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    Default Buying a video card need advice.

    Building a new system and been out of the system building game awhile. Thinking either one Radeon HD 6870 or two Radeon HD 5770 in crossfire mode any other suggestions would be helpful. Also keep in mind I want to spend around $250 ish on the video cards.

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    GTX 460's in SLI.

    Merry Christmas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seņor Kalivos View Post
    GTX 460's in SLI.

    Merry Christmas.
    Pretty much as good as you can get with that budget.
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    Ok thanks been so lost with all the numbers of video cards these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steinbek View Post
    Building a new system and been out of the system building game awhile. Thinking either one Radeon HD 6870 or two Radeon HD 5770 in crossfire mode any other suggestions would be helpful. Also keep in mind I want to spend around $250 ish on the video cards.
    Two 5770s (in crossfire) are about as fast as a single 6870
    a 6950 is about 10-15% faster than a 6850.
    Price wise (sale/after MIR): 5770 run about 100-120 each, 6870 about 199-220, 6950 240-280 (1GB-2GB).
    2GB 6950s ($260-280ish) can be flashed to a 6970 ($350-370), 1GB 6950s ($240-260) can not (as if yet, or until someone makes a 1GB 6970). For many the extra $10 for the 2GB is worth it, especially for the "6970 upgrade" or Eyefinity.

    A GTX 460 (768) is about 10-15% faster then a 5770, giving the biggest "bang for the buck" when on sale (sub $100), otherwise they about even with the 5770 given they cost about 10-15% more. ATI cards do tend to scale better in Crossfire since the HD6000 release.

    IF you run an Intel SLI certified system you have the added bonus of being able to run either SLI OR CFX. IF you run an AMD system you are pretty much tied to Crossfire.
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    CF/SLI scaling is sometimes bad, you need profiles and you have micro fps dropdowns.

    buy a potent single vga and have fun without problems.

    for your budget, 6970 / gtx 560 or gtx 570
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