1. Post #1
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    Evilan's Avatar
    February 2009
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    Alright, it's been awhile since I've worked on my desktop and I really don't know much about parts anymore. The purpose of the computer is for gaming. Just so the first posts in this thread aren't all "Why the fuck did you get a 980X for gaming," I have relatives who work for Intel and I got it cheaps.

    Here are my current specs:

    CPU: i7 980X OC to 4.0ghz
    Memory: 3x2GB @ 1600mhz
    Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-X58-USB3 LGA 1366
    Graphics: Crossfired 5850s OC to 1000/1200
    HDD: 2x1TB
    Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932
    Power Supply: I think it's a 1000W Cooler Master Silent Pro
    Operating System: Windows 7

    Anyway, I know my graphics cards have to go in the upgrade, but should my cpu/mobo also go for Sandry Bridge? My budget will hover around $1000.
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  2. Post #2
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    Dennab
    May 2005
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    With a machine like that, there's no point in upgrading anything but the GPUs, and possibly adding more RAM.

    With a grand, you could get a HD7970 or two HD7950s and some more RAM.

  3. Post #3
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    February 2009
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    With a machine like that, there's no point in upgrading anything but the GPUs, and possibly adding more RAM.

    With a grand, you could get a HD7970 or two HD7950s and some more RAM.
    Awesome. Are there any other new video cards coming within the next month or so? Planning on building it around May 12th once I receive my hard earned cash from DPS.

  4. Post #4
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    Dennab
    May 2005
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    Nvidia already released their GTX680 flagship card (unless they plan a 690 somewhere down the line) and both the GX680 and HD7970 are about on par with each other. They both have tradeoffs, but I'd go with the HD7970 due to the incredible power management (able to sleep at 1W power draw.)

  5. Post #5
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    February 2009
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    Nvidia already released their GTX680 flagship card (unless they plan a 690 somewhere down the line) and both the GX680 and HD7970 are about on par with each other. They both have tradeoffs, but I'd go with the HD7970 due to the incredible power management (able to sleep at 1W power draw.)
    Thanks for the info mate. I'll keep those cards in mind and watch as the drivers develop to make my choice.