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I'd go nvidia when it's time to upgrade. But keep your current card. Nvidia has the GPU computing down to a science, and has better drivers when it comes to things like OpenCL, Tessellation, and such. This is why they are monsters at folding, and if you use the right program also for trans-coding. Plus you can toss in Physx and such. Now that Nvidia has started to push out bit-streaming able video cards and HDMI 1.4a support they can finally take the HTPC crown, or at least equal AMD/ATI's offerings in that department as well.

One thing that AMD/ATI does have better support for is 3+ monitors. You can run 3 monitors on 1 GPU, something you can't do with any Nvidia single GPU card. This is because AMD has the newest revision of DisplayPort integrated into their cards.
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6970 is a good card and if you own one no need to throw it out of bed but being an AMD Radeon owner means needing to have more patience. On my friend's PC, CCC takes 5 minutes to finally come up and apparently he's not alone based on a quick google search. Also you have to be prepared to wait when new games launch - a week to a month for AMD to get around fixing their drivers in order to play it without issues.

I've both owned and built systems for friends using both 6970's and 570/580's and seem to get burned more often by the AMD's in terms of getting phonecalls and emails about problems, especially on and immediately following game launches - in general NVIDIA just seems to much more on top of it when it comes to driver updates. Most recent example was Rage which was an absolute fiasco for both brands but hit AMD cards especially hard in terms of problems. Before that it was the BF3Beta, and again Nvidia released updated drivers faster than AMD.

Lastly, the people touting AMD in this thread seem to avoid mentioning heat - and a couple of 6970's kicks out boatloads of heat and increased fan noise at a given performance level versus a couple GTX 570's, I've done the side-by-sides.
Edited by odditory - 10/13/11 at 8:28pm
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Sheesh...this thread should come with Vicodin.

Op: Ur building another system, yes? Why not throw in a 570 and see how u like it? Then put whichever card you like better in ur main rig.
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I'm pretty sure after almost 150 posts the OP has gotten the answer (somewhere in here) that he/she was looking for.

Thread closed since you guys can't stay on topic, and you can't stop from flaming each other.
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