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February 17, 2013 8:28:24 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: One week

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Powercolor HD 7950/ Coolermaster 1000W silent pro gold

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: i7 2600k@4.2 Ghz/ 16Gb G.skill ripjaws 1600mhz/ Asus p8z68-V/Gen3

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Ok so my question i have been literally bashing my head into walls over is. I have a 7950 and i want to upgrade with tax returns, I'm loving borderlands 2, but cant run physx on the cpu it kills my fps. Should i opt for a GTX 670/680 or just go with another 7950 and say to hell with physx?

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a c 182 U Graphics card
February 17, 2013 8:31:35 AM

Currently there is no worthwile upgrade for you.best option is to crossfire another hd 7950.
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February 17, 2013 9:10:19 AM

If you want Physx real bad then the GTX 680 is the way to go if you want to notice improvement from your hd7950. its expensive tho. crossfire 7950 or adding hybrid physx is better.
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February 17, 2013 9:17:30 AM

how do you do the hybrid physx? and is it working good?
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February 17, 2013 9:22:48 AM

Money isn't to much of an issue i got a hefty return, and my 7950 wouldn't be wasted i would put it in my other rig that has a 6870. Suggest away those don't have to be the only options, at one time i was thinking about a 690 but for 1080p that's overkill. lol even two 7950's are, but since i already have one why not. physx was my main concern because i enjoy the eye candy that many games are starting to utilize.
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a c 155 U Graphics card
February 17, 2013 9:39:22 AM

Well, if you could use it elsewhere then a 670 would be a good pick (680s are still overpriced for the performance IMO).

On the other hand if you are on 1080p then I'd suggest getting yourself either a nice 1440p screen or another couple and going eyefinity.

IIRC Hybrid PhysX is using hacked drivers to use an nvidia card for physx with an amd for the actual rendering. Another option.
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February 17, 2013 9:43:21 AM

yeah i was looking at a dell ultra sharp 1440p,but eyefinity is out of the question "never saw the glory in more monitors to begin with IMO" the side pannels of the monitors would make me rip my hair out, and finding a good desk would make it worse. So two 670's and a 1440p montior? any monitor in particular? the dell seems overpriced.
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February 17, 2013 9:46:00 AM

Looking at reviews on the hybrid setup, it seems to get good physx you would need at least a gtx 460 which for that price you might as well just get a 670/680 and not worry about hacking anything.
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February 17, 2013 10:01:03 AM

maybe dual 670s and 2 1080p monitors?
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February 17, 2013 10:10:48 AM

what about dedicated physx ? I guess gtx 650 is good for that.
what do you think?
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February 17, 2013 10:23:21 AM

Using a gtx 650 as a dedicated physx card is good enough for use with the gtx 670 as the main card. use a slower card and framerates would drop less than using only one gtx670.
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February 17, 2013 11:41:51 AM

I'm thinking i'll just go with a 4gb gtx 670 and then next year get another or see about the 700 or 8000 series cards. 1440p are still really highly priced not worth the money atm, unless you want some shady one with no warranty and has to be shipped oversea. with the extra money i save i can get a nice 7.1 headset, and an ssd.
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February 17, 2013 11:42:11 AM

Best answer selected by Nick-36.
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