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At this rate the Radeon 7950 is the right choice. Attractive price, power and VRAM makes it useful.
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Thanks all again for the great advice, my choices have narrowed down to 7950 and GTX 660 Ti.

Given that the GTX 660ti was on sale last week for only $199 AR on newegg.com (link), I think I will go with 660 Ti. Newegg should repeat the same deal once they had done one.
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My goodness that is one heck of a deal.O_o
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My goodness that is one heck of a deal.O_o

I ended up purchased Powercolor Radeon HD 7870 PCS+ MYST for $199.96 AR. Hope I can OC it to close to the performance of a 7950 as many had claimed.

http://slickdeals.net/f/6031776-PowerColor-HD-7870-Myst-LE-XT-edition-4-games-200-220-AR

The added bonus is this comes with 4 game coupons plus 2 additional games as special gifts. Since I will not be playing any of these games, I plan to sell them to reduce the cost of the graphics card. Can anyone advice how could I sell these games/coupons?
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I ended up purchased Powercolor Radeon HD 7870 PCS+ MYST for $199.96 AR. Hope I can OC it to close to the performance of a 7950 as many had claimed.

http://slickdeals.net/f/6031776-PowerColor-HD-7870-Myst-LE-XT-edition-4-games-200-220-AR

The added bonus is this comes with 4 game coupons plus 2 additional games as special gifts. Since I will not be playing any of these games, I plan to sell them to reduce the cost of the graphics card. Can anyone advice how could I sell these games/coupons?

Congrats!
Ebay or Craigslist, I sold mine on Ebay for $40 thats with 3 games. Maybe this time it will sell for more since it has 4 games now.
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I am new to PC gaming. I would like to play the newest games like Metro Last Light and Skyrim, or any games that have the most realistic graphics, in full frame rate, on a single 2650x1440 monitor, with or without a potential for supporting a second 2650x1440 monitor, currently I own two 27" P1440 monitors but I am not sure if playing on dual monitors will be more fun or better than in a single monitor.

I have a system with Intel i5 3750k 3.4GHz CPU, 32GB PC1600 RAM, and a Samsung 128GB SSD, running Windows 7 Ultimate x64 OS. I just want to try out a couple of games for fun and would not play often (once or twice a month), so don't want to spend too much money for a high end graphics card.

I would appreciate if anyone can recommend a most cost effective graphics card that can drive a 2650x1440 monitor for playing newest PC games.

Thanks so much!

An AMD 7850 is as low as I would go.
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At this rate the Radeon 7950 is the right choice. Attractive price, power and VRAM makes it useful.

This. I got a 7950 WF myself and don't have any complain at all. You also have the option to crossfire in the future too.
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This. I got a 7950 WF myself and don't have any complain at all. You also have the option to crossfire in the future too.

With the help of the community, I bought the 7870 (Tahiti) which is supposed to be the 7900 class GPU and OC friendly. And yes, I also have the option to crossfire if I need it.

I had also bought a Logitech G27 game wheel to play the sim racing games, and since I already have 2 Crossover 27Q LED-P 1440P monitors, I might had "no choice" but to buy a third 27Q monitor to play the triple-screen racing simulation games. Since the car simulation games are less GPU intensive, I might be able to get by with mix-matching the AMD 7870 GPU with my existing GeForce GT 620, if that fails I would need to get another 7870 to crossfire.

High-end gaming is a bottomless pit for cash, but it's so easy to just give in to the temptations.
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With the help of the community, I bought the 7870 (Tahiti) which is supposed to be the 7900 class GPU and OC friendly. And yes, I also have the option to crossfire if I need it.

I had also bought a Logitech G27 game wheel to play the sim racing games, and since I already have 2 Crossover 27Q LED-P 1440P monitors, I might had "no choice" but to buy a third 27Q monitor to play the triple-screen racing simulation games. Since the car simulation games are less GPU intensive, I might be able to get by with mix-matching the AMD 7870 GPU with my existing GeForce GT 620, if that fails I would need to get another 7870 to crossfire.

High-end gaming is a bottomless pit for cash, but it's so easy to just give in to the temptations.

Good option, good choice. The 7870 LE XT (Tahiti) is a great entry/mid-level option for SINGLE 1440p gaming. It should overclock well and give you good performance, provided you're more than comfortable to mess with lowering graphics settings to achieve good frame rates. Start by turning off anti-aliasing (MSAA/SSAA etc). You can probably get away with FXAA/MLAA in some circumstances. You will not be maxing out all games, but you will be for a great many, any you will have an enjoyable experience on a single screen, no doubt.

Some overclocking examples:
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Club_3D/HD_7870_jokerCard_Tahiti_LE/31.html
http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/club3d_radeon_7870_joker_review,24.html
http://www.legitreviews.com/article/2156/15/
http://www.kitguru.net/components/graphic-cards/zardon/sapphire-hd7870-w-boost-tahiti-le-review/4/


So, you need to forget using the GT620, for practically anything. It *MIGHT* have some function as a dedicated Physx card, but it will probably not be strong enough to keep up.

If you were thinking it would run in some kind of "crossfire" mode with the 7870, then you're mistaken. It doesn't work like that.

For 3x 1440p screens, you will need a minimum of crossfire 7870's. Really, they will struggle to maintain any semblance of decent frame rate for something like a driving sim which needs fluidity. Be prepared to want to step up to crossfire 7970ghz or even higher frankly. 3x 1440p is a pretty huge amount of pixels to push, and not for the faint of heart gaming-rig.

High-end gaming ... it's a RIDICULOUS bottomless pit of no return. I had to scramble my way out ... mostly a result of my stretched budget, if I'm honest, which means there's a high-res eyefinity setup in my future someday, once the cash starts flowing again tongue.gif
Edited by willibj - 5/26/13 at 5:53am
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UPDATE:

Got the card Tuesday, it had nothing but problems! Read the NCIX forum and discovered reports of extremly high rates of the same failures of this card. It became apparent to me that the Tahiti chips are rejects of 7900 class chips for good reasons: they are problematic, and honestly AMD should just destroy them instead of re-branding the rejects to "Limited Edition" (LE) of 7870 cards. I don't doubt that some people would be lucky to get the cards that actually work, but many stated that even after they returned the DOA and got the replacement, the replacements had the same exact problems: unstable, black screens, freezes, tearing, scrambling, and excessive high temperature (mine idled at 78 C, and went up to 100 C plus in 5 minutes of running Unigine benchmark, and the max FPS at 1080p was 27! at 1440p FPS was 21).

I tried clean install of newest version of drivers, the computer is brand new and working perfectly before this card. I am RMA it to NCIX and will look for an nVidia card instead. Should had stayed with the nVidia, never had any issue with nVidia cards before.
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