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I'm tipping right at 4 grand in my planned build with $700 or so being 2x 6970s. I'm going to be running 3x ASUS 23.6" HD monitors playing ArmA 2, Battlefield 2, Dirt 2, some other games. I have all other bases covered including 16Gb of RAM, ssd, etc.

Would I be disappointed with a single 6970 or should I go full CF? This is a rare moment where I can build anything I want and will be stuck with it for possibly years to come in exception to Bulldozer this fall, as long as it is under $4k for now.
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Whats your full build like and have you checked out the GTX570?
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id say go for it. the scaling on those cards are really good. im running eyefinity with just on 6970 and i get good frame rates but i also have a smaller resolution than you will have.
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u can unlock a 6950 to a 6970
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Originally Posted by Drakenxile View Post
u can unlock a 6950 to a 6970
+1
Unlocking the 6950 to a 6970 will cut half the cost for the same performance.
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post #6 of 22
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+1
Unlocking the 6950 to a 6970 will cut half the cost for the same performance.
Its not guaranteed though. If I were in your position, I'd just buy the 6970's and be done with it.
post #7 of 22
are you getting sandy bridge and depends if u wanna max out everything if u want full AA and stuff crossfire will be what u need if not one should be ok
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Its not guaranteed though. If I were in your position, I'd just buy the 6970's and be done with it.
Right, also you can overclock much more with the 6970's than the unlocked 6950's.
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i think sandy bridge comes out in not even a week if you arent rushing it unless you prefer AMD you should take a look into it they where able to push em to almost 5.3ghz on air with the i5s
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