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Got about an 800 dollar budget to upgrade my pc with well its £500 but that comes in at about $800, I send my gran a check and get her to get the stuff on american amazon and send it to me works out at half the price since we are so expensive here in the uk tongue.gif

I was originally set on a 680/7970 but I also want to upgrade my cpu and I only play on 1900x1200 and no plans on changing that any time soon so I dont think I need a 7970/680. With the budget I will get a 2500k with nice motherboard or an 8150 to slap onto this motherboard I already have.

Anyways my 6970 runs fine atm some games it lags behind, skyrim it stutters a bit with the high res textures and custom mesh packs etc, crysis 2 with dx11 and res textures and bf3 with 4 mxaa obviously. Its not game breaking by any means I am fine with the card still but the main reason I want to ugprade is the noise o-m-g the noise. Its a reference sapphire and its freakin loud.

So would this 7950 be a nice bump up from my 6970, enough to warrent the cost anyways remember not just upgrading performance but reducing noise and temps aswell.

http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-11196-02-40G-PCI-Express-Version-Graphics/dp/B0070APVP2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334134947&sr=8-1

P.S sorry for the story haha tongue.gif
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If your 6970 is fine, I'd keep the money and invest it in liquid cooling for everything to eliminate all the heat and noise issues smile.gif

Otherwise, that's a great 7950. Great temps and performance smile.gif
     
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Why not just stick in another 6970 for crossfire, I'm sure you can find a good deal on a used one. The best Upgrade for your buck, I'd put the money down on another 6970 and just crossfire...you'd likely get 1.5x what you'd get going with a single 7950 for just somewhere around 250 USD range, if that.

Just quick comparison on anandtech with what they had available

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a stock 7970 beat my 6950 cfx overclocked at even 950/1500 when it came to gaming. If you overclock a 7950, it will easily surpass 7970 stock performance and 6970 cfx.

most people seem to forget how incredibly annoying microstutter is.
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Ah ty for the advice anyone else wants to chime in?
Worth the bump from a 6970 to a 7950? would go with a 7970/680 but would rather get the next step down 7950/580 and get a better cpu so I can actually use it.
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I upgraded from an Asus 6970 (Unlocked and BIOS flashed 6950 -> 6970) to a Gigabyte Windforce x3 7950 and have it clocked at 1200/1650 with ease and the card is pretty quiet while never going over 60C in my most demanding games. I am pretty sure I was getting just under 50FPS on Heaven with my 6970 with mature drivers and with immature drivers on the OC's 7950 I pushing mid 90s on the same settings. I am sure that after a few more months when AMD has optimized the drivers better I will be looking at least double the performance of my 6970.

I was able to sell my 6970 for a very good price so the upgrade only cost me about 150 bucks and oh boy was it ever worth it.

For example I was getting mid 40s FPS in BF3 B2K and now I never drop under the 70s.

All this with very immature drivers makes me super excited for future drivers AND I still have headroom to overclock which is awesome.

Totally worth it in every way. thumb.gif

For reference this was on 12.3 and I am sure there are more optimizations to come through driver updates:

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Awsome! Thankyou for the advice will get a non reference 7950, and better cpu and be done with it thumb.gif
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Awsome! Thankyou for the advice will get a non reference 7950, and better cpu and be done with it thumb.gif

Glad to be of service! thumb.gif
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