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Is now the time to upgrade?

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Hey Guys

So I've got a 4850 512mb on 1920x1080 screen. Its running ok, but its definitely starting to show its age

I'm debating if now is a good time to upgrade or if I should wait. I want to be able to run skyrim and BF3 pretty well when they come out. So I was looking out getting either:

a gtx 580 the most future proof but pretty expensive but the fact that i'll easily run most current and future games makes the price worth it.

or a gtx 570 or radeon 6970 which are pretty similar in terms of performance and reasonably priced

I could also wait for the new 7000 or 600 series cards to be released but that can be a long wait.

tell me what you think.
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post #2 of 8
two 6870s or a single 6950/6970

two gtx 460s or a single 560 or 570
post #3 of 8
Any of the three you listed would be a good choice. Are you looking at new cards only?
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I was looking at both new and open box. I saw a used 580 gtx on amazon for $409 which seems like a good deal so I leaning towards that especially cause i want to get a powerful single card, instead of two weaker cards for crossfire or sli.
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post #5 of 8
GTX580 is definitely a futureproof option, although like you said it is the most expensive. 570 is always an option and you can SLI down the road incase you need more performance. Also, an MSI GTX560Ti TFII/III will run BF3 pretty close to max at your resolution, so that would definitely be an option too. Like the 570, you can SLI down the road for a combination that has a ~15% performance gain over a single GTX580

In the end, there are a lot of ways you could go with this. What it comes down too is A) how much you want to spend, and B) how long do you want your upgrade to last you. A and B are going to correlate in the sense that the more you spend, the longer your GPU will last you. Either way, you can't go wrong as your GPU is definitely out-of-date for current games
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post #6 of 8
2 6870s for ~$300

A 580 is a waste of your money, the two 6870s will outperform them. Or you could get 2 560 Tis and they would outperform the 580 as well

dual cards > single card

if you want to last more than a year I'd recommend a GTX 570 but they don't overclock well. SLI them in a year and you'll be golden for another year.
post #7 of 8
I'm also a fan of SLI/Crossfire 2 mid range cards to get better performance than one high end card. A lot of people are the other way though.
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I'm also a fan of SLI/Crossfire 2 mid range cards to get better performance than one high end card. A lot of people are the other way though.
a lot of people also apparently have money to throw away
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