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Yeah guys sorry I will be upgrading to a 3570k or 8350 not sure yet...... So it looks like most of u guys are leaning towards the 7950s in crossfire huh?

7950 is the best bang for buck and the 7970 is faster then the GTX 680
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If you must get single card get HD 7970 but really if you are going to run 3 x 1080p you will need CFX.
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What about the 7990 if I can find a decent used card? I don't have 800-1000 for the devil 13 (not that u can find it anyway) but I think powecolor makes a different model 7990 and it goes for $800 dollars...... that's way outta my budget dam! I wish I was just back in the day were I was running my crossfired 6570s- I didn't know of any better and at the time I thought I was getting good fps hahaha. This hobby is starting to get a little 2 expensive! .......................... Oh well I can always buy a used card or 2:D
     
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Well since u guys know ALOT more then I do maybe u can tell me what I should do in my situation?..... Iam currently running a Radeon 6970 and so far every game I own ive been able to max-out with very good fps using only 1 1920x1080 monitor,I plan to purchace 2 more ASUS monitors of the same resolution for eyefinity can I get another 6970 and use that for crossfire and put the ret of the money towards a new motherboard and cpu? ............... I have 1 guy on ocn that will sell me his 6970 for $170 dollars,ill have $320 left for other upgrades...... 6970 cf can it handle eyefinity if I oc them to the max? Or do I start from scratch with 7950s or 7970s?................. Money is the key-factor here and I think it is for most people to get the best bang 4 your buck:thumb:
     
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You sould go 1440P single not 1080P eyefinity
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post #46 of 169
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Ive thought about that shika but 2 things factor into that- 1) ill be stuck with a brand new asus 1920x1080 monitor I just bought plus the 1440p monitors will cost me double then to buy 2 more asus displays.... I think my problem is iam trying to stretch out my dollar to much and I don't have enough to get the things I want lol- Oh well its nice to dream isn't it? haha
     
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Well since u guys know ALOT more then I do maybe u can tell me what I should do in my situation?..... Iam currently running a Radeon 6970 and so far every game I own ive been able to max-out with very good fps using only 1 1920x1080 monitor,I plan to purchace 2 more ASUS monitors of the same resolution for eyefinity can I get another 6970 and use that for crossfire and put the ret of the money towards a new motherboard and cpu? ............... I have 1 guy on ocn that will sell me his 6970 for $170 dollars,ill have $320 left for other upgrades...... 6970 cf can it handle eyefinity if I oc them to the max? Or do I start from scratch with 7950s or 7970s?................. Money is the key-factor here and I think it is for most people to get the best bang 4 your buck:thumb:

I would say sell the 6970 and get a single 7950/7970. You'd get more performance from two 6970's but that price isn't great (it's fairly reasonable though), the extra vRAM will help with eyefinity and you will have a lot less driver problems, heat problems and power problems. Mind you having two 6970's is much more powerful and will probably net you more FPS.

You will struggle with that PSU (if it's the same as what you have) and two 6970's, my old OCZ (Seasonic 750W bronze) refused to be stable at 3D load with two 7950's at below stock. A 6970 uses 50W more per card, while your PSU could probably do that new I would say that you may struggle now and that Coolermaster don't generally have the best PSU's.
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Matt-matt yeah ive been told that by a few different people that this psu may or may not handle it...... its up in the air I OFFICIALY don't know what to do anymore unless I get some more money together.... I don't mind going used but the guys pretty set on his price, I hope my buissness picks up, if it does ill just pick-up a Titan and call it a day lol
     
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Well since u guys know ALOT more then I do maybe u can tell me what I should do in my situation?..... Iam currently running a Radeon 6970 and so far every game I own ive been able to max-out with very good fps using only 1 1920x1080 monitor,I plan to purchace 2 more ASUS monitors of the same resolution for eyefinity can I get another 6970 and use that for crossfire and put the ret of the money towards a new motherboard and cpu? ............... I have 1 guy on ocn that will sell me his 6970 for $170 dollars,ill have $320 left for other upgrades...... 6970 cf can it handle eyefinity if I oc them to the max? Or do I start from scratch with 7950s or 7970s?................. Money is the key-factor here and I think it is for most people to get the best bang 4 your buck:thumb:

I would say get the 7950 too, it has best price/performance ratio out of all your choices. Also what shilka said, I think it is much better to get 1440p, you get way much better picture quality and with no bezels in between the picture. But those are just my perspective, there is really no right or wrong choice in these matters. So I would just advice you to follow what you want or what benefits you the most.
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Just my 2 cents... I buy whatever is the hottest dollar per performance unit and sometimes the game promos can weigh on my decision. When I bought the GTX670 (early on) it had a higher performance per dollar than the AMD offerings...

I do not believe this is the case anymore and typically I recommend the 7850, 7950, and 7970 offerings to my customers. If you don't care about Cyrsis 3 or Bioshock Infinite and you do care about Metro: Last Light then I don't know if the promo is already running but http://www.anandtech.com/show/6904/nvidias-spring-game-bundle-announced-metro-last-light.

So I guess it depends on

Do you care about hardware PhysX? You probably shouldn't but I do! LOL

Do you care about the free games? I DO the reason I returned my GTX 680 and bought a 670 was because the Borderlands 2 promo started 3 weeks after buying my 680!

Do you have a brand preference? You shouldn't because those are just silly... they take turns being leaders in either all out performance or performance per dollar and your should always use your critical thinking skills to choose a card!

Are you really that worried about the memory capacity? If so stay away from NVIDIA I am not willing to pay a premium for 4GB of ram when 2GB is already enough. 3GB is PERFECT!!! On a single card on a 2560x1440 monitor I doubt you will be able to use enough AA to go over 2GB let alone 3GB but none the less everyone is hung up on this! If you are a fan of high frame rates, TXAA or FXAA you will not be using 3GB of memory. But IF you just can't handle the 2GB limit then go AMD!

Oh yeh and TXAA if you care about TXAA (people will say you shouldn't care) then NVIDIA. I have used TXAA and if you are only going to buy a single card and want either extreme frame rates or extreme resolutions on a single card you will enjoy TXAA. MSAA is just to hard for a single card to run if you want high frame rates at 1920 or good frame rates on 2560.

My opinions... of course people will disagree with some of what I say and that is fine.


FXAA is getting better and better and more relevant. If you think the performance loss on Max Payne 3 is worth any possible quality increase from running MSAA vs FXAA only then you are smoking something good or have great eyes. If you don't use MSAA on Max Payne then 2GB isn't going to get in the way.

TXAA is finally showing up in games and it works. People who claim it sucks are going to show you screen shots blah blah but seriously look at it in motion and then tell me 2x MSAA looks soooo much better then the highest TXAA setting because they probably use about the same amount of power to run lol!

With FXAA and TXAA becoming truly relevant technologies your ram requirements will be going down not up.

Just my 2 pennies. If you where going to run multiple cards then I would change my mind as the memory doesn't stack and since you would then have 2x the frame rate you can afford to run MSAA at this point you will need more than 2GB of ram.


oh and I know this is going to upset some people but right not EVGA = GARBAGE unless you are going to water cool them. They are seriously cheeping out on the GPU Coolers... I bought the GTX 680 SC Signature 2 which had the fake dual fan cooler. I say fake because it was just as loud WHY well look up the design and compare it to the design of ASUS DC2 or MSI TwinFrozr or a Windforce and you will see why. It is FAKE. That card performed AMAZING but seriously the cooler is a no go. If you are going to water cool then that doesn't matter and the EVGA warranty is amazing but right now I just can't stomach what they are trying to pass as high quality coolers.
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