Preferred Website(s) for Parts: None. Preferably with international shipping or compatible with package forwarding service
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: None
Overclocking: Probably (very unfamiliar with this)
SLI or Crossfire: No? Not sure about the benefits of this with a single monitor
Monitor Resolution: 2560 x 1440
Additional Comments: Would prefer a quiet and cool PC. Games I play are the usual FPS (BF3, Crysis etc) and I would like to run them at near max settings if possible. I don't mind a more budget component as long as performance is not vastly compromised. I can afford up to about $1400 but would really like to keep cost down as much as possible.
Here are some case recommendations Case:COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans-1x 230mm front RED LED fan, 1x 140mm rear fan, 1x 230mm top fan, and 1x 230mm side fan http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Thanks for all the suggestions. Any idea what's the primary difference between the two cards? Why is there such a price hike?
Because it's a non reference card.Sapphire's HD 7950 Vapor-X comes with a large dual-fan cooler that uses the company's famous vapor-chamber technology. On the Vapor-X you will also find a "Lethal Boost" button which switches to a second BIOS with higher clock speeds. With this BIOS, clocks are increased to 950 MHz GPU and 1250 MHz memory.It built using higher quality parts.This card is highly factory overclocked and features a custom PCB and GPU cooler!The top of the black fan shroud has a Sapphire logo on it that lights up with white LED's when the card is running, so it would look sharp in a case with a window. The Sapphire HD 7950 Vapor-X uses Vapor Chamber Technology to keep everything nice and cool. The Vapor-X cooler utilizes four heatpipes (two 8mm & two 6mm) to help transfer the heat from the GPU to the aluminum cooling fins. Above the cooling fins are a pair of 90mm fans that have aerofoil blades and dust repelling bearings. The Vapor-X cooler should easily handle the heat generated from the AMD Radeon HD 7950 GPU even under extreme load conditions.
This card features an 8-phase power design and uses a CHiL CHL8228G controller to keep the voltages in order. The 3GB of GDDR5 memory is made up of Hynix memory chips that are rated to run at 1250MHz or 5000MHz effective. Basically it's a beast and will out preform most other model 7950's.