- Jun 2, 2011
- 739 (0.31/day)
|System Name||An experiment in continuous upgrading|
|Processor||Intel Core i7 2600k @ 4.2 Ghz | Phenom II X4 965 | Phenom II X4 965|
|Motherboard||MSI P67A-GD53 | MSI 990FXA-GD80 | Asus M4A79 Deluxe|
|Cooling||Noctua NH-D14 | Zalman CNPS10x | Coolermaster*212+|
|Memory||Kingston KHX1866C9D3K2 |*8Gb | 8Gb|
|Video Card(s)||MSI GTX 580 TF2 x 2 (SLI) | Sapphire Radeon 7970 + GTX 460 | Radeon 4870 1Gb|
|Storage||Crucial M4 120gb Sata3 SSD + WD Caviar black 1Tb + 1.5Tb | WD Caviar Black 1Tb x 3 | WD Blue 500gb|
|Display(s)||Samsung S23A700D 120hz + nVidia 3D Vision + 17" Acer secondary LCD | 40" Sony 1080p TV | Sam. 2233rz|
|Case||Antec 1200 | Lian-Li PC-8 | Antec 302|
|Audio Device(s)||Auzentech Prelude X-Fi + Senn. PC360 G4ME | Prelude X-Fi + Home theater | Creative HS-1200|
|Power Supply||Corsair TX850W | Corsair TX 750 | OCZ 700|
|Software||About 400 top-rated games. | 150 top-rated games | No games|
|Benchmark Scores||No time for benching, I prefer gaming.|
It's a great card, but it won't give you near the performance of 5870cf. Of course, a single 6970 most likely negates the need to upgrade your PSU, which likely 5870cf would need.
So frankly a single 6970 2gb in a week or two appears to be your best bet to my eyes. Later you can upgrade your PSU, and after that another 6970 if you so desire. Either way, 1Gb is fairly constraining at this point, but a 2gb card future-proofs you well.
I am always hesitant to recommend something in particular unless I have all the information, which I don't, given that I have not read the entire thread. However, I felt the need to correct that person who was misinforming you, lest you make a costly decision based on ... fiction.
That's why I prefer posting relevant, objective measurements and facts, and let YOU make your own decision.