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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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  2. 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?
  3. 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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    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=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=-1&isNodeId=1&Description=corsair+500r

    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=N82E16811139009
    PSU - $ 127 - Corsair HX850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011
    MoBo - $ 205 - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790
    CPU - $ 230 - Intel Core i7-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    Cooler - $ 43 - Hyper 612 PWM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103103
    TIM - $ 5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080
    RAM - $ 50 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 (White) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233199
    GFX - $ 230 - Asus GTX 560 900Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121425
    GFX - $ 230 - Asus GTX 560 900Mhz Same
    HD - $ 125 - Seagate Barracuda1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840
    SSD - $ 170 - Patriot Wildfire 120 GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220599
    DVD Writer - $ 58 - Asus Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135247


    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
  5. 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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