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Finally ready to purchase my first GPU but I could really use some help.

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April 1, 2013 7:04:56 PM

This is my first time building a gaming PC I am using
MOBO: ASRock Z77 Extreme6.
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K
RAM: CORSAIR Dominator Platinum 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
PSU: CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Monitor: I have a 27" IPS LED 2560x1440 monitor
I really enjoy playing FPS
I am looking for a GPU that is easily overclocked, SLI/XFire compatible, and will support multiple monitors in case I choose to go that route in the future.
I would like to play games like BF3 and Crysis 3 at max settings.
My current budget alllows me $500
Would a HD 7950 or GTX 670 get me on the right path or should I spend the extra money and get a HD 7970 or GTX 680? I have read all about how the current AMD drivers push the 7970 ahead of the 680 in almost everything. I have also read how the 680 is a waste of money because of it's 5% gains over the 670 and how you can over clock a 7950 to do 7970 numbers with ease. the more read the more confused I get. I would gladly take any advice anyone could give me. I am looking to buy something asap.

Thanks,
Quinn
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April 1, 2013 7:34:20 PM

A 7950 or 7970 would be your best bet. You can always go Crossfire later if you want. Personally I find AMD to just be better with the current GPU lineup.
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April 1, 2013 7:43:31 PM

jemm said:
I´d go for an HD 7970, and use the rest of the money to get a good CPU cooler like COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thank you for the advice. Which 7970 would you recommend? I tend to see people saying not to buy the GHz editions because you can just as easily take a cheaper one and overclock it yourself. I forgot to mention I have the CPU cooling covered I purchased a Corsair Hydro Series Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler H100i.
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April 1, 2013 7:58:05 PM

qs5151 said:
jemm said:
I´d go for an HD 7970, and use the rest of the money to get a good CPU cooler like COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thank you for the advice. Which 7970 would you recommend? I tend to see people saying not to buy the GHz editions because you can just as easily take a cheaper one and overclock it yourself. I forgot to mention I have the CPU cooling covered I purchased a Corsair Hydro Series Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler H100i.


That´s true regarding to the GHz edition -- as you already know you can easily take a cheaper one and overclock it yourself! So get one that has the best cooler solution.

Your CPU is one of the best over there! :) 



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