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May 24, 2012 8:20:19 AM

I am deciding on a new pc build (first desktop in 3 yrs actually so yea!)

I will be gaming alot (typical games like bf3, cod, crysis, etc.) and web browsing.
I will be using my pc on an asus vs239 monitor which has res. of 1080p
My build:
Gigabyte z77x - ud3h
i5 3570k
corsair h100 - i know its expensive but i want my rig to be cool
patriot extreme mem 2x4gb
intel 520 60gb ssd
wd black 1tb hdd
500r
tx750m

So the deciding factor : Sapphire 7950 OC - which i will be over clocking further to 1000/6000 effective

OR

EVGA 670 non sc - which i will explore overclocking maybe to 1000/6200 effective

the 7950 is : $485 USD
the 670 is : $600 USD

So the basic question "is the 670 worth that price difference" btw in live in nz, the prices are quite overpriced imo but i want to buy locally

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May 24, 2012 8:29:05 AM

if u can get a gtx 670 i'd recommend that it really beats a hd 7950 and also beats a hd 7970 in some games

hd 7970 and gtx 670 are like 50 50 but if price doesn't matters i'd go with gtx 670
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May 24, 2012 9:07:16 AM

exTerrestrial said:


So the deciding factor : Sapphire 7950 OC - which i will be over clocking further to 1000/6000 effective

OR

EVGA 670 non sc - which i will explore overclocking maybe to 1000/6200 effective

the 7950 is : $485 USD
the 670 is : $600 USD

So the basic question "is the 670 worth that price difference" btw in live in nz, the prices are quite overpriced imo but i want to buy locally

If you are just gaming on a single 1920x1080 monitor, the performance advantage of 670 over the 7950 wont matter because both are overkill anyway. So the the price premium of $115 actually is for nothing.
Having said that, the 7950 is still way overkill for 1920x1080. You will still get excellent gaming experience with a 7850 2GB or GTX560 Ti at much less cost than the 7950.
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May 24, 2012 10:01:56 AM

randomkid said:
If you are just gaming on a single 1920x1080 monitor, the performance advantage of 670 over the 7950 wont matter because both are overkill anyway. So the the price premium of $115 actually is for nothing.
Having said that, the 7950 is still way overkill for 1920x1080. You will still get excellent gaming experience with a 7850 2GB or GTX560 Ti at much less cost than the 7950.
+1 i totally agree ;) 
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May 24, 2012 10:06:17 AM

randomkid said:
If you are just gaming on a single 1920x1080 monitor, the performance advantage of 670 over the 7950 wont matter because both are overkill anyway. So the the price premium of $115 actually is for nothing.
Having said that, the 7950 is still way overkill for 1920x1080. You will still get excellent gaming experience with a 7850 2GB or GTX560 Ti at much less cost than the 7950.

i would disagree with the 560 in bf3 maxed out you may find yourself wanting more power not to say they cant put out still a very nice pic at slightly lowered quality, some people like to able to say i can max it out though! all looks good the only thing i would say is that maybe get the 7950 and put the extra money u saved into maybe a 120gb ssd so you can put a couple of games on it without fearing the next bf3 4gb update will fill your ssd and you have to figure out what to delete (that would suck!) btw im in australia we can get 670's from $479aud maybe a one of the cuzzy bros are coming over for a holiday and can bring u one back
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May 24, 2012 10:43:50 AM

jasont78 said:
i would disagree with the 560 in bf3 maxed out you may find yourself wanting more power not to say they cant put out still a very nice pic at slightly lowered quality, some people like to able to say i can max it out though! all looks good the only thing i would say is that maybe get the 7950 and put the extra money u saved into maybe a 120gb ssd so you can put a couple of games on it without fearing the next bf3 4gb update will fill your ssd and you have to figure out what to delete (that would suck!) btw im in australia we can get 670's from $479aud maybe a one of the cuzzy bros are coming over for a holiday and can bring u one back

Here is how the 7850 and 560 Ti performs in games:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=547
The OP can decide. He can also use the Bench to measure how much more fps the 7950 & 670 will bring to the table & compare it with the extra money he need to shell out. This will allow him to have a quantifiable measure to decide if the extra money is worth it.
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May 24, 2012 10:44:28 AM

GTX 670!It's like 7950 but 670 beats 7950 also beats 7970 in bf3/skyrim etc.Only if you are planing on overclocking 7970 is better then that but since you are choosing between 670 and 7950..If you are willing to spend 100$ is totally worth it.Less power consumption, it is less hotter and less noisier..
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May 24, 2012 11:35:32 AM

yup...... if u can buy gtx 670 go for it no one knows when u'll decide to upgrade ur monitor and have a resolution more than 1080p. ITs a good card :) 
More over I've heard this many times that Nvidia has better drivers. So if u want a Nvidia card go for it
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May 24, 2012 11:38:49 AM

randomkid said:
Here is how the 7850 and 560 Ti performs in games:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=547
The OP can decide. He can also use the Bench to measure how much more fps the 7950 & 670 will bring to the table & compare it with the extra money he need to shell out. This will allow him to have a quantifiable measure to decide if the extra money is worth it.

he said he wants to play bf3 and if you look at you table you gave in a link with 1080p maxed 560 does 35.9fps (ultra +4xmsaa) in a controlled time demo environment thats not playable multiplayer, with 64 players for decent gaming myself and the vast majority of serious gamers want closer to 60fps, so on that note i rest my case. as i said earlier "in bf3 maxed out you may find yourself wanting more power not to say they cant put out still a very nice pic at slightly lowered quality", metro also sees similar results maxed. im not telling him to downgrade like you are he obviously wants to see games in all their glory looking at the cards hes choosing from and who to say future eg. frostbite2 based titles wont be more demanding
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May 24, 2012 11:58:29 AM

I think the real question should be, why are you getting a GPU(the GTX 670) for $200 more than it is MSRP? http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
5 different cards listed available and all for $400-$410...why are you spending so much on it? The GTX 670 is the clear winner when you get it $400...
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May 24, 2012 12:11:42 PM

Delirious788 said:
I think the real question should be, why are you getting a GPU(the GTX 670) for $200 more than it is MSRP? http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
5 different cards listed available and all for $400-$410...why are you spending so much on it? The GTX 670 is the clear winner when you get it $400...


i think he said he lived in nz and there cards are over priced :D 
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May 24, 2012 2:05:14 PM

UAhmed said:
i think he said he lived in nz and there cards are over priced :D 

Oh wow totally missed the "btw in live in nz" phrase.
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May 25, 2012 12:25:59 AM

i personally beg to differ that the 670 "beats" the 7970, the 7970 is close to 680 performance, so yea and in nz the 7970 is the same price if not cheaper than the 600 series card by miles, thats because nvidia cards here are marked up so much! the 680 cost $755 USD, yes i know its so much. Imma stop my rant. i know the 670 beats the 7950 ofc but is it really worth $115 more considering imma overclockthe 7950 to 7970 performance if not better.
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May 25, 2012 12:41:48 AM

exTerrestrial said:
i personally beg to differ that the 670 "beats" the 7970, the 7970 is close to 680 performance, so yea and in nz the 7970 is the same price if not cheaper than the 600 series card by miles, thats because nvidia cards here are marked up so much! the 680 cost $755 USD, yes i know its so much. Imma stop my rant. i know the 670 beats the 7950 ofc but is it really worth $115 more considering imma overclockthe 7950 to 7970 performance if not better.
only you can decide if it's worth it we gave our suggestions at the end of the day it's your decision ;) 
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May 25, 2012 12:58:27 AM

jasont78 said:
he said he wants to play bf3 and if you look at you table you gave in a link with 1080p maxed 560 does 35.9fps (ultra +4xmsaa) in a controlled time demo environment thats not playable multiplayer, with 64 players for decent gaming myself and the vast majority of serious gamers want closer to 60fps, so on that note i rest my case. as i said earlier "in bf3 maxed out you may find yourself wanting more power not to say they cant put out still a very nice pic at slightly lowered quality", metro also sees similar results maxed. im not telling him to downgrade like you are he obviously wants to see games in all their glory looking at the cards hes choosing from and who to say future eg. frostbite2 based titles wont be more demanding
I suggested to downgrade because it is the better use of his money. But if he doesn't want to, I also gave him the bench to see for himself what the 7950 & 670 can deliver & he judge for himself if the fps is worth the extra price.
And where in his post did he say he wants to max out the games? Don't put words in the post of the OP. Let him say it himself.
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