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July 17, 2012 2:00:15 AM

I am deciding between a NZXT HALE82 650W or a OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W. They are the same price with rebates/offers. One has 50 more watts, while the other has twice as many 6 pin connectors. This would allow me to crossfire another 6950 when an upgrade is needed. Or would the cards be too dated by then? Basically, my decision is based off of whether or not the Sapphire 6950 would be too dated by the time most games would need a crossfire upgrade vs. just a single card.

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July 17, 2012 2:14:50 AM

I'd say go with the OCZ. I had the same plan when I built a very budget computer around the gts450. A year later, and I'm realizing that this card is all I'll ever need in terms of preformance. My computer hayday may have been when the 8800 series was considered high end, but the 6950 is still a powerful card, I don't think you'll need to add a second card for most future games. If you do end up needing a new card, there is molex to 6pin adapters out there for cheap. And ignore anyone who says OCZ is junk, just plain tune out anything they say. They're the types of people who have about enough real computer experience to play minesweeper.
This is my slightly biased 2 cents (I have the 600w version of the OCZ you're looking at) Feel free to ask me any questions you might have.
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July 17, 2012 2:35:56 AM

I would think about another approach for a power supply. If you do plan to xfire 2 of the 6950s I would invest now and get a power supply like this that will provide you with power for now and if you do add another card: It will cost you $20 more

CORSAIR Gaming Series GS800 800W $109
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This PSU has 65amps on the 12v rail which will give you great PSU
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July 17, 2012 2:45:36 AM

allix24 said:
I'd say go with the OCZ. I had the same plan when I built a very budget computer around the gts450. A year later, and I'm realizing that this card is all I'll ever need in terms of preformance. My computer hayday may have been when the 8800 series was considered high end, but the 6950 is still a powerful card, I don't think you'll need to add a second card for most future games. If you do end up needing a new card, there is molex to 6pin adapters out there for cheap. And ignore anyone who says OCZ is junk, just plain tune out anything they say. They're the types of people who have about enough real computer experience to play minesweeper.
This is my slightly biased 2 cents (I have the 600w version of the OCZ you're looking at) Feel free to ask me any questions you might have.


Thanks!
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July 17, 2012 2:45:46 AM

Best answer selected by wondermonkeys09.
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July 17, 2012 2:50:19 AM

wondermonkeys09 said:
Thanks!

No problem!
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July 17, 2012 2:55:29 AM

allix24 said:
No problem!


One more question. I have heard that some 6950s can be flashed to 6970s. My particular module is a Sapphire 2GB unclocked edition. (Sounds promising...) Could it be done?
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July 17, 2012 2:58:38 AM

wondermonkeys09 said:
One more question. I have heard that some 6950s can be flashed to 6970s. My particular module is a Sapphire 2GB unclocked edition. (Sounds promising...) Could it be done?


Perhaps, it would be alot like unlocking the extra core on the AMD athlons. You may be successful, but I myself wouldn't attempt it. Are you not getting enough performance as it is?
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July 17, 2012 3:06:39 AM

This is my first build, so I have no idea what unlocking another core on an athlon is like.
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July 17, 2012 3:16:17 AM

wondermonkeys09 said:
This is my first build, so I have no idea what unlocking another core on an athlon is like.


Sorry, basically, it may or may not work, it all depends on luck. You have no idea if the card itself can be flashed to a higher version. You could ruin the card, and that is why I would refrain from doing so.
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July 17, 2012 3:23:13 AM

allix24 said:
Sorry, basically, it may or may not work, it all depends on luck. You have no idea if the card itself can be flashed to a higher version. You could ruin the card, and that is why I would refrain from doing so.


............ nothin to do here.
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July 17, 2012 3:47:38 AM

There's nothing I can recommend more highly than a Corsair PSU. Especially if it's a first build.
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