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April 8, 2012 2:52:51 PM

Hello, I've been reading a lot about graphics cards here and there and I'm forced to ask the pros just for assurance ^_^;

Anyway, currently I have 2 Radeon HD 6850 on crossfire using Eyefinity with 3 monitors.
Im planning to upgrade these for something such as the Nvidia 580 or HD 7950 or even HD 7950.

My first problem however, like always is budget. Im planning to spend no more than $600. Maybe a little more if its REALLY worth it.

The second problem I found was that in order to use 3 monitors with the Nvidia cards, I need to have them on SLI mode. I'm not too familiar with this, but After using Eyefinity is hard to go back, so this is a feature I'm looking to keep.

Third, the 7970 or the 7950?. Some say the 7970, others 7950. Although according to PassMark 7970 scores better.

Forth, Power supply, I assume If I want to buy 2 580's I may need to upgrade my PSU. Currently I have a 750W. I'm really focusing on GPU upgrade only now.

I'm so far leaned towards Radeon, since my upgrade will be a single GPU upgrade, meaning I can buy a second one in the future and have some sort of future-proof. Whereas if I buy 2 580's or 680's I wont be able to go further since I need to buy 2 to use 3 screens...

Please advice.

This is my current build:

2 HIS Radeon HD 6870 (1GB each) Graphics Card
3 ASUS VE247H 23.6'' LCD Monitor
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) Motherboard
NZXT Phantom White Steel Full Tower Case
Intel i5-2500K 303GHz Quad-Core Processor
CORSAIR CAFA70 120mm Dual-Fan CPU Cooler
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX PSU (80+ certified)
G.SKILLS NS 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1333 (4x2GB)
Current Gaming Resolution: 6048x1080

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April 8, 2012 3:05:11 PM

Buy a gtx 680. based on new kepler architecture. and supports 3 monitors.
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April 8, 2012 3:08:49 PM

Thank you for your quick reply.

A problem I find with the GTX 680 is that nobody have these on stock.
Newegg
TigerDirect
Amazon and Ebay are super overpriced.
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April 8, 2012 3:45:10 PM

No it doesn't score less in games than the 580. It only scores less in applications that you would normally use a professional GPU because they limited it so that they can still sell their workstation GPU's.

The 680 is the fastest single GPU card out on the market. But do to availability you will have to wait a bit if you do want to get it.
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April 8, 2012 4:23:18 PM

Thanks for the clarification.

Since the 68- is basically impossible to get, what would be my other alternative? 7970? (I need to buy this card today)
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April 8, 2012 4:23:31 PM

Thanks for the clarification.

Since the 68- is basically impossible to get, what would be my other alternative? 7970? (I need to buy this card today)
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April 8, 2012 4:27:13 PM

If you need it today yes you can get the 7970 but it is overpriced. If you don't mind overclocking it then it should be able to perform close to the 680 but only once the drivers are updated so you can overclock to 1300.
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April 8, 2012 4:47:25 PM

Thank you for all your help guys.
I guess Ill just try to find a 680 somewhere x_x
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April 8, 2012 4:56:28 PM

Your current PSU will also be fine with just one so that's good.
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April 8, 2012 5:54:53 PM

thanks for the replies and links.
Because of all the overprice-ness (lol). Should I go with Dual 6970s or the 680?

When you are really "on a budget". Its just hard to see getting ripped off for $100
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April 8, 2012 5:54:57 PM

thanks for the replies and links.
Because of all the overprice-ness (lol). Should I go with Dual 6970s or the 680?

When you are really "on a budget". Its just hard to see getting ripped off for $100
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April 8, 2012 7:14:55 PM

After all This I decided to go with the HD 7970.

My only question now is:

Is 7970 Black Edition ($50 extra) worth it?
Is this just an OC version of a normal 7970?
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April 8, 2012 7:44:00 PM

Best answer selected by DivineAyumi.
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