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Helli, kinda just getting the feel of the market right now.
The 7850 is somewhat in my price range when i get my next paycheck, i can easily put it into savings and get the 7870 or even the 7950. The question is, will buying the 7950 future proof my i5 3570k build for a couple years? im okay with how long that is. but i dont want to decide to get a 7850/7870 and crossfire them, just to have drivers fail or some games not load due to the xfire situation.

im a huge fan of the crysis series, and battlefeild series as well. i want the next games to run on my rig to at least 50 FPS @ 1080p with AA turned off. Will the 7850 or even the 7870 come close to these wanted specs?

Any thoughts?
Edited by Indiegreg - 1/19/13 at 3:35pm
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with my current rig and an overclock of 1150/1250 @ 1.115v on my video card, i am able to run battlefield 3 at ultra high settings. farcry3 ran fine also. hmm im gonna try crysis soon.

i also have not bothered to overclock my cpu yet. im sure i can yield a bit better performance once i do.

whats the price difference if you go with the 7950?
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Most people can play BF3 on max settings no AA with a 7850 pushed a little. To be a little future proof you need to step it up to a 7950 imo.

I bought the 7950 to at least be able to play most games on high for a year. I can never answer the "future proof" question because who knows?

Paid $290 shipped with coupon: http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=GA-795WF3G | Sold the free game code real quick on ebay for $40. So for roughly $260 I got myself a bang for buck card that is cool/quiet/fast.

A lot of the good deals disappeared on the 7870 over xmas, well really all of the cards.

This card is between the 7870 & 7950 for $260: http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graphics-11199-20-20G/dp/B00AWKYB1M/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1358643229&sr=8-3&keywords=7870+boost
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Originally Posted by neenja View Post

with my current rig and an overclock of 1150/1250 @ 1.115v on my video card, i am able to run battlefield 3 at ultra high settings. farcry3 ran fine also. hmm im gonna try crysis soon.

i also have not bothered to overclock my cpu yet. im sure i can yield a bit better performance once i do.

whats the price difference if you go with the 7950?

ive built my friend a rig with a 7850 MSI the same as yours. it seems decent =)

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Originally Posted by S333N View Post

Most people can play BF3 on max settings no AA with a 7850 pushed a little. To be a little future proof you need to step it up to a 7950 imo.

I bought the 7950 to at least be able to play most games on high for a year. I can never answer the "future proof" question because who knows?

Paid $290 shipped with coupon: http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=GA-795WF3G | Sold the free game code real quick on ebay for $40. So for roughly $260 I got myself a bang for buck card that is cool/quiet/fast.

A lot of the good deals disappeared on the 7870 over xmas, well really all of the cards.

This card is between the 7870 & 7950 for $260: http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graphics-11199-20-20G/dp/B00AWKYB1M/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1358643229&sr=8-3&keywords=7870+boost

Anyone can awnswer this, but would this card compared to the asus 7850, would the cooling be the better price/preformance?

and the 7870 xt, vs the 7950, would shelling out another 40 dollars for the extra GB be worth it?

EDIT: This i what im looking at
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121651
Edited by Indiegreg - 1/19/13 at 5:14pm
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Originally Posted by Indiegreg View Post

ive built my friend a rig with a 7850 MSI the same as yours. it seems decent =)
Anyone can awnswer this, but would this card compared to the asus 7850, would the cooling be the better price/preformance?

and the 7870 xt, vs the 7950, would shelling out another 40 dollars for the extra GB be worth it?

EDIT: This i what im looking at
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121651

$220 for that card is nothing special, but it will play BF3 for you. One of my shop techs uses a 7850 for all of his gaming needs, nice bang for buck.

I would recommend the 7950 though if you can afford it. If your not going to xfire than you will beat yourself up a little for not spending a little more. Eat top ramen for a week, there is that $60-90,
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Originally Posted by Indiegreg View Post

ive built my friend a rig with a 7850 MSI the same as yours. it seems decent =)
Anyone can awnswer this, but would this card compared to the asus 7850, would the cooling be the better price/preformance?

and the 7870 xt, vs the 7950, would shelling out another 40 dollars for the extra GB be worth it?

EDIT: This i what im looking at
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121651

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/HIS/HD_7950_X2_Boost/28.html

1920 x 1200

HD 7850 - 66
HD 7870 - 80
HIS HD 7950 iceq boost - 100

stock for stock HD 7950 boost is a 50% faster card than HD 7850 ( 66 x 1.5 = 99) .

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/HIS/HD_7950_X2_Boost/31.html
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Club_3D/HD_7870_jokerCard_Tahiti_LE/31.html

1920 x 1200

HIS HD 7950 iceq x2 boost (1210 mhz) - 82.9
club3d hd 7870 tahiti le (1210 mhz ) - 69.8
HIS HD 7950 iceq x2 boost (950 mhz) - 67.5
club3d hd 7870 tahiti le (975 mhz) - 59.2

also HD 7950 boost has 256 extra shaders, 1 GB extra VRAM and 50% higher bandwidth than tahiti le (384 bit memory bus on HD 7950 boost vs 256 bit memory bus on hd 7870 tahiti le) . the hd 7950 boost even in comparison to a tahiti LE is around 15% faster . with overclocking at same clocks that gap is close to 20%.

its a no brainer. go for a HD 7950 boost. superbiiz has the game bundle.

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?p=AT-7950BST
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?p=GA-795WF3G
Edited by raghu78 - 1/19/13 at 6:38pm
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It is way worth it provided you have the money to go with a 7950 as you will future proof yourself in case you upgrade to a higher resolution monitor and whatnot.
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http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/HIS/HD_7950_X2_Boost/28.html

1920 x 1200

HD 7850 - 66
HD 7870 - 80
HIS HD 7950 iceq boost - 100

stock for stock HD 7950 boost is a 50% faster card than HD 7850 ( 66 x 1.5 = 99) .

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/HIS/HD_7950_X2_Boost/31.html
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Club_3D/HD_7870_jokerCard_Tahiti_LE/31.html

1920 x 1200

HIS HD 7950 iceq x2 boost (1210 mhz) - 82.9
club3d hd 7870 tahiti le (1210 mhz ) - 69.8
HIS HD 7950 iceq x2 boost (950 mhz) - 67.5
club3d hd 7870 tahiti le (975 mhz) - 59.2

also HD 7950 boost has 256 extra shaders, 1 GB extra VRAM and 50% higher bandwidth than tahiti le (384 bit memory bus on HD 7950 boost vs 256 bit memory bus on hd 7870 tahiti le) . the hd 7950 boost even in comparison to a tahiti LE is around 15% faster . with overclocking at same clocks that gap is close to 20%.

its a no brainer. go for a HD 7950 boost. superbiiz has the game bundle.

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?p=AT-7950BST
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?p=GA-795WF3G

Whoa, the price alone is a great deal for a 7950. Included 3 free games i wont need but could possibly sell off anyways.)
Are there any other sites that offer discounted cards like the 7950 to move them faster?

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It is way worth it provided you have the money to go with a 7950 as you will future proof yourself in case you upgrade to a higher resolution monitor and whatnot.

Thank you. Irvine, California? That is a beautiful town. I passed up there when visiting some famiy friends near that area. Im from Modesto, California myself, The bay area. But thats off topic =)
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Whoa, the price alone is a great deal for a 7950. Included 3 free games i wont need but could possibly sell off anyways.)
Are there any other sites that offer discounted cards like the 7950 to move them faster?

the HD 7950 OC and HD 7950 boost are selling for USD 300 - 330.

Sapphire HD 7950 flex OC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202007

Gigabyte HD 7950
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125414
www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Mini-Displayport-PCI-Express-Graphic-GV-R795WF3-3GD/dp/B007581QHG/

HIS HD 7950 iceq x2 boost
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161429

buy the sapphire HD 7950 boost or gigabyte HD 7950 from superbiiz . the game bundle is worth atleast 50 bucks thumb.gif
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Wow, the Sapphire has a lot of cables i would need later in the future, but the Gig is just about 30 dollars less, i dont want to worry about the PCB bending though. I might go with the sapphire after along wait and saving up.
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