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Ok. I currently have a sapphire 6970. I've found it good but has struggled with shift 2 at max settings when there's a lot of smoke and some other things so I'm contemplating upgrading. Thinking of going mental with a 990x and stuff but I'm not sure yet.

I'm not using three monitors (not a fan of it at the moment, has potential of course) or 3d gaming. I'm using a single 24" 1920x1080 monitor.

One of my concerns is that this pc should last a long time so I want to be able to simply slot in another graphics card in the future if need be, so maybe a 6990 would suit me better than 2 6970s because I could then add another 6990 at some point, or a third if that need ever came about or if it's even possible to have 6 gpus.

So I suppose my options are the 6970, 6990 and gtx 590 and multiples of those. I want something that I won't have any issues with maxing games for a while really but not sure what to go for as most reviews tend to be primarily for 3 monitors when in regard to 6990 and 590 and the crossfire and sli of those. If I do decide to upgrade I will probably be water cooling.

Cheers for any help
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post #2 of 10
I don't see why you want to waste money on a CPU when you want to use the PC for gaming. The CPU will only give you a very modest performance increase.

You already have HD6970.

You can add HD6990 and tri-fire it with the card you already have.

Also, it would help us help you if you fill out your PC spec form.
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post #3 of 10
I remember ATI had serious issues with Shift 1. It's not the card, it's the crappy drivers.
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Ok. I currently have a sapphire 6970. I've found it good but has struggled with shift 2 at max settings when there's a lot of smoke and some other things so I'm contemplating upgrading. Thinking of going mental with a 990x and stuff but I'm not sure yet.

I'm not using three monitors (not a fan of it at the moment, has potential of course) or 3d gaming. I'm using a single 24" 1920x1080 monitor.

One of my concerns is that this pc should last a long time so I want to be able to simply slot in another graphics card in the future if need be, so maybe a 6990 would suit me better than 2 6970s because I could then add another 6990 at some point, or a third if that need ever came about or if it's even possible to have 6 gpus.

So I suppose my options are the 6970, 6990 and gtx 590 and multiples of those. I want something that I won't have any issues with maxing games for a while really but not sure what to go for as most reviews tend to be primarily for 3 monitors when in regard to 6990 and 590 and the crossfire and sli of those. If I do decide to upgrade I will probably be water cooling.

Cheers for any help
Grab a sapphire hd6990 & tri fire it with your current hd6970
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post #5 of 10
Definitely no need for a 990x. It seems like you have a pretty large budget...I'd recommend picking up a 2500k or 2600k. If you're seriously looking to future-proof yourself for a good long while and you're willing to pay for top performance, I'd either CF 6990s or SLI 590s... This is obviously best performance on the market, but they'll last. As far as single cards go, 6990 and 590 trade blows. They both have their strengths in certain games. 6970 in CF might not stand up to the 590 or 6990 judging by the few benchmarks I've seen, but again i'm not entirely sure how much performance you are really looking for nor how much you're willing to spend on high-end equipment.
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post #6 of 10
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Thing about trifire with 6990 and 6970 is if I needed to improve that down the line what would I do?

Can you have more than 4 gpus?
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post #7 of 10
I don't understand why you want to have more than 3 GPUs. 2 is already enough and you are thinking of getting a 6990 so that would equal 3...I would say get another 6970. 3 cards are complete overkill for that resolution....
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I'm not wanting more than three now. I want to be able to, in years to come, upgrade easily. It would be easier for me to have a 6990 now, and then whenever it is needed just get another one ... than to have two 6970s. If I have 2 6970s now, then I can only improve once from that ... a 6990 and 2 6970s where as if I got a 6990 now I could potentially improve 3 times ... if it's possible to run that many gpus, or if theres a psu powerful enough to run that down the line. Not sure if I'm making sense

If I was to get a 6990 or 590 now I'd be selling the 6970, unless the 6990 or 590 aren't good enough to run everything at max at my resolution? If that's the case then I'd be deciding between trifire or quadfire.
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post #9 of 10
Yeah, you are fine. Sell the 6970 and get a 6990. Those OC very well and would be perfect. Case closed. Your PSU would handle it just fine btw, but for trifire, I would get a bigger one....
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post #10 of 10
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Yeah I think that's what I will do.
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