It says that the card is a Sapphire Radeon HD 7950, but it is actually a Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 Vapor-X OC with Boost. Also, is it normal for total system prices to fluctuate $100+ in a day, because one of my previous builds did that. If so, when will the prices drop in the near future? Lastly, the i5 3570k actually costs $224, because micro center is pick-up only.
As per what proper is saying the board has a 1x8gb stick of ram bundled with it so grab another 1x8gb stick to dual channel
Free 8G Memory with purchase, limited offer
(grabbed the exact same stick to match it)
Seriously yes get a 7970 or 670 at that price
I can play crysis 3 2xMSAA 1080p high for 45 min, 60fps avg and 70 max so hitting ultra should not be that hard for the 7970
and the 7970 will do better than the 7950 anyways so if the 7950 can play crysis3 then the 7970 can
You might want to bump the PSU a bit if you are gonna OC the i5 and OC crossfire 7970's
The i5 is pick-up only, and none of their stores are near me. Also, the gigabyte 7970 is faster, so i chose that one. Lastly, I hear that the haf 722 is a better case than the phantom, so I switched. Final price for me is $1097.12. I wish that I lived near a microcenter. Also, do you think that there will be any price drops in the near future? Thanks guys.
Thanks. Do you also have a list of diagnostics/stress tests that I should run and in which stages I should run them. By stages I mean, Pre-Parts install (Out of case test), Pre-OS install, and Post OS install. Thanks so much.
Also, thanks for the tip about preferred merchants.
^600W will not be enough to CF 7970's in the future
If you have another computer, best to just see if everything will work on that system first and do a breadboard before you put it in the case (like put motherboard ontop of mb box and install everyhting there [i sometimes even install windows before I put it in the case]) you can updage the bios then too and also stress the test the gpu with games or synthetic stuff
be careful not to short anything or electrucute yourself
there is not much pre-OS except to run mem-test
POST-OS I tend to install my drivers then from online downloads (to be really safe, do a reboot between drivers)
I install some monitoring apps like coretemp, cpu-z, gpu-z, speccy and run prime95 just to make sure I have a good connection for the CPU heatsink (had issue in the past which is why I do this now)
Then install a game to stress grpahics or run something synthetic
Some people liek to run Intel Burn Test for a while