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Hi, i have a 6950 currently and am going to need some more power for future projects i am embarking on so here is my question, do you think i should get a second 6950 or sell my current one and get a 7950 (maybe 7970 or maybe 680, but that wouldnt be until august) . What do you think!
    
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If you are gaming on a 1080p monitor, you can get another 6950 which will probably be the cheapest option, considering the prices you can get 1 now.

I have a GTX 580 and I dont even see the need to upgrade, even with the crazy numbers the 7970 and GTX 680 are churning out.
    
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List some of the projects you will be doing

And if you are going to game what resolution will you be using and which games.

The more info you can provide the better.
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List some of the projects you will be doing
And if you are going to game what resolution will you be using and which games.
The more info you can provide the better.

Projects, well i have been writing for an E-Mag with some other OCN users and we are moving on to a larger scale operation and hopefully we get some attention. Its going to be a Tech / gaming site somewhat like giant bomb but with hardware related things. I am going to need to play most new games maxed.
    
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Hmmm, making the site and stuff wont need much firepower. But running all games max? I don't think theres really a need for a GTX 680 etc. Is the target audience normal people or us? If it's normal people, I think you will be fine keeping the 6950 as you should see things from the normal person POV, and normal people aint got rigs like us OCNers, and dont have rigs that max out Metro 2033.

If you dont agree with my point of view, I say get the GTX 680. Nvidia has better drivers for their cards than AMD, and driver issues is not something you want. And Crossfire is a pain sometimes.
    
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If you need more power, go with the single card solution and bypass all the potential crossfire issues. I would always go with the single card solution first--if you need more, and there isn't a better card, only then look to crossfire. Also, you should catch the potential price-drop of the 79xx series, too. Assuming that AMD will try to match Nvidia pricing smile.gif But then again, you could just go with a gtx680. They're both beasts--Nvidia has the upper hand with drivers, though, in my opinion.

But I will surely tell you, if I could manage to give up eyefinity gaming, I would go back to a single 7970 in a heartbeat. The headache of crossfire isn't worth it, especially if you can avoid it. The crossfire numbers look great on paper and in benchmarks, but the quality of gaming isn't as good as with a single card. For example, in BF3 with my xfire 7970s in eyefinity, 80 - 90 fps feels almost as good as 50-60 fps did on a single gpu. I am highly sensitive to micro-stutter, and it's driving me insane.

Want to know what my first thought was when I upgraded to a second 7970 and used crossfire? WTH, this is worse than a single card. Yet I was getting 80+ fps. Not the best feeling when you just spent money on a new 7970 + Block + Backplate + I/O bracket. Save yourself the frustration, go with a single card.
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I'm thinking of just staying with a single 6950 for now, until i can't run more games well, so I current have $50 to spend and need a fair bit of stuff, for 1 I need a good microphone, I heard the samson C01U was a good entry level one, anyone god suggestions of things I may need?
    
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Mic? Try and look at the Audio Technica AT2020. Its a USB mic, and it sounds very good for the price.
    
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I'm thinking I'm just gonna try to pick up another 6950 and Unlock it again. I'm very pleased with mine. I just cant justify dropping another 5-600 bucks on a single card at the moment. Especially when I'm trying to do 2011.

But I have to agree that 1 single gpu is going to be far more reliable than any 2 in SLI or Xfire. Just my .02
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I'm thinking of just staying with a single 6950 for now, until i can't run more games well, so I current have $50 to spend and need a fair bit of stuff, for 1 I need a good microphone, I heard the samson C01U was a good entry level one, anyone god suggestions of things I may need?

You might also try to get a Blue Snowball. You can get them on Amazon for around 50 and they are GREAT. If you had more money, I'd get the Yeti, but thats a whole 'nother can of worms
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