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I wish I could post my sales on these forums, but I don't have the necessary REP. I am hesitant to use Ebay ebcause I'd lose a ton to fees.
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I wish I could post my sales on these forums, but I don't have the necessary REP. I am hesitant to use Ebay ebcause I'd lose a ton to fees.

You can reply to marketplace threads, you just can't post your own thread. 35 rep isn't hard to get. I think it took me about two months of actively helping people. Worth the effort to be able to fully utilize the marketplace.
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I have seen only a few posting regarding this on these forums, and all of them were back in January or February. There's a deal on Tiger direct with the 7970 for $359. A friend of mine has promised he would give me $200 for my existing 5870 crossfire setup, bringing the total cost of the card to roughly $160. Do you think this would be a worthwhile upgrade? I have 3 24" monitors running 1920x1080, but I only game on the center monitor - eyefinity is a little worthless for gaming.

I just sold my 2gb 6950 crossfire setup for a single 7970 and it was the best thing i ever did. Not only does the 7970 run way way way smoother then a crossfire setup but once overclocked it actually averages me an extra 10fps over the 6950 crossfire. I also run eyefinity and the difference between my 7970 and 6950 is like night and day. watch these BF3 Videos at the same time and watch how much more smooth the 7970 is then the 6950 crossfire

This is Battlefield 3, 5072x1050, All Ultra, MSAA:0, FXAA: High, 16xAF, HBAO, Mlur: 20%

7970 (averaging 55fps)
6950 Crossfire (averaging 45fps)
post #24 of 35
NO. If you have been living with the power the last years, you can live with it for another 6 months for 8000 sereis. You will be VERY disapointed spending $450 for a card that isnt much better at all.
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While considered the noise reduction, of course smile.gif
    
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A 7970 will eat a 5870 crossfire setup for breakfast in every aspect ESPECIALLY dx11 games. This shouldn't even be a competition. My toxic 6950 unlocked put my Asus 5870 to shame and my single 7970 outran my toxic crossfire setup once I over clocked it. Less noise /power usage/ heat/ and much better over clocking headroom as well as much better performance across the board and much more vram for those mods or aa. Clear decision.
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A 7970 will eat a 5870 crossfire setup for breakfast in every aspect ESPECIALLY dx11 games. This shouldn't even be a competition. My toxic 6950 unlocked put my Asus 5870 to shame and my single 7970 outran my toxic crossfire setup once I over clocked it. Less noise /power usage/ heat/ and much better over clocking headroom as well as much better performance across the board and much more vram for those mods or aa. Clear decision.

Amen!
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I'm thinking about snagging two of these:

http://slickdeals.net/permadeal/78522/tigerdirect.com-visiontek-radeon-hd-7970-3gb-pci-express-3.0-video-card-900556-bonus-pc-games-coupons?&page=5#comments

They are actually on sale for $359 a piece. And my friend is actually going to give me $250 for my setup.

So it will actually cost me $469 for the upgrade

Should I pull the trigger? I'll give this thread an hour before I do/dont
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Originally Posted by rpconrad View Post

I'm thinking about snagging two of these:

http://slickdeals.net/permadeal/78522/tigerdirect.com-visiontek-radeon-hd-7970-3gb-pci-express-3.0-video-card-900556-bonus-pc-games-coupons?&page=5#comments

They are actually on sale for $359 a piece. And my friend is actually going to give me $250 for my setup.

So it will actually cost me $469 for the upgrade

Should I pull the trigger? I'll give this thread an hour before I do/dont

The 7970 is quiter, faster, cooler, a better ocer, and a better compute card. You decide.
post #30 of 35
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I'm definitely leaning towards yes, I'm just a little concerned about VisionTek. I haven't purchased any of their products before and I've read that this particular card runs hotter than other 7970s... I'm concerned what the heat would be like on the top GPU.
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