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One 7870 or two 6870

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December 30, 2012 3:55:03 PM

Quick question about graphics card. What I need to know is would I be better off with a 7870 or two ASUS Radeon 6870 DirectCU cards? I already have one 6870 so would I be better off selling that and getting a different card or just doubling up on the 6870. Thanks for the help

My system is a asrock z68 extreme 3 gen 3 motherboard, CPU i3 that will be upgraded eventually to a i5 or i7, cooled with a Thermaltake DuOrb CPU Cooler, 60gb ssd for windows, 8 gb kingston hyperx ram, a ASUS Radeon 6870 DirectCU graphics, powered by a corsair gs 700 gaming psu.

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December 30, 2012 6:29:50 PM

I'd add another HD 6870. I had them in CrossFire and it was a decent setup. if you are single monitor at 1080p it would play most anything on high or ultra with decent FPS.
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December 30, 2012 10:14:17 PM

I would go CF 6870, it would give you much better performance than a single 7870 however they are power hungry, you will need a 750W or higher PSU.... Now, assuming you have the 2GB model which you should, they don't sell them anymore. You could find a new one on Ebay more than likely, last I looked they were selling for $600, hope that changes could get a sexy 680/7970 for that.
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December 31, 2012 2:01:30 AM

I disagree with the two above. I reckon you should buy a HD7870 because, as you say, you're going to upgrade to i5/i7 soon and you have a pretty good motherboard. This means that you can perhaps crossfire 7870s in a couple of months and makes it MORE FUTURE PROOF than crossfire 6870s (even though 7870s aren't exactly the latest anymore but they're still pretty slick).

If you buy another 6870, it's good, but it will probably get more outdated than if you get a 7870 and CF that later. Better in the long term.

Up to you, either is fine :) 
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