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i'm really torn on what video card(s) i should buy.

i want to play new games on max settings (with AA etc on) with fluid frame rates...and i'm playing on a single 24" 1080p monitor.

can i do that with a single 7970? on a 7950? or crossfire 2 6000 series cards? or even with a single 6000 series card?
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7950 runs BF3 @ all max settings fluidly. If you overclock it a bit (incredibly easy on the new cards), it sails past 70FPS maxed out thumb.gif
     
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7950 it is then tongue.gif

will a 550w power supply power it okay?

here's the rest of my parts:

ASRock 990fx AM3+
AMD FX-6100
Mushkin DDR3-1600 8gb
Mushkin Chronos SATAIII 60gb SSD
Seagate Barracuda 500gb
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A good quality 550w should be fine for a single, you'll need to upgrade the PSU if you plan on ever having more than one.
    
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Originally Posted by mchlmacdonald View Post

7950 it is then tongue.gif
will a 550w power supply power it okay?
here's the rest of my parts:
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AMD FX-6100
Mushkin DDR3-1600 8gb
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The box says 500W or greater, so you should be fine. Assuming your power supply is a good brand thumb.gif
     
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post #6 of 15
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would it be worth it to crossfire them for a single 24" monitor? how "future proof" would my rig be if i did so?
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Originally Posted by mchlmacdonald View Post

would it be worth it to crossfire them for a single 24" monitor? how "future proof" would my rig be if i did so?

Nothing is future proof really, for now a single 7950 is more than enough for pretty much any game, I don't really see anyone "needing" to crossfire two of them unless they're playing on 3 monitors, in which case the extra power is needed. For 1080p, you don't need more than a single unless you have deep pockets and don't really care. After a certain point, you begin have huge diminishing returns on how much you're putting into your rig and how much you're actually getting out of it..something to keep in mind when building a gaming rig.
    
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Originally Posted by mchlmacdonald View Post

would it be worth it to crossfire them for a single 24" monitor? how "future proof" would my rig be if i did so?

On one monitor? Not really. Maybe down the road (far down the road, lol).
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Nothing is future proof really, for now a single 7950 is more than enough for pretty much any game, I don't really see anyone "needing" to crossfire two of them unless they're playing on 3 monitors, in which case the extra power is needed. For 1080p, you don't need more than a single unless you have deep pockets and don't really care. After a certain point, you begin have huge diminishing returns on how much you're putting into your rig and how much you're actually getting out of it..something to keep in mind when building a gaming rig.

This pretty much sums it up. EyeFinity is the only reason to get more than one 7900 card.
     
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Asus Xonar Essence STX Beyerdynamic DT770 250 Ohm 
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post #9 of 15
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i would rather not crossfire if it's not required for what i want out of my games...if it's just FPS bragging rights then i don't need it. i just want to play games on max settings with smooth frame rates.
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by TheJesus View Post

7950 runs BF3 @ all max settings fluidly. If you overclock it a bit (incredibly easy on the new cards), it sails past 70FPS maxed out thumb.gif

Damn I should return my 7970 then, must be defective. Cause I can only manage 64fps maxed out in BF3.
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