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My question is if i get a 8970 in lets say 6 months. Can i take that 7950 that i will have, since im building a new computer and well, might as well go red if i want that red.

If i take that 7950 and put it on monitor 2, since i want to upgrade my monitor, the main one to a better monitor in 6 months along with the 8970.

So monitor one, the really good one on the 8970 and the ok monitor on the 7950.
Can i do that? So that the 8970 is doing all the brute work with the games on that screen and the 7950 with all the work with the side applications like chrome, vent, etc..

Im sorry if you get bunches of these questions, I googled it and i got one link that made me so confused, catalyx and drivers and so many confusing words that make no sense to me.
The other ones were sli and xfire.. so not really my answer i was looking for.

If anyone has done this before, a little insight on how to do it, motherboard? If you did, then i would like to know if you had to do anything special like driver wise, since its only a generation behind will that be a little bit better than using a 9800 and a 780?

I don't really know ATI cards, amd you made it more confusing for me when you got ATI..
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It's as simple as putting the 8970 on your first PCI-E slot and using that on your main monitor and then putting the 7950 on your secondary PCI-E slot and hooking that up to your 2nd monitor.

At least that's what I tried out when I used to have 2x 5870s before. I could take them out of Crossfire and hook up my monitors from just 1 card to both cards. They should act as separate cards and your gaming load should act on your primary PCI-E slot (typically the first).

Edit: That said, you can actually just put all your monitors on a single 8970 and have 1 monitor as your "main" and the other as your "extended" and do the same thing you want. This will hardly take any resources from your gaming performance.
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Hm, i wonder what the percentage of boost i would get though from the 2 cards if any. But i could just take the 8970 and put 2 on.

I could just sell the 7950 off and give it to my bro.
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It really doesn't take much away from your gaming performance. Even with 3 monitors I didn't notice a difference as long as I stuck to 1 monitor for gaming, but with Eyefinity, that's a different story.
    
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I'd say sell the 7950 when you upgrade... Running 2 monitors, 1920x1080 and 1024x768, and nothing noticeable at all and I doubt your crt is too far from that second res. 8970 would definitely outperform the 6950 I have so there's that too.
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