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The first question I wanted to ask was about the graphics card choice, a few of my friends have been squabbling over ATI and Nvidia. Originally I chose the GTX580 but checked out the 7970 HD and saw that it was faster and cooler. I eventually (in about 9 months) want to SLI or Crossfire with either of these cards, both my friends are persuading me to go back to the GTX580. What do you guys and girls suggest?
Secondly, the wattage... I have no idea to be honest, I'm not going to be overclocking as of yet but I'm not sure if I will require this in the future. Basically, what do you guys suggest on wattage?
Is this a good setup? I will want to be playing Starwars: The Old Republic on full graphics. Battlefield 3 on full graphics and also be HD video/audio capturing at the same time.
Any suggestions on anything about the system are extremely welcome!
7970 is way better than 580... What you could do is buy a GT 220 and get GTx 680 later which is rumored to be our in Feb... http://vr-zone.com/articles/rumour-nvidia-geforce-gtx-6...
Both 7970 and 680 is said to be in similar performance but 680 is 80% faster than 580 so i think 7970 should be the same... the 680 is pack with 2GB VRAM which is good for it performance...
Play games, record HD audio and video, edit the video's, upload the videos. Download media, Facebook, Listen to music whilst playing etc etc.
I don't want any lag to be honest, not like literally nothing... but pretty much nothing. I borrowed my friends computer and he had a 2-3year old Radeon HD card and it ran Starwars: The Old Republic full on 100+ fps. Surely the 7970 should eat that game up even more?
The 580 is proven, it works, it was the best card around for quite a while. It's got lots of room to overclock. If you buy an EVGA reference 580, and the 680 comes out within 90 days, you can trade it in and just pay the differences in the prices and get the 680(which is supposed to be in a couple of weeks).It's also 50 or more bucks cheaper than the 7970. The 580 also uses a lot more power than the 7970, and because it does, will need more cooling, which means it's generally going to be louder.
The 7970 is the fastest card around right now. It uses less power than the 580, has lots of room to overclock. It's new technology. AMD has a reputation for crappy drivers. Being new, there are going to be some bugs, but as the bugs get worked out, it's just gonna get faster as AMD learns to utilize it's fullest potential.
Personally, I would go with EVGA 580, and trade it for a 680 when they come out, but that's because the AMD driver issues would annoy me to no end....
One more thing, EVGA makes a version of most of their cards that has a lifetime warranty. I'm sure there are 7970's out that do the same, but EVGA's quality is top notch, and their customer service is great.