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I've been holding onto my 5970 with a death grip for some time. I've turned down selling it multiple times, and recently RMAed for a NIB 5970 (just this month). I've been out of the computer seen for some time, and have started getting back into it. I've been pushing a 26" x 3 monitor Eyefinity setup the entire time, and know the ATI HD 6000 series scale much better in multi-card setup and have more vram (2Gb 6950/70) which helps tremendously with Eyefinity.

What about NVIDIA's offerings? I've been looking into the 570 and 580, which seem to be the only worthwhile upgrade. But at this point, is it best to wait it out for the next gen, say Keplar or HD7000 series?

I know the age old question... What games do you play and whatdo you use your computer for. TBH, right now I use it for research, work and ... thats about it right now (how things change when you graduate college and get married).

My current setup is up-to-date in my system specs.
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post #2 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by ericeod View Post
right now I use it for research, work and ... thats about it
Regardless of how old something is, unless you're performance bound by that particular component, it hasn't outlived a serviceability life-cycle.
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If you aren't really gaming then it can't hurt to wait it out.

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If your games are playable at Eyefinity resolutions, you don't HAVE to upgrade.

Wait for the next generation.
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Thanks all, I appreciate the comments.
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post #6 of 24
No it hasn't ... it's still a great card!

Don't expect full-tilt grapgics settings on modern games, but it's still a good card!
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Next gen cards from both companies are expected/estimated to be released around January/February. If you do want to upgrade, although office work hardly requires upgrading, then you may as well wait it out a few months
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post #8 of 24
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Originally Posted by derickwm View Post
Next gen cards from both companies are expected/estimated to be released around January/February. If you do want to upgrade, although office work hardly requires upgrading, then you may as well wait it out a few months
I wish I was doing more then work... I've been building computers for friends lately and got the upgrade itch. I just added a GTX 260 as a PhysX card because, well just because. I don't think I've touched my PC in over a year, and just wanted to evaluate my hardware and start planning for some updates to my system.
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post #9 of 24
I'd wait for the new gen of cards this winter/next spring. I've had the same upgrade bug but my 5970 keeps on chuggin! The only reason you might need to upgrade is if you are running into memory issues with only 1gb per gpu (unless you have the rare 2gb model?) using your eyefinity.
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I know "the itch" feeling. I hardly use my comp for anything other than college work and photoshop however I'm currently saving up for an SR-3/Xeon combo... Definitely not needed, but that itch has to be scratched!
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