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Was thinkin of upgrading the rig.

was going to cf the 7970 and get a new mobo and cpu.

I mainly game, Bf3, Crysis......

What would be a good long term upgrade?

Please keep in mind I will be running 7970's in cf.

And would like a mobo with 2 16x slots
post #2 of 60
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Or just wait and see what Haswell is all about?
post #3 of 60
Wait until early 2014 once Haswell has settled, then upgrade.
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post #4 of 60
Upgrade when you can afford to and to suit your needs. Will the i7 960 keep your cards from benching as well? Probably. Will it prevent you from playing games at max if you overclock? Doubtfully.
IMO There probably won't be a real need to upgrade the 960 until the next consoles drop and have been out for at least 6 months
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the haswell is better then ivy bridge about 5-10% in better cases.. thermal issues appear to be improved according to many previews

you look for long standing sysem right ? if yes .. you can go with X79
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the haswell is better then ivy bridge about 5-10% in better cases.. thermal issues appear to be improved according to many previews

you look for long standing sysem right ? if yes .. you can go with X79
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post #7 of 60
Wait a bit and see how Haswell is. You could pick up the second card in the meantime and probably still see a decent performance boost in game.
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the haswell is better then ivy bridge about 5-10% in better cases.. thermal issues appear to be improved according to many previews

you look for long standing sysem right ? if yes .. you can go with X79
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post #9 of 60
Depending on how much money you want to spend the 3770K is a decent CPU that can keep up with dual 7970's enough not to cause a bottleneck, however there are no motherboards for this that support x16/x16 you would need to get the LGA2011 socket, a 3930K CPU $500 would be a good bet but both 2011 socket motherboard's and CPU's are very expensive

for the 3930K the ASUS Rampage IV Formula and the gigabyte G1 Assassin 2 are good performers but around $350 each

You could go the AMD path and get the Crosshair V Formula-Z motherboard ($280) or the Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ($150) with a FX-8350 CPU ($100) I know for sure they do x16/x16 for crossfire as I have the Crosshair V formula myself. I have been reading that the AMD cpu's con sometimes cause a bit of a bottleneck but there are many conflicting views on this so I'm not entirely sure but for the price difference I would probably go AMD in this case.

If you neither want to spend that much or go AMD you could probably wait it out for another generation of motherboards/CPU's
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post #10 of 60
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Originally Posted by AndyM95 View Post

Wait until early 2014 once Haswell has settled, then upgrade.

your right, I know we have gone thur this before. tongue.gif


Thanks yall for your input, and as always, reppin out for the posts!
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