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June 27, 2013 7:39:39 AM

Hi i'm looking to treat myself and buy a new high end graphics card in anticipation of Arma 3 Battlefield 3 Rome 2 and many many other games.

my current rig is

GTX 580 TWIN FROZR II
I5 3570K
8gb Ram
Corsair 1050 psu

Basically i want a card that will run every game on 60 fps with max graphics and all the little extras like MSAA Depth of Field etc enabled. what are my best options ? budget is £500 give or take. also what is the resale value of my 580, anyone know ?

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June 27, 2013 7:45:40 AM

I really would recommend a XFX 7950, they're cheap and really effective, it may struggle on some games at full settings like Crysis, but for around £220 it's a good buy.
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June 27, 2013 7:49:33 AM

Aurozus said:
I really would recommend a XFX 7950, they're cheap and really effective, it may struggle on some games at full settings like Crysis, but for around £220 it's a good buy.


Hey thanks for the reply, i was hoping for something with a bit more kick than that, although it does seem a nice card, should have chosen that over my power hog 580
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June 27, 2013 7:55:03 AM

MasFBailey said:
Aurozus said:
I really would recommend a XFX 7950, they're cheap and really effective, it may struggle on some games at full settings like Crysis, but for around £220 it's a good buy.


Hey thanks for the reply, i was hoping for something with a bit more kick than that, although it does seem a nice card, should have chosen that over my power hog 580

Hey it's fine you probably should have gone with something else, maybe a 7970 would be good, a little more expensive (Around £300), or you could even get two 7950's and run in Crossfire, which would be sweet, (I intend to do this), but there could be a few issues with it in a few games. But if you really want intense gaming and you have a decent money pool I would say a GTX 680 as I have heard amazing things about it from a friend.
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June 27, 2013 8:03:12 AM

Aurozus said:
MasFBailey said:
11049398,0,1349212 said:
I really would recommend a XFX 7950, they're cheap and really effective, it may struggle on some games at full settings like Crysis, but for around £220 it's a good buy.
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Hey it's fine you probably should have gone with something else, maybe a 7970 would be good, a little more expensive (Around £300), or you could even get two 7950's and run in Crossfire, which would be sweet, (I intend to do this), but there could be a few issues with it in a few games. But if you really want intense gaming and you have a decent money pool I would say a GTX 680 as I have heard amazing things about it from a friend.
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I was considering SLI 580's at one point but the electricity bill as well as the sauna they would create put me off. ideally id like a high end card that one day i can run in SLI i have looked at the 680 and its one of the cards im considering, also after hearing good things. the only thing that put me off was the benchmarks, where ti scored sometimes 30 - 40 fps in some of the games im planning on buying. really difficult decision ha
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June 27, 2013 8:17:11 AM

The the 580 is only one tier under the 7950. I doubt you would see much of an improvement if you upgraded to it.
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June 28, 2013 2:19:21 AM

MasFBailey said:
Aurozus said:
MasFBailey said:
11049398,0,1349212 said:
I really would recommend a XFX 7950, they're cheap and really effective, it may struggle on some games at full settings like Crysis, but for around £220 it's a good buy.
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Hey it's fine you probably should have gone with something else, maybe a 7970 would be good, a little more expensive (Around £300), or you could even get two 7950's and run in Crossfire, which would be sweet, (I intend to do this), but there could be a few issues with it in a few games. But if you really want intense gaming and you have a decent money pool I would say a GTX 680 as I have heard amazing things about it from a friend.
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I was considering SLI 580's at one point but the electricity bill as well as the sauna they would create put me off. ideally id like a high end card that one day i can run in SLI i have looked at the 680 and its one of the cards im considering, also after hearing good things. the only thing that put me off was the benchmarks, where ti scored sometimes 30 - 40 fps in some of the games im planning on buying. really difficult decision ha
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Yeah picking the graphics card is probably one of the hardest choices when building computers. Running two graphics cards would lead to a very warm room, so unless you have a well ventilated room, it wouldn't be a great choice. But needless to say the 680 will trump 7950 (Maybe not by much) but for games like Arma 3 and BF3, every little helps, let me know which one you go for!

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