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I have a gtx 280 in my i7 3770k >.> yeah far from the bottleneck yet it seems to play everything fair on mid to low settings, I get good fps in league of legends and such I dont play much crysis I play team fortress and card blows chunks cant handle it well or something.

Anyway looking to upgrade wondering if I should wait for the AMD 8000 series release which i am thinking of doing and just shelling out for a 8970 if it has at least 20-35% performance increase over previous generations.

Wondering if there is currently a better option for sli/cross

Thanks in advance
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Currently SLI 650ti BOOST is the best price/performance, but I would wait until the 700 refresh of the card comes out.

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One of the best values for the performance is the Radeon 7870XT Tahiti L.E chips, they're not much more than a standard 7870 chip, but provide much more performance. But here's a quick rundown of what I'll recommend!

  1. The Asus Radeon 7950, it has a very good cooling system, it's quiet and they OC quite well from what I understand through the information I've gathered about them. Beautiful black PCB, and a nice clean looking cooler. It's a triple slot card, so be careful on the spacing of the cards if you have sound cards, or plan on running two if you need even more performance.
  2. The Sapphire Radeon 7870 XT W/ Boost, if you don't mind blue PCB's, then this is one to definitely check out. It's got the Tahiti L.E chips I talked about earlier, and a good cooler that's also relatively quiet. I have never had a bad Sapphire card in my whole life, and I've had at least 3-4 different cards.
  3. The Asus GTX 660Ti 3GB, it has a phenomenal cooler on it with lots of thermal mass for such a small card, plenty of VRAM for a couple monitors, and it's easily upgradable to SLi GTX660Ti's!

Just my 2cents.gifsmile.gif I honestly wouldn't cheap out on the graphics like a GTX 650, or anything below a Radeon 7850. it'll cost you more in the long run by having to buy new cards more often frown.gif
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Well heres the thingI have a gigabyte sniper the bigggg one lawl, 4 slots so I plan on at least tri sling cards so my real question is do I buy a 780 now and another one in a year or do i wait for the 8970 series and buy 2x 8970s for nearly 200 bucks cheaper?

Or would buying some used 670s for cheap be worth it?
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6950s occasionally pop up on ebay for around $125, I got two for that price and am rocking em in Crossfire. Quite good performance for the price if you ask me.
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like if i could get some 670s for like $250?
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or lets just spitball and say i can pick up a 690 for um 650-700?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Faelore View Post

or lets just spitball and say i can pick up a 690 for um 650-700?

$650 for a 2GB card? Nah.

edit: get the 780. they should should resolve the 320.18 issue soon.
Edited by rdr09 - 6/17/13 at 3:14am
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I have seen some cheap 7950s on ebay for 200-250 mark

Thats what I would go with. If your playing @ 1080p 7870 LE / 7950 will run it fine. Then can get another one down the road when 8 series comes out.
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