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I can grab one locally here for $235 and I was already researching some better cooling solutions for my 5870 E6 that I currently own. I was hoping to get more OC out of the card while keeping temps super low (VRMs can get VERY hot on this card) I was doing this to keep the longevity of the card up while waiting for the 7xxx series ATI cards. Keep in mind that I am running 3x1080p monitors and hoping do get great performance with newer games such as BF3 and those alike.

So my options are:

1. Buy second 5870 E6 and run CrossfireX.

2. Buy an Accelero Xtreme 5870 and the Thermalright VRM R3, R4, or R5 for the best cheapest air cooling possible on this card. However for this I will have to cut into my hard drive bay on my Antec 300. The Xtreme 5870 is long. It is just a hassle because I need to take my whole computer apart, but I also have to modify it carefully. Then wait for the 7xxx series cards.
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I had an Antec 902 with my Asus 5870 E6 and it was the biggest hassle ever.

I'd put your money in something a little more future proof such as a case. I went from an Antec 902 to a HAF X and I won't be upgrading this case until it breaks (that's if it breaks).
I have so much room in here and the only complaints could be the GPU fan duct.

CrossfireX wouldn't be the best road anyways because once 7 series comes out nVidia would have to launch their next gen cards. In my opinion you should be trying to get the next 600 series cards. I also had a 3 monitor set up and pondered over getting another 5870. Games ran fine but not at a constant 60+ FPS. Another 5870 would have helped but that's another 200-250 some dollars that I need to spend to get an already out dated graphics card.

You could sell your E6 now and use the $235 dollars you have now and get ready to buy the newer cards.

tldr; Save your money. Buy a case or next gen card.
 
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Sell your card to me and buy a new series card! I just bought one locally for $200 and I've been scanning eBay for another.

I think the 6000 series is great but unless you buy a 6970 you won't see much improvement. A 6950 is only a few frames better and since they used a 1 GB 5870, I bet in Eyefinity it isn't better at all... unless you plan to crossfire the 6000 series then they scale a little better.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/GPU11/188

The 7000 series isn't coming out until next year so unless you want to wait for 6+ months your choices are limited.

You can try to overclock the dickens out of it (your option 2) but it's not gonna give you large gains.
Edited by tout - 7/18/11 at 5:35am
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Sell your card to me and buy a new series card! I just bought one locally for $200 and I've been scanning eBay for another.

I think the 6000 series is great but unless you buy a 6970 you won't see much improvement. A 6950 is only a few frames better and since they used a 1 GB 5870, I bet in Eyefinity it isn't better at all... unless you plan to crossfire the 6000 series then they scale a little better.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/GPU11/188

The 7000 series isn't coming out until next year so unless you want to wait for 6+ months your choices are limited.

You can try to overclock the dickens out of it (your option 2) but it's not gonna give you large gains.
How much would you give me?

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