Looking for advice on best course of action for a mid 2011 27" iMac 3.4 GHz Quad Core i7, 12 GB RAM, came stock with AMD 6970M 2GB.
Is it just me or is this link broken from OP?
List of current builds and benchmark results:
Anyhow, which GPU would match my TB1 ports and processor best? Which case? Seems like options have recently flowered...
I currently boot into Windows 7 bootcamp and overclock my stock GPU with fans ablazing to play 3D games via Steam on either the built in display or an external HDMI projector/tv. Looking for a reasonably affordable upgrade option that optimizes TB1 ports without being overkill. Portable-ish would be nice. I don't mind fiddling but I can afford a little bit of convenience, but not so much that I wouldn't just rather sock the money into a dedicated gaming rig or new Pascal Retina 5K iMac. I'm a bit sentimental about my iMac though and would love to stretch it out a bit longer.
New Kickstarter Wolfe thingie promising a GTX 970 or GTX 1060 for $599 come March 2017.
Pros: Convenience. Already built to fit everything. Portable. Reasonably priced. I kinda like the idea of supporting budding entrepreneurs. Amused by the "Wolfe vs Bizon" scene.
Cons: Usual Kickstarter risks. Delays, compatibility, Vaporware? Better option comes along meanwhile? Future-proof?
DIY Akitio Thunder2 PCIe Box
Pros: Cheap, lots of support on forums, infinite variability.
Cons: Usual DIY frustrations. Guts spilling out of the tiny case. Portable would be nice.
BizonTech just feels overkill to me for the price. Same thing goes for Razor Core, I don't need no TB3 ATM, but maybe I should be considering future-proofing?
Pros: Finished product. Upgradeable. Support?
Cons: Pricey, overkill?
I'd appreciate any and all opinions.