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Hey thanks guys you've been very helpful! thumb.gif

In your position I would suggest just keeping the dingle 5870 dude. I kind of regret getting a second one just because of all the crossfire headaches frown.gif

For me, I probably would have noticed an greater performance increase if I wasn't gaming at 1440p.
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http://toolscameras.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&get=topbaile&products_id=11993&zenid=ps0huompo756jqnk24j3f9osf7
only one i could find..decent price..if it works
you could do 2 6850s/6790s in x-fire..but then you get the x-fire headaches

I haven't noticed micro-stutter or unacceptable scaling with my two 6850s at the moment, and I've barely OCed my Phenom ii. I don't understand why so many people have crossfire issues. But then, this is my first crossfire set up.

Assuming there are no crossfire issues. 2x 6850s or 6870s will get you pretty much single GTX 580 performance in most cases:

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/302?vs=305

For me, altogether my 2 6850s cost me a total of £210. Single GTX 580 performance for 2/3 the price. Same noise levels and pretty much similar (if not slightly less) power consumption too. It's quite a good sweet spot right now. My guess is if you run completely maxed out you'll get a 20 to 30 FPS increase. Again, assuming you don't run into Crossfire issues.
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2 5870's will hold you over until you redo your whole rig next year.

The performance you'll get will be better than any card you'd try to upgrade within your budget.
     
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In your position I would suggest just keeping the dingle 5870 dude. I kind of regret getting a second one just because of all the crossfire headaches frown.gif
For me, I probably would have noticed an greater performance increase if I wasn't gaming at 1440p.

^this.. i x-fired mine with a 5850..became nothing but problems..

umm..i haven't read about many issues with 6850-70-6790 though

note: if you decide to got that route..get a 2gb 6*** for the primary..and a 1 gb for secondary
 
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^this.. i x-fired mine with a 5850..became nothing but problems..
umm..i haven't read about many issues with 6850-70-6790 though
note: if you decide to got that route..get a 2gb 6*** for the primary..and a 1 gb for secondary

?!
The cards will share the same amount of memory.
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^this.. i x-fired mine with a 5850..became nothing but problems..
umm..i haven't read about many issues with 6850-70-6790 though
note: if you decide to got that route..get a 2gb 6*** for the primary..and a 1 gb for secondary

?!
The cards will share the same amount of memory.

Indeed. If he is going to crossfire he should get a card with equal memory. No point in getting a 2gb if the other only has 1gb. Would end up being 1gb effective vram.
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Get another 5870 for sure. I just did and look what happened!
http://www.overclock.net/t/1203435/5870-crossfire-benches-higher-than-7970-in-crysis-warhead/160#post_16283741

well if you look at Gpu-z the pixel fill rates about the same from 5870, 6870,6970, and 7970.
the only major different is the texture fill rates are getting higher from 80 gbs with the 5870 up to 118 gbs with the 7970.

how ever the crossfire limitations with the 6870 with have only one crossfire tabs only able to use two cards.
so upgrading them is limited to two cards.

I toasted one of my 2gbs 5870 yesterday frown.gif shorted it by hitting the rear of the gpu with a fan clip. I r idiot sometimes. :/
too hard to replace now.
    
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Crossfire your 5870s is your best bet. HD 5870 is still a pretty potent card, are you really actually needing to upgrade or are you tricking yourself into thinking you should?
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Crossfire your 5870s is your best bet. HD 5870 is still a pretty potent card, are you really actually needing to upgrade or are you tricking yourself into thinking you should?

Just looking at all those Skyrim HD texture pack picks...kind of gets in my head or...something. No, probably don't really need a new card/second card. Skyrim and everything else I play more than playable. I really have nothing to complain about. If I don't upgrade now I probably won't until next year so if I hit something I want to play but can't really I'll be stuck. Not exactly economical to spend $200+ on a video card I'm going to upgrade in 6 months. Well maybe for some people but not for me
 
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