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post #1 of 19
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Hi chaps,

I am currently exploring my options for an upgrade, and would appreciate some input! I am relatively inexperienced when it comes to hardware components but do a fair amount of research before committing to a purchase.

My current HD5970 2Gb Black Edition is on its last legs which just so happens to coincide with my HannsG 28" monitor nearing death's door, so I'm looking into what/when to upgrade. Ultimately, I want to replace both the graphics card and the monitor, but for now the graphics card is causing the most problems so the plan is to replace the card over the next few months and only replace the monitor when the HannsG stops working.

I figured that with a monitor upgrade, I might as well treat myself so I will be opting for one capable of 2560 x 1440.

Monitor:
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MO-043-AS

With this, I'm obviously going to need a graphics card(s) capable of justifying the resolution, and herein lies my dilemma.

I have a number of options available to me, but currently I am leaning towards a single GTX 670 4Gb. I know a lot of people on here consider that extra 2Gb of VRAM as pointless but the price difference between the two is now fairly acceptable for a bit of a buffer for that increased resolution:

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/productlist.php?groupid=701&catid=1914&sortby=nameAsc&subid=&mfrid=339

I was thinking that in 12-18 months, purchase another one to SLi as hopefully by then the price would be less eye-watering (buying 2 now is certainly out of the question) and so that I can ensure the likes of TW: Rome 2 are given a bit of a boost.

My current spec is:

i7 930 @ 4.0Ghz
HD5970 2Gb Black Edition
6Gb DDR3 RAM
850W PSU

What sort of issues do I face with my current setup? I appreciate my CPU is a few generations old now, but what benefits do Sandy/Ivy bridge really have over what I've currently got?

I'm wondering whether there are other more economically efficient ways of getting to where I want to be. I am willing to consider ATI, however I have had nothing but problems with them in the past.

Any feedback/recommendations?
post #2 of 19
Mate,

Don't bother with the GTX 600 series, the 7970 ghz edition isn't much more and beats it in every gaming aspect. Folding the nvidia card beats it hands down but for gaming the 7970 ghz edition is the best on the market.
post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the feedback, I'll look into that. Out of curiosity, what do you mean by 'folding'?
post #4 of 19
Or maybe u can hold up till they release the 8xxx series from AMD soon
post #5 of 19
Protein folding, if you don't know what it is then you'll not be doing it biggrin.gif

Hell, he could wait for the GTX 800 series, nah, wait for the 900 series, or the HD10000, lol :-p. The release dates haven't been confirmed so he'll end up waiting until q2 2013 at the earliest and his card is failing now.

Comps

EDIT is that you in your pick??? biggrin.gif
post #6 of 19
for a 1440p resolution get the HD 7970 Ghz. atleast 10 - 15% faster than GTX 680. get the Gigabyte HD 7970 Ghz. excellent windforce3x cooler. factory overclocked to 1100 Mhz.

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-108-GI&groupid=701&catid=56&subcat=938
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Originally Posted by raghu78 View Post

for a 1440p resolution get the HD 7970 Ghz. atleast 10 - 15% faster than GTX 680. get the Gigabyte HD 7970 Ghz. excellent windforce3x cooler. factory overclocked to 1100 Mhz.
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-108-GI&groupid=701&catid=56&subcat=938

I've seen a lot of complaints with this card (mostly voltage/oc). With the Vapor-X version dropping to 419.99(AR) on the egg, how do they compare?

I was set on getting the Matrix, but I keep missing out on when its available.
post #8 of 19
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I've seen a lot of complaints with this card (mostly voltage/oc). With the Vapor-X version dropping to 419.99(AR) on the egg, how do they compare?
I was set on getting the Matrix, but I keep missing out on when its available.
I had bad experiences with the Matrix 7970, I went through 2 and both had horrible problems, I might of just been unlucky though. Get the Sapphire Vapor-x version, people only have good things to say about Sapphire smile.gif
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post #9 of 19
Again, the GHZ edition are binned processors, they overclock more than any normal card. And what issues with voltage, it's the first I've read of it on here.
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Again, the GHZ edition are binned processors, they overclock more than any normal card. And what issues with voltage, it's the first I've read of it on here.

Well its just the fact that the voltage is locked, as with most of the newer cards
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