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User Info: JRTIGHE141

JRTIGHE141
4 years ago#1
PC specs are:
MSI P67A-GD53 | i5 2500k | 4GB Corsair XMS3 | Asus DirectCU 6870 | 2x 500GB HDDs | XFX 650w PSU.... all running on a single 1080p monitor.

I'm planning on not buying a PS4 (my chosen next-gen console) at launch and will instead upgrade my PC for a fraction of the cost until I want to buy a PS4.

I know I probably need another 4GB of RAM, but I'm wondering whether it would be worth buying a second 6870 to run in X-Fire or to sell my 6870 and get a newer GPU?

Budget is about maximum £150. This is not including the money I would get for selling my 6870.

Thoughts?
Lemur_H posted ... @Rud3Bwoy
Considering all the pirated Rosetta Stone software, I'd expect you to have a much better grasp on the English language.

User Info: LordSeifer

LordSeifer
4 years ago#2
what game cant you play? maybe you want to wait.

personally id prefer the single card, but if you can get a used 6870 for cheap then hey.

and 4gb of ram is cheap
^ this

User Info: Shpoople

Shpoople
4 years ago#3
For 150, I think another 6870 and stick of RAM will be your best bet. You'd sell your 6870 for maybe £80? Can't see any single card <£200 that would be better than 2 6870s.

EDIT: Actually, you could pick up a 2gb 7870 if you sold your 6870, and whilst it would be a bit weaker than 2 6870s, you won't run into any xfire issues, will run quiter/cooler, and has that extra 1gb of VRAM which will only get more important with future titles.
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User Info: Slayn

Slayn
4 years ago#5
The 8gb is an easy upgrade, the video card is the hard part. I don't have experience with xfire, but I love my SLI setup. You have to work out how much you can get a 2nd card for, or how much you can sell your current card for, and work out how much of a budget you have left, and if the upgrade will be worth it. Might want to upgrade the memory and just wait until the next gen of cards. I never go up a generation, I either skip a gen or SLI a mid range card.
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User Info: maybecalls

maybecalls
4 years ago#6
Shpoople posted...
For 150, I think another 6870 and stick of RAM will be your best bet. You'd sell your 6870 for maybe £80? Can't see any single card <£200 that would be better than 2 6870s.

EDIT: Actually, you could pick up a 2gb 7870 if you sold your 6870, and whilst it would be a bit weaker than 2 6870s, you won't run into any xfire issues, will run quiter/cooler, and has that extra 1gb of VRAM which will only get more important with future titles.


Yeah, if you Crossfire two 6870s, you'll only have 1GB of VRAM to make use of. Not good.

User Info: JRTIGHE141

JRTIGHE141
4 years ago#7
So if I upgraded my RAM to 8GB (costing around £30) you'd recommend selling my 6870 (which would get me around £60, and buying a new GPU for about £170? What would be the best GPU for £180?
Lemur_H posted ... @Rud3Bwoy
Considering all the pirated Rosetta Stone software, I'd expect you to have a much better grasp on the English language.

User Info: Slayn

Slayn
4 years ago#8
I recommend you hold on to the 6870 and wait until next gen. I don't see why you need to upgrade so soon.
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User Info: godplaysSNES

godplaysSNES
4 years ago#9
It's always best to wait if you can wait

I don't think HD 6870 CF is a great idea. Possible lack of VRAM aside, AMD' doesn't use VLIW4/VLIW5 for their cards anymore. AMD's optimizations going forward will be for their GCN architectures.
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