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Need a new video card looking at XFX 7870 2gb

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150605

Currently running EVGA 550ti and its just not cutting it.

My question is...around the $200 mark is this the best option? I also plan on adding an additional card in the future for bridging.


Games this will be used on

WOW
Tera Online
Secret World
Borderlands 2

My goal is to run three monitors and either play spanned and sometimes play 2-3 instances of some games with ISBoxer.

Links and advice appreciated.
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Single card and single screen solution round that price the 7870 tahiti le version is better than the stock 7870. Its based on the 7950 pcb so therefore effectively being called a 7930 so much better for the same money. Triple screen you should be looking to higher up the gpu scale due to vram limits. I myself run 2 gigabyte 7870 1100mhz crossfire but only at 1080p
post #3 of 10
personally, do not touch xfx, i have seen for too many complaints of DOA coil whine etc this generation. i would recommend either
this saphire http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202024
or this powercolor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131487

because they have the tahiti LE chip ( a cut down 7950), making it essentially a 7930
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Single card and single screen solution round that price the 7870 tahiti le version is better than the stock 7870. Its based on the 7950 pcb so therefore effectively being called a 7930 so much better for the same money. Triple screen you should be looking to higher up the gpu scale due to vram limits. I myself run 2 gigabyte 7870 1100mhz crossfire but only at 1080p

so this one would be a better buy?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131487
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I'm recently upgraded to this card and love it. I really like XFX products. I mainly use it for playing LotRO. I usually run 20-25 fps in the areas with the most graphic draw with DX11 turned on and all graphics settings maxed, which is saying something. Even in a full raid instance fight, I usually don't drop below 13-15 fps. If you plan on adding a second for crossfire, you should be in good territory to support those multiple monitors. One card should support the multi-screen setup, but I'm not sure what the sacrifice in performance will be. I'm planning on eventually adding a second card as well. Probably when prices drop after the 8000 series card come out.
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Oh and also being that I eventually want to crossfire two of these would i be better offf spending more now on a single card or just going with two of these crossfired...My thoughts are ..was hoping to find a second one used or a pair used to crossfire...But looking at the ones selling on this site..used ones are selling for retail if not more. so not sure
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post #7 of 10
The Saphire card posted above also looks like a good alternative.
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Originally Posted by LunaticFringe44 View Post

so this one would be a better buy?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131487

Yes that`s the better version but there is a saphire version which is even better as far as cooling goes etc. And as a previous poster said the xfx 7870 has a lot of reported problems
post #9 of 10
Most recommendations I see say to buy the best single card you can afford now and worry about whether or not to add a second one later.
post #10 of 10
No issues with an XFX 7770.....



It makes no noise at all.... cannot even hear it.
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