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Hello. I am currently running 2 HD5850s in Crossfire and am looking to upgrade for better gaming performance. I want play at max settings and still get high frame rates. Also I get tearing with the 5850s and have to enable VSync. I want to avoid this above all else.

Whatever I get, I will be running 2 of them in SLI/Crossfire. I have always owned ATI cards, but am open to nVidia.

So basically, I wish I could say money was no object, but I can't. At the same time, I don't want to skimp on video.

I'm looking at 2x HD6970, 2x GTX580 or maybe even 2x HD5970 now that the price is down. Also a possibility would be a single ASUS Ares 5870x2.

I also plan to upgrade the PSU, so power won't be an issue (right now I have a Corsair TX850, which is probably fine, but I want a nice modular PSU).

What do you guys think? I like the price of the HD6970 option, but don't want to have any regrets down the line.

Last question. Knowing nothing about nVidia cards, If the consensus is the GTX580 (as I suspect it might be), what brand is best?

Thanks for the info.
    
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580 SLI is my vote. Though the 5970 quadfire should be faster, more gpus generally equals more headaches. I would also pick up a third monitor if you're going with this option since you won't be utilizing the gpus' full potential unless you do (or a single 1600p monitor).

EVGA is a great brand for Nvidia for the lifetime warranty and step up program. Asus and Msi are also good brands.
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Also I get tearing with the 5850s and have to enable VSync. I want to avoid this above all else.

That's an issue with your monitor's refresh rate being less than your fps. You aren't going to solve this by upgrading your gpus. I guess the 580's if price is not a issue. You can sli hack that motherboard.

What are having trouble maxing out? A gpu upgrade seems like a waste of money in your rig.
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AMD Radeon HD 6950. You can un-clock it to get the performance of an AMD Radeon HD 6970 which is about $30-$40 more. TechPowerUp.com has a guide on their site and there's a thread here that contains the link.
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SLI 580s are equal to CFX 6970s at high (triple monitor) resolutions, but cost an extra $250-300. Your motherboard doesn't natively support SLI, and would require the SLI hack which is known to have issues if not done perfectly. 2 580s pull a lot more power than 2 6970s.

At single monitor resolutions of 1920x1200 or below, neither SLI or CFX is worth it. At all. Get a single GTX 580. If you run a 2560x1600 (1440) monitor or an Eyefinity setup, get CFX 6970s or 6950s- they're amazing in CFX at high resolutions, and you won't have to deal with any motherboard headaches.

Edit: As for good modular PSUs:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371024

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207001&cm_re=xfx_black_edition_power_supply-_-17-207-001-_-Product
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580 SLI is my vote. Though the 5970 quadfire should be faster, more gpus generally equals more headaches. I would also pick up a third monitor if you're going with this option since you won't be utilizing the gpus' full potential unless you do (or a single 1600p monitor).

EVGA is a great brand for Nvidia for the lifetime warranty and step up program. Asus and Msi are also good brands.

As far as I'm concerned, you can't quadfire 5970's. They only go as far as being crossfired. Quad is reserved for high end sli configs like 480's and 580's. My 470 only supports tri-sli.
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As far as I'm concerned, you can't quadfire 5970's. They only go as far as being crossfired. Quad is reserved for high end sli configs like 480's and 580's. My 470 only supports tri-sli.

You can put 2 5970s into a CFX ready board to get something akin to Quadfire- 4 GPUs working together, which would be the same as running 4 5850s. So yes, CFX 5970s are considered Quadfire.
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get a 120 hz monitor instead
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I personly like nvidia, but the 69xx series seems to be good. I've heard you can unlock a 6950 to a 6970, so maybe want to look into that. If you went for nvidia, I'd go with the gtx 580s and buy them from Evga. Evga has a lifetime warranty and great support.
    
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Sorry guys, I didn't realize I still had my old system in my system profile. I have updated it now.

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Originally Posted by Genzel;12020920 
That's an issue with your monitor's refresh rate being less than your fps. You aren't going to solve this by upgrading your gpus. I guess the 580's if price is not a issue. You can sli hack that motherboard.

So are you saying that I will get tearing with any video card? I can't be the only one with a monitor with 60Hz refresh rate, can I?
    
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