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post #1 of 14
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My birthday is coming up, and I currently have my sig rig, i'm perfectly fine with recycling parts.
What can i get rid of/sell and upgrade to with $1,000?
Add watercooling?
Be ridiculous and get a caselabs m8?
Who knows!
What do you guys think?
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post #2 of 14
Sell the 6950, buy 2x 7950s and a 128gb SSD.
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post #3 of 14
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Quote:
Originally Posted by itzhoovEr View Post

Sell the 6950, buy 2x 7950s and a 128gb SSD.

I forgot to add that I have a 64gb crucial m4 ssd, and a 300gb velociraptor. thanks for reminding me to add it to the sig rig tongue.gif
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post #4 of 14
wait a couple on months and upgrade to Ivy bridge, HD7970, watercooling and another HDD for back ups thumb.gif
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post #5 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by TGTBATQ View Post

I forgot to add that I have a 64gb crucial m4 ssd, and a 300gb velociraptor. thanks for reminding me to add it to the sig rig tongue.gif

Sell the 6950 and buy 2x 7970s thumb.gif
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post #6 of 14
Get a Hyper 212 or a H80 and OC that 2500k thumb.gif

OR

Get 2 x 7970.
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post #7 of 14
I would hold out untill the new cards from Nvidia comes out.Then you can compare the results and see which will give you the most performance.Then either buy two of the new Nvidia cards for SLI or two 7970's for Xfire.Your 2500K is fine and all you have to do is overclock it with a nice aftermarket heatsink if you didn't have one already.
post #8 of 14
start with a RASA RX360 kit to cool that i5 and OC that to heaven,
then wait a while and see what is the best performance price for u when both teams have there offerings on the table,
the 7970 is a great card but it will remain over price till something can beat it, thumb.gif
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post #9 of 14
Make another rig. ^_^
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post #10 of 14
What do you use it for, gaming? The following is assuming its mainly for gaming.
You already have a very solid rig. The only thing that would really make a difference would be video card(s).
As long as you don't have any problems with your current parts (overheating or part dying/maxxing out), anything else will give marginal results. Youre already in a region where adding money adds little benefit, and gains become very expensive.

What about a monitor? Either a larger, higher res one or a pair of the same one that you have.
How is your sound system?

Im not sure I would get 2 7970s if you play at 1080p. Seems like a waste to me. I would buy one and use the rest of the money to upgrade monitor(s) or sound or something else.
Thats just my opinion, though.
    
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