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I am now trying to figure out the best option for my new Sandy Bridge build. I am looking to have my card(s) last for about 3-4 years. Should I get 2 6870's or a 570GTX? Any other options? Looking to be around $400ish. Thanks!
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I think the 6870s would get you higher fps, but youd have no expandability. With the 570 you can always add another down the road.

Just keep in mind... I wouldnt put two 570s on the psu in your sig.
    
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I already have a Corsair HX850 for the new build
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post #4 of 13
i would go for the 6870 xfire, but 570 would prove to give more future proofing.

it is generally safer to buy xfire/sli cards together because if they aren't the exact same there are often some stability issues.
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2 6870's should beat 1 GTX570 easily. Obviously you know they are in a differnt price range.

In that price range I would also consider the GTX580. Here is a review of the GTX580, 6870cf and 5970 head to head. I think the 6870CF has some advantage but it is small and the GTX580 has the no multiple GPU issues advantage.

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/review...thodology.html

I just looked at your post again, where can you get 6870's for $400? I see them at $480ish. Just checked the EGG $440 pair after rebate, not bad.
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Hd 6950?
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2x6950?
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Hd 6950?
This then unlock or stick with the gtx570, it's a sweet card.
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Get the 570 I had 2 6870s and I got alot of micro stutter in really demanding games. One card they were as smooth as can be but the two together were driving me nuts.
 
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post #10 of 13
I wouldn't recommend two 6870's due to the lack of upgradability in your rig. Crossfire/SLI also has problems in a few games so you may want to check that out before you buy. Otherwise the 6870 should perform better than the GTX 570.
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