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  • 50% (1)
    Just buy another 6870
  • 50% (1)
    Wait to see how the new kepler card does. Then decide.
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post #1 of 15
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Right now in my current pc, I have an AMD Radeon 6870. The issue im debating is where to go from here.

Other information to help:
I am a college student
I am on a low income
I like really nice things (lol)

Every year I would like to purchase a new graphics card or add another to my system for crossfire or sli. So my thing is, where do I begin this cycle?

I already have a pretty decent gpu.
So I really have two options in my mind.

Buy another 6870 and go crossfire to start my cycle here.
Or wait another couple months and see how the new kepler card does.

Any opinions?
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Whats your budget? What games do you play? What resolution do you play those games at?
post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by yanks8981 View Post

Whats your budget? What games do you play? What resolution do you play those games at?

I make a measly $400 a month. So probably around $200-$300 within a couple months. I also run two monitors. I play games such as Batman arkham asylum and soon arkham city. I play the assassin creed series. I also plan on buying a few more pc games. mostly fps. I play them at 1080p.
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post #4 of 15
Well, running 2 monitors shouldnt affect your gaming because you cant really game on them both. Looking at some benchmarks, it doesnt look like you should have many problems running your games on fairly high settings at that res. Here is what I would do:

1) nothing
2) crossfire 6870s
3) new card

Usually I would say get a new card because 1 card is always better than dealing with 2 crossfired, but I went in that order because I dont think more GPU power would benefit you, and if you really do need it, I would go with the cheapest option possible making 400 a month.
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by yanks8981 View Post

Well, running 2 monitors shouldnt affect your gaming because you cant really game on them both. Looking at some benchmarks, it doesnt look like you should have many problems running your games on fairly high settings at that res. Here is what I would do:
1) nothing
2) crossfire 6870s
3) new card
Usually I would say get a new card because 1 card is always better than dealing with 2 crossfired, but I went in that order because I dont think more GPU power would benefit you, and if you really do need it, I would go with the cheapest option possible making 400 a month.

thank you for your opinion!
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post #6 of 15
+1 on adding another 6870, cross fire scaling is amazing for those cards, and might as well make use of your 850w supply.
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post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by The Lurking Ninja View Post

thank you for your opinion!

I would say wait, because the more "next gen" cards that come out the more "worthless" the 6870 will become. I believe two 6870's is a smidge better than a single 580, but when you want to upgrade those wont have much resale value.

I've been doing the buy midrange, sli/cfx, then sell the set to upgrade to a new midrange.

I have now realized that buying the top end is equivalent to two mid range cards, and if bought at around the same time cost nearly the same, granted it is more money out right away than buying staggered.

But think of it this way. 1 high end card holds its value longer than two mid range cards. so really when it comes to upgrade time your card will be worth more, and easier to sell considering you don't have to bank on selling two cards.
     
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post #8 of 15
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+1 on adding another 6870, cross fire scaling is amazing for those cards, and might as well make use of your 850w supply.

Haha the psu only cost me $25 on newegg compared to a lower wattage psu and double the price rolleyes.gif. So I was like why not? thanks for your opinion.
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post #9 of 15
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I would say wait, because the more "next gen" cards that come out the more "worthless" the 6870 will become. I believe two 6870's is a smidge better than a single 580, but when you want to upgrade those wont have much resale value.
I've been doing the buy midrange, sli/cfx, then sell the set to upgrade to a new midrange.
I have now realized that buying the top end is equivalent to two mid range cards, and if bought at around the same time cost nearly the same, granted it is more money out right away than buying staggered.
But think of it this way. 1 high end card holds its value longer than two mid range cards. so really when it comes to upgrade time your card will be worth more, and easier to sell considering you don't have to bank on selling two cards.

interesting. so just wait for the next gen?
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Originally Posted by The Lurking Ninja View Post

interesting. so just wait for the next gen?

That is my Opinion. I bought the 7970 in february, for the same reason as I posted above. Better resale value

Unless Kepler causes a dramatic price drop from AMD. My 7970 should easily be worth $400 in a few months.

Had I bought dual 6950's for around the same price as a single 7970 they probably would not be worth that much.
Edited by PappaSmurfsHarem - 3/12/12 at 11:05am
     
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