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Best 7950 for overclocking, crossfire, in future crossfire vs upgrade?

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January 27, 2013 9:17:47 PM

My build is [PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zLx6) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zLx6/by_merchant/) / [Benchmarks](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zLx6/benchmarks/)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637i53570k) | $189.99 @ Microcenter
**CPU Cooler** | [Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-r...) | $29.99 @ Best Buy
**Motherboard** | [ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z77extr...) | $124.99 @ Microcenter
**Memory** | [G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f312800cl9d8...) | $43.98 @ Outlet PC
**Storage** | [Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-h...) | $69.99 @ Amazon
**Video Card** | [Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-100352...) | $309.99 @ Newegg
**Power Supply** | [Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cmpsu...) | $89.99 @ Newegg
**Optical Drive** | [Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lite-on-optical-drive-ihas...) | $15.98 @ Outlet PC
**Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-gfc02050) | $89.98 @ Outlet PC
**Keyboard** | [Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/logitech-keyboard-92000256...) | $17.98 @ Newegg
**Other**| Cooler Master Scout 2| $79.99
**Other**| XIGMATEK FCB (Fluid Circulative Bearing) Cooling System XLF XLF-F1256 120mm LED Blue Case Fan x5| $49.95
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $1112.80
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-27 11:27 EST-0500 |
Any advice on which 7950? windforce, vapor x, dual x (950 mhz) ice q turbo, XFX double dd, xfx black edition, or twin frzr iii etc. Which is best for overclocking, and future crossfire? And If I overclock CPU and GPU will my PSU be enough? Any other tips on my build?
January 27, 2013 9:19:47 PM

can you post the BBC code this is pretty painful to read :p  hell I'll do it.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($309.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($17.98 @ Newegg)
Other: Cooler Master Scout 2 ($79.99)
Other: XIGMATEK FCB (Fluid Circulative Bearing) Cooling System XLF XLF-F1256 120mm LED Blue Case Fan x5 ($49.95)
Total: $1112.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-27 18:19 EST-0500)
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January 27, 2013 9:20:41 PM

Firstly let me ask what resolution you play at?

Do you intend on going to a higher resolution display?

What games do you play?

What is your budget?
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January 27, 2013 10:12:21 PM

bigshootr8 said:
Firstly let me ask what resolution you play at?

Do you intend on going to a higher resolution display?

What games do you play?

What is your budget?

I play at 1080p,
in the future I do, thats the main reason IM wondering upgrade or crossfire, And Im wondering which are best to overclock, keep cool, AND crossfire
I play games like skyrim, far cry 3, battlefield 3, sleeping dogs, Usually FPS and big releases
Since im getting one GPU now and one in the future, under$ 350 per GPU
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January 27, 2013 10:15:21 PM

Crossfire would help out with a higher resolution. However keep this in mind if you see yourself going with a higher resolution display perhaps in the next few years I would wait till that point before the graphic card upgrade. By that point there may be a single card that would handle the task more efficiently then if you were to have 2 cards in tandem.
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January 31, 2013 10:09:18 PM

bigshootr8 said:
Crossfire would help out with a higher resolution. However keep this in mind if you see yourself going with a higher resolution display perhaps in the next few years I would wait till that point before the graphic card upgrade. By that point there may be a single card that would handle the task more efficiently then if you were to have 2 cards in tandem.

ok thanks! But I still have to wonder, what do you think is better for price? Gigabyte 7950, ice q turbo 7950, or saphre 7950/vapor x?
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January 31, 2013 10:30:51 PM

I would get the vapor-x honestly. Then it would be a toss up at that point. I feel that Sapphire does an amazing job with AMD cards its hard to ignore them. And the Vapor-X comes with superior components stock cards.
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January 31, 2013 10:57:43 PM

Best answer selected by Dumbfounded425.
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