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Upgrade path? Help me out.

December 31, 2012 10:59:35 PM

Hey everyone. My current rig is below. Honestly, it still performs quite well for everyday use. I dont have any complaints about everyday speed - but with my monitor resolution some games suffer on max settings. As much as I would love to build a whole new rig, I dont have the cash to spend what I would like to on a new setup.

I guess my question is, given my current hardware... here is what I am trying to figure out. Should I...

1) Add a second GTX 570 for SLI
2) Switch to a different card? 670 or 7950?
3) Switch to 2 different cards for SLI/Crossfire?
4) Give up - Not even worth trying

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Now if possible
BUDGET RANGE: Preferably no more than $700-$800, but will entertain other ideas

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming. Primary focus on games like Skyrim, Guild Wars 2, FFXIV
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: (1) GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 & 850W Corsair PSU

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz; Asus Sabertooth x58 MoBo; 6GB Triple Channel RAM; Samsung 830 SSD
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: New Egg usually, but doesnt matter
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: If switching cards... Bad experience with driver support on 7970m on laptop, so prefer NVidia unless I can get a killer deal on some ATI parts
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 2560x1440 (Dell U2711)

In a perfect world Id love to look at dual 7970s or dual 680s... but would I really see much of an increase over something like dual 7950s or 670s? Would a second 570 even be worth pursuing or should I just skip it and look at the newer cards? I guess I could look at it this way - getting a new card or cards - I could always use these when I upgrade the rest of the rig down the road?

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