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Right now I have a MB with only 1 PCIe x16 slot and a HD 5770. I have a $200 budget not including the money I can get from selling my 5770 and my MB.

Here is the case: I can't decide whether to buy a 6xxx series card and keep my MB (will prob be 6950 if I can sell my 5770 for like $70) or sell my MB and get a second (or third?) 5770 to run in crossfire.

The more I think about it the more clueless I become. Which option would be the best for me on my budget (again, $200 not including the money I can get selling my current GPU+MB)?
post #2 of 14
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Originally Posted by ComradeNF View Post
Right now I have a MB with only 1 PCIe x16 slot and a HD 5770. I have a $200 budget not including the money I can get from selling my 5770 and my MB.

Here is the case: I can't decide whether to buy a 6xxx series card and keep my MB (will prob be 6950 if I can sell my 5770 for like $70) or sell my MB and get a second (or third?) 5770 to run in crossfire.

The more I think about it the more clueless I become. Which option would be the best for me on my budget (again, $200 not including the money I can get selling my current GPU+MB)?
I vote 6950 and stick with a single card.

You should save a motherboard upgrade for when you switch to a new platform like Bulldozer or SandyBridge.
Edited by willibj - 4/24/11 at 10:47pm
 
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I vote 6950 and stick with a single card.

You should save a motherboard upgrade for when you switch to a new platform like Bulldozer or SandyBridge.
GASP! I would never deceive my Phenom II x4 :O. I love it too much :]

But thanks for the suggestion. Lets see some other answers guys.
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Just get a better card
 
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Haha, fair enough. I bet the consensus will agree.

Your MB could be better, allowing for a safe higher OC on your chip and it would be nice to be at 4ghz, but the 6950 should see greater gains overall and your CPU should be enough as is for another GPU generation. Have you got a NB overclock?

Still calling a GPU upgrade as top of the list.
 
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Haha, fair enough. I bet the consensus will agree.

Your MB could be better, allowing for a safe higher OC on your chip and it would be nice to be at 4ghz, but the 6950 should see greater gains overall and your CPU should be enough as is for another GPU generation. Have you got a NB overclock?

Still calling a GPU upgrade as top of the list.
Nope. I really don't know how to OC my NB
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I would get 6950 2gb reference that unlocks to 6970 shader.
Is your asus 5770 reference model? If yes, I'll take it for $70.
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I would get 6950 2gb reference that unlocks to 6970 shader.
Is your asus 5770 reference model? If yes, I'll take it for $70.
What does reference mean? o_O
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What does reference mean? o_O
very first unmodified model.
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very first unmodified model.
How do you check if it is reference or not?
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