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Swapping HD5770 Crossfire for GTX 480, worth it?

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Yes, I know I'll lose some money in the process (hopefully not too much with the XFX double-lifetime warranty), and I can cope with the extra heat (I won't have another card in the way and I already have a fan directly over the GPU area), but is buying the GTX 480 and not overclocking it worth it with my setup? Assuming I only get $250 for the pair, would the extra ~$250 for a GTX 480 be worth it, for the increased framerates, PhysX, and lack of Crossfire incompatibilities/improper scaling? I intend on getting that 120hz Acer 1080p monitor, so I could kind use the extra frames...but what gains (if any) can I expect?

And I can't really get a better Crossfire/SLi setup due to my power supply, which I don't want to upgrade. I guess there's also the 5970 (which can fit in my case no problem), but I'd still be dealing with Crossfire.
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I would go for the ATI 5870 as all modern games being developed will use both cores and the old ones will be fine running on one any way, also it get much better frame rates in almost all games i belive.
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I would go for the ATI 5870 as all modern games being developed will use both cores and the old ones will be fine running on one any way, also it get much better frame rates in almost all games i belive.
What?

Both cores? What is this referring to?

What gets better frame rates than what?
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Depending on your games of choice yes it's worth it. Honestly though, you might find OCing your i5 to 3.6+GHz nets you quite a few frames. I too am looking at ditching dual cards and going with a single more powerful card, and the GTX470/480 and the HD58XX series is what I'm torn between.
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As far as increase in performance is no way near worth 250$. Personally i would getting something like HD 5850/GTX470
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Depending on your games of choice yes it's worth it. Honestly though, you might find OCing your i5 to 3.6+GHz nets you quite a few frames. I too am looking at ditching dual cards and going with a single more powerful card, and the GTX470/480 and the HD58XX series is what I'm torn between.
I'd rather not deal with overclocking, to be honest. I can never seem to get it right, and I've wasted hours over the years, ending only in frustration most of the time. And no thanks to any help/advice you guys might offer as to overclocking - I simply won't take it.

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As far as increase in performance is no way near worth 250$. Personally i would getting something like HD 5850/GTX470
Wouldn't either be a downgrade from Crossfire 5770's, though? I'm not just looking for a good single card, I'm looking for something better than what I currently have.
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sorry i meant 5970
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No, GTX480,5870> HD5770 CrossFire. Well, GTX470 should be like the HD5870, while the GTX480 is faster then the 5870 most of the time.
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No, GTX480,5870> HD5770 CrossFire. Well, GTX470 should be like the HD5870, while the GTX480 is faster then the 5870 most of the time.
The GTX 480 is slightly faster then a 5870.... not by much and alot of the times its even.
5770's in CrossfireX are just shy of a 5870 most of the time, matching it some of the time.

I would get a 5870, then in the future pop in another and go CrossfireX 5870's, which would rape face.
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Well, I have seen in the benchmark other things amstech, but ok, everyone is a fan of smth.
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