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Keep 3rd HD6950 for future Eyefinity or sell now

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Hey fellow OCNers:

Here's the situation. I originally bought 2 Reference HD 6950s for crossfire for my new SB system (P8p67 Pro board). As many of you know the stock "squirrel cage" vapor chamber heatsink is freakin' loud!!!!

After doing some research I bought two Zalman VF3000A's from the local MC to install on the cards. Even though I thought I was super careful I ended up bricking one of the GPUs. The only mistake that I made that I am aware of is that at first I attached one of the heatsinks without these little plastic washers. I immediately put them in correctly (caught it before ever installing it into the machine). This probably wasn't the reason, but its the only thing I that I "know" I did wrong.

When this happened I freaked out about killing a card and immediately ran up to MC and bought a new hd 6950.

After thinking about it I decided to return to try to return the busted card (being inside the 30 day window) for an exchange. I was able to get a brand new Diamond HD 6950.

Long story short I know have 3 reference hd6950s but a motherboard that only does crossfire and not trifire and only a 1920x1200 monitor.

I'd love to go eyefinity but it's a pretty big expense as I want to be able to have the option of both 3 screen landscape and portrait. The cheapest panels that I can find that give me this option are the HP ZR24W at no less than $350 a pop.

So my question is should I:
  1. Keep the HD6950 with the intention of purchasing a new mobo that allows for tri-fire and 3 decent eyefinity monitors This would be an additional expense of about $365 (maximus IV Extreme)for the mobo and $1050 for the monitors. A total of $1415 approx.
  2. Sell the new HD 6950 refence now (for I guess about $250) then when/if I want to go eyfinity sell the other used HD 6950 ($200 maybe) and buy a HD 6990 ($700) and 3 monitors ($1050) $1300 approx total.
  3. Sell the HD 6950 now and then just buy decent TN panels for eyefinity landscape and use just the crossfired HD 6950s and be happy that I saved a boat load of money for 90% of the performance.

What should I do about this situation?
post #2 of 9
from what I understand about 6950's running them in crossfire alone (and not trifire) will be near top of the line for graphics right now.

not to mention the demand for reference 6950's, sell one and go with the third option. save the cash and be happy with a system that is still better than most out there... which can then eventually be parted and sold when you want to switch to an uber single card solution in the future. those reference 6950's are going to be worth something for quite a while, given their ability to be flashed.
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post #3 of 9
That is really a dilemma. I think I would go for option #3. Crossfire 6950 gives you quite a good dose of performance for eye-infinity. Infact, that is what I plan to do even though my board supports tri-fire. The reason for it is tri-fire is not 100% scalling like crossfire - it still will have a good performance leap over crossfire, but not as much as you did from single to crossfire.

EDIT: what the poster above said is very true - reference cards are hard to come by and it will get gobbled up in no time. I have seen them go in OCN market place for $250, which is just $10 short of what I paid for brand new.
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Agreed go for option three. I picked up three Asus 23" panels which aren't anything special I grant you, but my 6950's plow through games on them.

It's pretty sweet being able to sell a card nearly 6 months later for nearly no loss.
    
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Okay, if I sell the card to a worthy person and keep my PC the way it is I can easily plunk down a little coin for 3 decent 23+ inch panels. Any suggestions for monitors that me (and my wallet to a degree) will be happy with?
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i am running this Asus right now, and it looks great. currently down to $169.99 each after rebate with free shipping. 1080P and 3 different types of connectors. compared to my older LG, the colors are much more vibrant.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824236052
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Ditch that board and get a ws revo, muahaha!
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i am running this Asus right now, and it looks great. currently down to $169.99 each after rebate with free shipping. 1080P and 3 different types of connectors. compared to my older LG, the colors are much more vibrant.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824236052
thanks for the monitor suggestion.I am going too assume with these I would be stuck to landscape only correct ?

and at TSM. I haven't gerard a whole lot about the ws revolution board. is out going for under 300?

bo reason not to keep options open for a little longer

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The ws revo is 255 at newegg and it supports quad fire or tri sli. It's the cheapest multi gpu board and the only quad fire board iirc.

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