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Bought a GTX460 last year and couldn't be happier with it's performance. But, it's getting sort of old so I was looking into upgrading.

I was leaning towards the 6970, but it's a little pricey. Maybe a 5770 crossfire?

I would like to have an AMD/ATI card because my mobo only allows Crossfire and not SLI.

But, if Nvidia happens to have a better, "Bang for your buck" card, I would be interested.

Budget : ~200-400 $
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Bought a GTX460 last year and couldn't be happier with it's performance. But, it's getting sort of old so I was looking into upgrading.

I was leaning towards the 6970, but it's a little pricey. Maybe a 5770 crossfire?

I would like to have an AMD/ATI card because my mobo only allows Crossfire and not SLI.

But, if Nvidia happens to have a better, "Bang for your buck" card, I would be interested.

Budget : ~200-400 $
Add another gtx460, and do this: http://www.overclock.net/nvidia/6708...rd-gtx5xx.html You could probably pick up a gtx460 768mb model for $80-100 used, only thing I would worry about at that point would be the vram. What resolution do you play at?
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6950, flash to 6970. This is what I plan (ASUS 6950 2GB is actually in the mail right now) to have replace my 5870 2gb E6.

I wouldn't go 5770, even CFX. 6950 is a better card and cheap enough, and it should get cheaper once the 7000 series comes out (one would hope anyway).
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Add another gtx460, and do this: http://www.overclock.net/nvidia/6708...rd-gtx5xx.html You could probably pick up a gtx460 768mb model for $80-100 used, only thing I would worry about at that point would be the vram. What resolution do you play at?
1920x1080 The 768mb model has maxed everything so far. But, the only reason I don't want to do that is, I'm looking for a simple upgrade. Not a complex ordeal.
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6950, flash to 6970. This is what I plan (ASUS 6950 2GB is actually in the mail right now) to have replace my 5870 2gb E6.

I wouldn't go 5770, even CFX. 6950 is a better card and cheap enough, and it should get cheaper once the 7000 series comes out (one would hope anyway).
How do you flash? I kinda remember, but I'm a tad rusty. Haven't dealt with computer hardware in about a year.
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1920x1080 The 768mb model has maxed everything so far. But, the only reason I don't want to do that is, I'm looking for a simple upgrade. Not a complex ordeal.
Ahh, gotcha, well then go with the 6950, if you can find one that will unlock, or if it currently runs everything good enough, save a little more money until the hd7xxx series comes out.
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Ahh, gotcha, well then go with the 6950, if you can find one that will unlock, or if it currently runs everything good enough, save a little more money until the hd7xxx series comes out.
If I really wanted to go oldschool, couldn't I use that guide to allow my 9800GTX+ to handle PhysX while the 460 handles rendering?

Wait a second, are my eyes ****ed or is this a 560 for 200$
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If I really wanted to go oldschool, couldn't I use that guide to allow my 9800GTX+ to handle PhysX while the 460 handles rendering?

Wait a second, are my eyes ****ed or is this a 560 for 200$
No point in having a Physx card IMO. You wouldn't have to use a guide either, you could just plug it in, and set it to handle physx in the nvidia CP. There are like 2 games worth having that actually use physx, the rest of the time it's going to be wasting electricity/kicking off heat in your case.

That is a 560, not a 560ti, there is a difference. $200 for a 560 is pretty standard.
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No point in having a Physx card IMO. You wouldn't have to use a guide either, you could just plug it in, and set it to handle physx in the nvidia CP. There are like 2 games worth having that actually use physx, the rest of the time it's going to be wasting electricity/kicking off heat in your case.

That is a 560, not a 560ti, there is a difference. $200 for a 560 is pretty standard.
Oh, thanks, little confused. I think I'll go with the 6950 and flash to a 6970 if I can find out how.
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How do you know if a card unlocks?

Is there anything in newegg details sheet?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814162052

Supposedly you can flash a 465 to 470 if it is unlockable.
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