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I say get the HD 6950 then unlock the shaders. Thats the best bang for your buck. Then you can XFire it down the road.

Next you can upgrade your Hard Drive to a SSD then your Memory to at least 6GB if you want Triple Channel and motherboard can do it, if not go for a 2 x 8GB with better timings.

You can also try overclocking your rig but that would require a better CPU cooler. I use the Antec Kuhler H20 620 and it's great. I have my i7-950 to 4GHz and tops at 80C with all 8 threads running for hours on end (Benchmark and Diagnosis runs).

You can also overclock your GPU or your XFire if you do go XFire and get more bang for your buck.

This is your best upgrade path IMO.

Good luck.
Edited by MConstantine - 2/27/11 at 10:05am
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I think the single card now, and then x2 down the road makes the most sense. SLI 460's will definitely outperform a single 6950, but just by looking at some benches it doesn't appear to be by an earth shattering amount. So you could pick the 6950 up and I would think if you stayed at 1080 then it should suit you fine for quite awhile, and when the time comes you can always x2 it, the 6k seem to be quite beast at the whole Xfire thing.

That and you'll use a ton less power

actually trying to decide between a 6870 and 6950 myself
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alrighty, everyone has been bumped accordingly for their input. thank you very much for your help. i think i'll have to go with the 6950 since it can achieve at least 6970 numbers. i hate to spend that much on a card, but the 4890s are still going for ~$100 on ebay and i had no problem getting rid of my 9800 for a good price. plus in a year or less the card will come down and i can xfire it and laugh at puny games for a few weeks before crisis 16 comes out and i need a complete rebuild.
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