which could not achieve 30 or more FPS in Battlefield 3 / Metro 2033 / Shogun 2: Total War. I was not satisfied with the performance of the card so I upgraded. You on the other hand still have a powerful system which should be able to play anything out there today. If I were in your shoes, I would not upgrade until you are not satisfied with the performance anymore. Upgrading just because you can will never be justified in my book.
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January 2, 2012 1:13:02 AM

7970 is going to beast of a gpu.i am partial towards nvidia but i don't curse AMD.it's going to aroud $500-550(hopefully:D ).3GB of VRAM will do anything of AA with upcoming games at high resolutions.
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January 2, 2012 1:16:22 AM

you could wait a few months until the non reference cards come out and get one you can overclock well.
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January 2, 2012 1:43:31 AM

Im really inclined to agree with warmacblu, he has a good point but at the same time i want to get a 7970 and crossfire it in the future. in a way i know ill miss my 5870's tho. they have been very loyal
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January 2, 2012 1:49:37 AM

Lots of good advice in here already, anyway you got a excellent system really good choiced components especially your case Raven. That system of yours is just begging for the Radeon 7970, so please dont be cruel!
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January 2, 2012 1:59:06 AM

Thanks to everyone who posted in hear, i will take all of your suggestions and will make a decision. I will post as soon as i decide what I'm doing, and also can anyone please tell me the exact release date of the 7970?
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January 2, 2012 2:01:57 AM

btw thanks redeemer, the 90 degree motherboard works out great and the air cooling is awesome. I really like the case, its solid
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January 2, 2012 2:15:18 AM

January 9th like i said before
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January 6, 2012 12:04:22 AM

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