Hi guys, I'm building my friend a computer who's main usage is *cough* botting, but he's also an avid gamer.
My current build is finished, with the exception of the Graphics Card.
I'm pretty experienced in pc building, although my forum rating doesn't do me justice, I don't post that much.
My question is, should I buy him a 7970 and slap an OC on it, or go with say, a Asus DCUII GTX 670?
I've read Tom's bench's on the 670 vs 7970, but most have been against a reference, non-OC'd 7970, yet TPU suggests that the 7970 is faster WITHOUT an OC.
tl;dr: 7970 and OC it or 670 and attempt to OC (given how much headroom the 670's have been showing)
You get some free games with the AMD product and you can actually buy one. All comparisons are academic until you can actually buy the product. Something is wrong at Nvidia. I've never seen any company do a product launch and then not have it's product available for sale.
It's hard to get one, but not impossible. I managed myself a 680, and I live in Brazil. Just keep in mind that the high demand means when you actually find one to buy, it may be more expensive. For 50 bucks less, I'd get a 670, but do keep in mind what games he's likely to play, and check those benchmarks.
I feel the prices on the 7970s are still too high. But for a $40 to $50 delta, yeah I'd consider the 7970 a good choice over the GTX 670 as long as you're going to overclock it to it's maximum potential. The 7970 really comes into its own when properly OCd. My big issues with it were all the complaints of coil/choke whine, and was the main reason I opted for the GTX 670. My ears are really sensitive to that high pitched squeal and it would drive me nuts if I ended up with a card that was doing it. Choke buzzing during full load benchmarks or certain game menus is fine. During gaming is not, which is where a lot of people have reported it.
Whichever way you go, I think you'll be happy though. They're both awesome cards. I'm loving my Gigabyte 670. It runs cool and quiet for such a powerful card. Well worth the 400 bones.
I still say the 7970 is the best buy. overclocked, which is basically free on that card, it hangs with a 680. All /TS "disadvantages" like power use are because they created a large GPGPU compute chip instead of a cut down crippled one like nvidia. throw in 3 free games and its no contest