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670 With Lower Components or 7870 with Higher Components?

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August 13, 2012 12:47:00 PM

So I'm ordering my build today, I have to because I'm only in the US for a few days, I wish i could wait for the 660ti, but the day it comes out, I don't have a lot of time to order it + It'll most likely be out of stock and above the $300 MSRP when it releases. My Options are:

Hyper 212 Evo @ i5-3570k
8GB DDR3 RAM
GTX 670

or

Antec Kuhler 620 @ i5-3570k
16GB DDR3 RAM
Gigabyte 7870

It's hard for me to choose because I do a good balance between graphics/games, Most likely I'll be playing more games like The Elder Scrolls Online, GTA V, Witcher 2, but Also I run a VM with XP, but That's not very important is it? The Antec Kuhler 620 also is a better cooler.

What would you guys recommend?
August 13, 2012 12:55:15 PM

670 ALL THE WAY BRO. 8Gbs should be enough for that VM (dunno what that is. Lol) i guess. The Hyper 212 is also a great cooler for a cheap price.
August 13, 2012 1:06:20 PM

670 mate that way to go
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August 13, 2012 1:16:08 PM

iDaveeFTW said:
670 mate that way to go


The 7870 --> 670 Is only a 15FPS gain in Skyrim, BF3, Any game.

For $100 Extra, I don't know if it would be future proof or not, It might be better to hold off the extra $100 and spend it on upgrading my gpu in 2 years.
August 13, 2012 1:22:25 PM

up to you mate
August 13, 2012 1:30:59 PM

Krazeee said:
The 7870 --> 670 Is only a 15FPS gain in Skyrim, BF3, Any game.

For $100 Extra, I don't know if it would be future proof or not, It might be better to hold off the extra $100 and spend it on upgrading my gpu in 2 years.

In 2 years, alot of popular GPUs today may be obsolete.
Oh and you can always add in another 670 into the mix which will effectively give you the performance of a $1000 card.(690) IMO, 15 FPS is a good amount of FPS loss, but thats just me and my personal needs. XD
August 13, 2012 1:36:55 PM

Nw333 said:
In 2 years, alot of popular GPUs today may be obsolete.
Oh and you can always add in another 670 into the mix which will effectively give you the performance of a $1000 card.(690) IMO, 15 FPS is a good amount of FPS loss, but thats just me and my personal needs. XD


Adding another 670 adds in more issues with SLI, although nowadays its much better working, its a hassle and finding the card to crossfire is another story.

15 FPS Is a loss, But i dont really record fraps or anything so it wont matter to me.

Also PCI-Express 3.0 came out this year with the mobo's. The cards we have this year dont even use the technology behind pci e 3.0 so i think waiting a few years would be much better.
August 13, 2012 1:42:02 PM

They do use PCIe 3.0 lol. They wouldnt release cards that run at PCIe 3.0 speeds if they didnt even use PCIe 3.0 technology, would they? :) 
August 13, 2012 1:49:52 PM

^They haven't full saturated the pci-e 2.0 interface yet.. It's like releasing sata3 mechanical hard drives. It is nice to have the 3.0, but as of now, it doesn't offer any extra performance with current cards.
August 13, 2012 1:57:29 PM

I stand corrected. Lol. Never knew that.
August 13, 2012 2:40:13 PM

7870 and 8GB of RAM. It'll play those games fine.

Forget SLI. I don't think most people will SLI and I think its not a good option. It increases the heat and by the time you want to do it the same card might not be available.

Important question: What resolution do you want to play at? It makes all the difference.
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