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Replacing HD5770

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January 19, 2012 1:39:24 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within 1-2 months

BUDGET RANGE: ~$300

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming. Crysis 2 (w/HiDef textures), BF3, MW3, Skyrim (currently dont have, will own in same timeframe)

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Sapphire HD 5770 1GB || Corsair PSU. &50/850/1000W. I forget what the wattage is offhand.

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:

G.Skill Sniper 8GB PC 12800 @ 1600mhz
Asus M4A79XTD EVO Mainboard
Phenom II x4 965 @ 3.7ghz

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Radeon: XFX, Sapphire. NVIDIA: Used to be BFG Tech.. currently unaware of the most reputable nvidia makers.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm currently looking to be able to max out, or nearly max out most modern games at 1920x1080 on a single monitor. The current HD5770 isn't bad by any means, but it is dated, and some games I've had to dial back (The Witcher 2, Alice: Madness Returns, Crysis 2) to get playable performance. My last NVIDIA card was well before the 200 series existed (I had a7950GT), but I am loyal to performance and less to chipset vendor.

Running XFire/SLI is an option, however I have seen several posts and articles with people experiencing a myriad of issues with the setup, and the HD68XX series seems to exhibit symptoms of microstuttering, so I am a little leery of walking down that road. On the flipside, Newegg has had solid deals on both the 6870 and 6850 models in the last week, and the price dip makes running them in XFire tempting. I'm also looking at the following cards for various reasons:

MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III PE/OC Radeon HD 6950 2GB -- Because it can be flashed to 6970 BIOS/settings. Yes, I understand that it doesn't have the same stream processor count as the 6970 even after that.

XFX HD-697A-CNFC Radeon HD 6970 2GB -- Performance

SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB -- XFire (Would need to buy 2)

XFX Double D HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB -- XFire (Would need to buy 2)

MSI N560GTX-Ti Hawk GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB - Performance
ASUS GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 448 Cores (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 -- Performance
NOTE: - Note sure which is better here, assuming the Asus card w/448 cores vice 384 in the MSI

ASUS GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 -- Performance

Any advice or suggestions welcome. Appreciate the help in advance. Thanks!

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January 19, 2012 11:13:09 AM

If you don't upgrade your PC parts to soon ill recomend you 6970 or 570 because with theese GPU's you can play a few years with high setings.
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January 19, 2012 11:54:44 AM

Hi korthos.

If you are willing to sit on your hands for a month or two AMD should be filling out the 7000 line (7950 etc) and Nvidia will release their Keplers.

But, if you need to buy now, I would go with a 2 GB 6950, and overclock instead of flash.

This card is a good value after rebate

The performance gained by overclocking comes very close to the performance gained by flashing the BIOS to that of a 6970. I have my Sapphire 6950 at 975/1375 (over 800/1250) and I get excellent performance in every game I have played so far. Flashing the BIOS of the card may work, and it may not. Many people have success and many don't. It's much safer to simply overclock and the performance gains are nearly as good.

Let me know if you have more questions.
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January 19, 2012 5:45:31 PM

Appreciate the comments guys. I'm planning to sit on my hands for awhile before upgrading the rest of my case. It's almost 2 years old, but I haven't ran into any serious CPU limitations yet. Plus the LGA 2011 socket is on market or will be in the coming months, and AMD hasn't really had anything to counter Intel's Sandy Bridge... So I'm waiting to see how the new socket type pans out and will jump on board for a cpu/mobo/ram upgrade between 6-12 months from now.

You guys obviously prefer single card setups to dual, or at least in my case.. that's some junk to cut off of my list. And I'll consent to just OCing a 6950 to 6970 levels vice flashing, I had heard about people bricking that.. The real question I have left is, between the 570, 6970, and an OC'd 6950, is there really a difference? Or is it just preference at that point. Oh! And the 560 Ti (448 core), several reviews place it almost equivalent (and better in some cases) with the 570. Is it worth it, or no?
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January 20, 2012 4:24:43 AM

I Would go for 6970 I linked before...
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January 20, 2012 4:42:30 PM

Like I said before, If there is no imminent need to upgrade at this moment, it can't hurt to wait and see what AMD and Nvidia do as far as their new releases.

As to the 448 core 560 Ti it is a better value than the 570, but the 570 still beats it in most things, but not by much.
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January 20, 2012 5:45:38 PM

Thanks Blade. There is no immediate need for a purchase, and if the Kepler line and 7000 line will be out soon, if there's better performance in my pricepoint, i'll jump there instead.

Appreciate the help.
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