Originally Posted by Exxlir
Planning on getting this as a upgrade for cpu, and getting the new corsair hyrdo 110... http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CP-336-AM&groupid=701&catid=1967&subcat=1825
And i dont know what it is ive always loved sapphire cards thats why i was thinking on getting a new sapphire ghz edition, another option was the new nvidia or even the 6gb sapphire 7970 or waiting till the new sapphire cards come out and see whats in store, theres to many options to pick from im thinking long term equipment so i dont have to upgrade for a few years. but thank you for the reply its got me thinking!
Not very familiar w/ AMD CPU so won't comment on that. Hard to go wrong with the Corsair H110 IMO as long as you're OK with the price.
RE: graphics card, I'm assuming that you're concerned with gaming and not "GPU compute/acceleration" type stuff (Adobe Creative Suite, video editing, etc,), That type of software and/or plug-ins may require CUDA (NVidia), though currently AMD is better overall. With a 1080p monitor, I see no reason to get a 4GB or 6GB VRAM graphics card. A Radeon 7950/7970 (or GTX 770) should be enough for any game. Not having "to upgrade for a few years" is a different matter. Kind of hard to future proof for that length of time w/ graphics cards. In terms of "future proofing", next gen (i.e. new GPU architecture & 20nm manufacture) AMD/NVidia is a better options, but from what I can tell that's at least 9-10 months off - quite possibly longer. In the meantime, AMD is rumored to release a refresh design 8970/8950 in the next 3-4 months (possibly sooner - who knows).
EDIT: Missed your last post somehow. Too bad there's no rebate in the UK
Unless you have near term plans to upgrade your monitor to 1440/1600p or a 3x1080p, 6GB VRAM is a waste for 1080/1200p resolution. You won't use it. As for the GHz edition, I think the reason ivanlabrie posted it was overpriced is that it's a factory OC card. You can OC the card yourself. Maybe the GHz editions overclock a little better than the non GHz editions, but the difference isn't enough to justify the price on a relative value basis. The cards you linked go for £469.99 inc VAT (7970 GHz 6GB Vapor X), £341.99 inc VAT (7970 GHz 3GB Vapor X), and £259.99 inc VAT (7950 OC Vapor X 3GB). £128 extra for 3GB more VRAM you won't use is definitely not worth it.
For £82 less, I think the Saphire 7950 OC Vapor X
is easily the best value. You could even save £10 and get the Saphire 7950 Boost Dual-X
. I can't recall to what degree, if any, the Vapor X cooling system is better than the Dual X. For a £10 difference, go with the card which has the better cooling system. If both cool equally as well, go with the cheaper Dual-X Boost version. With a good overclock, you get a little better than stock 7970 performance which is enough for 1080p monitor, and the £82-92 you save over the 7970 (£210-220 over 6GB 7970) can be put towards next gen.Edited by goesto11 - 6/27/13 at 2:29pm