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December 26, 2012 3:34:30 AM

I put together a build in November to buy a new computer in my price range of $1,500. I finally am ready to get it, but some of the parts are out of stock. Looking for some address on which parts i should replace these out of stock parts with.

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black/White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($98.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1341.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-26 00:33 EST-0500)


The SSD Drive, CPU cooler & power supply are all out of stock.

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December 26, 2012 2:16:17 PM

1 card has several advantages. Simplicity, ease of build, simpler driver setup. Also it avoids the problems that occasionally occur with multiple cards - tearing, stuttering, etc. Probably the most important is the upgrade path is so much better. With 2 cards you have to trash both of them to upgrade your video system. With 1 card you can just add another like it and get a substantial boost.
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December 26, 2012 3:22:55 PM

but wont 2 7950's give me more Graphics Power then 1 7970.
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December 26, 2012 7:47:38 PM

falcon7xx said:
but wont 2 7950's give me more Graphics Power then 1 7970.


It's always better to start with a single card than to go with a dual card configuration. The reason being is that it gives you a lot of flexibility when the time comes to upgrade and you can use lower wattage power supplies which will save you money in the long run.
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