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Hello Folks.

I am building a new rig and I am planning to put a pair of 7970 (or 7950) cards in it, The only reason I started looking at putting 2 cards is for aesthetic reasons as I am watercooling and hated the idea of a single thin card in a massive case. I have 2 monitors but only use one 22" 1680x1050 monitor for gaming.

To help justify 2 cards I figured the performance benefit for 2 cards would be very high FPS for many years to come but what do you guys think?
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post #2 of 26
Why not get a 1440P monitor instead you dont need two cards for that low res you are using
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post #3 of 26
Hi Stickeelion,
I think that one 7970 will be enough to feed both of your displays. Actually will be enough to feed 3 of them smile.gif

The videos might help you decide what you can do with one graphic card.
Good luck! smile.gif
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a single HD 7970 is enough for a 1680 x 1050 monitor. you will max out every game out there at 4x MSAA.
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Originally Posted by masterdev View Post

Hi Stickeelion,
I think that one 7970 will be enough to feed both of your displays. Actually will be enough to feed 3 of them smile.gif

The videos might help you decide what you can do with one graphic card.
Good luck! smile.gif

29fps, that seems a little low but I guess he was using max settings there.
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Originally Posted by raghu78 View Post

a single HD 7970 is enough for a 1680 x 1050 monitor. you will max out every game out there at 4x MSAA.

In 3 or probably 4 years though? I plan for this build to last me the rest of my uni degree where many hours will be spent doing CAD and gaming.

my inner overkill seems to be getting the better of me rolleyes.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Stickeelion View Post

29fps, that seems a little low but I guess he was using max settings there.
In 3 or probably 4 years though? I plan for this build to last me the rest of my uni degree where many hours will be spent doing CAD and gaming.

my inner overkill seems to be getting the better of me rolleyes.gif

Hmm gaming and CAD, I'd hate to say it, but most of the software for the purpose you need would run better on NVidia. You may wanna take a look at the NVidia. rolleyes.gif

Update

Take a look at this thread: http://facepunch.com/showthread.php?t=1108985
I hope this helps!
Edited by masterdev - 4/14/13 at 4:25pm
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post #8 of 26
one 7950 is all you need. i run inventor using my tri-core and a 4670 just fine.
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post #9 of 26
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one 7950 is all you need. i run inventor using my tri-core and a 4670 just fine.

haha yes I still run Inventor and solidworks on a HD4870 it works fine, I'm thinking more along the line of games and "future proofing" (yes I know that is a terrible term but it was all that I could think of to use)

does anyone still see an issue with 2 cards considering I wont upgrade graphics for at least another 2-3 years? (I may get some more monitors along the way though)
I appreciate all of your responses so far everybody thumb.gif I would still love some more opinions
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post #10 of 26
try one first. newer cards are coming.

edit: my 7950 can get a higher graphics score than this (highest setting using AB) . . .

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/6396025

can't oc any higher 'cause of the psu. maxes out all my games except c3.
Edited by rdr09 - 4/14/13 at 7:17pm
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