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Second Thoughts on a ASUS HD7870

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March 29, 2012 5:59:49 AM

I have purchased everything but have the opportunity to cancel my graphics card.
Everything I buy I research very thoroughly. I have learned the most i can about the parts and the system but i have no experience with the different models of graphics cards or what benchmarks mean.

My build:
Part list permalink: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/67IZ
Part price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/67IZ/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/67IZ/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($97.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ 750W ATX12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor ($186.13 @ B&H)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1306.91
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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My overall question: What is the right video card to fit playing Diablo 3 at ultimate settings flawlessly and would the HD7870 be a good fit or overkill. Basically, I need help gauging this 7870.
I will be playing other games but D3 is what I am building this pc for (my 5 yr old iMac can't hang anymore)
Blizzard calls for the following for a GPU for D3
Minimum: NVIDIA® GeForce® 7800 GT or ATI Radeon™ X1950 Pro or better
Recommended: NVIDIA® GeForce® 260 or ATI Radeon™ HD 4870 or better
I have heard that Nividia GPUs do much better with Blizzard games, what would you all consider the Nividia equivalent of the 7870? I'm not necessarily looking to save any pennies here but if the Nividia card performs slightly less that is okay.
Would there be any bottle necking with a i5-2500K paired with the 7870?
Thank you guys this forum is an invaluable resource for a first time builder.

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March 29, 2012 6:05:37 AM

Don't know what D3 is going to be like in terms of gpu horse power needed, however I am sure the 7870 will be able to max it out.
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March 29, 2012 6:20:40 AM

The 7870 will destroy D3. I would suggest it, great card. 7850 is great as well.
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