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i am on a budget and was wondering if somebody can give me an opinion on whether to get two mid range cards and put in crossfire or just get 1 high end card. has to be radeon cards b/c my motherboard is crossfire not sli. budget is 200-350 dollars for the cards. asus crosshair iv amd 1090t 8gb of corsair ddr3 1600 corsair 750w psu. read plenty of reviews on the cards but still confused of what to buy.
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1 high end gives better minimum frames, but probalby worse average frames
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Get 1 high end card such as a GTX 570, GTX580, HD6950, HD6970.

Personally I'd go for 2 HD6950's and unlock them.
    
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2 6790's beat a 6970 in crossfire, however I would advise the 6970 because you wont need to deal with cfx issues.
    
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Single GTX 570/HD 6950. Use the rest for an upgrade somewhere else. Or, save up for a second.
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One good card.
    
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Go for a single high end card, then add a second later. Buying two lower end cards is a bad move, as it gives no upgrade path without replacing both.
    
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Single card. In your budget, you can easily find a GTX580 (I've seen them go for very near $350), GTX570's, or a HD6970 2GB. Any of those cards would be great. I ALWAYS go for the strongest single GPU solution. No reason to mess with more heat, driver issues, game compatibilities, etc...with SLI / Crossfire, when you can afford the single strongest GPU on the market.
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High end single GPU card solution has always been my video card choice. Two mid level cards can equal or slightly surpass however may come with, SLI and/or scaling, microstutter, driver, and heat issues.

For your $250-$300 budget one high end card is better than two $125-$150 mid-level cards.

Hope this helps in answering at least 'one high end or two mid-level cards' question.

You'd be best off with one of these.

MSI Twin Frozr III AMD 6950 $299.99 with $7.87 shipping.

MSI Twin Frozr III GTX 560ti $269.99 with $4.99 shipping.

MSI Lightning GTX 480 $329.99 free shipping

Sapphire AMD 6970 $349.99 with free shipping

Personally the GTX 480 Lightning is the highest performance, best bang for you buck out of these choices. The non-reference cooling is superb and you'll get some really nice over clocks.

Good luck in what ever you choose and let us know what you decided after you pull the trigger.
     
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Did hardware prices go up lately ? $300 HD6950 when 3 months ago it was less than $250.
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