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I would have to agree 8GB should be more than enough for several years to come, but personally I wouldn't mind a nice 16GB setup myself. It all depends on what you plan on using your system for. 8GB should be more than enough for gaming. If you plan on doing some heavy video editing or something of that nature, then 16GB hands down.

Though I would have to disagree on 16GB increasing load for the MIC. I don't think so, these parts are made to handle a dump load more memory IMO.
 
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The price difference between 2x ASUS EAH6970/2DI2S/2GD5 PCIE and 2x MSI R6950-2PM2D2GD5 2GB GDDR5 PCIE is 162$. Seems like you don't get that much performance increase between 2x 6970 and 2x 6950, so is 162$ worth it for the extra fps?
 
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The price difference between 2x ASUS EAH6970/2DI2S/2GD5 PCIE and 2x MSI R6950-2PM2D2GD5 2GB GDDR5 PCIE is 162$. Seems like you don't get that much performance increase between 2x 6970 and 2x 6950, so is 162$ worth it for the extra fps?
If your 6950s unlock, then you have 6970s. I personally don't think the price difference is worth it, but some people do. I guess it only matters if you feel it is worth it, because you will be doing some awesome gaming with 2 of either of those cards.
 
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If your 6950s unlock, then you have 6970s. I personally don't think the price difference is worth it, but some people do. I guess it only matters if you feel it is worth it, because you will be doing some awesome gaming with 2 of either of those cards.
I see. What's the performance gain you get from going cf 6950's to cf 6970's around? I probably won't unlock them since I'm way too scared, and if I do, it'll probably be when the cards are getting a bit rusty.
 
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i do. like said above, if you want the best price&performance, 6950s. a little more performance, 6970s. $70 more per card isnt bad imo. take a look, its worth it in some cases

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/298?vs=299
Uah, now I'm getting more confused here.
Just found this benchmark of BF3: http://h4.abload.de/img/battlefield-3-beta-gpu5p0n.png
It says that 2x 570 outperformes 2x 6970 by about 10 fps which is quite a big boost (maybe because of AMD drivers I guess, but this will hopefully be somewhat improved upon later I would assume)
Also, I can get 570's for the same price as 6970's.

Here's the listing with the 570's: http://konyv.ipon.hu/?searchthis=570+gtx&where=shop
Which one would you get? I'm thinking the MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr III Power Edition/OC 1280MB looks good as its the same price as the asus 6970.
What do you think? After all, I'll be playing primarily bf3 for quite some time :p

I won't be using multiple monitors or running any resolution above 1920x1200.
 
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8 Gigs will be sufficient.


The price difference between 2x ASUS EAH6970/2DI2S/2GD5 PCIE and 2x MSI R6950-2PM2D2GD5 2GB GDDR5 PCIE is 162$. Seems like you don't get that much performance increase between 2x 6970 and 2x 6950, so is 162$ worth it for the extra fps?
Didn't you already buy the 6970s?

There! Purchased it :)

Total config price without monitor: 2105$

Motherboard: ASROCK Z68 Extreme4 Gen3
CPU: 1x Intel Core i5-2500K
GPU: 2x ASUS EAH6970/2DI2S/2GD5 PCIE
PSU: 1x Corsair 850W TX V2 (opted for 850w over 750w since it only cost me 15$ more)
RAM: 1x CORSAIR 8192MB Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz CL9 KIT
HDD: 2x Western Digital 500GB SATAIII 7200RPM 32MB WD5002AALX
Case: 1x COOLERMASTER RC-932-KKN5
DVD-ROM Read/write: 1x Samsung SH-S222AB
CPU Cooler: 1x Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
Monitor: 1x ASUS ML238H

With monitor: 2350$

Thank you all for helping me out, it was very much appreciated!
Congrats on your investment, hope to see you round the forums some time. :toast:
 
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like i said, 6970s are much better cards. more reliable vrm, more memory. and they scale better too. performance doesnt always translate to 'better'.
 
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Those are great cards, you should be able to play anything maxxed out.