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That is the question.

I play games very rarely on my sigrig, and when I do, it usually consists of various Source games (see GMod), UT2004, or WoW. The only thing I lag with is WoW, frequently getting below 25FPS in very intense areas. The 6970 should help with this. I would also like to be able to max out Crysis with something higher than an 18FPS average.

Will the 6970 be the upgrade I've been looking for? Should I crossfire 6950s instead? Am I asking for too much? What say you, OCN?
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If its just for one game, I would hold off. Remember that the longer you wait, the more money you will probably save
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you don't really need it if its just for 2 games that you rarely play.
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I would say go for the single 6970. Will be a able to handle Crysis in at least 30FPS at highest settings (without the useless AA of course), and WOW will benefit as well. Getting one 6970 is clearly the way to go for the price, and the few games you do play you will be able to play on highest settings.

    
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If you play games rarely on the rig you are trying to upgrade, then I would not waste the money. Unless you are filthy rich. The 5870 is a mighty strong card for the occasional gaming and definitely for WoW. You must have something else going on.
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The only game i play is crysis wars, i used to run 2 5870's which did well with the game.

I recently sold them both and bought a 6970. Im really impressed with the card.

Once in a while Ill dip to the high teens but not that much.

I say go for it.
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post #7 of 43
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Remember that the longer you wait, the more money you will probably save
See, that's what I thought when I got my 5870. I had originally planned to Crossfire a pair of em but held off on the second card for 6 months. They didn't drop so I picked up a used VaporX from a friend. (I ended up selling it a couple weeks later, it barely increased performance... but thats a story for another time). The only time I saw the card price drop was after the 69xx came out, and now they're dirt cheap!
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If you play games rarely on the rig you are trying to upgrade, then I would not waste the money. Unless you are filthy rich. The 5870 is a mighty strong card for the occasional gaming and definitely for WoW. You must have something else going on.
I do. Its hard for my 5870 to push 5040x1050 with all settings maxxed.

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I would say go for the single 6970. Will be a able to handle Crysis in at least 30FPS at highest settings (without the useless AA of course), and WOW will benefit as well. Getting one 6970 is clearly the way to go for the price, and the few games you do play you will be able to play on highest settings.

I wonder how well that will work in Eyefinity. Since the 5870 gets 18FPS average, I'd expect at least a 10FPS gain on the 2GB 6970...

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The only game i play is crysis wars, i used to run 2 5870's which did well with the game.

I recently sold them both and bought a 6970. Im really impressed with the card.

Once in a while Ill dip to the high teens but not that much.

I say go for it.
How were the XFired 5870s compared to the 6970? Noticeable gain or just more efficient?
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If you are playing at 5040x1050 I would go with 2x 6950 over a 6970.
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Ahh just saw his monitor setup. I would go for the 2x 6950 than. It will give you more firepower for that Eyefinity setup
    
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