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Saphire HD 7970 3gb or EVGA GTX 770 2gb

I am building my first gaming computer, and I would like a system with some legs on it, while staying cool and offering superior performance. Here is the situation, I have already bought the 7970 from Newegg for 309.99 (289.00 after $20 MIR). This came bundled with 3 games I doubt I would play, but still. I have always been an Nvidia guy and originally wanted a GTX 760, but because my budget allowed, I bumped it up to a 7970 because of the more bang for a buck. If I return this unopened GPU I can expect a 15% re-stocking fee from newegg.

I am getting cold feet however. I like that the 770 runs a bit cooler and has a slight edge over the 7970, but is it worth the extra $120 + a newegg restocking fee?

And what about Sapphire vs EVGA?

In a year or two will I be able to add another 7970? or should I go with the 770 if I want to do that down the road?

Pretty new to pc building and I am sweating bullets on whether I made the right choice or if it would be better to buy the other card.

Thanks for the input.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202008

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130921&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

Edit: added Mail-in-rebate for 7970
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  1. I think you'll be fine with the 7970 unless your doing something really intensive but if your 7970 can't handle it then the 770 probably won't either. Plus I dont think you can return after the rebate. If you dont want the games ill take them
  2. locke9342 said:
    I think you'll be fine with the 7970 unless your doing something really intensive but if your 7970 can't handle it then the 770 probably won't either. Plus I dont think you can return after the rebate. If you dont want the games ill take them


    Well...I don't have the card yet nor have I redeemed the MIR. It is still in transit. I got a pretty good case, but I am still worried about heat. I like that the 770 isnt quite as hot under load.

    Also, do you know if I can throw two of the 7970s together at a later date?
  3. What's your motherboard and PSU?
  4. Best answer
    Saphire stays very cool maybe not as cool as maybe an evga 770 but its a lot of effort to return something just for maybe a couple of degrees. If the rest of your system is as high end as your gpu then yea it should be able to handle crossfire
  5. Thanatos Telos said:
    What's your motherboard and PSU?


    http://pcpartpicker.com/user/JackFalon/saved/28ib

    There is my PC Part Picker build.

    The mobo is a ASRock Z87 Pro3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
    and the PSU is Corsair CX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply
  6. Yeah, you'll be able to use them in X-fire. They'll run pretty well. (AMD has started to fix their problems. Still not as good as SLI, but close and it seems like they're gonna keep improving it.)
  7. Yea that will work but by the time you need 2 7970 the new series would probably be out
  8. Ok well this helps put my fears to rest. If you (or anyone) had to hazard a guess as when the best time to throw in another 7970 would be, (if I just wanted to bump my performance a bit) when do you think that would be. Is there usually an optimal time to get one or is it generally better to just get the new hotness? (budget allowing of course)
  9. Well its hard to get a date beacause we don't know the requirements of the games that havn't came out yet. But general rule is to buy more when you need more. If you want a constant 60 then once you start dipping then It might be time to upgrade. If the newest series just came out I would go with a second 7970 but if the 8970 has been out for a while then I would probably go with it or the new nvidea card
  10. locke9342 said:
    Well its hard to get a date beacause we don't know the requirements of the games that havn't came out yet. But general rule is to buy more when you need more. If you want a constant 60 then once you start dipping then It might be time to upgrade. If the newest series just came out I would go with a second 7970 but if the 8970 has been out for a while then I would probably go with it or the new nvidea card


    Awesome! Thank you!
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