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I am looking to upgrade my graphics card to improve my performance in Battlefield 3, and to make sure I have enough power to play Skyrim on high settings. My question is whether there is a graphics card in the 400-500 dollar range that would be a significant upgrade. Or whether I should sit on my hands and wait for the next generation. My 5870 has some crazy lock on it and I've looked into it but nobody seems to have any luck. Let me know what you guys think and I'll be sure to +rep. Also I am not interested in doing crossfire if that would be an option, since there seems to be many problems with it. Thanks!
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I would just wait if i were you. i am not going to up grade my GTX460 until the 600 series or 7000 series comes out
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I would wait. I "upgraded" from my 5870 to a 6950 2gb for eyefinity, and I would have been fine with the 5870. Wait for the 7xxx series to upgrade, it will have much more improvements over the 6xxx series. Better efficiency, and much more graphics power.
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ok that's what i was thinking thanks guys
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the 5870 is good enough for Skyrim, but not for BF3.

Nobody knows exactly when the new stuff coming out. You are jumping from 5000 series to 7000 series and will see a huge upgrade. 5000 series to a 6000 series not so much.

if you were to spend $500, i would get a GTX 580 its more powerful than 2x5870s.

why don't u just find a used 5870 for dirt cheap and stick it in for CF for the time being.
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the 5870 is good enough for Skyrim, but not for BF3.

Nobody knows exactly when the new stuff coming out. You are jumping from 5000 series to 7000 series and will see a huge upgrade. 5000 series to a 6000 series not so much.

if you were to spend $500, i would get a GTX 580 its more powerful than 2x5870s.

why don't u just find a used 5870 for dirt cheap and stick it in for CF for the time being.
wow i found some really cheap ones on ebay thanks for the idea ill try it out
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the 5870 is good enough for skyrim, but not for bf3.

Nobody knows exactly when the new stuff coming out. You are jumping from 5000 series to 7000 series and will see a huge upgrade. 5000 series to a 6000 series not so much.

If you were to spend $500, i would get a gtx 580 its more powerful than 2x5870s.

Why don't u just find a used 5870 for dirt cheap and stick it in for cf for the time being.
5870 cf > 580.
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the 5870 is good enough for Skyrim, but not for BF3.
Not sure how you can say this. As long as you turn AA off, framerates should stay at an average of 60 FPS or above no problem.

My 5870 is doing fabulously on BF3, especially considering it's a 2 year old card.
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I just picked up another 5870 for $200. Hard to find the exact same model, but I found it and am excited to give it a try!
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Not sure how you can say this. As long as you turn AA off, framerates should stay at an average of 60 FPS or above no problem.

My 5870 is doing fabulously on BF3, especially considering it's a 2 year old card.
Its all relative. I m stating that with the thought that he wants to run in MAX out everything which means AA turn on and everything else.

Any computer pretty much can run any game you want, all depends on what settings you looking for. All depends on the price/performance ratio people are willing to give.
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