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Upgrade from Geforce 560 (non Ti)

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May 15, 2012 3:25:38 AM

I knew when I bought the 560 few months ago that it was a stop gap solutions until the newer cards come out. The time has come to upgrade the card.

I know I said that I wouldn't go back to radeon, but as long as it has the HDMI port w/ HDCP, i'm willing to go back.

Now, I am playing WOW, Diablo 3 (at least will be), witcher 2, civ 5, want to start playing BF3, etc.

I got a 24 inch samsung LED monitor and @ 1080p resolution (no dvi port if I remember correctly) as well as 8gb of RAM and intel i5 2500k processor. I also have a corsair TX750W power supply.

Since I set a budget of around 400 dollars canadian, I am looking at the following cards:

AMD Radeon 7850 or 7870
AMD Radeon 7950
Nvidia Geforce 670 (if I can find one).

I want to keep the card for at least a year and not planning to SLI or crossfire (I could though).

Stock could be an issue with the 670, thus I am leaning towards the Radeon card.

Thanks in advance.

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May 15, 2012 3:30:41 AM

Read the reviews from toms hardware on this site, until AMD drops its price this is a no brainer in my opinion. The 670 is hands down the best card for the money out there. If you have no patience then get the 7950 but when it drops $50 to $80 in price in a few weeks you'll be kicking yourself.
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May 15, 2012 12:04:22 PM

The place up here I'm probably going to buy the video card (memory express) have $20 off or more on the 7950/7970 but prices up here in canada are usually more expensive up here and the 670 is almost impossible to get.
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a c 143 U Graphics card
May 15, 2012 12:20:20 PM

Well, to feel a nice upgrade from your current card is to grab at least HD 7950, but since GTX 670 is very competing with HD 7970 @ stock speeds and cost lower, this will be a nice upgrade for you.

If you can find a GTX 670 go for it, if not just grab a HD 7970.
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May 16, 2012 3:06:40 AM

Pulled a trigger on the evga geforce gtx 670 from memory express but got a call that it is backordered (thought it was in stock) and they weren't sure when they would get it back. So I cancelled the order and back to square one and thinking about getting the 7950 or 7970 since I can get them now but not sure yet. Also, the direct canada link says it wasn't available. again back to square one.

Could the 7950 be great for at least 1 or 2 years? I am done buying a mid range or lower price cards that only good for a few months until I get stutters, lag & slowdowns in game.

Keep in mind that I am going from a regular 560.
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a c 143 U Graphics card
May 16, 2012 3:10:11 AM

HD 7970 will be very competing unless you get a HD 7950 and OC it. But still the main problem is that GTX 670 is the best bang for buck.
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May 16, 2012 3:20:17 AM

I know it is but if it's going to be out of stock for months, what's the point.
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a c 143 U Graphics card
May 16, 2012 3:26:26 AM

So your best option to get right now is the HD 7970.
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May 16, 2012 3:27:23 AM

NVM. Memory Express (want to buy it from in canada) has them back in stock and has this

eVGA GeForce GTX 670 SuperClocked 2GB PCI-E w/ Dual DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort for 419.99 and will pick it up.

Thanks for the help guys.
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May 16, 2012 3:28:57 AM

GL with your purchase.
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May 16, 2012 3:34:07 AM

Thanks. There is one left in stock now (2 or 3 before) so it am sure it went through this time.

Imagine If I didn't buy it tonight and checked to see if it's available in the morning it would've said sold out.
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May 17, 2012 3:03:12 AM

Best answer selected by clutz.
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