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post #11 of 22
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Processor wise I'm great, and I know it's capable of 5.0GHz, as I've had it up there. It was just way too hot for air! That's why I figured if there was no improvement with the upcoming deal, I'd continue to hang on to this. I can live with the limitations caused by my GPU setup, but it's disappointing as this computer should be smashing through even the latest games. There's no excuse why it should be behind.

I might go for new GPUs, see if I can get some cash for these. Interestingly enough, the 5870 I have in The Best actually seems to outperform a single 6970 in most cases. That's been a monster of a card.
I'm also ready and wanting to make the jump to 1440p.

I would hang on to it then. The IPC increases from Sandy to Ivy weren't all that spectacular. They were there but not much. I'm sure they will be there with Haswell too, but worth it to Sandy owners, probably not. Besides, who knows how far past 5GHz you can take your 2600K then with proper cooling. 5.2GHz daily 2600K w/ HT on sounds nice. tongue.gif

If you're planning on 1440p definitely jump on a 7950 or 7970. According to eBay, looks like you could easily get $400 for both of your 6970's. Then Pick up a nice 7970 (flash it with GHz Bios). You can get a Gigabyte 7970 for $350 off of Amazon.com. Then, if you have your own cash add in another and you will be pushing most games maxed @ 1440P with at least 60 frames easily.
post #12 of 22
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I'm thinking two 7970s will be the way to go. I can't wait to cut down on the noise too by going to watercooling. Since the H60 failed, I've been using my Zalman cooler. While it's a great cooler, it's so damn loud!

Still looking for a nice 1440p monitor, but they too are up there in price.
post #13 of 22
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At this rate, would it be worth to just get the GHz edition right off the bat? Or will flashing a normal 7970 essentially accomplish the same thing?

Looking for input for both sides.

I'm looking at selling the two 6970s locally.
post #14 of 22
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At this rate, would it be worth to just get the GHz edition right off the bat? Or will flashing a normal 7970 essentially accomplish the same thing?
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Get a nice 7970 and flash it, flashing Bios is easiest thing ever. Grab a Gigabyte Windforce 7970 OC, flash it with GHz Bios. Done.

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post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by BiG StroOnZ View Post

Get a nice 7970 and flash it, flashing Bios is easiest thing ever. Grab a Gigabyte Windforce 7970 OC, flash it with GHz Bios. Done.

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Looks like some folks are having issues with the Gigabyte card being DOA and the voltage being locked.
post #16 of 22
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Looks like some folks are having issues with the Gigabyte card being DOA and the voltage being locked.

Yeah, guess a lot of the newer batches are Voltage Locked (Although, even with the locked Gigabytes people are still flashing them with GHz Bios and getting nice clocks out of them).

Go with the SAPPHIRE 100351SR Radeon HD 7970 - $389.99 on Newegg.
post #17 of 22
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Yeah, guess a lot of the newer batches are Voltage Locked (Although, even with the locked Gigabytes people are still flashing them with GHz Bios and getting nice clocks out of them).

Go with the SAPPHIRE 100351SR Radeon HD 7970 - $389.99 on Newegg.

Sapphire and HIS have always been my brands of choice.

I'm looking into watercooling kits now. If I'm looking at pushing the cards, with it be worth investing a second loop to cool the GPUs alone?
post #18 of 22
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Sapphire and HIS have always been my brands of choice.

I'm looking into watercooling kits now. If I'm looking at pushing the cards, with it be worth investing a second loop to cool the GPUs alone?

You're going to have to head to the Water Cooling section, or wait for someone else to answer that question. I'm not familiar with Custom Water Loops.
post #19 of 22
OP, I was running the same as you around 10 months ago and couldn't help but feel the CF 6970 were holding back so the first thing I did was swap out them for a single 670. This was the best choice I made since there were no signs of performance loss in bench marking tools and games were a lot smoother with less drops in fps, bare minimal occasions to be honest. Next thing was to invest in a fully customised water setup which allowed further overclocking of both CPU and GPU with the CPU going from 4.5-4.9 which is almost 10% more performance and it showed in games like WoW (CPU intensive). At present I am now running a 3770k at 4.8 and the difference between the 2600k is barely noticeable in games but when encoding it is approximately 5-10% quicker but in my opinion it was a worthless upgrade. When I was running the 2600k I managed to test 2 670 in SLI, no bottleneck present and scaling was consistent with all reviews. If i was to make my decisions again, I would go the same route but sticking with the 2600k
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post #20 of 22
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OP, I was running the same as you around 10 months ago and couldn't help but feel the CF 6970 were holding back so the first thing I did was swap out them for a single 670. This was the best choice I made since there were no signs of performance loss in bench marking tools and games were a lot smoother with less drops in fps, bare minimal occasions to be honest. Next thing was to invest in a fully customised water setup which allowed further overclocking of both CPU and GPU with the CPU going from 4.5-4.9 which is almost 10% more performance and it showed in games like WoW (CPU intensive). At present I am now running a 3770k at 4.8 and the difference between the 2600k is barely noticeable in games but when encoding it is approximately 5-10% quicker but in my opinion it was a worthless upgrade. When I was running the 2600k I managed to test 2 670 in SLI, no bottleneck present and scaling was consistent with all reviews. If i was to make my decisions again, I would go the same route but sticking with the 2600k

Good deal. Now, if only I could solve this issue I'm currently having before investing any more money into the rig itself at the moment.

Feel free to chime in: http://www.overclock.net/t/1296421/upgrade-to-windows-8-overclock-failed/10#post_19661674

The reboots on startup are becoming more frequent, and I've tested every stick of memory in each slot by itself and was able to boot to windows with XMP set to 2133MHz. With two sticks of RAM, the monitor won't be recognized, with all four, it POSTs and tells me the overclock failed.

I hope it's not the Mobo or the CPU, so if it's a PSU issue, I'll replace it ASAP.
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