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Just picked up an XFX 6950 1GB (dual fan version) to replace my 4890. It should be a nice little upgrade from what I'm used to. Eventually my plan is to run this card in crossfire, however I wasn't really planning on spending $500+ on cards atm. I know this is the latest card out but in a year or two from now what are the chances that I'll actually be able to find one? I could go ahead and pick another up now but it would be a waste of money and complete overkill on todays games at 1080, I'd rather pick another up when it's actually needed.
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Absolutely no chance to buy one new in a two years.
Some chance to buy one new in a year.... but it won't be worth it. By that time, a faster/cheaper card will be avaliable.


Crossfire/SLI is about getting best performance (or in some cases better performance/dollar) now. In most cases, it is not worth planning for multi-card setups 6+ months later.
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In my experience - availability of the last gen cards tends to start drying up after about 6 months of the new gen being release, some older gen cards are sold for a relatively long time (eg Nvidia 6200 or ATI 3450 still available now, new). However the performance cards can go quicker.
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There's always ebay. You can also find some great deals here on OCN when a new generation of cards comes out. Tons of people here put their older cards up for sale.
    
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Wouldn't it make sense to wait until people here sell their 1gen old cards for the newest?

Price-wise it seems pretty good, and its not like its really 'old' tech, just not the newest and fastest.
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I thought about picking one up used later down the line but not many people have the 1GB version, actually not many 1GB versions are being made.

My thought was, upgrade in a year or so for half the cost and get almost double the performance.
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