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July 3, 2013 7:35:17 PM

I'm planning to build a new gaming PC and I'm torn between three options. The first one is the Sapphire Vapor-X 7970 Ghz 3GB which I can get for $350 including a 20 mail in rebate. The second one is the Gigabyte GTX 770 2GB which is $400 and the last one is the same 700 but with 4GB which is $460. I'm planning on playing at 1080p only which makes it seem that even the 7970 may be overkill but I'm planning to keep this card for at least 3 years. Now the 770 is a little better than the 7970 and it's within my budget but I don't want to spend money where I don't need to and the 2GB of memory worries me. I could get the 4GB version but that one is $100 more than the 7970 so I'm not sure about that one. Right now 2GB may be more than enough but with next gen games coming I don't know if I'll miss that extra GB of memory at some point in the future. Also, both the PS4 and Xbox One have AMD cards and newer games may be better optimized for Radeon GPUs. What so you think I should get?

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July 3, 2013 7:40:16 PM

IMO 2gb wont be enough for future titles. I would probably get the 770 with 4gb of vram, if you want it to last 3 years. Next gen consoles are using APU's with different architecture then the desktop versions. However with the next gen consoles running x86 architecture, hopefully we will see better PC ports.
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July 3, 2013 7:44:24 PM

Raul Balda said:
I'm planning to build a new gaming PC and I'm torn between three options. The first one is the Sapphire Vapor-X 7970 Ghz 3GB which I can get for $350 including a 20 mail in rebate. The second one is the Gigabyte GTX 770 2GB which is $400 and the last one is the same 700 but with 4GB which is $460. I'm planning on playing at 1080p only which makes it seem that even the 7970 may be overkill but I'm planning to keep this card for at least 3 years. Now the 770 is a little better than the 7970 and it's within my budget but I don't want to spend money where I don't need to and the 2GB of memory worries me. I could get the 4GB version but that one is $100 more than the 7970 so I'm not sure about that one. Right now 2GB may be more than enough but with next gen games coming I don't know if I'll miss that extra GB of memory at some point in the future. Also, both the PS4 and Xbox One have AMD cards and newer games may be better optimized for Radeon GPUs. What so you think I should get?


If you're planning to only use single card, get the 7970 Ghz edition. It has 384bit memory bus width so that it can fully utilize the vram and 3GB of vram. But if you plan to use dual GPU's in the future, get the regular 770 2GB version, 4GB version is not worth it because of its memory bus width which is only 256bit and can't be able to fully utilize the 4GB ram. So the result is when you play a game, you won't notice the difference between 2GB and 4GB and in some cases, 2GB gets more frames than 4GB.
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July 3, 2013 7:47:32 PM

johnvonmacz said:
Raul Balda said:
I'm planning to build a new gaming PC and I'm torn between three options. The first one is the Sapphire Vapor-X 7970 Ghz 3GB which I can get for $350 including a 20 mail in rebate. The second one is the Gigabyte GTX 770 2GB which is $400 and the last one is the same 700 but with 4GB which is $460. I'm planning on playing at 1080p only which makes it seem that even the 7970 may be overkill but I'm planning to keep this card for at least 3 years. Now the 770 is a little better than the 7970 and it's within my budget but I don't want to spend money where I don't need to and the 2GB of memory worries me. I could get the 4GB version but that one is $100 more than the 7970 so I'm not sure about that one. Right now 2GB may be more than enough but with next gen games coming I don't know if I'll miss that extra GB of memory at some point in the future. Also, both the PS4 and Xbox One have AMD cards and newer games may be better optimized for Radeon GPUs. What so you think I should get?


If you're planning to only use single card, get the 7970 Ghz edition. It has 384bit memory bus width so that it can fully utilize the vram and 3GB of vram. But if you plan to use dual GPU's in the future, get the regular 770 2GB version, 4GB version is not worth it because of its memory bus width which is only 256bit and can't be able to fully utilize the 4GB ram. So the result is when you play a game, you won't notice the difference between 2GB and 4GB and in some cases, 2GB gets more frames than 4GB.

i didnt realize that the bandwith on the 4 gig model was only 256bit. I figured with such a pricey card they wouldve upped it to 384bit lol. so to OP disregard what i said.
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July 3, 2013 7:52:03 PM

guitargod213 said:
johnvonmacz said:
Raul Balda said:
I'm planning to build a new gaming PC and I'm torn between three options. The first one is the Sapphire Vapor-X 7970 Ghz 3GB which I can get for $350 including a 20 mail in rebate. The second one is the Gigabyte GTX 770 2GB which is $400 and the last one is the same 700 but with 4GB which is $460. I'm planning on playing at 1080p only which makes it seem that even the 7970 may be overkill but I'm planning to keep this card for at least 3 years. Now the 770 is a little better than the 7970 and it's within my budget but I don't want to spend money where I don't need to and the 2GB of memory worries me. I could get the 4GB version but that one is $100 more than the 7970 so I'm not sure about that one. Right now 2GB may be more than enough but with next gen games coming I don't know if I'll miss that extra GB of memory at some point in the future. Also, both the PS4 and Xbox One have AMD cards and newer games may be better optimized for Radeon GPUs. What so you think I should get?


If you're planning to only use single card, get the 7970 Ghz edition. It has 384bit memory bus width so that it can fully utilize the vram and 3GB of vram. But if you plan to use dual GPU's in the future, get the regular 770 2GB version, 4GB version is not worth it because of its memory bus width which is only 256bit and can't be able to fully utilize the 4GB ram. So the result is when you play a game, you won't notice the difference between 2GB and 4GB and in some cases, 2GB gets more frames than 4GB.

i didnt realize that the bandwith on the 4 gig model was only 256bit. I figured with such a pricey card they wouldve upped it to 384bit lol. so to OP disregard what i said.


I know it's so disappointing. That's why I bought myself a pair of 770 2GB version instead.
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July 3, 2013 7:54:49 PM

I don't think I would go for a SLI config unless I decide to get a higher res monitor. But yeah the 7970 Ghz sounds like the better option for newer games because of the increased memory. At first I was actually going for a 7950 but I felt that I would be inclined to upgrade in less time. Even though at $250, the Sapphire 7950 also seems like a great deal, a better deal than the 7970 ghz. But as I said, I would prefer to spend more now since I have the budget to do it.
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July 3, 2013 7:58:33 PM

Raul Balda said:
I don't think I would go for a SLI config unless I decide to get a higher res monitor. But yeah the 7970 Ghz sounds like the better option for newer games because of the increased memory. At first I was actually going for a 7950 but I felt that I would be inclined to upgrade in less time. Even though at $250, the Sapphire 7950 also seems like a great deal, a better deal than the 7970 ghz. But as I said, I would prefer to spend more now since I have the budget to do it.


For the price and performance, 7970Ghz is the best buy. Go for it!
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