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June 19, 2013 4:38:21 PM

Hi Tom's Hardware Community. I've been doing some watching on the forums and news. I had a couple questions that maybe you can clarify for me.

GTX770 vs HD7970 If the HD7970 is near the performance of the GTX770, would it make sense to buy the HD7970 (for $60 cheaper) and overclock it? I hear the HD7970 overclocks very well, but the GTX770 is stronger in terms of frame rates at stock. Does the GTX770 have that great of a lead on the HD7970?

AMD vs Intel Upgrade Paths From rumors (assuming the general idea is true), Intel will be getting a new socket for the 5th generation and AMD will be using the current AM3+. So reasons for buying AMD look like: upgradability, overclocking, and eventual benefit from 4+ cores. Reasons for buying Intel: better performance at a similar price range and overclocking (if I go Ivy instead of Haswell). So what is the recommendation?

Case Options Now this one has been bugging me for a while. I have the HAF 912 and it's a great case, but I don't want to get the same case for the newer build. I was thinking something along the lines of the NZXT Phantom and the Corsair 300R. What are the recommendations for a case with lots of options for fans and one that isn't not super-flashy.

AsRock vs ASUS I've heard great things about these two mobo manufacturers. I've also heard ASUS is generally better for overclocking, but AsRock has a good number of features for the price. I haven't heard much about their opposites though. How feature packed is a similarly priced ASUS? How good at overclocking is an AsRock board?

Thanks in advance for the answers.

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June 19, 2013 4:53:44 PM

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-770-gk1...
Probably depends on your monitor resolution and the games you want to play .

Intel change sockets every two years . They have a power advantage right now .
AM3+ will be current for at least one more generation of processors , and the power difference isnt much over a year
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4et7kDGSRfc&list=UUNovoA...
Next generation AMD processors show signs of being very good .
If you want to use multiple graphics cards then go with intel , but everywhere else your gaming experience will be identical if you are using AMD FX

Antec 302 . Awesome case , restrained looks
http://www.anandtech.com/show/5462/antec-three-hundred-...

All motherboards with the same chipset perform identically . They may add additional features but the rest is just hype . ASUS is higher quality than the Asrock , but the money is often not worth spending since even the asrock will last longer than the computers life time
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August 8, 2013 6:20:50 PM

Outlander_04 said:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-770-gk1...
Probably depends on your monitor resolution and the games you want to play .

Intel change sockets every two years . They have a power advantage right now .
AM3+ will be current for at least one more generation of processors , and the power difference isnt much over a year
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4et7kDGSRfc&list=UUNovoA...
Next generation AMD processors show signs of being very good .
If you want to use multiple graphics cards then go with intel , but everywhere else your gaming experience will be identical if you are using AMD FX

Antec 302 . Awesome case , restrained looks
http://www.anandtech.com/show/5462/antec-three-hundred-...

All motherboards with the same chipset perform identically . They may add additional features but the rest is just hype . ASUS is higher quality than the Asrock , but the money is often not worth spending since even the asrock will last longer than the computers life time


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