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February 24, 2010 1:07:58 PM

hi guys,

my brother in law and sister were asking what to get my as a grad school graduation gift..and I asked them what their price range was..they said dont worry about it..
then I found out my brother in law whos very pc savvy was thinking of getting me 2 5970's for my core i7950..

what do you think?

my current system specs are:
core i7950
6 gig ram
win 7
x-fi sound card..
2 4870x2 2 gig each..
asus p6t deluxe ver 2 board..
acer b233hu 2048x1152 monitor..23 inch

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February 24, 2010 1:11:26 PM

I think you would have one badass system :) 
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February 24, 2010 1:12:59 PM

u lucky ***tard o_0 lol

even one 5970 would be quite enough, but two... wow
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February 24, 2010 1:13:01 PM

is it worth going with 2 of them?
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February 24, 2010 1:15:27 PM

To be honest you don't need 2 x 5970's you already have 2 x 4870x2s.

Be like going from 300FPS to 600FPS whats the point?
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February 24, 2010 1:17:28 PM

well not really.... maybe with a 30'' 2560x1600 monitor it might make sense... and it would need some OCing of the cpu to keep them fed.
most of the current games a crappy console ports anyways so you'll end up with 300fps or something... lol
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February 24, 2010 1:17:56 PM

would I see any performance gains in my games with my current lcd?

so is the upgrade not worthit?
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February 24, 2010 1:20:34 PM

any meaningfull improvement? I doubt it, should be running pretty much anything above 60fps allready so going any higher won't mean much...
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February 24, 2010 1:20:42 PM

is my cpu not fast enough to handle 2 5970?
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February 24, 2010 1:20:55 PM

I would ask for a car...
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February 24, 2010 1:23:12 PM

my brother in law is a gamer as well, hes running a single 5970, but hes using s i7 920

with my lcd would those cards work?
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February 24, 2010 1:25:48 PM

Sure it will work... it IS a bit OVERKILL though.
1 5970 is more then enough at the moment.
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February 24, 2010 1:27:33 PM

which is better to get, 2 5970's or 2 5870's?
I read that the 5970 is a 5870 just overclocked
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February 24, 2010 1:28:49 PM

single 5970 should perform about the same as yours current setup (2 cores have better scaling than 4), and you would lower the power usage of the system by some 250W or so...

maybe u could ask for a single 5970 and water cooling system for the cpu, i dont know if there are any blocks for the 5970 yet (or at least some parts of the system),
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February 24, 2010 1:29:28 PM

5970 is dual 5870 on a same card with slightly lower clocks
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February 24, 2010 1:29:32 PM

What??? where in the world did you hear that.

The 5870 is a SINGLE GPU card
The 5970 is a DUAL GPU card.

I would go with a SINGLE 5970, that thing is a beast.
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February 24, 2010 1:31:49 PM

so best bet a single 5970? why would he recommend 2?
so a single 5970 will perform about as good as my 2 4870x'2?
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February 24, 2010 1:35:14 PM

It will perform much much much better.
If you want 2 5970s, i hope you have a motherboard with enough space between te slots and a nice cooling. You dont need it, its overkill.

In fact, it will CRUSH your 2 4870s
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February 24, 2010 1:37:25 PM

Oh sorry i see you have 2 4870X2s sorry, yes it will perform as good :p 
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February 24, 2010 1:39:25 PM

well my system is an alienware area 51 and has liquid cooling..its a pretty big space inside the case..

what kind of difference would I see in ym gaming?
I play bioshock 1 and 2, borderlands, avp, crysis, fear 2,l4d2, me 1 and 2, any shooter type of game really..

my concern is that if i go with these cards, will my lcd hold me back?

fact is that with monitors too large, they hurt my eyes, I do, unfortunately have sensetive eyes..more so than your average person...

I tried using a 32in lcd once and after about an hour got a HUGE headache..
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February 24, 2010 1:42:27 PM

A 5970 can run 4 of those games at the same time or so :p .
What do you mean with hold you back? Your LCD can run it fine. Its just a resolution thing. Although the best performance is seen with 1920 x 1200 and higher.

Edit:

Crysis Benchmark:

http://www.pcgameshardware.com/screenshots/original/200...
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February 24, 2010 1:44:50 PM

is my res enough to use the power of both cards at a max/default res of 2048x1152?
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February 24, 2010 1:45:39 PM

i was told before that the res needs to be at a certain size to use the power behind both cards...if it isnt atleast 1920x1200 the cards horsepower would not be used
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February 24, 2010 1:46:57 PM

I agree with Kari. 1 x 5970 it is!
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February 24, 2010 1:48:42 PM

i see that my current 4870x2's arent really that far behind..
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February 24, 2010 1:50:40 PM

^^thats what we have been saying as well... :p 
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February 24, 2010 1:52:04 PM

exactly, but you'll be having DirectX 11 AND you wont waste your cash.
If you want you can buy a 600 bucks single 5970 and send me the other 600 bucks.

Youll see no change in performance with buying a dual 5970 and sending me the money.
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February 24, 2010 1:52:08 PM

though those benches are a bit old by now, and the drivers (and the performance) have improved somewhat for the new 5xxx series cards
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February 24, 2010 1:52:40 PM

Could always send me one of your 4870x2's. ^_^
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February 24, 2010 1:54:12 PM

yes I see.. :)  I just figured since it was a gift why not..
hows the ram in the system? 6 gigs good?
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February 24, 2010 1:55:29 PM

yep, thats plenty

edit a good SSD drive might be nice improvement though
other than that your system is pretty kick-ass :D 
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February 24, 2010 1:57:46 PM

on the flipside a single 5970 woud work just as well are my 2 4870x's so get one now and one later?
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February 24, 2010 1:58:17 PM

kari, ive heard about that, what exactly is an SSD drive?
im running sata at the moment, 7200rpm I think it is and its a tb
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February 24, 2010 1:59:07 PM

Exactly, i basicaly play the games you play and have AWESOME performance.

My rig:

Intel i7 950
6gig HYPERX Memory
Velociraptor 15k disk
ATI HD5780 ( Single GPU but its faster then knightrider driving trough the desert )
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February 24, 2010 1:59:09 PM

regarding 2 monitors.. do they have to be the same res and or make and model?
I have another lcd im not using thats 20 inch..slightly smaller.. and its an acer..
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February 24, 2010 1:59:39 PM

ive never played with multiple monitors, due to my sensetive eyes, but i would try it again..if I could
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February 24, 2010 1:59:58 PM

Yes get one now and one later would be very nice.
an SSD drive is like a big USB stick. So ALOT faster. 7200 RPM is pretty basic.
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February 24, 2010 2:00:02 PM

nemia what size lcd do you use?
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February 24, 2010 2:01:56 PM

http://www.anandtech.com/storage/showdoc.aspx?i=3747&p=... and onwards

SSD is a solid state drive, a bit like usb thumb drive on steroids. a lot faster than anything with spinning platters. Size is a bit of an issue (and cost/GB), but does wonders as boot drive (has space for some games as well)
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February 24, 2010 2:03:13 PM

how much would a tb of ssd run me?
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February 24, 2010 2:09:43 PM

what would a single 4870x2 be worth? according to pricewatch it still lists for like 400
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February 24, 2010 2:30:45 PM

$260.
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February 24, 2010 3:16:32 PM

pnico said:
kari what do you think of this lcd?
http://www.amazon.com/Acer-B233HU-bmidhz-widescreen-spe...

also, can I use two different size lcd 23 vs 20 together? both being acer?

idk

and it depends on what exactly are you going to do with those monitors. normal 'extended desktop' mode will work just fine with different res/size, clone mode needs to use the same res, etc... If you were thinking about the Eyefinity thingie those 5xxx series cards can do and actually play games on 2 or 3 monitors, then i believe they have to have the same resolution and preferably size as well for it to work right and look nice.
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February 25, 2010 5:41:10 AM

I have a 26 " LCD btw . Its pretty big in my opinion for gaming.
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February 25, 2010 7:01:00 AM

That would seriously SWEET!!!!!
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February 28, 2010 1:26:24 AM

i think I speak for the rest of us here that we wish your brother-in-law and sister were our siblings too! hahahah.

Honestly? I think you should just get something totally non-computer related. For the price of 2 5890s, I really think you should take a holiday or something. After all your graduating! Grad trip! The graphics cards will be obsolete in a number of years but the memories of a grad trip will stick with you in life. Later on you can tell your friends/kids that hey when I graduated I went to this place, got totally wasted and woke up in a bed filled with naked chicks or smth! hahahah
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