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Potential upgrade from 4850s

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I'm thinking about upgrading my GPU on my sig rig and wanted to get some advice from the experts at OCN before making any decisions. I'm currently using 2 4850s (Crossfire) and would like to go to a single card solution (for now, adding a 2nd card in another year or two could be an option). I have no particular loyalty to AMD/ATI, especially after the Skyrim Crossfire debacle, so I have no problem going green. I dont have a huge budget and am looking to spend no more than the low $200s. My goal is to be able to play most new releases with max settings (or as close as possible) on a 1680x1050 monitor. I'm also interested in perhaps using both of my monitors for gaming (both 1680x1050) but I realize that maxing out settings for that large of a resolution is probably impossible given my budget. I wouldnt be making any purchases until January, at the earliest, so that may have an impact on pricing/recommendations. Any advice or input is sincerely appreciated. Thanks very much!
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hrmm..i'm feeling 6870-ish on that..
 
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or maybe 7870 in a few week
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Originally Posted by goodwidp View Post

I dont have a huge budget and am looking to spend no more than the low $200s. My goal is to be able to play most new releases with max settings (or as close as possible) on a 1680x1050 monitor. I'm also interested in perhaps using both of my monitors for gaming (both 1680x1050) but I realize that maxing out settings for that large of a resolution is probably impossible given my budget.
Unless one of the new Radeon 7000 releases is that cheap, or you want to wait, you're looking at a deal on a GeForce GTX 560 or a Radeon 6870 or Radeon 6950 of sorts. With 1080p being the standard, most of the ~$200 cards handle that area of resolution well in most games/settings, so any of those will be fine at that resolution (not sure about with two monitors, but with a bezel straight down the middle, I think this will make playing a large number of games unpractical?).
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