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sooo..
does anyone know if my amd phenom II 3.40 ghz processor can be taken off my motherboard if i ever wanted to change motherboards???
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Originally Posted by rawrjaay View Post
what would be a good graphics card to buy that will last me a while for the future and the futures games

so i can always have bad ass graphics when future games come out .
thanks

**i have a ATI Radeon 5770 right now**
Well you didn't list your PSU wattage or CPU. I'll assume you'd know what is your limitations.

I'll let the top 12 power rankings list help you decide. Look them over and you choose what ATI you'd think you prefer in bold. Take your budget and/or performance desire or maybe combo of both in mind. Naturally if it's within your system capabilities to run them. Obviously nothing is future proof but a good combo can last a few years. Buy one Crossfire a second later. All really pending on your system's PSU or limitations. Personally I'd stick with the 6000 series. AMD redesigned the architecture and improved it on many fronts.

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I'm talking about single gpu vs crossfire or sli. Crossfire doesn't always scale. When it doesn't you are stuck with the performance of one gpu. I think that paying the price of on 6970 (which can be had by a 6950 anyways) for two 6790s which will have half of the performance of that 6950 at times is just bad advice.

6990, GTX590, GTX580 are ultra enthusiast cards that is another story.
Crossfire not scaling is rare nowadays though. I have ONE game that doesnt scale and that is Star Trek: Elite Force. And on every other game I get 90-100% scaling from the second card thanks to improvements in the 6xxx series. If a game in the future doesn't utilize Crossfire then the devs must be on some kind of drugs because Crossfire/SLi are mainstream now. That is just a fact. Spending the money for 2 cards still remains a smart decision. I would have to think that the many people who have crossfire/sli would stand to agree with me. If this wasn't the case then why would AMD/NVidia make a flagship card with 2 GPUs that use the technology. That's just stupid.
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If you have a $400 budget, do one of the two following:

1) Get a 6970. Resell when you feel necessary.

or

2) Get a 6850 or a 6870 by a stretch. Then when 1.5 years down the line (approx), sell your card for whatever you can get for it, and buy the equivalently priced card again with the remaining $200 (and keep the amount you earned from the 6870). In another 1.5 years sell that card, and use the amount you got from the 6870 and your second card to buy a third card. Rinse and repeat.

Just depends on your budget. Any route you take can be "future-proof" depending on what you want to spend. Just depends on how you work your $$$.
    
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obvious question obvious answer. AMD's flagship video card of course.
Its been more than two years since the release of the previous flagship, Radeon 5970 and I'm still waiting for decent drivers.

I wouldn't recommend the flagship, too expensive, very few cards sold, very little effort to improve drivers.

I would go for 2x6970 or 2x6950 instead, I'm sorry for 5970, such a great card but a waste of money in the end!
    
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Its been more than two years since the release of the previous flagship, Radeon 5970 and I'm still waiting for decent drivers.

I wouldn't recommend the flagship, too expensive, very few cards sold, very little effort to improve drivers.

I would go for 2x6970 or 2x6950 instead, I'm sorry for 5970, such a great card but a waste of money in the end!
This is very true for flagship dual GPU's. Since there are very small numbers compared to the single GPU's the companies focus on the masses except for the few. The dual's get less attention and slower response time for improvement or fixes. That's why I'm such a fan of two single gpu's over one dual. It may be a bit more expensive but you do get better performance in return over their counterpart. Glad you pointed that out.

My recoomendation to the OP is get AMD 6970 and crossfire it down the road when gaming catches up OR sell it and get the latest and greatest at that time again.
     
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