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Graphics card decision....Xfire my existing setup or wait for 9970/9950? Currently own a 7950/7970 in two other rigs.

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I currently have a 7950 (hers) and 7970(his) both under water. The 7970 uses a Swiftech Komodo and the 7950 has a Heatkiller Universal GPU block with VRM DIY 60 plate. Whatever GPU is added I will be using another Heatkiller Universal block and VRM DIY 60 block. With the prices the way they are I m very tempted to snag a second 7950 and block for my rig. I d then just transfer the 7970/Swiftech combo into my wife's rig. I m new to Xfire and the drivers seem to be making large improvements. It seems like the largest performance gain would be from Xfire and it would be a cheap option. I m concerned with the games I play really making a difference. Currently we are into Rift and generally other "low" performance or utilization games. The biggest thing for me is that I run a 1440p monitor on Ultra and a secondary 1080p monitor for Netflix/web. Would I be shooting myself in the foot by stepping down to the 7950? I know it is close in speed, but I wasn't sure if the resolution affected it differently.

I know the numbers are just speculative at this point, but it seems like AMD is going to be on 28nm from what I ve read. Will the performance gains truly be that large with the same size chip?
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I would wait 2 months and see. I highly doubt the 7xxx series will jump up in price. Once you have all the info you need you can decide which route to go.

Just need a little patience, which is hard as an enthusiast.
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