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So here is the base plan of right now.

core i7 3820@4.?, 16gb 1600mhz ddr3 quad channel, windows 7.

This is the big decision that I need help with, is the gpu setup.

amd 8950 3gb---- nvidea 680 2gb--- dual 660



With this build and what ever gpu recommendation I get, would I see much in improvement from my current setup.

core i7-975@4.2,6gb 1600 tri channel, 2gb 7870
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If you are not selling your 7870 or using it for anything else, get another 7870 and crossfire it. The frame rate drivers are coming out real soon, and that will fix the studdering issue in crossfire.

Otherwise the 660 SLI will be better than the 680 at around the same cost, but it will eat up more power and may not be as reliable as a single powerful card. If you get the 680, you can always SLI it with another 680 if you want more performance.

The new AMDs are not gonna comeout anytime soon and the details about it are scarce, thus if you want to update your system now then get the Nvidias or crossfire your 7870.
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why not GTX 780? no point in buying a 680 right now unless you get it cheap since the 770 will be basically the same thing. cant say anything about the 8950 as i havent heard anything solid on that yet.

also, are you going with the 3820 with the intention of upgrading to IVB-E?
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Wait for the release of the 7xx series from Nvidia and then snag one of the used 680 or 7950 from them for a good price.
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Wait for the 7xx series from nVidia. If they aren't good or they're too expensive, just go with a 7970 and OC it.
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Thanks everyone for the great advice. I think I will hang out on a new build for a while longer and just upgrade.

One more question. If I run dual gpus like another 7870. Do I need the same kind or just any 7870.
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Originally Posted by tango bango View Post

Thanks everyone for the great advice. I think I will hang out on a new build for a while longer and just upgrade.

One more question. If I run dual gpus like another 7870. Do I need the same kind or just any 7870.

They dont have to be the same but if they are the same you have less risk of problems
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post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by tango bango View Post

Thanks everyone for the great advice. I think I will hang out on a new build for a while longer and just upgrade.

One more question. If I run dual gpus like another 7870. Do I need the same kind or just any 7870.

No, they can be different brands, just make sure that you don't get a 7870xt as that isn't compatible.

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