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I would say get 1 7970 for now, see how you like it, then if you need to get another card. As far as the mobo... Why do you need a new one? I had the G1 assassin and it was cool, but I always had issues with the Killer NIC. They are very slow on firmware updates and every once and a while you get something that doesnt work with it and you have to wait for them to put out a f/w update, I actually resorted to my usb nic for a while.

This information is extremely helpful.

I've never really liked the sabertooth (maybe its a aesthetics thing), the pci-e slots are right on top of each other so no spacing which eliminates air cooling possibilities. Water is cool but i dont really OC anyways.. i find a OC thats stable.. but typically just revert to stock settings so i dont have any issues. I also get issues with the sata3 controller when using sata3 ssds and random buggyness with crashes that i just figure are the motherboards fault.
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On watercooling, don't see the difference of X58 Sabertooh from other X58. It supports 2 x PCIe @x16/x16. Unless you really need it now and the upgrade is the itch needs to scratch, wait for 7990 (12GB?) with only one waterblock. By then, you will have more to shell out for real upgrade.

Just my 2cents.gif

 
 

On water there is no difference, but I wont be back on water right away. A better mobo would also eliminate the need for water. Which I like, but it also annoys me in many ways - my own fault as it was a first time setup so i skipped things that imo will be required in future adjustments like an easy access fill port and quick disconnects for the video cards.

Also as i mentioned originally the board has started to feel sketchy, i just seem to crash alot more than should be happening. Though most of the crashes point towards video card/driver issues. Also occasionally the board stops seeing my SSD and i have to remove side panel and unplug (attempt boot) and plug back in then it works.. However if 1 card is enough i can go ahead and do both the mobo and gfx card, and add a second 7970 in a couple months.

Thanks!


Eyefinity or a single 2560x1600, 2x 7970s or a 7990 will be reasonable. Understand what you are saying, go for 1 now and if that will suit you then add more later. But please consider 2600K.

 

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Im also thinking about doing this. 1 7970 should be about equal to 5870CF with less power usage and no CFX issues thumb.gif
i just have to make sure i can get enough out of selling the 5870s to be able to get a 7970
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Get one 7970 and if you're going to switch mobos, don't get another 1366 mobo. Go for SB-E if you can. A 7970 will be faster than 5870 crossfire imo going by the benchies, if not faster, then close.
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Get one 7970 and if you're going to switch mobos, don't get another 1366 mobo. Go for SB-E if you can. A 7970 will be faster than 5870 crossfire imo going by the benchies, if not faster, then close.

I debated long and hard getting a SB-E or SB... i just dont need it. It would be a nice bragging right but thats where it ends, i do no encoding.. nothing that uses much CPU power... i am absolutely fine with my i7 930.

I'll do that upgrade when I'm forced redface.gif


Being I would need new cpu, memory, mobo... all of that and no real performance gain outside of a bench.
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It will be too much to get 2 x HD 7970 + water. If you are 50% sure to get a second HD 7970 get the HD 7990. It will be cheaper.
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Can you wait, say, until March? You might find a 7990, dual processor card available then for less than the price of two 7970's, and since you're using WC, wind up with exactly twice the power, for possibly much less than twice the cost! wink.gif
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post #18 of 18
keep your motherboard, i don't see a point in upgrading if you're not changing sockets. since you play on high-resolution monitors the 7970 would be better with its 3gb of ram. plus if you're going to liquid cool them i'm sure you'll be able to push them to 1300/1400mhz easy. it'll be substantially faster than your 5870's.
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