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:
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.
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?