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Match my gigabyte 7950 or get a msi TFIII

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I5 3470 212 evo, asrock extreme 4, seasonic x-850, coolmaster storm enforcer (200mm inlet, exhaust and 140mm rear fan) gigabyte wind force 7950. Lenovo 21.5" 1920x1080 60hz

Crysis 3,bioshock infinite, tomb raider.

In anticipation of newer titles coming out, as well as the 780 going to be out if my price range, I'm thinking of crossfiring my 7950.

The question is, do I grab another gigabyte wind force or can I grab a TFIII? I would like to get a card that runs a little cooler than the other because of them dumping on top of each other. The other option is selling the WF card and getting 2 TFIII.
Edited by Takinato - 5/20/13 at 11:52pm
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if that is indeed a locked i5 - one highend gpu is enough. that 7950 is perfect for that rez to play those games. well, i am not sure of TR but C3, you should be able to play smoothly using High settings with 4MSAA. now, if you don't have those games, then it might be worth it to get another 7950 (does not matter if it is another brand) that is voltage unlocked that comes with at least 2 of those games. I suggest upgrading to a K or haswell later on.
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A new cpu is definitely in the future just going to either see what the prices will be for Haswell, or see what the prices of ivy bridge drop to. Then I will pick up one or the other.
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i think you should invest on the cpu first before upgrading the gpu. i had a 7950 and also the 7970 at the same time. for games there isn't much of a difference. my i7 made more of a difference in gaming at stock and oc'ed to 4.5GHz. 2cents.gif

edit: i guess what i am trying to say is . . . save the funds for haswell.
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Be careful about the Twin frozr. I dont know if they already fixed the fan problem. If the card hits 60°C no matter what you try the fans will run on a very high rpm. Its very loud too
If its not a problem then go for it because the twin frozr is great (without the bug)
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i think you should invest on the cpu first before upgrading the gpu. i had a 7950 and also the 7970 at the same time. for games there isn't much of a difference. my i7 made more of a difference in gaming at stock and oc'ed to 4.5GHz. 2cents.gif

edit: i guess what i am trying to say is . . . save the funds for haswell.

I am currently at 4ghz (one core and 3.8 on the rest) would going to an i7 or i5 make that much of a difference?
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depending on your motherboard, it is worthwhile to get an unlocked ivy and oc to about 4.4 - 4.5. now, going for multi-highend gpus . . . i say minimum is i7 3770K. knowing haswell is almost here, i'd say wait. the ocn market should flood with used chips soon.

at 1080 i pretty much maxed out games with the i7 at 4.5 and the 7950 at stock except C3. crossfired, i was able to set that game at Very High (all) but only 4MSAA.
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I think you are fine for now. I have the same GPU and have no problem playing all games in ultra with some setting tweaking here and there.

I'd say stick with this until you can't play ultra setting anymore. By then, much more powerful GPU would be out in the market.

This is unless you are getting a 2nd or third monitor, then you should do a crossfire definitely.
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I'm already using 2 monitors but only gaming on 1, the other one uses stuff like Netflix or movies.
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