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post #1 of 27
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I have built a new computer and I am seeking some suggestions on graphics options.

My budget is 2-300, however I would go to about 350 if I gained something significant. I would prefer to be left with an upgrade path such as adding a second card for SLI/CF, however if I start off with a dual CF/SLI system I am fine with that, it just needs have plenty of power.

I currently run a ATI 4850, so anything will be a big boost I am sure.

Is it my understanding AMD is great a bitcoin mining and Nvidia great at folding, whereas reversed they are terrible? I am considering both of them, probably leaning more to bitcoin mining

Are there any other considerations I should be aware of in choosing between the two companies?

Does one of them do better combined modes SLI/CF than the other?

Does SLI/CF modes have to include the same exact card/model number? In case I wanted to add the second later.


My new system is Asus Z68 deluxe, I7-2600k, 16G, 850AX Corsair. I currently have dual monitors at 1680 x 1050, want to move to 1900x1080 + and 3 monitors in the near future.

I only play Starcraft II and WOW right now.

Outside of normal computer tasks, I do a lot of video transcoding and want to do some live streaming.


My initial thoughts were a single 6970, CF 6850 or GTX 570. Perhaps I don't even need this much.


Thanks
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post #2 of 27
Gtx 570: $350 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130595
or cheaper MSI 560ti: $270 (will oc to almost 570 speeds) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127578

and gives your room to upgrade later. On tues and wed around 4pm and later look on newegg for open box buys. Can save $50-100 on those cards when they are availible
post #3 of 27
I would recommend a 6950 2GB for your budget, or if you can find a 6970 or 570 for under $300 then you should get one of those two.
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6970
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i saw a gtx 480 on newegg the other day for 299
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post #6 of 27
6970
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I think the egg has a visiontek 6970 for 319. A little over but the cheapest 6970 I could recently find.

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post #8 of 27
6970 is the way to go for 3 screens, but a HD 6950, GTX 560 Ti or a 570 will do.
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post #9 of 27
$370 GTX580 its abit over your budget, so save for another week or so and u got very high settings on all your games for years to come, and u can even sli if u have a 750w+ quality PSU

http://www.evga.com/products/prodlist.asp?switch=20
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post #10 of 27
Out of the options you listed, the CF 6850 would beat the other two.
    
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