Sorry to hear about your 6870..... I am running a 6870 myself.. but it is only about 7 months old. I installed one of those Arctic Cooler Twin Turbo coolers on it.... i hope this will help its longevity of the card.
ummm.... those 7870 ghz cards run from 200 ~ 350.00..... a bit more dough than 30 bucks that Reason mentioned..
when were you looking to upgrade your system? 3 months or 2yrs?
if it is in the next couple of months... why not just bite the bullet and build that new system? If it is a year from now and you are not worry about gaming... then just get that 30 buck get me by card... If the CPU is doing you well and you are not planning to upgrade for more than a year.... maybe you should consider just getting a card like say a GTX670 or 7970.... sure you might spend between 340~450..... but you'll have a card that will last you a good bit. then when you upgrade, just upgrade the system san the gpu...
Thanks for the responses. I had a 560 Ti lined up for $110 that looked like it would meet my current needs, but the day I was set to buy it, I tried my PC and it turned on.
Furmark had the card topping out at 101C, though. When I get some time I need to do a serious dusting anyway, so I might add a heatsink reapplication to that.
That 6970 is a great deal. If I'd liked eyefinity and kept my third monitor I'd go for that.
This old E6850 is still chugging along though. On that front I am waiting until I find a Q9650 in my range. I figure I'll run that for a while, and then upgrade to whatever is current in a year or two, which should be a significant upgrade. DDR4 should be established by then, so I'll probably end up skipping DDR3. Who knows, maybe AMD will even have a desktop contender by then.