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Need help chosing a video card!

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May 26, 2012 2:22:30 AM

Last week I built myself a new computer but waited to get a new graphics card until I got paid. So today's the day! Only problem is, I can't decide which card to get. Here is what I currently have:

OS: Windows 7
Case: Rosewill BLACKHAWK ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Memory: G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Optical Drive: ASUS Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model
PSU: Rosewill Xtreme Series RX750-S-B 750W
SSD: OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
HD: Seagate Barracuda ST1500DM003 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive



I'm debating between getting:

XFX Double D FX-787A-CDFC Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AND

GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I was wondering if the GTX 670 was worth the extra $50 (and not getting the free Dirt games). Any advise would be appreciated!

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a b B Homebuilt system
May 26, 2012 2:36:39 AM

are you good at overclocking, because the 7800 series are overclocking enthusiasts gpus for maximum performance
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May 26, 2012 2:39:28 AM

I've never tried overclocking to be honest. I wouldn't be opposed to giving it a shot though.
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 26, 2012 2:53:42 AM

The GTX 670 will definitely outperform the Radeon HD 7850 before overclocking. It will likely be placed two tiers above the 7850 because it outperforms the GTX 580 and the Radeon HD 7970 both.
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May 26, 2012 6:53:33 AM

I being the paranoid person I am put a spreadsheet together as I was doing much of the same. 670 GTX when you average the games nvidia tends to crush in with with the games that are much more moderate(witcher 2) comes out to be about 50% faster than the 7850. And its also true if you figure out the price to performance ratio there's still an extra premium for the 670 gtx albeit not much. Main thing I'd be asking myself is what resolution do you want to play at, are you willing to overclock, and how much AA do you need to be happy. If you actually like the DIRT games or you want to flip them on ebay there's a lot of people dumping showdown vouchers for like 25-35 bucks. And Dirt 3 is worth about 10 dollars now. So you combine that with the rebate on the XFX card its like ~300-315 if you like Dirt or if you plan to sell the games. If you don't want super high levels of AA, and are still ok on ultra 60 fps otherwise at 1080p or lower I think 7870 is a good deal especially after the 10-15% overclock everyone seems to get without a voltage tweak(based off reviews). If you do want ultra settings, plus AA, at 60 fps, and especially in resolutions higher than 1080p and you don't want to upgrade again in another 2+ years then the 670 gtx is probably your best bet (especially if you play nothing but nvidia leaning titles). 670 is definately a good value card its just figuring out when the price range/performance is so overkill you might be better off throwing it towards a future upgrade instead.
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