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Hello,

I haven't been on here in a little while and have been doing some research. I'm looking for a mid range card or cards that will fulfill my needs.

My board has 3x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots (16, 16, 4).

My current card is a Sapphire 100259-1GL (4870). This card is about 4 years old and has given me nothing but problems over the years. I'm not a hardcore gamer, but it's not uncommon to get a BSOD while playing a game in various Windows O/S (XP, 7, Server 2008).

I am pre-ordering Windows 8 and want to change up the video setup while I'm at it. Everything else is in pretty good shape, yet. The games I do play are Skyrim, Crysis1/2, Dishonored, Starcraft 2, etc.

I'd like to keep it under $300 as a budget and prefer to buy from NewEgg. I also would not be opposed to picking up a 3.0 card so I can take it out and throw it in my next build. This machine will eventually be an ESXi host.

What do you recommend? 2x low/mid range cards or 1x mid to high range card? I would appreciate your input.

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1 mid to high is always better than 2 low low to mid. ATI fan I would not know how to recommend you. I'm nvidia. And I haven't researched the 600 series either yet haha. But if you're gonna game, I would stick with windows 7 and take that windows 8 pre-order money and put it into the video card upgrade instead... What's your processor? Don't wanna bottleneck a l33t gpu with a poor CPU


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OP by keeping it below 300 what do you mean. is it 250 or can you stretch to 300. if you can spend 300 the HD 7950 and GTX 660 Ti are your options. If you are overclocking the HD 7950 is faster. And definitely pick a single GPU.
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1 mid to high is always better than 2 low low to mid. ATI fan I would not know how to recommend you. I'm nvidia. And I haven't researched the 600 series either yet haha. But if you're gonna game, I would stick with windows 7 and take that windows 8 pre-order money and put it into the video card upgrade instead... What's your processor? Don't wanna bottleneck a l33t gpu with a poor CPU
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Windows 8 probably won't be the primary O/S on this machine. I run several on this machine, some virtual some partitioned. I want to get 8 so that I can do some testing and basically break stuff, try drivers, etc. My theory is if I'm pre-ordering from NewEgg, maybe I can throw the card(s) on the same order and make a mini project out of it lol.

I game a little, nothing crazy. My rig is listed in my sig. My CPU is an i7-920, non-OC'd. I am not partial to Nvidia or ATI.
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OP by keeping it below 300 what do you mean. is it 250 or can you stretch to 300. if you can spend 300 the HD 7950 and GTX 660 Ti are your options. If you are overclocking the HD 7950 is faster. And definitely pick a single GPU.

I am willing to spend up to $300 on a new video setup. I don't plan on overclocking, but who knows down the road.

Thank you for the input, I will certainly look into those!
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I am willing to spend up to $300 on a new video setup. I don't plan on overclocking, but who knows down the road. Thank you for the input, I will certainly look into those!

a slight overclocking to 1.1 Ghz is quite easy. At those speeds you will match the HD 7970 Ghz. you don't need to push further than that .

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/08/23/galaxy_gtx_660_ti_gc_oc_vs_670_hd_7950/2

the sapphire hd 7950 boost for 285 bucks after mail in rebate. comes with sleeping dogs game. very nice game.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202006
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