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Video Card Advice on System Build

Hi, I've bought just about everything I need for my build (with a lot of help from the excellent people on this site), but I'm now faced with the final big purchase, the video card.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Diablo 3, future proofing, amateur sound and video file production/management, watching movies, media server

Country: United States

Overclocking: Eventually

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 LGA 1155 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131791

Processor: Intel Core i7-2700K Sandy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115095

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

Power Supply: SILVERSTONE Strider Gold Evolution SST-ST75F-G Evolution 750W ATX http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256079

Primary Hard Drive: Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD2 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148443

Above is what I've bought. All I really need is a video card and a CPU fan. This is the video card I was thinking about, and I would very much appreciate opinions on this choice and any alternatives to it. Thank you:

MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr III PE/OC GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127582
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  1. That card is overpriced right now in my opinion.

    In the $300 range, I recommend the 7870 - it's better than the 570 at stock, and overclocks insanely well, easily matching or surpassing GTX 580 performance. It's available on newegg starting at $10 more:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131467

    Also, if you're gonna overclock your CPU, just get the 2600k - no difference between that and the 2700k if you are going to overclock.
  2. ^^ didn't realize 7950 prices had come down that low... that's a great deal if OP's budget can fit it
  3. BigMack70 said:
    That card is overpriced right now in my opinion.

    In the $300 range, I recommend the 7870 - it's better than the 570 at stock, and overclocks insanely well, easily matching or surpassing GTX 580 performance. It's available on newegg starting at $10 more:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131467

    Also, if you're gonna overclock your CPU, just get the 2600k - no difference between that and the 2700k if you are going to overclock.


    I've been using Nvidia cards for years, and have heard that the Radeons have driver problems. How true is this?

    I actually bought the 2700K because it was on sale, and the price difference was negligible.

    And I actually have a CM Storm Trooper case. How do you like it?

    Thanks.
  4. I LOVE my Storm Trooper case... I don't know how I ever survived on mid tower cases now that I'm using this... for an air cooling build I honestly am not sure how it could get much better. I have 4x120mm intake and 3x140mm exhaust hooked up to a 6-fan fan controller and it's amazing... dead silent when I'm not gaming, moves a TON of air while still being quiet when I am gaming... no more need for noisy 130 CFM+ fans like I used to need in my mid tower to keep things cool :D

    Radeons do have worse driver support than Nvidia, but it's not as bad as it is often made to sound. The typical scenario is that AMD has bad drivers at launch of a new card or a new game, while Nvidia is better at having good drivers out the door. Eventually they get them fixed, but it takes longer for AMD to solve issues (on average) than it does Nvidia.
  5. :pfff:

    http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/01/17/amd_crossfirex_drivers_opportunity_lost/

    When you talk about "which company has better drivers?", that is a different question than "will you ever have driver issues with a single GPU setup".

    The company with better drivers, overall, is Nvidia. I did not say AMD's driver support was bad. I said Nvidia's was better.
  6. I stand by my original statement, and nothing you have really said proves anything against what I claimed... you're just ranting as if I were someone claiming "lulz AMD drivers are teh cr4p".
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    Radeons do have worse driver support than Nvidia, but it's not as bad as it is often made to sound. The typical scenario is that AMD has bad drivers at launch of a new card or a new game, while Nvidia is better at having good drivers out the door. Eventually they get them fixed, but it takes longer for AMD to solve issues (on average) than it does Nvidia.
  7. Sorry, didnt mean to incite a riot. It's been so long since I've built a system that i didn't realize the rivalry that's developed around Radeon vs Nvidia. Obviously people must be having good enough experiences with Radeon to consider going with one, and I will consider one based on this thread.
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