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Looking at Tier 7 Build
06-01-2011, 05:21 PM,
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Looking at Tier 7 Build
I'm currently looking at the Tier 7 build. I have a few questions...

For the Tier 7, two Radeon 6950s are recommended. My plan is to get a single 6970 and then later get another. Will this work? I know it limits the power of the computer... but the 6970 should be powerful enough to run Starcraft 2, Crysis 2, etc. at very high settings.

The Tier 7 also recommends G.SKILL 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333MHz for RAM. Is there any reason that the Tier 7 recommendation is not Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 2000MHz?? 1333 MHz vs. 2000 MHz seems to be a large difference with little price difference.

How long (estimation) would you guys say that the Tier 7 computer will last in terms of being "future proof"? Especially if I grab the 6970 instead of 6950.

And finally... how long until the Tier 7 is updated? I see the last update is May 5th, I will not be purchasing the parts until a few days/weeks from now. I don't want to miss out on a soon-to-come update Smile

Oh, also, how difficult is the construction of the Tier 7, for those who can guess and/or for those who have built it?
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06-01-2011, 07:21 PM,
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RE: Looking at Tier 7 Build
If you want extreme performance, going for a 6970 and then another later could be good. However, such a setup will consume large amounts of power, and is probably way overkill for most things (unless you are running a 2560x1600 monitor or multiple monitors).

If a 6970 should be enough to handle pretty much any game at full HD resolution. If that's all you need right now, go for it, but two Radeon 6850 offer slightly better performance while being slightly cheaper. Then, when you need to upgrade, you can just upgrade to the next generation of GPUs.

There is actually very little difference (less than 5%) between 1333 MHz and 2000 MHz RAM. Going for more RAM is always a better option.

Tier 7 seems quite future proofed. It really should be capable for at least 3-4 years. Also, it seems to be relatively up to date, so I wouldn't expect an update any time soon.

Building computers is very easy. Only took me two days to build my first build. Just make sure you read the manuals.
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K CPU Cooler: Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU TIM: Thermalright Chill Factor III GPU: Sapphire Radeon 6970 VGA Cooler: Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus SSD: Crucial M4 256GB HDD: Samsung F3 1TB Motherboard: ASRock P67 PRO3 RAM: 4x4GB (16GB) Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600MHz Optical Drive: ASUS 24X PSU: 550W Kingwin Lazer 80 Plus Platinum Fan Controller: Scythe Kaze Q12 Sound Card: Asus Xonar Essence STX Keyboard: Rosewill RK-9000 Cherry MX Blue Mouse: Logitech G500 Monitor: Sceptre 27"
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06-01-2011, 08:42 PM,
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RE: Looking at Tier 7 Build
(06-01-2011, 07:21 PM)Brian Wrote: If you want extreme performance, going for a 6970 and then another later could be good. However, such a setup will consume large amounts of power, and is probably way overkill for most things (unless you are running a 2560x1600 monitor or multiple monitors).

If a 6970 should be enough to handle pretty much any game at full HD resolution. If that's all you need right now, go for it, but two Radeon 6850 offer slightly better performance while being slightly cheaper. Then, when you need to upgrade, you can just upgrade to the next generation of GPUs.

There is actually very little difference (less than 5%) between 1333 MHz and 2000 MHz RAM. Going for more RAM is always a better option.

Tier 7 seems quite future proofed. It really should be capable for at least 3-4 years. Also, it seems to be relatively up to date, so I wouldn't expect an update any time soon.

Building computers is very easy. Only took me two days to build my first build. Just make sure you read the manuals.

Excellent reply! I will end up grabbing the two 6850s then. I will also go with 8 gigs of the suggested, as a <5% increase in power hardly seems worth the extra money.

I'm going to be using an older screen for now, nothing even close to what you listed. It's not even an LCD.
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06-01-2011, 09:57 PM,
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RE: Looking at Tier 7 Build
If you are seriously on budget consider 1 6850 and an lcd.
upgrade by adding another one later that way you can enjoy your games early.
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06-02-2011, 06:20 AM,
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RE: Looking at Tier 7 Build
I agree with sasikanth8's recommendation. One 6850 is plenty to drive a standard 1080p monitor with 99% of games and you can add a second one on later if it becomes unsatisfactory. The monitor is what you're looking at all day, mine as well get a decent one.
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06-04-2011, 10:37 PM,
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RE: Looking at Tier 7 Build
The cpus got big enough caches so ram speed is basically useless these days. To get that 2000mhz means you got to OC your IMC and to be honest they differ from cpu to cpu. Some stuck at 1800mhz some make it to 2000mhz there's no guarantee. So your better off spending the extra money on something else as there is no performance difference between them in real world circumstances.

What about the 6950->6970 doing the shader trick on it? 6970 for the price of a 6950
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06-06-2011, 08:28 AM,
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RE: Looking at Tier 7 Build
(06-04-2011, 10:37 PM)Spooony Wrote: What about the 6950->6970 doing the shader trick on it? 6970 for the price of a 6950

If you can find a Radeon HD 6950 2GB with a stock cooler, which are getting pretty rare these days.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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