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400-450 to spend on a graphics card for my new build.

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Looking for some feed back from you guys. I really like the idea of extra VRAM, because I would like to do some intense Skyrim modding (and suppose it wouldn't hurt to have down the road). Orginally I was scoping the 660 TI's, but feel like maybe I was honing in on the VRAM a little too much. What brands are good and what brands should I avoid nowadays? The rest of my specs for this new build are as follows:

i7 3770k
ASRock Z77 Extreme4
G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)
Samsung 250 GB
Seagate Barracuda 2TB
CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 600W
NZXT Phantom 410 (Gunmetal)
Corsair Hydro Series H80i
42' TCL 1920x1080 LCD TV
23' ACER 1920x1080 LCD Monitor
Edited by Strileckifunk - 1/23/13 at 9:10pm
 
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post #2 of 15
Probably not what you want to hear, but since you only have a 1080p monitor why not limit yourself to a single HD 7950 or 7970 and put the rest away for a new card and monitor once monitors over 1080p start coming down in price?
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I agree with random guy just stick with a single 7970 and save for a 2560x1440 ips monitor then add an additional 7970 then or upgrade to the 8 series amd cards dropping later in the year.
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7950
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post #5 of 15
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I'm up for hearing anything smile.gif

What advantage would the 7950 have over say a 660 TI? I know I'd be loosing Physx, but there aren't a lot of games out that utilize it right now anyway. I hear mixed things about Catalyst drivers too.
 
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Windows 8 Pro Ubuntu  Hackintosh 42' TCL LCD 1920x1080 
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I know a friend who wants to sell GTX 680 for around that price I think he has 4GB Evga too I can ask him if you want
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Bigger PSU +7950-70
2x 128GB ssd in RAID 0
2x 1 TB hdd for "secure" storage..maybe copy back n forth
Better RAM ..Samsung er Trident-X er sumptin'
Edited by Schmuckley - 1/23/13 at 9:55pm
 
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cheap! Newegg box panel ibeats with onboard. 
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cheap! Newegg box panel ibeats with onboard. 
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post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by Schmuckley View Post

Bigger PSU +7950-70
2x 128GB ssd in RAID 0
2x 1 TB hdd for "secure" storage..maybe copy back n forth
Better RAM ..Samsung er Trident-X er sumptin'

Already bought the PSU and the 2 TB HDD. I'm trying to stick with a single card setup, so I don't see it being much of an issue. I already have a 2 TB external that backs up an image of all my Steam games and downloads so that should be OK. As far as the memory, I think I may go with the Trident. Hopefully that heatsink is as functional as it is sexy.
 
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AMD Phenom xII 965 Black Edition MSI 970-40a EVGA GTX 560 G. Skill Sniper Series 
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Seagate Barracudda 7200RPM  OCZ Agility 3 SSD Cooler Master 212 Windows 7 Ultimate 
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Windows 8 Pro Ubuntu  Hackintosh 42' TCL LCD 1920x1080 
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23' Acer LCD 1920x1080 Microsoft Sidewinder Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 500w Power Supply Haf 912 
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Originally Posted by MaxWaves View Post

I know a friend who wants to sell GTX 680 for around that price I think he has 4GB Evga too I can ask him if you want

I'm a little weary about buying any major computer component used. I'd rather have the full warranty in case something happens down there road. Thanks for offering to check though, mate.
 
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AMD Phenom xII 965 Black Edition MSI 970-40a EVGA GTX 560 G. Skill Sniper Series 
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Windows 8 Pro Ubuntu  Hackintosh 42' TCL LCD 1920x1080 
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23' Acer LCD 1920x1080 Microsoft Sidewinder Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 500w Power Supply Haf 912 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom xII 965 Black Edition MSI 970-40a EVGA GTX 560 G. Skill Sniper Series 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Seagate Barracudda 7200RPM  OCZ Agility 3 SSD Cooler Master 212 Windows 7 Ultimate 
OSOSOSMonitor
Windows 8 Pro Ubuntu  Hackintosh 42' TCL LCD 1920x1080 
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23' Acer LCD 1920x1080 Microsoft Sidewinder Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 500w Power Supply Haf 912 
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Deathadder 
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post #10 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by Strileckifunk View Post

I'm up for hearing anything smile.gif

What advantage would the 7950 have over say a 660 TI? I know I'd be loosing Physx, but there aren't a lot of games out that utilize it right now anyway. I hear mixed things about Catalyst drivers too.

HD 7950 boost for USD 300 has the best price perf among high end cards. at stock matches GTX 670. at the same clocks HD 7950 is 3 - 6% slower than HD 7970. The average overclock for these cards is 1150 mhz. HD 7950(1100 mhz) matches HD 7970 Ghz (1050 mhz) performance. drivers have improved a lot and the 12.11 beta 11 and 13.1 whql drivers are good, with 13.2 beta drivers due next week which fix frame latency issues in skyrim .

http://www.overclock.net/u/207903/mcg75

this user has a HD 7970 Ghz and GTX 670. get his opinion.
Edited by raghu78 - 1/25/13 at 7:12pm
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