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Yet another upgrade query.

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Last response: in Graphics Cards
February 1, 2013 1:07:38 AM

I have been contemplating an upgrade for a while, until my CPU decided to fail suddenly about a week ago.

So I have purchased:

- Intel i5 3570k
- MSi Z77A motherboard


550w (500w continuous) PSU Not a good brand, and I will upgrade if needed. (Would happen anyway if I decided to SLI)
AMD Radeon HD 5870 1GB

Currently, I still have my Radeon HD 5870 card, and was contemplating an upgrade for it.

1.) Budget: probably $400-450. I can wait, and continue with my existing card for a while.
2.) Would prefer nVidia - the MB supports SLI, so I was thinking of getting a single card with the option to drop in another at a later date.
3.) I play on one screen, at 1920x1080. I have a second screen, running at 1280x1024, but it's only used as a desktop.
4.) Would like to run most games at 60fps with near max settings.

So basically,

- Get a GTX 670/680, with the possibility of adding a second card when needed.
- Get another single Radeon GPU
- Stick with my 5870, and wait and see what ATI/nVidia are going to be releasing this year and/or what sort of price drops this might bring to the table.

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a b U Graphics card
February 1, 2013 1:53:56 AM

If you can wait, then wait.

If not, better go with 670/7970. This depends if you prefer amd/nvidia. But both will be your best bet. I usually don't suggest 680 because the price jump from is 670 is not reasonable with its performance difference.
February 7, 2013 11:33:13 PM

Best answer selected by corvak.