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post #11 of 35
Here's two ideas to consider:
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Sorry thats a bit small. Consider the 6970 as a place holder, I'd recomend waiting for the 7870 to launch.
But if you cut back to a smaller ssd, cheaper cooler, and a cheaper case you can squeeze in the 7950:
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I just built my first computer with the P8Z68-V and the UFEI experence is wonderful (As long as you don't try any of the auto-overclocking software, it will mess with BCLK). I'd also highly recomend the Corsair Force GT, I have a 90 gb one and it makes a huge difference.
It's too early to build an LGA2011 system for cheap; if you could pitch in an extra $250 it's possible to build one with a 7950; but otherwise you're going to have to greatly compromise motherboard, psu and case quality to get it within budget.
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Thanks for the post, i like the idea of having a 7950 rolleyes.gif i took a look at those mobo's on newegg, they've got some scare reviews, any particular reason why you favor them?
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I have used the ASRock P67 Extreme 4 before and now the ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3. I've never had any problems with both of the boards, very solid tho but it might vary.

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Isn't the 6970 a more cost-effective choice? It will max out just about any game, and prices are sure to drop, allowing a Crossfire or CrossfireX configuration.
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post #15 of 35
if you have a microcenter local to you they are selling i5 and i7's for $50 less then newegg and if you purchase a MB with it they take an additional $50 off the MB. i purchased a build saturday and i got an i5 2500k and asrock p67 E4 G3 for $279.

i almost got the stuff from newegg but my friend convinced me to go to microcenter and im glad i did, saved $100 over newegg. just like to pass on that info.
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post #16 of 35
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Isn't the 6970 a more cost-effective choice? It will max out just about any game, and prices are sure to drop, allowing a Crossfire or CrossfireX configuration.

This. A 6970 or 6950 2gb will give you great performance to max out almost any game and save you >$200. In the build I proposed, just shifted this to a big SSD. The 7950 is a nice card but currently it's way overpriced.
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post #17 of 35
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Isn't the 6970 a more cost-effective choice? It will max out just about any game, and prices are sure to drop, allowing a Crossfire or CrossfireX configuration.

That is an option of mine, though i'd probably go with unlocked 6950's
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if you have a microcenter local to you they are selling i5 and i7's for $50 less then newegg and if you purchase a MB with it they take an additional $50 off the MB. i purchased a build saturday and i got an i5 2500k and asrock p67 E4 G3 for $279.
i almost got the stuff from newegg but my friend convinced me to go to microcenter and im glad i did, saved $100 over newegg. just like to pass on that info.

No Microcenter in AZ /:
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This. A 6970 or 6950 2gb will give you great performance to max out almost any game and save you >$200. In the build I proposed, just shifted this to a big SSD. The 7950 is a nice card but currently it's way overpriced.

A question ive been askin myself is, How do crossfired 6950/6970's fair against a 7950? More of a rhetorical question as i am lookin it up now, just letting you know my thoughts.
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post #18 of 35

I would get a 7950 than a CF 6950/6970. A CF 6950/6970 of course is gonna be faster than a 7950 but you'd probably run into driver/heat/noise problems sometimes with CF setup. I always prefer a single GPU over a CF setup.

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post #19 of 35
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I would get a 7950 than a CF 6950/6970. A CF 6950/6970 of course is gonna be faster than a 7950 but you'd probably run into driver/heat/noise problems sometimes with CF setup. I always prefer a single GPU over a CF setup.

I kind of want a 7950 so i have the option to later crossfire them. But im with you on the single gpu thing.
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post #20 of 35
Some people....

The driver issues with crossfire are from those who don't know what they are doing, or trolls. I never have had problems myself, and people on here I've known for a long time to be reputtable on this matter don't have issue's either. Buying current-gen high-end at intro prices is STUPID. The money would be better spent on a 6970 2GB and larger SSDs.

But, that's just my opinion. Spend your money how you will.
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