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GPU selection advice please?!

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April 28, 2012 7:38:26 PM

Apologies in advance if you are tired of similar threads, but I don't want to hijack a post.

I finally have the extra scratch to upgrade my GPU. I want to play BF3 and new games casually on 5760x1080 resolution. These are particular cards that have me torn between a 7870 and a 7950. I like Nvidia but my AMD Crosshair IV only officially supports Crossfire without a ROM flash and I plan on getting a second card if and when I need some more power.

Here are the two that have me torn, any clear problem with the 7950?

http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graph...

http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-11196-00-40G-Radeon-PCI-...

But also considering this card if recommended for more airflow?

http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-11196-02-40G-PCI-Express...

I'd also have to consider the advantages of 7970, but there is only $30 difference in these two cards and it will be an additional $100-120 for the 7970 over this high end $7870. The 7870 has a better pixel rate than the 7950, but much less memory bandwidth. I'm not sure when I will be getting the second card, so current performance is important. I want to save if possible because I want to upgrade to SSD or RAID0 and upgrade keyboard and mouse too.

System Specs off the top of my head:

Crosshair IV MOBO
AMD 1100T Proc
8GB DDR3 1333 memory
Corsair 650TX PSU
WD Black 6GB/s HD
3x mounted 24'' HD LED monitors
Current GPU= AMD 5770

I'm thinking the 7950 will be a better buy at only 8% price increase over the 7870, and I could probably Crossfire that with a 7970 later if I found it weak and when prices lower. I'm also up for overclocking the 7950 adding to the value.

Thanks in advance for any support.

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April 28, 2012 8:03:07 PM

7950 @ $360 is the better buy right now... 7870 is too expensive in comparison, if your budget can stretch that far.

It overclocks insanely well and you can easily push it a good deal past stock 7970 performance.
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April 28, 2012 8:06:24 PM

BigMack70 said:
7950 @ $360 is the better buy right now... 7870 is too expensive in comparison, if your budget can stretch that far.

It overclocks insanely well and you can easily push it a good deal past stock 7970 performance.


Thanks for the reply... Haven't seen it for $360, but was looking at if for $390. The 7870 I was looking at cost $360. I've had good results from Sapphire so I'm a little biased, but realize other brands are just as reliable. Not a big fan of XFX. Have you seen it for $360?
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