Buy 6970 or wait for 7950? and will it fit in antec 900?

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VaipoGaming
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Hey, I'm building a gaming rig and trying to go *somewhat* high-end build.

But the question is should I get a 6970 or wait for the 7950 which is rumoured to be out on the 31st of January.

Also, I was wondering how does the Antec 900 v1 faire for holding a graphics card used with standard atx mobo.
The MSI r6970 lightning is 12.2" long and I'm not sure if it'll fit in that case,
Also if anyone has experience with how itll fit in the following cases as they are other nice options I found:
Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced - Mid tower
Cooler Master Gladiator 600 - Mid tower
Cooler Master HAF 922 - Mid tower
Corsair Carbide 500R - Mid tower

Don't bother searching, only answer on them if you have one or had one before.
They all seem to be somewhat decent, though the Antec 900 seems to have the best air flow..

Thanks to all who help :)

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The Antec 900 maximum video card size: 16.0" / 406 mm, so yes.

Wait or get 7000 series video: http://www.3dgameman.com/q-and-a/391/buy-amd-6000-or-wait-7000

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VaipoGaming
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Thanks alot man, You've turned into my no.1 person to turn to for reviews about all the computer components :D

And as regards to the Antec 900, does it support liquid cooling? I saw there is no cpu cutout and I'm planning to get the Corsair H80. Appart from having to fit the cooling before i put on the motherboard, there should be no problems with fitting the backplating on the cpu right?

scorpi_be
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i do have 2x 6950 (direct cu 2) in a antec 900
fits well, only watch out for the hdd's that these are not in the way, put the hdd's way below the case..

the 6950/6970 direct cu 2 are pretty the same size, normal one's are smaller though,

and there should be any problems fitting a h80 in a antec 900 with that backplate, i do have the h50, runs very well.

Im just a gamer who likes to build computers...

fadedcamaro
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the fitting of the h80 will depend on the cpu you are planning on using, intels require the back plate, amds do not. and the h80 will fit nicely in the cm 690 II, just built a rig for a client in that case yesterday

VaipoGaming
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I'm going to be using an i5 2500k, So it does require a back plate, so does that mean that The back plate will not fit onto the motherboard seeing as there is no cpu cutout?

Also, from what I saw, the cm690II would be cramped with a big gpu. saw how cramped it was with 10" card, and I'll likely be using a 12.2" card unless the 7950 will be decently priced and smaller..

But my main concern atm is the case fitting the h80 :D I'd imagine the 7950 will have no problem at all fitting into the Antec900

fadedcamaro
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yeah the 690 only supports video cards up to 11.5" or so (304 mm) your 900 should have no problem with the video card as long as you don't plan on changing the cpu cooler alot...

my rig:
case: CM HAF X
mobo: Asus Sabertooth 990fx
cpu: amd fx 6100 oc'd to 4ghz
16 gigs kingston hyper x genesis
corsair force gt 180 ssd
dual 1tb barrcuda's
dual msi radeon 6950

fadedcamaro
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oh the backplate will fit you just have to pull the whole motherboard out to put it on or remove it

VaipoGaming
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Thank you, thats what I was asking even though people were going off topic with different cards and such :P

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Be aware that at the Jan 31st launch, the 7950 will come flying out to retailers everywhere and promptly sell out. A little patience will be needed to make sure you get the one you want.

However, the 6970 cards are everywhere and are not selling out. Perhaps a point for them?

Nick McDermott

VaipoGaming
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Ok, well the 7950 are released today and guess what? Son, I am disappoint.
For an extra 100-140 euro, all you get is a ~5-8% performance increase and a bit cooler gpu.

So I ordered the MSI r6970 Lightning.
Performs like a reference gtx580, costs MUCH less, has TF3 which runs the card super cool.
Obvious choice considering 100-140 euro for such a performance increase is absurd.

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I'm in the same boat. I think that this is a rather mispriced item. Not sure if it is "new product inflation" from the retailers, or what, but at around 25% less they would be in line for the BANG FOR THE BUCK concept. Sounds like the 7000 series is going to have to be around for a bit before it will be really worth it.

Nick McDermott

VaipoGaming
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haha if your name suggests the country you're from then we are on literaly the same boat. Because gpus in Ireland are retardedly overpriced -.- its an exact 1:1 dollar to euro conversion here and sometimes even higher in euros.. crazy stuff. But yeh, ordered my 6970 and I'll be more then happy with that because I plan on capping fps at 40 anyways to reduce load and temps, I dont notice much difference after 35 fps anyways and I ain't picky.