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Old March 7, 2011, 09:54 AM
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Ok,I need some justification or maybe some persuasion.I'm looking to upgrade my GPU,I'm running a 4870X2 now and gaming at 1900X1200.I have been thinking of going to a 570GTX or 6970 and then possibly adding another down the road.I don't really need to be cutting edge but will I see some ridiculous gains or am I deluding myself just to satisfy my upgrade bug?I would love to have some opinions please.Thanks
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The move you suggest will bring you minimal performance increase. Maybe you'll see 10% in some games and 2% in other games? It's not worth it to upgrade for performance. It's tempting to say you could upgrade for DX 11 features, but I still wouldn't. The end of the year will bring us the new architecture and smaller processing size (24 nm?) and HUGE performance boosts. Sans dx 11 features, your card will happily carry you through until the end of the year when it will really be worth upgrading.

Keep your card and your money until the end of the year. You gain no advantage by upgrading right now.
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Old March 7, 2011, 10:25 AM
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I would probably do the upgrade. Less power draw...less heat...one card is always better than 2. As for the waiting part, you can forever...there is always something better coming out later. Just my opinion though...it's your money.
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The less power draw is compelling as I do have it my card watercooled so heat is not really an issue.Thanks for you input!
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see here
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go for one 6950 and hope its old stock :)
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Old March 8, 2011, 09:25 AM
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Ok,I need some justification or maybe some persuasion.I'm looking to upgrade my GPU,I'm running a 4870X2 now and gaming at 1900X1200.I have been thinking of going to a 570GTX or 6970 and then possibly adding another down the road.I don't really need to be cutting edge but will I see some ridiculous gains or am I deluding myself just to satisfy my upgrade bug?I would love to have some opinions please.Thanks
Go for an upgrade my friend. I would go for Nvidia as they are the top dog once again with the 5 series cards. Get one card for now and get a second later if you feel you need it. I had many Radeon cards over the years including two 5970s. I now have two 580s and I have found that drivers,set up etc. for SLI is much much better than going with crossfire set ups. In my opinion, and with my rig and configuration, Nvidia kicks the crap out of radeon. Good luck on your upgrade and let us know how things turn out for you.
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Personally I think you should go with a 6970 and CF that down the road. 4870x2 are still great though and you probably wont see a huge performance gain especially since once you go 6970 you will probably use tesselation so your fps might actually drop a bit at the price of tesselation.

Personally I wouldn't switch over to the gtx 570 because 6970 crossfire scaling is great, you get more video memory incase you decide you like eyefinity and the 6970 is arguably faster.
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It seems your in no rush so I would upgrade to a GTX 570 or a 6950 when there is really good sale. You could go with a GTX 560 or 6870 with plans to SLi/xfire later on when the prices drop even further. The reason you have a problem is positive really, there are a ton of great video cards at good prices. The other side to your dilemma we all face too often, upgrading for a need or for want lol. No one can really answer that except yourself. Myself I just look at, am I playing a lot of high end games? Or not really at all at this time then I would wait. If you are/intend to play a lot of games and you upgrade you will be happy getting good value for your money spent.
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