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Just ask someone with 2 of the EXACT cards you have... ME

Yes, they eat through anything. So I vote second 5870.
for this ^ That's definitely encouraging!
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I'm in the same dilemma as the OP I have a 5870 and would like to CF. I asked the same question he did about a month ago and all I got was "OMG get a gtx 580" or "single GPU is always better" lol now here everyone is saying get another 5870.
Haha ouch that sucks. I have heard that before though (not here) about just get a gtx 580 but I'm on a bit of a budget and 515 bucks or whatever for a 580 could go a long way elsewhere. Sure a 580 is great, but might as well utilize what I already have, right?
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Wait for the 28nm cards to hit late 2011. CFX 5870s on a single 1920x1080 monitor is overkill, and you wouldn't notice it in most games. Save your money and wait for Bulldozer to come out, buy either AMD Bulldozer or Intel Sandy Bridge depending on performance in the tasks you use your computer for. Wait another 6 months and see HD 7XXX results on the 28nm process, and make a big upgrade at that point on your videocard.

CFX 5870s aren't worth the possible headaches (there is always a chance your CFX setup won't handle drivers very well, and you might get microstuttering) for the increase to maximum framerates when almost all games are able to be maxed out and be played at 30FPS or greater.

I was in your situation, I was thinking of upgrading to a GTX570. But then I stopped myself, asked, "what games aren't playable at nearly maximum specs at 1920x1200 on my 5850?" couldn't think of any, so I didn't buy the card.
I am interested in bulldozer but only if it will still fit in AM3 socket. I think it's supposed to, but not sure. Even if it does, that's another expense

I wouldn't really worry about it but I'm just one of those type of people that gets an itch every now and then for something new I was looking at a GTX 570 but I'm not sure if the performance gain makes it worthwhile. Hence, that's why I was thinking of going 2 5870s - since I'm halfway there already.
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I had a 5870 and 5850 cf combo. It was awesome! I only changed it out to try something new. If I was only thinking about money and performance there was nothing that combo did not do well for me. I hAd no driver issues. I also did not oc it, I had so much power I dont think I needed to OC it...
Glad to hear a 5870/5850 combo goes over well. That would save even more money actually. Which models of card did you have?
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I'm putting my money on the 7000 series cards for my first build.
Bigger is usually better Man they're cranking out new series like mad! I don't have enough money to keep up lol
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Bigger is usually better Man they're cranking out new series like mad! I don't have enough money to keep up lol
That's exactly my point- do you really notice any kind of sluggishness in your games with your current setup? I would hazard a guess that you don't. So it would be smart to wait a little bit and get a card on a completely new process- 28nm is going to make for insane amounts of shaders and very low heat (which means higher clock speeds), both of which will help to rip through any game you throw at it.

If you buy a second 5870 right now, it is going to depreciate in value quickly for not that noticeable a difference.

That being said, if you absolutely have to upgrade, a second 5870 (buy a used one to save some money) is your best bet. Try and get the same model as yours to avoid issues.
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I do see some lagging on SC2 on ultra settings but apparently it's more CPU driven anyways. I haven't gotten a chance to play the plethora of new steam games I got over the holiday season but if I see problems, I think I will go ahead and scoop up another pcs+ 5870. If not, yeah, I may decide that I will just scrap the idea and go with something newer and better.
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Glad to hear a 5870/5850 combo goes over well. That would save even more money actually. Which models of card did you have?
I had a ref Sapphire 5870 and ref Diamond 5850. It did bug me that they looked diff but I am wierd that way. I down clocked the 5870 to 5850 specs, so really at 5970 performance.

I had 2 ref ASUS 5870's way back and should have just kept them. But you never know until you try.

Either way a 5870-58X0 CF combo was great and had pleanty of power.

I think I get caught up with changing more cards that I really need to...

Also, a GTX460 SLI combo is awesome (if your MOBO supports it).
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I just got an XFX 5870 on Ebay for 215 like 5 days ago. But I saw yesterday that Tigerdirect has the XFX for 290 and 10 rebate + 17.25 cashback from the Add it up program. I'm very tempted to sell my 5870 before I transfer the warranty to me. However, reading through all this is kind of helping me decide to stay with it and maybe Xfire it with a 5850 when they go lower than $150.
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I just got an XFX 5870 on Ebay for 215 like 5 days ago. But I saw yesterday that Tigerdirect has the XFX for 290 and 10 rebate + 17.25 cashback from the Add it up program. I'm very tempted to sell my 5870 before I transfer the warranty to me. However, reading through all this is kind of helping me decide to stay with it and maybe Xfire it with a 5850 when they go lower than $150.
Yeah it's encouraging to me to hear that a 5870/5850 combo works so well. I may just drop the 5870 x 2 but if the prices keep dropping, I will stick with it to try to maintain consistency. Power color pcs+ 5870 all the way
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