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I don't know if this is the right place or not but it is intel CPU so here it goes...

I have come here to seek some help with upgrading my rig. I can only buy parts from PCCaseGear or another Australian retailer, as I'm Australian I built this rig in September 2011 so as it goes technology advances and parts get outdated. It is my sig rig, but I will put it here anyway.

CPU: i7-950
Mobo: Gigabyte X58A-UD3R
GPU: HIS Radeon HD 5870
RAM: 6GB G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3-1600MHz (3x2GB)
HDD: 1TB WD Green (I know haha)
Optical: Samsung Blu-Ray Writer and a LG DVD burner
Case: Coolermaster CM 690 II Advanced
PSU: Silverstone Strider Plus Modular 750 Watt SLI

I was thinking I should upgrade the GPU to a 7970 I am not sure however on which manufacturer to go with.

I was going to do this upgrade in 2 parts the first upgrade being soon and that would consist of new GPU, new case fans, new CPU cooler and an SSD so I could overclock my CPU without overheating (To 4.2GHz). Then after that when I save up more money buy 3 Dell u2412m monitors and probably getting another GPU here too, then finishing off with a new mobo, CPU and RAM when the next gen comes out.

I have already bought my cpu cooler, the Noctua NH-D14, I was thinking the Corsair AF120's and 140's to bring more airflow into the case. Also the SSD I am set on is the Samsung 840 Pro 256GB.

tl;dr - what manufacturer of 7970 to go with and if the fans are good or is there better options?

Any help would be much appreciated. If any more information is needed let us know. smile.gif
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post #2 of 21
Well

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150632 GHZ edition for not much more

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125413 Gigabyte card


You could get a little SSD in that rig of yours as well, that would be a worthwhile upgrade as well.

I'd go with 2 x 128gb samsung drives instead of 1. If one ever breaks you have another to keep you going. Do a RAID0 and that would own all.

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Edited by compuman145 - 2/5/13 at 6:12am
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Well

GHZ edition for not much more

Gigabyte card


You could get a little SSD in that rig of yours as well, that would be a worthwhile upgrade as well.

I'd go with 2 x 128gb samsung drives instead of 1. If one ever breaks you have another to keep you going. Do a RAID0 and that would own all.

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I can't ship to Australia from newegg frown.gif

I found these ones on PCCG

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1309&products_id=19728

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1309&products_id=20995

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1309&products_id=21322

Which from those would you recommend?

Also regarding the SSD I will probably make a backup on a external HDD because I need the space at the moment on that SSD tongue.gif

Thanks for the suggestion and advice though.

EDIT: I will also be putting whatever card I get into crossfire in the future.
Edited by King-Dingus - 2/5/13 at 6:26am
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http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1309&products_id=20995

That one then, purely because it's the GHZ edition and it's a binned GPU (best of the best)

As for your SSD, if you're backing up to a mech drive then I would definately do a RAID0, just to confirm for you, RAID0 is a stripe, you get all the data I.E 256gb, but it's over 2 drives, this gives you double the read/write performance.

It's not RAID1 which is a mirror, which is what I think you are thinking of.

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http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1309&products_id=20995

That one then, purely because it's the GHZ edition and it's a binned GPU (best of the best)

As for your SSD, if you're backing up to a mech drive then I would definately do a RAID0, just to confirm for you, RAID0 is a stripe, you get all the data I.E 256gb, but it's over 2 drives, this gives you double the read/write performance.

It's not RAID1 which is a mirror, which is what I think you are thinking of.

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I probably will get that one unless someone else has a different suggestion? Yeah I was thinking of RAID1 so if I got 2 128GB drives I would still have the same amount of storage, so what are the benefits of having it in RAID0 sorry? Thanks for the info and patience smile.gif
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The benefits are if you have 2 drives in RAID0, each drive pulls 500mb/s or there abouts, you'll end up with a total read speed of 1gb/s

It basically doubles up the read/write speeds of the setup biggrin.gif

There is a slightly higher risk of failure though (array failure, not drive failure), although since you're backing up I don't see too much of an issue there. You'll just restore from backup and be up and running again.

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The benefits are if you have 2 drives in RAID0, each drive pulls 500mb/s or there abouts, you'll end up with a total read speed of 1gb/s

It basically doubles up the read/write speeds of the setup biggrin.gif

There is a slightly higher risk of failure though (array failure, not drive failure), although since you're backing up I don't see too much of an issue there. You'll just restore from backup and be up and running again.

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Oh that sounds pretty sweet I might give it a go. biggrin.gif Last question, unless you know about fans? wink.gif but anyway how likely is the RAID0 setup going to fail? Like is it a constant thing or it happens once in a blue moon?

Thanks mate
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once in a blue moon, you're unlucky if it happens nowadays but it's not fair of me to tell you all the good and none of the bad.

I think i've seen it happen once or twice in the past year or so (2012), but again if you're doing regular snapshots of your machine then you'll be fine (full backup including system state, there are apps out there that can do it for you)
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It happened to you twice in 2012 or you saw it on the forums twice in 2012? Sorry for the hundreds of questions what were some of those programs that do the backups automatically? I will be sure to have everything backed up thanks so much for your help mate biggrin.gif
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Wow... Sorry for the four posts my phone is having a fit and stops responding then even after refresh it says it didn't post -.- but yeah sorry again mods if double posting isn't allowed
Edited by King-Dingus - 2/5/13 at 7:34am
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