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I hate to do this but... 7970 w/ OC or GTX 670?

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May 22, 2012 12:34:00 AM

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)

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within 2 weeks BUDGET RANGE: $400 - $500

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Antec 850W

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Asrock Extreme 6 , i7-3930k

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Amazon/Newegg, but anything else is fine. USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Asus>MSi>Sapphire

OVERCLOCKING: YES

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Standard 1080p, single monitor

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May 22, 2012 12:35:51 AM

I think the 670 might be slightly better or trades blows with the 7970...but the 7970 overclocks a lot better. If theyre the same price id get the 7970 and overclock the poop out of it.
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May 22, 2012 12:41:31 AM

If the price delta was around $50 would you still go for the AMD part?
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May 22, 2012 12:41:57 AM

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.
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May 22, 2012 12:59:50 AM

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.
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May 22, 2012 1:01:31 AM

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.
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May 22, 2012 1:06:01 AM

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May 22, 2012 1:06:22 AM

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
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May 22, 2012 1:07:37 AM

if AMD was smart and lower the price of the 7970, then yea it would be the better card to buy. But until that happens, the 670 is the better value IMO.
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