S00N3R FR3AK, on 24 June 2012 - 05:58, said:
Well there is a microcenter in Dallas not to far from me so I will have to check that out after my paycheck goes through Saturday. Would like not having to wait on shipping lol but I do also get to avoid taxes on newegg so we will have to see.
Ok have a new price of 1,070 with these changes.
XFX Double D Black Edition 7950
$379.99 with $20 mail in rebate, as well as 3 free games right now. So I may just go ahead and order it.
G,Skill Ripjaw 8Gb
(what is the difference with the S version?) $199.99
Win Home 64 bit $99.99
Will this 7950 be good enough for at least two years without me having to Crossfire the card?
Yeah i have thought about an SSD for Windows and whatever game I am playing most right then but it costs just a bit much and I might just grab that for my birthday at the end of August.
Every Radeon 7900 series card comes with the 3 free games - that's an AMD promotion, not something XFX-exclusive. So don't let that be a factor in your decision. Personally I would just buy whatever Radeon HD 7950 is the cheapest between the following brands I trust most: XFX, ASUS, PowerColor and Sapphire. As for the SSD, you can always buy that later. Prices have dropped through the floor recently. Even the 128GB OCZ Vertex 4, arguably the fastest 128GB SSD you can buy, is only $130 right now. A month ago it was $180 lol
mr.r9, on 24 June 2012 - 10:41, said:
That PSU looks like a steal, veeeery good find. Regarding the GPU, I'd go with the 670 based on this: http://www.anandtech...duct/550?vs=598
Have you considered the i5-2500k? It'll give you the opportunity to OC in the future when you feel the need to.
Imagine 6 months from now, you'll have a bit of cash to buy an SSD and a cpu cooler, like the CM 212+ , then you'll be able to OC the cpu with no problems up to 4.5GHz
rather than being stuck with 3.1 or 3.3...
Those benchmarks are outdated. Recent driver improvements have pushed AMD ahead in Crysis, Metro, DiRT, Skyrim, and made a tie in Shogun Total War. NVIDIA is still ahead in Portal 2 (but that seriously doesn't even matter when talking about 100+ fps) and Battlefield 3, but the person who this whole thread is about already said he bought Battlefield 3 on Xbox 360 instead of PC. That's why for him I think the Radeon HD 7950 is the better card.
Prices have also made the GeForce GTX 670 look worse now. At $420, it is makes more sense to buy the Radeon HD 7970 (which is faster overall) for only $10-$20 more. Once you get up to $500 it is a tougher decision, as the performance between the GeForce GTX 680 and AMD's new Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition (stupid name, but whatever) is a complete wash.
@ S00N3R FR3AK: The 520-Watt SeaSonic PSU is totally fine for one Radeon HD 7950, but two might be pushing it. The Radeon HD 7950 is rated for 200-Watts; the Core i5 3450 is 77-Watts; then factor in another 30-Watts total for motherboard components, HDD, memory and optical disk drive. That brings you up to 310-Watts total. Adding another 200-Watts into the equation brings you too close to the limit of the SeasSonic PSU I picked out. If you do think there is a good chance you'll pick up another video card in the next year or so, then go with a 600-Watt+ SeaSonic model instead. Should increase the price by roughly $30-$40.