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Yea I hear you. The actual upgrade I want to make is 1155, but I am waiting on chipsets. I am thinking 2600k. Any gpu or psu upgrade would carry over anyway, so there's not necessarily a reason to wait for those. What do you think about the HD 5870? It is ranked about top 10 on the list, and is around same price as the gtx 460.

EDIT: And why is the 6870 ranked lower than the 5870? Isn't 6870 newer gen? price seems relatively similar on them
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Yea I hear you. The actual upgrade I want to make is 1155, but I am waiting on chipsets. I am thinking 2600k. Any gpu or psu upgrade would carry over anyway, so there's not necessarily a reason to wait for those. What do you think about the HD 5870? It is ranked about top 10 on the list, and is around same price as the gtx 460.
The HD5xxx series have some issues. Some people have them, others don't. The HD6870 is very VERY close to the same power, but is considerably faster once crossfired (compared to crossfired 5870's). I'd look at the 6870 over the 5870 personally. Plus they use considerably less power.

If you can afford it, you could even look into the HD6950 and GTX570's as well.

EDIT:
Because the 6870 is a mid range card, the 5870 is a high end card. The 6870 is SLIGHTLY slower as a single card compared to the 5870 (slightly), but its considerably faster once both cards are crossfired. You're looking at maybe a 1-5% difference between single cards.
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Thanks, that makes more sense
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Having had both the 5870 and 6870 I prefer the 6870 as a single card for its beefed up tessellation performance. Crossfire 6870 blew my mind but for single cards its a toss up to if you play alot of dx11 games or are looking hard at new titles. Tessellation really did kill my 5870. If you're familiar with unique haven my 5870 could crack 1k overclocked while the 6870 hits about 960 on max oc (very little difference). I would like to point out that overclocking my cpu helped my 5870 scores while it did 0 for my 6870 scores. The being the case the 5870 is likely more cpu dependent because of the higher shader count. While a 6600 probably wont bottleneck a 5870 it will have less effect on a 6870.
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295 ~$150 not $120
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