I am going to be using a 24'' ACER LED 60Hz monitor for my new gaming rig at the beginning. I want to be able to play all games maxed on this monitor and I have been looking at all the current multi-gpu setups and the 7870 HAWK Editions just came in on the site I am buying from and they are pretty good performers. Basically should I shell out the extra cash for 2x MSI HD 7950 3GB for CFX or maybe get 2x MSI 7870 HAWK 2GB to go in crossfire, save some money and get another peripheral or two? I could use a better headset for example. Which would make more sense?
If you plan on playing Far Cry 3 and Hitman, I'd go with the 7950s (and you could sell / trade / give away your extra copies of Sleeping Dogs, Far Cry 3, and Hitman -- maybe to me). Otherwise, crossfire 7870s are probably enough to max all games at 1080p.
I do plan on playing Farcry 3, but the other titles I really don't care for to be quite honest. If it came with Borderlands 2, that'd be a different story, but I could sell or trade the other games and that makes up for the cost difference of the two I'm comparing here. But the issue is will the 7870 Hawk give me really good performance compared to the 7950 in crossfire, and is it worth paying almost $120.00 USD more for the 7950 3GB crossfire? So yeah 7870 crossfire will probably easily max out all games at 1080p huh
Crossfire 7870s should max all games on the market at 1080p, but of course 7950s will be better.
If you were planning on buying Far Cry 3 anyway, it might be worth it to step up to the 7950s. The price difference for a pair is $120 (before rebate) and FC3 is still $60 new. If it was me, I'd go for it.
You may want to double-check, but you should be able to redeem copies of games for both cards too, so you'd have an extra copy of FC3 and two copies each of Sleeping Dogs and Hitman to trade / give-away.