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Okay, so I'm building a new PC this Christmas. Kepler probably won't be out until afterwards, and I'm not going to buy right off the bat because chances are that the top-end Kepler GPU (likely the 680) will be around $600. (speculation, but if the 580 was in the 500s, I expect Kepler to be a pretty penny as well)

Now, I'm also going to be buying a 24" monitor THIS Christmas. What I plan to do long-term, however, is get a 30" monitor sometime in 2012, perhaps Christmas at that time. (given that Samsung's new beast of a monitor should be out by then)

The question I have for OCN is this. What is the best stop-gap dual-GPU setup I can get to run 1920x1200? I'm planning on buying the U2410, because when I get the new 30", I'll probably hand the 24" down to my family, and I figured I'd get myself (and them) a nice monitor. I'm currently looking at 2 XFX 6950s, for around $540 total. I'll be handing those down as well whenever I buy Kepler (sometime past July of 2012)

I could play the waiting game until mid 2012, or Christmas 2012, but if you look at my rig below, I seriously cannot take another year of waiting. I've been meaning to upgrade since 2010, but I've really never gotten around to it.

Thanks for the help, OCN.

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I can definitely see why you want to upgrade wink.gif There's lots of great cards to use out there in the meantime and what you choose all comes down to how much you want to spend. Two 6970's are great, but also expensive. If you're just going to be playing stuff like BF3 then you could probably go with 2xGTX560Ti's or 2xGTX470's 1238 and save 100-150 bucks! For the same price though you could get a GTX580 which (totally speculation here) will hold it's value better for the next year than the previous two cards. However, if you're just handing them down, I guess it doesn't matter.

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Those two 6950's should hold you over for quite a while. Good choice.

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What CPU will you be using, and what games (if any) will you be playing?

If you're sure the CPU you'll get can run 6970s -- and if money is no issue -- I'd go for 2 x 6970 eek.gif. It'll be a complete waste when you give them to your family, but oh well!

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Well the main games I'm looking to play are EDS5, Rage, Deux Ex: Human Revolution, and Metro 2033. I might look into the 470s. I could buy one 580... I looked at 560 Ti's, and I don't really like what I see. They run pretty hot apparently. I know the 5000 series Radeons aren't worth it, so I'm pretty limited with AMD's cards. I could get 2 6870s. Not sure if they'll run those games at Very High though. I imagine they could run SOME of them at Very High. Hell, I guess I shouldn't be too picky. My 8800GTS can't run anything these days... I used to have two of them, but one died and I never got around to replacing it (cuz I figured I'd be upgrading soon... lol)
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What CPU will you be using, and what games (if any) will you be playing?

If you're sure the CPU you'll get can run 6970s -- and if money is no issue -- I'd go for 2 x 6970 eek.gif. It'll be a complete waste when you give them to your family, but oh well!

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I don't want to break the bank though. My family doesn't game like me, so they're not really picky. Looking for about $500 or less combined, so around $250 or less for each card. I'll put it this way. I'm looking for a pretty respectable card, but the longevity doesn't matter to me. The XFX 6950s I'm looking at are $270 a piece, but I like XFX, so I spend a little more for their warranty. (They've been good to me in the past)

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Two 6850s is more than enough for 1080p, no point getting more especially if you're handing them down.

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Two 6850s is more than enough for 1080p, no point getting more especially if you're handing them down.

Would you say two 6870s would be enough? I know I can get at least high with those, but I'm also kind of greedy and want Very High, lol. I'm trying to find the perfect price/performance match here.

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lol two 6850's would be more than enough. Also, since you said longevity doesn't matter to you, check out EVGA's b-stock. You can get GTX 480's for $220 with a 3-month warranty. Two of those in sli would probably last you a LONG time in terms of performance. You can see how various setups compare at different resolutions and games here:

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/310?vs=308

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Two 6870s won't let you down at 1920x1200. It is really only when you get to 1600P that you suffer without larger amounts of vram.
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I think I've decided on two 6870s. Thanks again, OCN.

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