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Okay so I'll make this direct and to the point: I'm looking to upgrade but I'm not sure what I should do! I'm going to budget myself for $250-$350 (MAYBE A LITTLE HIGHER DEPENDING) for this upgrade. ( Also looking for 120hz + monitor )

My system specs are filled out and that's what I'm working with currently, I am major FPS gamer (Currently heavily into COD:BO and looking into future FPS releases i.e. BF3/Homefront) just looking to spend a little bit of money for some upgrades. The GTX260 is DX10 but DX11 looks amazing, is it worth upgrading a card for or should I just SLI my current 260 Core 216 SC? This actually leads me into my next question; Can I SLI a Core 216 SC 65nm with the 55nm revision card?

If not I would like to look into the best bang for my buck upgrade in reference to my GPU. I've been looking at the 5770 but it seems its a bit hit or miss though the card supports DX11, the performance upgrade is very minimal. I'm so torn between these things it's actually hurting my head thinking about this!!!

I would greatly appreciate any feedback/suggestions the community has to offer! I just want to be able to play my game at ease and not have to worry about frame loss when shooting long range really
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yes I am pretty sure that you can sli those 260s. But I would suggest against it. going for a single card solution will be better for drivers and longevity. I would say that you should pick up an hd5870. You can easily find a used one for around 150-170 or you can find new ones on sale for around $200. I just picked one up from newegg last week for 200. They will blow your 260 out of the water. You could also go for a 6000 series card like the 6850. They sell for around 170. However, the 5870 will perform better for around the same price since it was last gens flagship card and the 6850 is the bottom card in the 6000 series. Just my 2 cents.

edit: is your budget for just the card/cards or does it include the monitor as well?
Edited by omnius19 - 3/10/11 at 7:01am
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I was about to make a suggestion, but am curious if you are looking for a single card at that price or a potential Xfire/SLI setup? Since you mentioned the 5770 I am thinking you are wanting two cards?
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+@ Omnius19: This budget is just for my video card, the monitor is kind of iffy but if I can find a good deal I wont pass it up. I appreciate the input and it also helps from a personal experience as well since you have just purchased the 5870 but from what video card did you upgrade?

@ razorguy: I'm up for either/or, being a CrossFire setup I would have to purchase a different motherboard so right now its either a SLI setup w/ 2x 260s or just an overall good AMD card.
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or a 570 a the top of your price range
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if you are willing to spend up to 350 I would go with either a gtx 570 or a hd6970. They are pretty much comparable performance wise. Just depends on whether you prefer ati or nvidia.
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Yeah I was thinking if I didn't end up selling my 260 after I do upgrade I could run it as a dedicated PhysX card for the heck of it. I'm still a bit torn, I would like to stay below $350 w/ s&h if I could but if it means most performance for the money then I guess overall it would be worth it.

It's been a while since I've been in the market for computer hardware, what is the site with the comparisons and reviews for video cards? Thank you!
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HD 6950 is on the way, I will be flashing this to the 6970 BIOs via the guide on the site! Thanks for the help!
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HD 6950 is on the way, I will be flashing this to the 6970 BIOs via the guide on the site! Thanks for the help!
Excellent choice! I hope the bios flash goes well.
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