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I will be playing BF3, Skyrim, and Runescape on an i5-2500k processor with a Radeon 7950 @ 1080p (I will upgrade to a tri-monitor setup soon). Is the GPU I selected overkill for running those games on high settings? I have been told that I am spending too much on a graphics card on an $1800 budget. Is this true? If so, what would still run at high 60fps (rarely dipping below that number)? Thanks.
post #2 of 10
For Runescape and Skyrim it is overkill. For BF3 using eyefinity however, it should about hit the spot.

And who is trying to tell you that a single $450 card to too much for a $1800 budget? What else are you going to fill it with, 3 256GB SSDs? From a price vs budget standpoint $450 is fine.
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That card is really great and you won't regret your purchase. It should run those games fine!
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It's definitely not overkill for 1080P gaming, especially since BF3 is currently the most demanding game out there. Here are the numbers:
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The HD7950 will also come in extremely handy when you upgrade to the Eyefinity 3 monitor setup since it has 3GB of video memory. You might consider getting the HD7870 2GB that releases on March 19 because it isn't much slower than the HD7950 (gives 92% of it's performance on average) but will cost $100 less at $350 (78% of the price of a $450 HD7950).
Edited by Ben the OCer - 3/10/12 at 3:12pm
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post #5 of 10
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1 128GB Crucial M4, Crucial Ballistix 8gb dual channel kit (2x4gb).

Here is what told me that: http://forums.zybez.net/topic/1550664-bf3-gaming-pc/
post #6 of 10
Doesnt make a whole lot of sense to get a 6xxx series now unless you plan on upgrading again any time soon. I recently bought a 6950 for those same games, but I know for sure I wont be buying another card for a while. If you want to "get by", go for a 68xx for now and wait for the 79xx to drop in price (that is, if you want the latest and greatest).
     
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I have never gamed before (minus with friends every yr or so, and the PS1 I had back in 2002, and minus RS), so I honestly don't know what I want. My current computer is not upgradeable and runs on FX 5200 (it's an all-in-one PC).
post #8 of 10
I just read about half that first page and had to stop.

They have zero idea what they are talking about, I would be amazed if any of them have ever seen BF3 above medium. I think i'll copy some of my favorites:
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It'l ruin your wallet, because you'll have hardware sitting in your build that will never get used.
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Woah woah hold on. Are you planning on extending a game across three screens? Do you realize the FoV warping your poor little eyeballs will experience? I guarantee you if you're still playing after 20 minutes without a headache you'll get tired of having to move your head across three screens. And you for sure don't need that power of a card to do simple desktop extending, (ie. having 2 screens a desktop and one a game).
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The fact that you're even considering crossfire with that level of graphics card for gaming proves how insane you are. It's your funeral.
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Unless you're doing heavy CAD/workstation work I strongly suggest you do not buy that graphics card. No current, and I see no future game within the next few years using that type of hardware. And future proofling like that doesn't work with the way GPU's are dropping right now.


Every last one is from Zpoon. He goes on my special list of people to tell other people avoid. Enjoy your 7950, and eyefinity when you get it.

EDIT: I just realized, that other forum is an RS forum... Now it makes more sense.

This is a forum of tech geeks who as a community know how to get the very best out of anything computer related, and members help other people build/upgrade other computers on a day-to-day basis. If there is anywhere in the world I would trust to get a straight answer on a GPU, it would be here. We've got this OCD type thing about numbers to back our claims too.

I'm thinking that a Runescape community isn't the same way. tongue.gif

For things tech-related I would stick to tech forums, like OCN, Overclockers.uk, tom's, etc.
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I had a feeling he was talking bubkas. As I have never gamed before, I think anything would be an improvement, but I still want great settings with playable framerates, good quality, and no lag.
post #10 of 10
I would recommend only getting a 64GB SSD. Games do not benefit from an SSD too much, besides load times. So there is no reason to buy a multiplayer game on an SSD wink.gif
BF3 and Skyrim are the more graphically demanding games and a 7950 should play them fine. And an OC'd 7950 is close to the same performance of an OC'd 7970. So you should be fine thumb.gif
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