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I just sold off my GTX 460 for 110 bucks on ebay, and I have my PowerColor 1GB Radeon 6950....I'm thinking I can probably sell it for around 200 online right now, leaving me w/ around 310 and I have 150-200 to spare...

I don't really need a new GPU asap, the gpu I have right now runs great but it's really loud (well, compared to my previous silent gpu).

Should I wait closer to Kepler/BF3 releases to sell my 6950 and upgrade, or what? Crossfire seems highly unlikely with this 1 GB and noise level (though it's nice b/c hot air goes out through the back of case but...)
I'm guessing by then I can sell my GPU for around 150-175, so I don't lose that much money, and get an even better GPU at the 400 dollar range that I'm looking at....thoughts?
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OCZ Vertex2 Extended 120, Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB LITEON 24x Internal DVD/CD Writer Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit 
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Samsung XL2370 LED Filco Ninja Majestouch 2 Brown Keys, IBM Model M XFX 750W Black Edition HAF 932 Black Edition 
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Now you can sell your card for about 200$, maybe a bit less as it's 220$ new, but what would you buy? The GTX 570 / 6970 show only marginal improvements. There are two scenarios:
*keep the 6950 and loose some more 20-30$ of its value by the time 79xx come out or some 50$ by the time Nvidia releases Kepler (2012)
*sell now the 6950, buy a 6970 2GB for 300$, when 79xx shows up the 6970 should fall to just above 200-230$ - so in this scenario you'd loose more $ but you'd have a better card 'till SI launches.

/offtopic: looking at your rig it's pretty balanced and not in need of an upgrade, but maybe another 4GB of RAM might help with responsiveness and game performance, or to be future proof a 2x4GB kit can't hurt.
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Thread Starter 
Thanks for input. Yeah wanted to figure out GPU issue first before figuring out budget. Need to upgrade speakers, want another mouse/pad, and ram. and maybe a blu ray drive. then another mech keyboard. then another thing and another thing and another....

oy it's a vicious cycle =).
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i5 750 ASUS P7P55D-E PRO Galaxy GTX 580 1.5GB Accelero Xtreme Plus Cooler G.SKILL Ripjaws 8GB F3 12800CL8D-8GBXM 
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OCZ Vertex2 Extended 120, Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB LITEON 24x Internal DVD/CD Writer Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit 
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Samsung XL2370 LED Filco Ninja Majestouch 2 Brown Keys, IBM Model M XFX 750W Black Edition HAF 932 Black Edition 
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OCZ Vertex2 Extended 120, Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB LITEON 24x Internal DVD/CD Writer Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung XL2370 LED Filco Ninja Majestouch 2 Brown Keys, IBM Model M XFX 750W Black Edition HAF 932 Black Edition 
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Yes it is a vicious cycle... only a month ago after buying the 5850 I was thinking "now I'm not gonna upgrade anything for a few months", then I bought another 4GB of RAM, now I want to change the PSU with a more silent/efficient, by the time I do that the SSD will feel too cramped, the keyboard doesn't have back-light... it just goes on and on
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post #5 of 5
Well your HD6950 is a more than capable GPU im not sure why you'd need to upgrade at all !! But if you did want to switch teams so to speak ( nvidia ) then a GTX 570 or better is a good choice and i believe the GTX570 is around the $350-$400 mark. All the 500 series cards are very good, even the 560 revisions are a good choice. But it all depends on how much graphics grunt do you really need ? If noise is a big issue then id go for one of the MSI Twin Frozer range as all their cards run cool & quiet plus overclock really well. Hope this helps
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