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I have been trying to make some headway on upgrading my computer. I have been considering selling my current video card.

I am kinda 50/50 on the plan. It still can eat up the games, but I was thinking something more power efficient and better at folding.

Problem is though, I don't want to spend more than $250, however I want equal or greater performance.

I was probably thinking Nvidia, partially because I am about tired of ATI's Catalyst Control Center. If I ever go beyond 10.4, I get BSOD.

Not saying Nvidia is the driver cure-all...but it may certainly be a valid option. Even for the ATI users with the newer cards, I here bad things about CCC. [one main point is the absolutely confusing profile setup]

Sooo...does anybody have a thought on what I should look into? I have been keeping an eye one ebay, thinking maybe a GTX 570 or..alas...a 6950 and flashing to 6970.

Note: I am VERY skeptical on the 570 because I have read that many seem to be dying. I believe it was regarded as a heat issue? VRM? Something?
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post #2 of 11
Accustomed to a 4870X2, you're going to have to spend more than $250 to avoid a downgrade/sidegrade situation. If you're planing to sell your X2, I sold mine for $250shipped about a year ago.

Stay AWAY from fleeBay, you're better off here... at the forums at that point.
 
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I just went from a 4870x2 to an unlocked 6950. I didn't think it would be as much of an upgrade as it is. $245 amir. Depending on the game, it's either just as fast, or, 10 - 40% faster.

One thing I noticed though was that 40 fps on crysis warhead is smoother and more playable than the 40 fps out of the 4870x2. I can't explain it. Probably a min framerate thing.
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I was thinking $250 as well. It is still in certainly good condition and has always been kept quite cool (original packaging and everything to boot!).

I gotta gain some more rep on here before I can go to the marketplace however.

Regardless, I still am at a loss of what card to get. I certainly like the thought of nvidia, but the price/performance ratio is a ways off from ATI.

Also, selling it for $250 here may be a little more difficult than places such as eBay, however I am also questioning the reliability of their service.
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post #5 of 11
either boil down using 2 6950's for a compensation over the price spent and the performance from a 4870x2..
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post #6 of 11
The 4870x2 is still a great card. The only game I haven't been able to play at 2560x1440 is Crysis with the visuals up.

Wait out till the next round of videocards mate your 4870x2 will still be a performer until then
post #7 of 11
A 4870x2 is worth $150 max.

This one has been for sale for a while on ONC. $140

http://www.overclock.net/video/94652...hd-4870x2.html
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post #8 of 11
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I certainly don't plan on those crazy high resolutions. Single monitor gamer all the way
1080p Crysis one at max settings (except for textures at high) 8x AA at 40 fps...i take that over higher resolutions.

Also, I just have a hard time seeing less than $200. I fully understand the idea of depreciated value, however it still beats out $250 cards, granted it has been used.
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post #9 of 11
buy 6950 OC or GTX 570 ~
post #10 of 11
The 4870 x2 Is still a beast of a card, if i were you then I'd keep that card another few months till the prices went down, then you could maybe grab a 5970 or a GTX580

saying 5970 since you are used to the powerful dual gpu card, and the 6990 and 590 would still cost quite a lot more then the 5970.

Or you could go X fire with two 6850's?
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