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Just check out my sig below & you'll see what I'm working with. Currently I'm using an unlocked, OCed Diamond 6950 [going to sell] on a 1920x1080 display. I'm a single gpu user, so the question is what to buy. thinking.gif I'm really considering to go back to Green but if the price is right, I could continue to roll with the Red Tide whistle.gif

Regarding to the psu, I'm stuck between the PC Power & Cooling MK III Silencer 600w & OCZ ZT 650w (Johnyguru highly recommends these) thumb.gif

Also I want a nice pci-e 5.1 or 7.1 sound card. I have no idea where to start regarding this. The last sound card I had bought was a Montego Bay card & that was about 8 years ago.

Please help me out...This upgrade struggle is driving me kookoo.gif
Edited by drBlahMan - 1/26/13 at 12:08pm
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Just check out my sig below & you'll see what I'm working with. Currently I'm using an unlocked, OCed Diamond 6950 [going to sell] on a 1920x1080 display. I'm a single gpu user, so the question is what to buy. thinking.gif I'm really considering to go back to Green but if the price is right, I could continue to roll with the Red Tide whistle.gif

Regarding to the psu, I'm stuck between the PC Power & Cooling MK III Silencer 600w & OCZ ZT 650w (Johnyguru highly recommends these) thumb.gif

Also I want a nice pci-e 5.1 or 7.1 sound card. I have no idea where to start regarding this. The last sound card I had bought was a Montego Bay card & that was about 8 years ago.

Please help me out...This upgrade struggle is driving me kookoo.gif

Well if you will consider $300 ish 27" 1440p Korean monitors(sell your 1080p), I'd get that and a 7950/7970. Currently 7950/7970 have a significant edge on 670/680 in term of price/performance, and the 384bit Memory bus+3 GB of Vram would be great for playing at 1440p.

PSU I'd recommend a 650 watt Seasonic or Corsair Unit just because their reputation and warranty, but as long as you buy from quality brands you will be fine.
Edited by sherlock - 1/26/13 at 12:21pm
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Don't know where you live so I'll use newegg thumb.gif

One of the best values around for a GPU is the 7950 @ 299$ with a free game (sleeping dogs).

PSU wise, the Rosewill Capstone 450M is more than enough to run your setup with a 7970.... so no need for high wattage.
But if you must, Capstone 650M for 94$ is an amazing deal thumb.gif.

As for soundcards, it depends on what you want it for, but check this thread out:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1014902/ocns-most-recommended-audio-products
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Windows 7.
120hz monitor, maybe in addition to your current monitor so you have two.
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I'm not able to recommend something for a sound card, but here's what I put together for the GPU and PSU. You won't be able to beat the price/performance of the 7950 due to the amount of overclock headroom over the comparable 660ti, and the 670 is much more expensive for similar performance. The PSU is a high quality brand and quite cheaper due to a current sale.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($78.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $376.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-26 15:23 EST-0500)
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If you are only a single GPU user, you really don't need more than 450-550w. A Rosewill Capstone 450 would be fine, or a Seasonic, Silverstone in that wattage range and your price range. Can't really beat the 7950 in terms of price/performance, but I will say this. My overclocked 670 plays every title maxed out, and it's butter smooth. Even if in the newest titles it isn't achieving 60fps, it still looks and feels like it (for instance FC3, only getting 40fps average but it looks like 60fps and feels like 60fps, runs very smoothly couldn't even tell it wasn't 60fps until I loaded up FRAPS). So that choice is up to you, on paper the 7950 is better.

For a PCI-E Sound Card I'd just go with an ASUS Xonar DX 7.1. It's $80, but I guess that's if your onboard isn't cutting it. Don't see how people aren't satisfied with their onboard. My onboard sounds amazing with my system.
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Is this Roswell Capstone modular? I had forgot to mention that I am only interested in a modular psu. And I will be OCing the cpu as well as the gpu. I use my rig for gaming, autocad, & 3d rendering. Regarding to gaming, I want to be able to run at 60fps (at min. if possible) with high settings.

And please, do not suggest a display upgrade...I'm fine with my 1080p wink.gif

I'll repeat my situation...$750 for GPU, PSU & Sound Card upgrade (or maybe a speaker set upgrade instead) thinking.gif

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For a PCI-E Sound Card I'd just go with an ASUS Xonar DX 7.1. It's $80, but I guess that's if your onboard isn't cutting it. Don't see how people aren't satisfied with their onboard. My onboard sounds amazing with my system.

Maybe I should consider a nice speaker upgrade instead of a sound card thinking.gif

BTW...I shop at NewEgg, MicroCenter, Tiger Direct, & Fry's only wheee.gif
Edited by drBlahMan - 1/26/13 at 12:43pm
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Is this Roswell Capstone modular? I had forgot to mention that I am only interested in a modular psu. And I will be OCing the cpu as well as the gpu. I use my rig for gaming, autocad, & 3d rendering. Regarding to gaming, I want to be able to run at 60fps (at min. if possible) with high settings.

And please, do not suggest a display upgrade...I'm fine with my 1080p.

I'll repeat my situation...$750 for GPU, PSU & Sound Card upgrade.
Maybe I should consider a nice speaker upgrade instead of a sound card thinking.gif

Capstone is Semi-Modular. Not bad, if you need a fully modular look into the Seasonic models. I got my 5.1 Speaker System off of eBay for $45 shipped. The first day of owning it I was tuning everything, however in maybe about an hour of using it my next door neighbors called the cops on me because they thought I was having some huge party. Just to put it into perspective on how loud it is with my onboard.

Grab a used Logitech X-530 5.1 or X-540 speaker system off of eBay or Amazon.com. They are ridiculously loud, and sound so crisp and clear.
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PSU wise, the Rosewill Capstone 450M is more than enough to run your setup with a 7970.... so no need for high wattage.
Capstone is Semi-Modular. Not bad...Grab a used Logitech X-530 5.1 or X-540 speaker system off of eBay or Amazon.com. They are ridiculously loud, and sound so crisp and clear.

Is 450w enough for an OCed 7970/GTX670 & an OCed cpu?

@ BiG StroOnZ, I'll look into these speakers you are referring. Now that I think about it, my onboard sound isn't bad. Sounds good when I'm using my 5.1 headphones while gaming.
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Is this Roswell Capstone modular? I had forgot to mention that I am only interested in a modular psu. And I will be OCing the cpu as well as the gpu. I use my rig for gaming, autocad, & 3d rendering. Regarding to gaming, I want to be able to run at 60fps (at min. if possible) with high settings.

And please, do not suggest a display upgrade...I'm fine with my 1080p

I'll repeat my situation...$750 for GPU, PSU & Sound Card upgrade (or maybe a speaker set upgrade instead)
Maybe I should consider a nice speaker upgrade instead of a sound card

BTW...I shop at NewEgg, MicroCenter, Tiger Direct, & Fry's only

If you are OK with 1080p that's your call rolleyes.gif , $300 for a Gigabyte 7950 and <$100 for a 500W level PSU from Rosewill/Corsair/Seasnoic etc will be plenty, spend the rest on whatever Soundcard/Speaker you want.
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