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Hi everyone, I'm a newbie here (and to building PCs) and I wish to seek help in choosing the right card for me. This is also gonna be my first build. Here are some stuff that should be considered for the choice. I don't know if all of them are relevant so please pardon if the post might get long-winded.

1. My budget is somewhat flexible as long as I get the best bang for buck that meets my requirements without going overkill. I'm open to cards from $150-$400, depending on the justification. *EDIT: Hopefully it won't need to be near the $400 range. lol

2. I plan to use the card for 2-3 years, if possible. Just a single gpu setup for now. Will move on to better things in the future.

3. I'm going to have a triple monitor setup due to my line of work (graphics/web designing). Each one has a native resolution of 1920x1080 px. Though I will most likely play on just 1-2 monitors while keeping at least 1 monitor for social apps/email/skype/etc. I need to reply to some clients as soon as I see the message/mail. Also, I keep multiple files open simultaneously in Photoshop when working and each one have dimensions around 1500x3000 px (is this relevant?).

4. I want to play games at high settings (not to the level of uber/max settings but certainly not just average settings) with good fps. I don't play fps games since I get headaches from playing them even for just 20 minutes. The games I play are mostly MMO/MOBA. I think those games' high/ultra settings require less than ultra settings of BF3, Crysis series, etc. So please keep in mind that I'll most likely be playing the current (and any good upcoming) MMO's such as GW2, etc.

5. I am thinking of getting a Corsair TXV2 series since I hear that they're quite good and that Seasonic is the original manufacturer for the internals. Some Seasonic PSU's are also available in my area (S12II / M12II) so I'd also like to receive suggestions on which one to buy (and which power rating).

6. I won't be using any water cooling system. I'm planning to use the card on a Thermaltake Armor A90 case, if that's a decent choice.


TIA to anyone who can help me pick a great card! thumb.gif
Edited by skorch - 8/22/12 at 10:24pm
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Hi everyone, I'm a newbie here (and to building PCs) and I wish to seek help in choosing the right card for me. This is also gonna be my first build. Here are some stuff that should be considered for the choice. I don't know if all of them are relevant so please pardon if the post might get long-winded.
1. My budget is somewhat flexible as long as I get the best bang for buck that meets my requirements without going overkill. I'm open to cards from $150-$400, depending on the justification.
2. I plan to use the card for 2-3 years, if possible. Just a single gpu setup for now. Will move on to better things in the future.

The main factor is you want to keep the graphics card for 2 -3 years. imo get the HD 7950 . the prices are fantastic if you are in the US. and the card will definitely play games at high setting for the next couple of years. since you don't play fps it will be even more easy.
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The main factor is you want to keep the graphics card for 2 -3 years. imo get the HD 7950 . the prices are fantastic if you are in the US. and the card will definitely play games at high setting for the next couple of years. since you don't play fps it will be even more easy.

Thanks! I had already looked at the HD 7950 and found good reviews. I'm in the Philippines and there are some 7950's available here but they're around $460-500. I don't even think Sapphire's 7950 with the dual fans is available here. What OEM (and model) do you suggest? I just might order it online and have it shipped here if it won't cost too much. smile.gif
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Thanks! I had already looked at the HD 7950 and found good reviews. I'm in the Philippines and there are some 7950's available here but they're around $460-500. I don't even think Sapphire's 7950 with the dual fans is available here. What OEM (and model) do you suggest? I just might order it online and have it shipped here if it won't cost too much. smile.gif

Sapphire HD 7950 950 Mhz edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102991

or the HIS Iceq HD 7950 Turbo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161415

Both these coolers are very good. HIS Iceq vents the hot air outside so its even better.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7950-review-benchmark,3207-14.html
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Yep, I agree with the 7950. Make sure your displays have Displayports, or get some DP to DVI adapters.
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The HIS Turbo looks quite good! Saw some reviews and they all say that the turbo version is the (or one of the) best 7950 in terms of cooling. At $340 (newegg), it's definitely a good price. I'm still open to more suggestions from the community though. I won't be buying 'til after 2-4 weeks. smile.gif
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The HIS Turbo looks quite good! Saw some reviews and they all say that the turbo version is the (or one of the) best 7950 in terms of cooling. At $340 (newegg), it's definitely a good price. I'm still open to more suggestions from the community though. I won't be buying 'til after 2-4 weeks. smile.gif

yeah the cooler is the best out there. here is a user running the HIS Iceq HD 7950 (800 Mhz) non turbo card overclocked at 1 Ghz at stock volts and just 61c temps. amazing.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1297165/7950-crossfire-or-660-ti-sli/20#post_18001223
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Hopefully I can get one shipped to me for less than $350 total. That's about how much they sell GTX 660 Ti's here.

A follow-up question though - what PSU should I get? Will a Corsair TXV2 650W / Seasonic S12II 620W be good enough, or will it be an excess? I don't have a good idea yet as to power ratings and usage for GPUs. I used an online PSU calc and it gave me a result of 400W(min) / 450W(recommended) but don't the high-end gpus consume more when under load?

Pardon the noobness. smile.gif
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Hopefully I can get one shipped to me for less than $350 total. That's about how much they sell GTX 660 Ti's here.
A follow-up question though - what PSU should I get? Will a Corsair TXV2 650W / Seasonic S12II 620W be good enough, or will it be an excess? I don't have a good idea yet as to power ratings and usage for GPUs. I used an online PSU calc and it gave me a result of 400W(min) / 450W(recommended) but don't the high-end gpus consume more when under load?
Pardon the noobness. smile.gif

You can create a sig rig with your PC components. anyway what CPU are you running and is it overclocked. A quality 650w PSU is more than enough. Seasonic and Corsair are both good brands. imo seasonic gets the nod. slightly better quality overall. 5 year warranty

http://www.seasonicusa.com/S12II-Bronze.htm

The SII 620 has a 8 pin and 6 pin pci-e power connector. 48A on the +12v rail , which is excellent. So it can power even a 300w graphics card . Might be useful in the future when you upgrade your graphics card.
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Oh, my bad. I computed the numbers using my planned build. My current one's so crappy that you'd freak out when you see it. lol

Here's what I plan to build:

i5 3570k (not OC'ed)
HD 7950 (not OC'ed too)
2 SATA and 2 SSD
buncha fans
lots of plugged usb devices.

I guess I will go for the S12II, as you suggested. They're available locally but I'll see if I can get a better deal with online retailers. Thanks, greatly appreciated! thumb.gif
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