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February 13, 2012 6:20:59 PM

The question is simple I want the most performance possible for the least amount of money. For instance I can buy a Sapphire 7950 (OC) for I think it was $539.00 which is at the top of my price range and almost half of my build's price. However would I achieve better performance from two older cheaper GPU's in SLI or Crossfire. I would be playing games at 1080p on the highest settings possible while maintaining the most FPS and it must be able to perform well with upcoming games over the next couple of years.

CPU: i5 2500k
Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Low Profile (2x4) 8GB 1600
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1.5TB 7200 64MB SATA 6.0
SSD: Crucial M4 128 GB SATA III
GPU: Undecided single GPU 7950 or SLI/Crossfire older GPU?
PSU: Corsair TX850M 80+ Silver Certified
Optical Drive:Samsung CD/DVD/Combo
Case: NZTX Phantom White
Heatsink: Zalman Hyper 212 EVO
Additional Fans: x2 200mm for side and top of case, x1 140mm for front of case, x1 120mm for heatsink

Total cost factoring 7950 is around $1,600

So please tell me what you think of my build and what GPU I should run in this build or if you have any other suggestions on this build please let me know. I am a newbie at this after all.

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February 13, 2012 6:59:49 PM

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February 13, 2012 7:04:13 PM

jemcglot said:
The question is simple I want the most performance possible for the least amount of money. For instance I can buy a Sapphire 7950 (OC) for I think it was $539.00 which is at the top of my price range and almost half of my build's price. However would I achieve better performance from two older cheaper GPU's in SLI or Crossfire. I would be playing games at 1080p on the highest settings possible while maintaining the most FPS and it must be able to perform well with upcoming games over the next couple of years.

CPU: i5 2500k
Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Low Profile (2x4) 8GB 1600
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1.5TB 7200 64MB SATA 6.0
SSD: Crucial M4 128 GB SATA III
GPU: Undecided single GPU 7950 or SLI/Crossfire older GPU?
PSU: Corsair TX850M 80+ Silver Certified
Optical Drive:Samsung CD/DVD/Combo
Case: NZTX Phantom White
Heatsink: Zalman Hyper 212 EVO
Additional Fans: x2 200mm for side and top of case, x1 140mm for front of case, x1 120mm for heatsink

Total cost factoring 7950 is around $1,600

So please tell me what you think of my build and what GPU I should run in this build or if you have any other suggestions on this build please let me know. I am a newbie at this after all.


Some observations and thoughts:
There is an ASrock mobo that goes for the mid $80 range that is a Z68
Hdd: Given the prices a WD Black but 500gb will do the job for some time and save you money given that you are using an SSD
SSD: Good
Psu: Corsair yes but you don't need anything over a 650w
Gpu: My experience is that a single card is better than duals. Get the best card you can afford and go with that.
OS?
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February 13, 2012 7:15:08 PM

QuietPC said:
Some observations and thoughts:
There is an ASrock mobo that goes for the mid $80 range that is a Z68
Hdd: Given the prices a WD Black but 500gb will do the job for some time and save you money given that you are using an SSD
SSD: Good
Psu: Corsair yes but you don't need anything over a 650w
Gpu: My experience is that a single card is better than duals. Get the best card you can afford and go with that.
OS?


OS: Windows 7 Home Professional 64-bit
I am glad you told me I don't need all that power I don't have a clue as to how much wattage everything will be pulling when at max settings I do plan on overclocking so I am not sure if the mobo that is $80 will support OC not all of ASrock Z68 boards do i don't think. As for the HDD that crap is way over priced I may just wait for the price to drop I have a couple of months anyways before I build this rig. I appreciate you're input I have heard that running two cards sometimes have issues with firmware and what not. Well I guess it will be the 7950 or maybe I can squeeze up enough for a 7970 when do you think the prices will drop on these GPU's? when are the next line of top tier GPU's coming out? Since I am waiting till around the summer time to build this anyways maybe I will get lucky and they will get cheaper.
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February 13, 2012 7:32:58 PM

jemcglot said:
However would I achieve better performance from two older cheaper GPU's in SLI or Crossfire.


Yes....

Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:

$ 170.00 6870 (434/701) $ 0.39 - $ 0.49
$ 240.00 6950 Frozr OC (484/759) $ 0.50 - $ 0.63
$ 320.00 6970 (526/825) $ 0.61 - $ 0.78
$ 205.00 560 Ti - 900 Mhz (495/862) $ 0.41 - $ 0.48
$ 340.00 570 (524/873) $ 0.65 - $ 0.78
$ 500.00 580 (616/953) $ 0.81 - $ 1.05
$ 450.00 7950 (603/NG) $ 0.75 - ERR
$ 550.00 7970 (675/NG) $ 0.81 - ERR

$340 gets ya 2 6870's and 701 fps at 49 cents per frame
$480 gets ya 2 factory OC'd 6950's and 759 fps at 63 cents per frame
$410 gets ya 2 factory OC'd 560 Ti's and 862 fps at 48 cents per frame
$500 gets ya 1 580 and 616 fps at 81 cents per frame
$450 gets ya 1 7950 and 603 fps at75 cents per frame

Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - I'd want something w/ an industry standard 3 year warranty

SSD: Crucial M4 128 GB SATA III - That's Tier 5, I'd look for a tier 3 unit.

GPU: See above

PSU: 750 minimum for twin 560's....if overclocking, 850 will serve better...HX850 is great deal atm.

Case: NZTX Phantom White - I'd do the Corsair 500R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Heatsink: Zalman Hyper 212 EVO - Zalman doesn't make the 212, CM does. And I'd move up to the 212's big brother, the 612 PWM


Case - $ 105 - Corsair 500R Black http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $ 127 - Corsair HX850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $ 205 - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU - $ 230 - Intel Core i7-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler - $ 43 - Hyper 612 PWM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $ 5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $ 50 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 (White) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $ 230 - Asus GTX 560 900Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $ 230 - Asus GTX 560 900Mhz Same
HD - $ 125 - Seagate Barracuda1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $ 170 - Patriot Wildfire 120 GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $ 58 - Asus Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total $1,578 w/ upgraded MoBo, upgraded optical (Blue Ray), 43 % more FPS on GFX, upgraded case, 10.0 performance rated PSU, upgraded cooler, upgraded SSD
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February 13, 2012 7:33:39 PM

nVidia is expected to announce the Keppler line of gpu's as early as this month but could be next. I expect that by later summer the price war may be on.
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February 13, 2012 10:39:46 PM

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