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May 7, 2013 8:17:05 PM

To start, I've never built a PC before, nor have I ever looked into building a PC until recently. I have decided to go with Crossfire 7970's due too being great with cost to performance and personal choice (Compared to 680-690).

However, I have absolutely no idea what components I should get alongside these two gpus, nor what brand of 7970's to get. I'm interested in the newer Vapor-x brand of 7970's but am worried they might be too big to fit in a PC case due to their large fans.

My budget is 2000-2500 USD, and would be appreciative if I could get help, since I'm someone who has no idea what he should buy. If anyone has a recommendation that goes above the established budget, but they feel has higher quality parts, I'm fine with spending a few extra hundred to get a better PC that goes that extra mile.

Accessories such as Monitors and Keyboards won't have to be included. Thanks for anybody that can help!

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May 7, 2013 10:23:19 PM

There are some important points to make:

1. SLI/Crossfire have micro-stutter and other profile issues.

2. Most experts recommend the best single-GPU for smooth game play. Unless you are playing on multiple monitors that's likely the best way to go.

3. Based on your budget, I recommend a specific monitor from Dell. It's a 27", 2560x1440 screen. Gaming on this screen is simply awesome! It's $700 or less: http://www.amazon.com/Dell-U2713HM-IPS-LED-CVN85-27-Inc...

4. Haswell and GTX700 series cards are also on the horizon.

5. GTX700 series cards supposedly have improvements for the SLI micro-stuttering issues so if multi-GPU is a must a 2xGTX700 series might be the best way to go.

If you're dead set on Crossfire I can recommend something, but here's a rough outline of a system you may like better:

1. i5-4670K
2. compatible motherboard
3. GTX780 (i.e. Asus DC2T model)
4. 8GB DDR3 1866MHz (2x4GB)
5. Windows 8 64-bit OEM
6. START8 (Stardock)
7. air/water cooler for CPU
8. Dell U2713HM (27" 2560x1440)

Cheers.
Anonymous
May 8, 2013 6:22:40 PM

photonboy said:
There are some important points to make:

1. SLI/Crossfire have micro-stutter and other profile issues.

2. Most experts recommend the best single-GPU for smooth game play. Unless you are playing on multiple monitors that's likely the best way to go.

3. Based on your budget, I recommend a specific monitor from Dell. It's a 27", 2560x1440 screen. Gaming on this screen is simply awesome! It's $700 or less: http://www.amazon.com/Dell-U2713HM-IPS-LED-CVN85-27-Inc...

4. Haswell and GTX700 series cards are also on the horizon.

5. GTX700 series cards supposedly have improvements for the SLI micro-stuttering issues so if multi-GPU is a must a 2xGTX700 series might be the best way to go.

If you're dead set on Crossfire I can recommend something, but here's a rough outline of a system you may like better:

1. i5-4670K
2. compatible motherboard
3. GTX780 (i.e. Asus DC2T model)
4. 8GB DDR3 1866MHz (2x4GB)
5. Windows 8 64-bit OEM
6. START8 (Stardock)
7. air/water cooler for CPU
8. Dell U2713HM (27" 2560x1440)

Cheers.


Thanks for your help, but I can't wait a few months for the next gen of CPU's and GPU's. Right now I'm currently stuck with an old desktop, since my laptop that I've been using has finally died on me. I've been saving up these past few months, and would really like to be able to play PC games without having to play on low settings and still get sub-par frame rates. I plan on using at least 2 monitors, so I guess my choice in 2 7970's was justified, and the free games they give with them sweeten the deal as well.

I don't want to sound like a douche, but I honestly want to experience the great gift of PC gaming on the highest settings for the next few years without having to wait. I have checked out the monitor your recommended, and that will be my gaming monitor, I'll just use my current monitor as my secondary. I look forward to seeing what you'll be able to come up with!
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