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Hey guys, I'm looking to upgrade from my ageing 4870. This card has been great and has blown me away with 1000's of hours worth of gaming since I got it. Though now it's starting to show it's age and the fan is creeking like an old man's knees lol.

So I'm looking to upgrade a bit. I'd like something that has better graphic power, run cooler, and be reasonably priced (Most probably will be getting 2 to run in xfire or maybe even a x2 card if $ is right) Also I want it to be dx11 if possible...

Also, still running a DDR2 Mobo as you can see in system specs.

Now I'm not the most savy person with computer performance or gpu performance and I've noticed some people saying stuff like reflash it up and stuff like that... what is that? as an example I saw something like" take that 6750 and flash it to a 6770" or something like that.... I have no idea what that means lol but I can buy a cheaper card and get more performance out of it then I'm game.

Thanks in advance! You guys are the best help I've had for PC's to date!
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By flashing the bios the locked shader cores are freed and thus the card is transformed/unlocked(its the correct term) into a better model. You cant do that with every card but only with some selected gpus.
Now, back to your case, if budget permits get the latest GTX560 or HD6950. My vote goes to the 560 because I am sick of games(mafia, jc2) performing poorly just because my card doesnt have physx. But thats only a personal issue. Both cards are great so you can pick whichever you fancy. If you have the crossfire bug ( I know how things can be once its in someones head) go with HD6950. You can buy another piece later.
    
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i just purchased the 6850 1gb for $200 (cdn) from a 9800 gtx+ (could have been a gts+ lol)

worth every penny
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nice, is there anything that would be nice around the 100-150 buck range that I can just do an xfire with? It's just that 250-300 per card is high to me, though I guess if it gets better performance than the xfired 2x 150 card then it's worth it.

Is Nvidia the only way to get the phisX or whatever?

Thanks for the help guys!
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You could get 2 5750's although when the 7 series come out I heard that the 5 series are getting discontinued? Correct me if I am wrong.

Personally you are better off spending $250-$300 on a 6 series card rather than spending money of 2x5series cards.
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You could get 2 5750's although when the 7 series come out I heard that the 5 series are getting discontinued? Correct me if I am wrong.

Personally you are better off spending $250-$300 on a 6 series card rather than spending money of 2x5series cards.
I thought the 5 series was already discontinued? None of the local PC shops sell them anymore. Anyways, I'd suggest either the 6870, GTX 560 or the 6950 if you wanna spend a little more.
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For $150 you can get 6850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127548

With the rebate though.
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can those 6850 be "flashed" or "unlocked" to the 6870 specs?
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can those 6850 be "flashed" or "unlocked" to the 6870 specs?
I think it's the 6950 that unlocks to a 6970
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So should I go with two 6850's or one 6950? Seriously what do you guys think? I guess If I got the 6950 i could unlock it maybe but IDK... thanks for the advise.
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