Quote: Originally Posted by Recusant
Hiya, i'm wondering if a pair of Radeon 5970s, overclocked, with water blocks included (and original fans/packaging) and a 'bonus' Nvidia 470 to boot is worth $600. I don't plan to keep the Nvidia i don't think. He tells me that was installed for 'Physix' - do many games make good use of that?
Talk him down to $500-$550, maybe. The 5970 Achilles heel was always driver support (I had one). Quad CF will only show it's true value with a few well supported titles. It doesn't scale all that great with a lot of titles. (utilise the cards capabilities)
The majority of games won't take full advantage of quad CF.
You'll also need to OC your chip if not done so already.
As for physx, tbh not that many games support it, but it really does add that extra 'something' for those that do. You can certainly live with out it - but it is nice to have.
It's worth filling a pci-e slot.
However I hope you're not planning on running it all on your spec PSU? 2x5970's are power hungry. Include the 470 and a 4.0hgz OC and you're looking at a new psu.
Overall it's not a 'bad' deal, you're certainly bot getting ripped off - but try and talk him down a bit. The 5970's would have gone from $600-900 + ~$150-200 per WC block (probably EK) if through PCCG, but it's 2 generations old and depreciates badly.
Add the cost for a 850W PSU and it's suddenly around the $800 mark, just to run the cards - never mind the WC gear.
They were kept very cool, so i'm confident their longevity is unaffected by his overclocking.
If OC'ed under water, longevity wouldn't be an issue. (as long as the VRMs were cooled as well. Although it sounds like this bloke knew what he was doing.
I assume most readers here are American. Dollars are AU$, but the exchange rate is similar. Note that these things cost rather a bit more in AUS than USA new.
Most are, but I'm an aussie. You can always check out OCCAU
too see what 5970's with blocks are going for.