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Trying to decide between GTX 680, 770, and Radeon 7970Ghz

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June 4, 2013 2:18:42 PM

Okay so I really don't know all that much about building computers and graphics cards but I think I have it somewhat narrowed down between these 3 card types. I am open to going into lower tiers of graphics cards such as the 670.

My plan/ expectations

  • I want to be able to stream with this machine
  • Plan on using an i7 4770k with an Asus Z87-PRO motherboard
  • Wanted to get a full ATX case but am open to change
  • I was planning on buying a 1080p 120hz monitor
  • Wanting to get atleast 80 frames in games like LOL and Minecraft and then around 60 frames on most other games running at decently high settings ( I don't need to have max and all that fine tuning jazz)


  • My budget is as low as it can be given some of the guidelines given above, and if those expectations are irrational please let me know as I am a bit new as to what to expect from PC games. Thanks for any help you can offer!

    EDIT: I am also curious if the graphics cards I am getting are a bit overkill for my "expectations" and would I be better off getting a 670 or 660ti. Also one more expectation that I am going to add is that the card works decently well with a dual monitor setup for streaming. One monitor will be 120hz 1080p and the other 60hz. Only one monitor will be running demanding tasks such as games while the other one will just have skype and other similar programs.
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    June 4, 2013 2:26:07 PM

    Ok I have a few questions

    -What is your budget
    -Are you buying all new computer parts?
    -Have you ever built a computer before?
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    June 4, 2013 2:26:16 PM

    The Radeon HD 7970 GHz would be the best buy because it comes with the AMD Never Settle Bundle which provides you with three free games -- Bioshock Infinite, Crysis 3, and Far Cry 3.

    That said, the best price/performance card on that list is the GTX 770. Being at the same price as the GTX 680 and HD 7970 GHz and being stronger than both of them.
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    June 4, 2013 2:28:44 PM

    GTX 770 = overclocked GTX 680 with a better memory controller.

    The HD 7970 is the best option if you plan on overclocking otherwise stick with the GTX 770.
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    June 4, 2013 2:31:54 PM

    the 770 is the best of the three overall, but they're all powerful cards and would perform well for your listed plans/expectations. 7970 overclocks the best of the three, so I don't know if that is something that you plan to do but it's worth mentioning. I still like the 770 best as it's the best performer of the three and cheaper than the 680. In other words, you may as well drop the 680 from your short list. It offers no realistic advantage over either of the other two.
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    June 4, 2013 2:41:01 PM

    Conrad440 said:
    Ok I have a few questions

    -What is your budget
    -Are you buying all new computer parts?
    -Have you ever built a computer before?

    I really don't want to go above 1,500
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    No, but I have been doing my homework for the most part and I am decently tech savvy.


    I have no problem overclocking both my CPU and GPU if that makes any difference, I am also curious if the cards I am talking about are a bit overkill for my expectations that I listed above. Thanks for all whom have replied!
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    June 4, 2013 2:42:22 PM

    Well since the 770 is a better version of 680 at 670 price then you should cancel on 680 overall. So its really 770 or 7970?
    7970- 4 games, Bioshock, Tomb Raider, Crysis 3, Farcry 3: BLOOD DRAGON and NOT regular FarCry3
    770- 0 games, Advanced PhysX
    If you don't care about the games get 770
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    June 4, 2013 2:49:03 PM

    Immaculate said:
    Well since the 770 is a better version of 680 at 670 price then you should cancel on 680 overall. So its really 770 or 7970?
    7970- 4 games, Bioshock, Tomb Raider, Crysis 3, Farcry 3: BLOOD DRAGON and NOT regular FarCry3
    770- 0 games, Advanced PhysX
    If you don't care about the games get 770

    Okay, I will cross out the 680 and as for the games of course they would be nice but I am much more concerned about the longevity of my PC.
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    June 4, 2013 3:01:25 PM

    Well if your thinking about going SLI/xfire then get the 770 because as of right now the drivers work much better than 7970 even though they are being updated as they say "a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush".
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    June 4, 2013 3:26:14 PM

    If you are going with 120hz, there is a good chance you'll want a 2nd card later, if not sooner. If that is the case, I'd go with the 770, otherwise the 7970 would be a good deal.
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    June 4, 2013 5:56:44 PM

    Based on the parts you've listed I'd say go with the 770, it's going to be super overkill for 1 monitor. I would die of shock if you managed to get anything under 45 fps while multi tasking on this setup.

    -Also on a side note most of the hardware has just been released so the performance is only going to go up as they release new drivers.
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