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October 22, 2012 9:19:21 PM

Hello, I recently purchased a I5 3570k processor, a ASRock z77 extreme4, Corsair vengeance 1x8gb ram, and a new case. I already have a PSU, a corsair TX750 V2. I'm looking to get a new GPU (from a gt 9800) i know it's old, thats why i'm here. I would like to know if i should get two "lower" ended cards and do SLI with them or one higher ended card. I'm running on a 1650x1080 screen but will hopefully be able to get another soon. I have a 400$ budget for a card. Looking for any advice. If there's anymore info you would like to know ask me!

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October 22, 2012 9:25:41 PM

With that system, I'm guessing you're looking to game? What types of games will you be playing?
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October 22, 2012 9:31:03 PM

Atm, Minecraft, Guild Wars 2, Starcraft 2, Dota 2 (soon hopefully), LoL, Heroes of Newerth those are mainly what I play, unfortunately right now I can't max them out with out getting like 20 - 30 fps. I would like to be able to max GW2 and still run at 40+ framerate at least. I just wasn't sure if getting something like a GTX 670 would be better than SLI 560 or something around the price of 200$ each. (for the SLI) I am a avid gamer and would just like to be able to dominate any games graphics ^.^
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October 22, 2012 9:38:52 PM

at that res the extra money spent on a 670 may be sorta wasted. A single 660ti should do ya. But in general 1 more powerful card > 2 lower end cards.
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October 22, 2012 9:40:33 PM

GTX 670 or a HD7970 will be plenty at that rez. A 3 GB 7970 would be more beneficial when running at higher rez. (Dual Monitors Triple Monitors)
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October 22, 2012 9:41:00 PM

Would a single 660ti be able to run 2 1650x1080's at a decent fps if i were to get another monitor soon?
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October 22, 2012 9:49:55 PM

Ah thats what you meant. 2 x 1680 monitor setup is roughly the same number of pixels as a 2560x1440 monitor. So you can check out the benchmarks to see how that would fare. To me, I would be looking at a 7950 and saving $100. But if you like nvidia products better, than the 670 would be great, and a 660ti would be good + give you $100 back as well.

check it for rough benchmarks:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-ti-...
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October 22, 2012 10:56:18 PM

AbyssalWolfz said:
It looks like a 3gb 7950 is a really good card. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... does this look like a good buy? I want a good base core speed. this was the highest i saw.

IMHO i would not buy that card if someone gave me the money for it.i would get a sapphire 7950 OC or Vapor-X.it saves you ~$50 and they are just as good(more so the Vapor-X when overclocked)
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October 22, 2012 11:00:07 PM

+1 to 7950 vaporx. Although i have asus cards from other series and they are really well built as well. Always good overclocks.
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October 22, 2012 11:03:09 PM

festerovic said:
+1 to 7950 vaporx. Although i have asus cards from other series and they are really well built as well. Always good overclocks.

very true asus cards are GREAT but for my needs the vapor-x is just as good as the asus and i think(in most cases)the vapor-x is able to get a better overclock than the asus card meaning better preformance
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October 23, 2012 12:41:35 AM

I noticed you only have 1 stick of memory. You are loosing performance when running in single channel rather than dual. I never recommend multi gpu set ups as they do have their issues. I do recommend the fastest single gpu you can afford for the games you like to play. If I had to pick between those two cards, it would definitely be the Sapphire as they are the largest AMD gpu manufacturer.
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October 23, 2012 12:46:05 AM

maestro0428 said:
I noticed you only have 1 stick of memory. You are loosing performance when running in single channel rather than dual. I never recommend multi gpu set ups as they do have their issues. I do recommend the fastest single gpu you can afford for the games you like to play. If I had to pick between those two cards, it would definitely be the Sapphire as they are the largest AMD gpu manufacturer.


I do plan on getting another 8gb stick of ram soon, i wasn't able to afford but 1 when i got most of my new CPU.
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October 23, 2012 12:48:12 AM

devilofdeaths said:
the thing that really separates those 2 cards are the cooler and price that is all



So If i were to get a single graphics card, would this be the best GPU for under 400$? If not what would be?
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October 23, 2012 5:30:40 PM

devilofdeaths said:
the thing that really separates those 2 cards are the cooler and price that is all


and the price. The sapphire plain jane is $269 after rebate, thats a pretty smoking deal. For value that's the hands down winner.
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October 23, 2012 10:12:19 PM

festerovic said:
and the price. The sapphire plain jane is $269 after rebate, thats a pretty smoking deal. For value that's the hands down winner.



On a 1650x1080 screen I should be able to run everything at max setting 60 fps? =D If so i'm diffidently getting this card.
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October 24, 2012 12:37:06 AM

AbyssalWolfz said:
On a 1650x1080 screen I should be able to run everything at max setting 60 fps? =D If so i'm diffidently getting this card.

yup even more so since the catalyst 12.11 release and you get 3 free games i think
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October 24, 2012 1:48:33 AM

devilofdeaths said:
yup even more so since the catalyst 12.11 release and you get 3 free games i think



Okay thanks a lot!! I'm going to get this Graphics card, a 240gb SSD, and a new optical for my computer. Thanks again to everyone!
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October 24, 2012 1:49:57 AM

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