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Having returned my PowerColor 7950's, I plan on purchasing a new GPU. I got 500$ and wouldn't mind adding 100-200$ on top. What's the best card at that price range right now? I mainly game on my HDTV by duplicating my monitor to it. Many games don't support this feature when CrossFireX is enabled so SLI is a more attractive option for me. My options are the following:

1. AMD 7990

2. GTX 780

3. CrossFireX 7970's

4. SLI 670's

5. Sli 760's

6. CrossFireX 7950's

1. The 7990 is extremely attractive after its price cut. Comes with 8 free games too. Main problem is the fact it is actually two cards. This one also suffers from the CrossFireX duplicated display. Many games just plain don't support that and it's of major importance to me. I heard you could configure CCC to set up profiles so your primary display switches whenever you launch some app. If it is indeed possible, the issue I had is greatly diminished.

2. The GTX 780 is obviously the best single card but all the others crush it if paired together. A 7990 will far surpass a single 780 but it generates more heat and power, both of which are non-issues for me.

3. Same as the first option pretty much. Except potentially cheaper. If I buy 2, I get 6 free games.

4. Had a single EVGA GTX 670 I was really happy with. This set up costs less than than 1 and 3 but is also less powerful. Only Splinter Cell Blacklist as a free game too.

5. Two 760's would trade blows with two 760's for less I believe. I'm really interested in this option. Allows me access to EVGA, my favorite brand. Only problem is that it's less powerful than the 7950's I previously had.

6. Cheapest option. Had this set up before so I'd want to avoid doing the same thing twice. If I'm to get them once again, I want to avoid PowerColor, I want ones with good coolers and customer service.

I have an i5-3550 3.7GHZ, will it bottleneck any of the above?

Thank you.

Alternatively, I could also wait till AMD announces its 9000 series.
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If you can, I highly suggest waiting for AMD's next gen cards. Even if by some chance their next gen stuff isn't very impressive (performance and cost), you're bound to see further price drops with current cards.
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If you can, I highly suggest waiting for AMD's next gen cards. Even if by some chance their next gen stuff isn't very impressive (performance and cost), you're bound to see further price drops with current cards.

agreed. OP wait till Oct as you can expect a very strong Hawaii chip. Its expected to be significantly faster than HD 7970 Ghz (around 35 - 40%). also BF4 is expected to be bundled with the HD 9900 cards

http://www.brightsideofnews.com/news/2013/8/7/amd-to-launch-gpu-codenamed-hawaii-in-hawaii-sept-25.aspx
http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20130819PD204.html

if you are in a hurry go for the EVGA GTX 780 Classified or GALAXY HOF 780 card . Classified allows overvolting to 1.35v and seems to be the highest OC brand hitting 1300 - 1350 mhz quite well.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130943
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162142

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/08/14/galaxy_geforce_gtx_780_hof_edition_review/1#.UhbP4X_3x8E
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Wanted: Wanted: R9 290/X/R9 390/X
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