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Get a couple 6950's. They are a bang for the buck right now. They scale incredibly.
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Just buy my HD 6870 (PM)
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I'm actually laughing my arse off at people saying get a few 6870's or 6950's...

My 4.1Ghz Phenom 2 x6 is holding back my 5850's for the most part and you guys are telling him to get a faster set-up then mine with a slower 65nm Intel Quad?

Lmaooooooooooooooooo
Edited by antuk15 - 2/22/11 at 10:12am
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I'd of just bought another cheap 5770 for x-fire and then bought a 7000 series GPU when they release...
That's a notable, affordable option. As for 2x 5970's -- your CPU might bottle neck it a tad. And, such a setup would essentially be quad-fire because of the dual GPU/board design.

The 5xxx series had pretty good scaling in dual-card layout, ok in triple, and downright terrible in quad. However, because everything is crammed into two cards it seems to do quite a bit better than four stand alone cards as referenced by this Guru3D review of Crossfired 5970s shows.

For sheer power, Crossfired 5970s would be quite a sight to behold and would easily last you another 2-3 years running at 1080p and most eye candy at mid to high levels. But it all comes back to your CPU. Four GPU dies is a lot for that aging proc. And if you're not wanting to upgrade that right now, you're earlier conclusion above -- going with a second 5770 -- may be your best bet.

Of course, you could always grab a single 6970 (or 6950 and flash the 6970 bios for free power) if you want to stay on AMD's side, or pick up a GTX 570 if you venture to the green camp. But again, the Q6600 comes back to bite you. Asking for another 3-4 years of GPU upgrades with the same CPU is really pushing the realm of reality.
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Have you prepared a budget for this upgrade?
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I'm actually laughing my arse off at people saying get a few 6870's or 6950's...

My 4.1Ghz Phenom 2 x6 is holding back my 5850's for the most part and you guys are telling him to get a faster set-up then mine with a slower 65nm Intel Quad?

Lmaooooooooooooooooo
You realise how much nonsense you are chatting don't you?

Go and search for the i3 v i7 gaming performance comparison thread. The difference between the two is negliable in games, and i can bet the q6600 will perform just as well as an i3. If you dont believe that then there is no hope for you. He might lose 10 frames a second with that cpu over say, an i7 920, but with that much graphics horsepower, it wont even matter.

Another example, i dropped an AM3 athlon 5200+ (OEM Cpu) into my sig rig below, stock clocked, and lost around 15fps in most games. not a big deal, because i can push well over 100fps in most games @1680x1050.
     
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To put it simply.
I want one card now, and another later.
But both cards must not be bottlenecked by my CPU, got any definate suggestions?
Like 2 x 5850 would barely be bottlenecked by my CPU (as an example)

I don't want two cards that will ultimately be bottlenecked, I'm not upgrading anything else.

I'll get a whole new system eventually, just want to get the max out of this setup.
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To put it simply.
I want one card now, and another later.
But both cards must not be bottlenecked by my CPU, got any definate suggestions?
Like 2 x 5850 would barely be bottlenecked by my CPU (as an example)

I don't want two cards that will ultimately be bottlenecked, I'm not upgrading anything else.

I'll get a whole new system eventually, just want to get the max out of this setup.
In that case, 2x 5850s (and perhaps 6850s) are your best bet at this point then.
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So two 5850's will not be bottlenecked?
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post #20 of 26
Obviously the 6900 series of cards. If you are ready to flash, you can get a 6950 setup and flash those to 6970s or if you don't want to rick it, just get 6970s.......

When you plan on upgrading (Like Me), I would go for 2 GTX 580's, as they are destroying the competition. It is the first setup that can actually run the Metro 2033 benchmark on maximum settings, and still maintain a average framerate of 60FPS.

EDIT: Crap saw that CPU. In that case I would go a step back and the 5800 series of cards. Again if you want get the 5850 and flash that to 5870 or you can just get 5870s as they are quite cheap.
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