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Alright folks; I believe the time has come for an upgrade. Basically, I just sold my macbook pro so I have some extra cash now, and am thinking about grading my 5770's. I'm thinking I'll be able to get ~150 for my current 5770's on ebay or something. I'm kind of thinking about the 6950 and unlocking to 6970.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127575

However, I haven't had an nvidia card since my 9400gt. I play a lot of crysis 2 which I know is heavily optimized for nvidia cards.

This is my PSU. Honestly I've never had a problem with it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152036&Tpk=raidmax%20730w
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Depends on if you want to upgrade somewhat often or almost never. If its the former, and you want to play high end games, get SLI 460's of 560's for around $250-300 total. That will give you more performance than a single GTX 580.

However, if it's the latter, get a single 570, and get another one down the road.

Finally, if you're an enthusiast who wants the absolute maximum performance, get SLI 560TI's or 570's.
    
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what about waiting for the next series (7xxx)?

also, doesn't it make more sense to get one high end card now and then crossfire or sli it in future?
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what about waiting for the next series (7xxx)?

If you can wait, then do it. However, I wouldn't wait because it's not like the current GPU's are too weak for you.
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also, doesn't it make more sense to get one high end card now and then crossfire or sli it in future?

Well.... kind of. If you get one powerful card now, say a 570 or 580, you will notice a moderate performance increase followed by a huge increase when you get another. What's most likely going to happen is that the current GPUs will have their prices reduced a bit.

However, with SLI/crossfire'ing, you'll get an instantaneous huge performance increase, if it makes sense.
    
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That psu will be fine for any single card gpu, but do be careful with more power hungry SLI/CF configurations (GTX 580, 570 and 6970)

That been said the best way for us to help you is your budget. Seems like your budget is around $350. Like everyone said why not go for GTX 570 now. Later on then buy another one for SLI + another psu.

Since you already said Crysis 2 is better for Nvidia, then why not just grab a GTX 570?
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6950 and wait to get another is a sensible option..truthfully you'd see a good performance increase with a 6870 even..and then there's the budget 6790 xfire..someone on furmark is really getting good framerates with those..@ 1920 x 1080
 
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consider this psu . . .
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152042
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/troll? It's 30 watts less and the same exact model. ***?

are 6950's still unlocking with a good success rate? Which ones? I don't really like sapphire PCBs, even though I know everyone here is a fan.
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