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October 9, 2012 7:46:41 AM

Hi all,
I was wondering which graphics card I should get.
I have been looking at the:
Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 OC dual X £238
Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 OC dual X £308
I have been leaning towards the 7950 due to the lower price and the fact that I can overclock it to perform like a stock 7970.
I may change to a dual screen setup in the future but I have seen the 7950 running 3 monitors at 1080p

My system specs:

Processor- i5 3570k £160
MotherBoard- AsROCK Extreme 4 z77 £110
RAM- 8gb Corsair Vengeance £30
CPU fan- Cooler Master 212 EVO £25
Case- Antec three hundred two £50
Graphic card- undecided
PSU- XFX Pro Core 850w £80
Wifi Card- £20
Hard Drive- Western Digital Caviar black £62
LG Or liteonihas disk drive £15

Which card would be the best for me?
I will be playing games like Crysis 1, BattleField 3 and Total War.
Thanks

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a b U Graphics card
October 9, 2012 8:11:02 AM

Depends on how many monitors you will be "gaming" on.

Dual screens are not great for games, office work and other stuff they are excellent.

So, in a dual screen setup, go for the 7950, but if you will be playing on 3 screens using eyefinity then get the 7970.

The 7950 will run a 3 screen eyefinity setup, but might not be able to run on the highest/nicest graphic settings
October 9, 2012 8:22:26 AM

Okay, thanks.
I will probably just go for the 7950 and run a dual or single screen setup.
How well would the 7950 at 7970 stock speeds run games like Battlefield 3 and Crysis 1?
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a b U Graphics card
October 9, 2012 8:28:59 AM

reubenno said:
Okay, thanks.
I will probably just go for the 7950 and run a dual or single screen setup.
How well would the 7950 at 7970 stock speeds run games like Battlefield 3 and Crysis 1?


Have a look at this Toms Review of the 7950 3GB
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7950-over...
October 9, 2012 8:33:30 AM

Great, thanks!
October 9, 2012 8:44:56 AM

One last question. Which one would you personally choose. Bearing in mind the 7970 costs £70 more?
Is it worth saving up or should I just overclock the 7950 when I start to lose performance in the latest games?
Thanks again
a b U Graphics card
October 11, 2012 7:36:22 AM

I'd say go for an OC'ed 7950 and use that 70 pounds towards an SSD
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