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January 20, 2013 11:52:31 PM

Okay I have posted probably 3 times in the past week. I am trying to get this computer build down and really buckle down on whats needed or whats not needed etc. I need all the help I can get, and thanks again everyone! The main issue is this, I am trying to figure out if I should go with the GTX 680 4 gb DDR or go with a dual Radeon 7970 with the following build and if anything else would of course need to be changed. starting early on the new ROME TOTAL WAR II :D  would like to be able to play ultima settings, big armies etc

Intel Core i5 Processor i5-3570K 3.4GHz 6MB QUAD
CORE ZALMAN COPPER DELUXE EDITION COOLER (or an Evo 212) not sure what I should do.
LGA 1155 ZEROtherm Advanced ZT100 Thermal Grease
(going with better wiring) PROFESSIONAL WIRING
(This is over Kill maybe? but what can I expect to keep going for 5 years) Asus P8Z77-V PRO LGA1155/ Intel Z77/ Quad CrossFireX & Quad SLI/ SATA3&USB3.0/ WiFi/ A&V&GbE/ ATX Motherboard
16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600MHz (PC3 12800) Dual Channel
(2X) MEMORY HEAT SPREADERS
CORSAIR 120GB Solid State Drive SATA III (READ/WRITE 550MB/510MB)
Western Digital BLACK 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB CACHE SATA 6.0Gb/s
24X DUAL LAYER DVD-RW W/LIGHTSCRIBE
nVidia GeForce GTX680 4GB DDR5 2DVI/HDMI PCI-EXP Video Card
REALTEK 8-CHANNEL DIGITAL SOUND ONBOARD REALTEK
10/100/1000 Gigabit Network Card (onboard)
NZXT Phantom 410 CA-PH410-B1 White Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case DELUXE COOLING PACKAGE
CORSAIR 750 WATT HIGH PERFORMANCE SLI/CROSSFIRE POWER SUPPLY
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 3

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January 21, 2013 12:00:22 AM

A single 670 gtx or 7970 is more than enough for that...that is if your resolution is 1080p: http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph5805/46173.png

I know it's not the game in question, but it should even be more fps on that game you mentioned.
Get the hyper 212 evo for a cooler.
Also you just need 8GB for gaming.
That mobo ain't bad, it has plenty of features, if you feel the urge of downgrading the mobo get the asus z77 LK.
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January 21, 2013 12:14:14 AM

Oh okay the chart is awesome! Newbie question here though, whats the difference between the radeon 7970 and the 7970 cf, meaning the cross fire I see. So its the dual, the one i am wanting correct? I guess the 8gb would be fine, I can always increase later in life haha... but the build looks solid?
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January 21, 2013 12:32:37 AM

That chart shows that even a older generation card like the 6970 gets more than 60 fps, two 7970 crossfire gets 179 fps, it's clearly overkill.
So my recommendation is to get a 670 gtx, since you had a 680 gtx in there, the 670 gtx performs about the same as a 680 gtx, the value is on the 670 gtx, and for that game it will deliver more than 60 fps, and in most games it will maxout at those frame rates.
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January 21, 2013 1:00:40 AM

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