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Hey Everyone,

I want to upgrade my graphics card so that I can play Watch Dogs on whatever the "ultra" graphics settings will be when it comes out (I'm really looking forward to it). Also, I have a three monitor setup, and eyefinity on my current card isn't the best, so I want to be able to play new games with the three monitor-eyefinity setup.

What I need help with is deciding how to go about this.
I'm kinda broke, so I'm looking for a relatively cheap solution (no more than $400 if possible).
The 6950 cards are going for about $130 these days, so I wonder if Crossfire would be a viable option.
That being said, if crossfire isn't worth it, I would be willing to sell my card if I have to get an expensive new one.

My current graphics card:

XFX HD-695X-CNFC Radeon HD 6950 2GB

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I play a lot of Skyrim and Splinter Cell. I have three monitors running when I'm not playing games. I tried playing Rift and GW2 with eyefinity and the framerate was only like 20 fps, so I just stick to one now. Mining Litecoin (please no negative comments, I'm doing it for fun and am not asking for economic advice), I get about 420 kH/s at a constant temp of about 68° C and when doing basic work on three monitors, it rarely goes above 45° C.


So, my question to you is:
How can I go about noticeably improving my computer's graphics performance without taking any loans but also keeping an eye on the future for my next upgrade?

I know this is a complicated and probably opinion-based question, but any input you guys have is very valuable and I'm sure helpful.

Thanks,
Joe
post #2 of 21
So you basically want a future proof graphic card with a good price.

You can go crossfire if your card provides it but I think you can see it for a decent price and buy a r9-290 (preferably second hand a few months old)..

What resolution do you play at?
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Just buy the best you can afford, NV or AMD, it doesn't matter. No big science there. See what your money can buy and try to find a sale or any good deal for it. For 400$ the best car atm is AMD R9 290

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161453
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6950 CF is roughly around a 7970 - give or take.
I had two 6950s in CF (flashed to 6970s at 925/1375)

Now have a Gigabyte R9 280x (Overclocked 1165/1600) and I'm satisfied with it's performance.
You could sell your 6950 and get a 7970/280x/770 or even 290(x)/780(TI) if you find one cheap enough.

290(x)/780(TI) would be more of a step up in performance than a 7970/280x/770 though.
Edited by Tobe404 - 4/19/14 at 7:38am
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So you basically want a future proof graphic card with a good price.

You can go crossfire if your card provides it but I think you can see it for a decent price and buy a r9-290 (preferably second hand a few months old)..

What resolution do you play at?

Normally I play at 1920x1080, but I'd like to have the option for Eyefinity 5760x1080 on supported games in the future.
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Your best choice is a r9-290 then
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Not the 290x?

Do you think the 290 would be able to handle gaming at 5760x1080?
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Not the 290x?

Do you think the 290 would be able to handle gaming at 5760x1080?

You can get the 290x but its not worth the extra £100 for the miner performance, In the UK you can buy 2 second hand r9-290 for near the same amount of brand new r9-290x
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I just upgraded to 2 7970's for $200 ($400 for both, but sold my 670 PE for $200) and I've noticed a big difference when playing at 1080p but a HUGE difference when I'm playing at 5760x1080.

Depends if you're OK with a dual GPU setup or wanting to stick with a single card solution.

Edit - But yes, a single 290 should work out alright. I don't know how the frames would be with Watch Dogs or other higher end titles but it should work. thumb.gif
 
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Ok. I'm also looking at newegg and (after rebates) the price for a 290 is $450 and the price for a gtx 780 is $510.
Is there enough of a performance increase to make that worth while?
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