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this is more me looking to confirm what i think i already know.

i am buying a gtx590 on monday/tuesday. i believe my current set up can handle it but i just like to make sure. what do you think? i am not going to overclock it (ducks) as i don't believe my psu could handle that. the gtx590 is second hand but i know the owner very well and know that it was used for 5-6hr then left alone. i am going for all out power but i don't really want to get a 7970 as as far as i understand the card far less powerful than the 590. also i won't have any money for upgardes for a while so i want to have a card(s) that will last for a year or 2 that can max out most games.

Instead of a gtx590 i could save a few quid just get another 6950. however that would not be as powerful as the gtx590. it would also take up more space on my motherboard. i could even get another 2 6950 and go for trifire but i am not going to do that. what would you do in my postion?

thank you

btw i game at 1920x1080. i play battlefield 3 alot at the minute
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If it's cheap go for it. Not sure what the price is that you are paying to see if it is worth it. I would hold off on getting a Dual GPU card and look for a deal on another 6950.
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the gtx590 is £500 but some of that money would come from the sale of my 6950
    
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post #4 of 11
2x 6950 (flashed to 6970) is a better choice than 1 gtx 590.
You can always use the VRAM (2g on the 6970 vs 1.5 on gtx 590). I hate the low vram on the 590 (used to have one, returned in a week).

That's my opinion, you'd have more for less $$$.

If you choose the 590, however, rest assured that a 850w PSU is more than enough.

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possibly upgrade to a 6970 or 570? in xfire/sli?

I'm leaning more towards the 6970 only because the extra vram and will be useful in bf3.


edit: and yes, 850w should be ample for the 590 if you decide to go down that route.
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I would IMHO bring another 6950 to the table and stick with what you have for now. Run 2 cards.
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I would IMHO bring another 6950 to the table and stick with what you have for now. Run 2 cards.

^financially speaking, i definitely agree.
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btw it is a 3gb 590
    
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also just read in another thread that a 6970 is not far off a 590 is that true?
    
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In respect to the memory that the 590 has. It is a total of 3gb, with two 580 chips on it. Meaning 1 chip has 1.5gb's of memory. Not 3 per chip. A pair of 6950's with 2gb of on board memory will be plenty for what you are doing. Although the 590 at 1920x1080 will suffice. I would go the route of 2 separate cards for the sake of if you loose one you dont loose the other.
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