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Hello OCN,

I am a long time member, very few poster.

My situation:
My computer is starting to finally feel slugish, I play games like CS: Source, WC3, WoW, Witcher, HL2, SC2.

My current build:
Mobo: Asus Maximus x38
CPU: Q9650
GPU: 8800 GTS 512 MB (refresh)
PSU: Corsiar 620 hx
Ram: Corsair balistix 4x1GB
HDD: 2x750 GB Seagates
Case: Antec P180.
Monitors: 1 at 1920x1200, and a second one to web browse on while gaming.

My delema:
I know I want to upgrade the graphics card soon. The problem, my mobo will support xfire, but not SLI. I am indifferent when is comes to brand loyalities, I am good with ATI or NVIDIA. My plan is to get an upgrade that will cary me through SWTOR, Skyrim, Witcher 2, and other newer games until build a new computer in a couple years.

Cards I am considering:
Nvidia: 560 gtx ti, 570 gtx
ATI: 6870 (with a possible xfire), 6950 2gb, 6970.

My situation, I am happy using my current setups for a couple months, so I am very tempted to wait for the new graphics cards 7970 or 670.

budget is $300 ish (I will pay more for the 7970 though)

tl; dr
With my specs what upgrade(s) should I make and when to coast until I build a new compuer in 2-3 years.
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post #2 of 13
Try for a 6950 2gb if possible I'd say.
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any single $300 card you buy is going to blow away that 8800gt, I wouldnt be too worried about SLI/CFX atm. A good 560/570 or 6950 can easily be had for $300, and will be an incredible upgrade
    
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I have to say, Toxic 6950 2gb card hands down! its an amazing card!

EDIT: thought I should back up my post with a little info. the 6950 TOXIC has an amazing unlock rate, and with a little proper overclocking it can stand up with the 580GTX. I play alot of BF3 with this card, on ultra settings(with Multi at half, AA at 8x, no motion blur, and no HABO) and hold a solid 60 FPS(Vsync). on full ultra I spend most of the time at 60, with an occasional dip into the upper 40's.

For the titles you mentioned it will tear them apart!
Edited by KhaoticKomputing - 11/8/11 at 5:21pm
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And what about waiting for the 7970s? I might even use it in the new computer until I find a need to upgrade.

I am quite happy with the 8800GTS atm, just I know when I get skyrim, I will be needing more. (but I won't get it until the game of the year eddition).
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And what about waiting for the 7970s? I might even use it in the new computer until I find a need to upgrade.

I am quite happy with the 8800GTS atm, just I know when I get skyrim, I will be needing more. (but I won't get it until the game of the year eddition).
I asked myself the same question. I settled on the 6950 and hoped it unlocked. I plan to max out Skyrim when it comes out with this card. I decided decided agisnt waiting for the 7XXX and 6XX cards. I figure if I can max out BF3 with these results I'll be fine for a long while!
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I asked myself the same question. I settled on the 6950 and hoped it unlocked. I plan to max out Skyrim when it comes out with this card. I decided decided agisnt waiting for the 7XXX and 6XX cards. I figure if I can max out BF3 with these results I'll be fine for a long while!


Hmm true, but I won't need the graphics card until sometime next year (assuming SWTOR will run well enough on an 8800 gts).
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Hmm true, but I won't need the graphics card until sometime next year (assuming SWTOR will run well enough on an 8800 gts).
If your going to wait that long, the 7XXX cards should be out, some time in Q1 2012 if i remember right. I have not heard when the 6XX cards come out.

With you holding off on getting a new card for some time next year, I would wait for the newer edition of cards. Would be best if you can hold off untill the 6xx cards hit the market and get the best card in your 300 price range, might be a 7970 or a 670
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Err, I have the money to purchase the graphics card now. I mean I won't have a game that demands more than my current computer until sometiem next year. The last consideration is that black friday is coming up,a nd i might be able to find a crazy deal on a 6950 or 570.
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Err, I have the money to purchase the graphics card now. I mean I won't have a game that demands more than my current computer until sometiem next year. The last consideration is that black friday is coming up,a nd i might be able to find a crazy deal on a 6950 or 570.
In that case, I stand by my first suggestion. the best deal in GPU's right now is the Toxic 6950. $280. It almost always unlocks, and will run with the 580GTX in games after it is tweaked!

It also comes with a free copy of Dirt3, and has one epic cooler on it! it look's like a reference cooler, but it's a Vapor chamber cooler. Right now my Toxic is unlocked to 6970 at 1.250volts, and I keep it at 940 core, 5900(1475) memory. My real life friend with a 580 is wicked jelly of my card. Half the price of his and there is no noticeable difference in gaming.
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