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$450 what to do. VGA or CPU?

post #1 of 17
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I'm looking to do and upgrade on my current rig (see sig). I am debating between a mobo/cpu/ram upgrade or adding a 2nd 7970. the mobo/cpu/ram would be mainly for me to get native sata3 ports for ssd's, So i'm not sure if it's worth it at the moment. Suggestions?
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post #2 of 17
Upgrading your CPU etc just for Sata3 wouldn't be worth it, upgrading to another 7970 would be the best upgrade smile.gif
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post #3 of 17
7970 for sure. Help push your 1440p monitor thumb.gif
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post #4 of 17
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I figured the GPU, i just did an office pc mini itx build with an i3 on an asus h77 board and a samsung 830 and the bootup time is incredible, which is making me want to do it for my gaming rig.
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post #5 of 17
Another 7970.

Your cpu is very capable to push two.
    
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post #6 of 17
Yes for 1440P you need some monster horsepower to max the games out go for a second 7970

This is a little off topic so sory but here you can see how single a GTX 680 does in 1440P

http://www.overclock.net/t/1339638/what-a-gtx-680-can-do

There is also some 7950 Vs 680 FPS numbers somewhere on the first page
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post #7 of 17
It's really up to you.. I mean, if your 950 is handling things perfectly fine for you, then look into another 7970.
 
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post #8 of 17
Since you have a 7970 Id suggest an i5 with a K on the end. With 450 you can get a cpu mobo 8gigs ram and with that H100 you got you dont have to worry about getting another cpu cooler. This will remove the bottleneck of the GPU coming from the cpu.
post #9 of 17
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The 950 is already @ 4.2ghz. I know the 2nd 7970 is the best idea but the new features on these z77 boards are inticing. smile.gif
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i7-950 @ 4.2ghz MSI Big Bang x58  Crossfire Sapphire 7970 OC  6gb HyperX 1600 
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i7-950 @ 4.2ghz MSI Big Bang x58  Crossfire Sapphire 7970 OC  6gb HyperX 1600 
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C300 64gb , Agility2 90gb, 2x WD greens Raid 0 Samsung 830 series 64gb H100 Windows 7 64bit 
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post #10 of 17
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The 950 is already @ 4.2ghz. I know the 2nd 7970 is the best idea but the new features on these z77 boards are inticing. smile.gif
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i7-950 @ 4.2ghz MSI Big Bang x58  Crossfire Sapphire 7970 OC  6gb HyperX 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
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C300 64gb , Agility2 90gb, 2x WD greens Raid 0 Samsung 830 series 64gb H100 Windows 7 64bit 
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