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Radeon 7870: Gigabyte OC edition or PowerColor PCS Tahitt LE?

After some research, I've decided on purchasing a Radeon 7870 GPU, and have found two similarly priced cards:

Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 OC
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=69492&vpn=GV-R787OC-2GD&manufacture=Gigabyte&promoid=1306

Powercolor Radeon HD 7870 - Tahiti LE
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=79571&vpn=AX7870%202GBD5-2DHP&manufacture=PowerColor&promoid=1306#CustomerReviews

Both look like good cards, but I'm having difficulty identifying just what model the Powercolor is. Any suggestions as to which is the better card? Thanks for the help!
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  1. Get the gigabyte one. Its OC, better cooler,and slightly cheaper, however its really big. You need to make sure that it will fit your case. If its too big, the PowerColor one is great too and a little smaller
  2. Thanks for the reply, that's where I was leaning towards. I've cut my options down to two choices, I'm working on a budget so I can buy either a Powercolor Radeon 7950 and a cheap PSU or go for the gigabyte 7870 with a modular PSU:

    Powercolor Radeon 7950 + EVGA 500 Bronze 500w
    http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=84902&vpn=AX7950%203GBD5-2DHV5E&manufacture=PowerColor&promoid=1306
    http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=85625&vpn=100-B1-0500-KR&manufacture=eVGA&promoid=1306

    Gigabyte OC 7870 + Antec HCG-620M 620W
    http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=69492&vpn=GV-R787OC-2GD&manufacture=Gigabyte&promoid=1306
    http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=67325&vpn=HCG-620M&manufacture=Antec&promoid=1306

    Both options are close in price and within my budget. Do you think it's more important to have a good PSU or can I sacrifice that to get the better Graphics card? Thanks for the feedback!
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    Still get the Gigabyte and 620w PSU. 620w is just powerful enough, may be marginal though. I would recommend at least a 700w because you can get a better CPU and your PC is more futureproof :)
  4. If you get the 7950 and 500w, AMD says that just the card itself will totally suck up all the power from your 500w Power Supply, leaving little for everything else including CPU, HDDs, etc.
  5. I'm afraid I'm really on a budget for this upgrade, and I'm having a hard time finding anything with that kind of wattage in my price range. What would be the minimum wattage to run the 7950 on my current build?
  6. well (500w HD 7950) + (Rest of system) = about 600-650w needed. It depends on CPU and Hard Drives. What CPU and how many Hard Drives you have?
  7. You should consider this one: http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=71920&vpn=RS625-PCARD3-US&manufacture=COOLERMASTER&promoid=1306
    I have the 725w version but I would recommend Cooler master Extreme2 Series. Its really cheap and great quailty!
    Hope this Helps :)
  8. Here's my specs:

    Model: HP p7-1027c
    CPU: i3-2100 @ 3.10 GHz
    RAM: 6 GB
    OS: Windows 7 64-bit
    1 x 750GB HDD (and 1 HP recovery drive)

    Thanks for the help! The only other affordable PSU I could really find is the 600w version of the EVGA.
    http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=89067&vpn=100-B1-0600-KR&manufacture=eVGA&promoid=1306

    Unfortunately I'm not sure the Gigabyte version of the 7870 will fit in my pc, its dimensions are really close.
  9. Alright, so the rest of your system is not quite a power hog, you should be fine with 600w.

    P.S. Im new here to Toms Hardware
  10. Well I really appreciate your help, it's tough trying to find what I want within a budget.

    So right now I can get the PC 7870 and the Antec for $245 or the 7950 with an EVGA or CM Ex 2 for $285. Do you think the 7950 is worth the extra $40, or will the 7870 run just as well on my machine? Thanks again for your help!
  11. 7950 is Worth it!
  12. Well you've sold me then! Thanks for the advice, it was very helpful!
  13. Your welcome! Make sure to put me as Best answer!!
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