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Any upgrade path worth it ?

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Hey there, last time I asked something here, I got very good advices so here I go again.

I got the upgrade bite (again) and would like to know if anything is worth it so far. I bought an XFX 6850 back in november with plans to Xfire but until now, what I read on the subject makes it look like if it wasn't a good idea due to drivers issues, microstutter and games issues (back then, almost everyone recommended the Xfire path because it was cheap AND powerful) and also, If I was to add a new AMD card (Which would require me to find a very long Xfire bridge due to me having an EVGA P55 FTW) it would be blowing hot air RIGHT into my PSU which I don't like at all.

The games I'm looking for are Witcher 2, F.E.A.R. 3, Deadspace 2, TES 5 (Yeah it's a long way and hardware is bound to change until then but seeing how oblivion was heavy on our machines...) ,Lost planet 1 & 2 (Which is the reason I thought about going green because well... Radeon don't do well AT ALL with tesselation) and maybe Dragon age 2 (If it is better than the first).

So far I was considering 6950 (and try to unlock it, if it doesn't work then it's still good I guess), GTX570 or even GTX580 and I was also wondering if my 6850 had resale value or if I'd be better to stick with it and wait for a next gen ? Beside, I wouldn't want to make a small upgrade... I read a lot of reviews and so far, I'm even more confused about my options than I was when I first thought about it (460s, 560s, 570 and another one down the road, 580, 6950s, 6970). Could you help me a bit there ? What would YOU do ?

Budget is about around 500$ but ONLY if it really brings me a real increase in performance, not just a couple more fps. (SLI could be an option but I'd have to be convinced that's it's worth the occasional problems maybe if some of you have good past experiences ?)

My system specs :

i5 750 @ 4ghz
G.skill ripjaws 1600mhz
XFX 6850 @ 900/1150
Evga P55 FTW (and it's friggin long spacing between the two pci-e slots)
Silverstone strider 75F 750W (4*6pins, no 6+2 pins don't know if it's possible to buy 6 to 6+2 pins ?)
HAF 932

TIA to everyone,
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where to start...where to end...
if you have bad framerates or unplayability with your prefered setting and if you have the money, i'd recommend upgrade, if not, i wouldn't, simple as that
in case you do want to upgrade i recommend 580
you have 26'' monitor and 6850 is actually a bit on the weak side once you get to extremely high res
on the other note, yes, your 6850 is worth something, it is pretty new and good card, and somebody would be very happy to get one
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I would have gotten the GTX580. I love to play games with the highest settings possible and what could be better than a 580. In the future if I ever felt like upgrading again, I would stick another 580 in and whoa, it would be a giant. Far more powerful than any 6850 CF. But who cares about the SLI, a single 580 is powerful enough.
    
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Decided to go with the GTX570 since I found it fro 279.99 after rebate, making it an excellent deal compared to the normal 369.99 pric tag. Not quite as powerful as the GTX 580 but I'll be able to live with it, and for 300$ less (after taxes and shipping) it's a pretty good deal for a nice upgrade from my 6850. Not as big as if I directly bought it to replace my 4890 but still something good.

I'd like to thank both of you for your advices.
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