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After a long break from pc gaming (mostly spent console gaming), I started a new build and am unsure the best route to take in regard to the graphics card.

The max I would be willing to spend would be $600, although I would obviously like to save money if I could.

I would like to play the newest games at max settings, but only at 1080p. I would also like to somewhat "future proof" but I know how that goes...

So my biggest question is: Is it better to go crossfire/sli in a low to mid range card or invest in one high end card?

I was also thinking that if I got a mid range card now, that could handle games such as BF3, that I could also go crossfire/sli down the road to add some more kick to the system.

Sorry for the wall of text, and thanks in advance!
    
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Hey there wtm1417, I would recommend getting a Radeon 6950 and flashing it to a Radeon 6970. You could even get two 6950's and crossfire and unlock them for performance surpassing the Radeon 6990 and GTX 590. But really, depending on the games you play, you may not need all that power.
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I know you mentioned "newest games", but what games specifically?

e.g. are you talking about GPU heavy modern FPS games like BF3?
Or are you talking about CPU heavy modern RTS games like SC2?
Or both?
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Probably both. But basically I am planning on starting a BF3 binge after the build.
    
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Hey there wtm1417, I would recommend getting a Radeon 6950 and flashing it to a Radeon 6970. You could even get two 6950's and crossfire and unlock them for performance surpassing the Radeon 6990 and GTX 590. But really, depending on the games you play, you may not need all that power.
Yeah I was looking at the 6950 and planning on unlocking it, but Im not 100% certain if I would need to crossfire em or if say one card would suffice.

I was also looking at the gtx 560 ti 2gb ram versions but they are hard to come by and pricier.
    
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I'll almost always suggest a single-card solution, since it gives you great performance now and lowers the cost of a future upgrade.

As long as you're gaming at 1200p or less, a single GTX 580 is more than enough to handle all the games out there at max settings (save the Witcher 2 which will struggle with Ubersampling enabled).

I'd say either pick up a single 580 or even a 570, and get a second card whenever you need one. At that point, they'll have dropped in price.
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I'll almost always suggest a single-card solution, since it gives you great performance now and lowers the cost of a future upgrade.

As long as you're gaming at 1200p or less, a single GTX 580 is more than enough to handle all the games out there at max settings (save the Witcher 2 which will struggle with Ubersampling enabled).

I'd say either pick up a single 580 or even a 570, and get a second card whenever you need one. At that point, they'll have dropped in price.
I was thinking along the same lines. I've never set one up but I am sure a crossfire/sli configuration only increases the probability of more headaches.

Plus I have read about micro stutter issues lately...
    
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Get a GTX 570 and SLI later. Nowadays, there aren't many headaches using SLI. I had SLI GTX 260s and didn't have a problem at all.
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$600 for a gfx card or a whole build? If for a whole build, the 6950 is very good for price and can almost max bf3 at 1080p
    
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Get a GTX 570 and SLI later. Nowadays, there aren't many headaches using SLI. I had SLI GTX 260s and didn't have a problem at all.
Spend the extra money and get a 580 if you are planning to overclock the card though, the 570's have had some VRM troubles in the past (I don't know what the current situation is though).
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