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Ok, so I've got Sandy Bridge on the way (it'll be here Thursday) and I'm already thinking that my current GPU (HD5770) is going to keep the i5 2500k from really shining in games. If I'm wrong, ignore the rest! Well, not really, so tell me what you think.

Keep in mind that I may XFire in the future, so ATI is preferable.

What is the absolute best "bang-for-buck" GPU that's going to let the full potential of an i5 2500k, clocked at approx. 4.5ghz, blow me away like a Cat. 5 Hurricane

Or should I just keep my current GPU and get another?????
post #2 of 11
6950 w/ unlocked shaders?
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6950 w/ unlocked shaders?
Yeah...I've been eyeballin THIS Sapphire card, but I just can't justify spending that kind of money on a GPU, when my entire SB upgrade was a mere $400.

I honestly haven't ever spent more than $250 on a GPU and that was an AGP X1950Pro about 6 years ago.
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Looking at the 5770 crossfire benchmarks in this review,Crossfire 5770 seems to beat the 5870 by 5 fps roughly and at other times it ties a 5870. Obviously, the most cost effective solution would be to crossfire the 5770 and see if it gives you satisfactory results. If not, you could always sell them and buy a good used 6870 which should get you under 200 usd mark for a videocard, and then crossfire down the road.
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If at all possible you should sell the 5770 and buy a 6950. I cant even tell you how obsessed i am with mine. I went from a 4870 TriFire rig, to the 6950 and it was a great move.
If thats simply too much $, then the best 6800 you can afford. xfire them down the road.
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Looking at the 5770 crossfire benchmarks in this review,Crossfire 5770 seems to beat the 5870 by 5 fps roughly and at other times it ties a 5870. Obviously, the most cost effective solution would be to crossfire the 5770 and see if it gives you satisfactory results. If not, you could always sell them and buy a good used 6870 which should get you under 200 usd mark for a videocard, and then crossfire down the road.
This is what I've been thinking all along, because the 5770's do scale so well. Only concern with this is driver issues. I've read too many issues with XFire setups lately due to drivers not cooperating or whatever. BC2 seems to have issues with XFire setups and that about all I play nowadays.
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I think the big advantage the 6900 or 6800 series has is driver improvements. you can pretty much add 20% gains from all benches released past 2-3 months or so
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The 6900 series scale as well as the 5770s do. No lie. Why'd you think the 6990 is so successful? It scales to a level of like 95% in all games for both GPUs. No lie.

A 6950 is the best deal there and then Xfire later. ^^
     
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The 6900 series scale as well as the 5770s do. No lie. Why'd you think the 6990 is so successful? It scales to a level of like 95% in all games for both GPUs. No lie.

A 6950 is the best deal there and then Xfire later. ^^
Well, if there's any possible way that I can come up with $275-$300 to spend on a GPU, that's exactly what I'll do

I don't think that between all of the parts that I have hanging around here, they'd be worth $150, let alone twice that.

Anyways...I've got a complete LOT of stuff on CL right now and that might actually get me enough to get another 5770, so I think I'm gonna go that way for now.

Then again, if I could sell that stuff, then my current GPU...I'd have enough for a used ____________-----> FILL IN THE BLANK!!!!
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6950. There filled the blank. ^^
     
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