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7870 or 7850 or nvidia equivalent

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
July 7, 2012 11:03:04 PM

I have to choose between a 7850 and H60, a 7870 and a stock intel cooler. Or I could get a gtx 570 with 1.28gb of GDDR5.
I'm getting a 3570k and I will be over clocking. The good thing about the 7850 is I can overclock it to the 7870 frequency. But it is PCI-E 3.0 and my motherboard supports one pci-e 3.0 x16, and one pci-e 3.0 x8. So that means if I get the gtx 570 I can run two in sli if I want, because pci-e 3.0 x8 is equal to Pci-e 2.0 x16 , I think. And unfortunately Gtx 570 can't really be overclocked very well.
So my question is
What is the best setup:
1) Sapphire radeon HD 7850 2gb + corsair H60
2) sapphire radeon hd 7870 2gb + intel stock cooler
3) Asus gtx 570 1.28gb + intel stock cooler

I can give the rest of my setup if you would like to see if there is anywhere else to save money.
July 7, 2012 11:29:00 PM

what will your be doing with your system?
July 7, 2012 11:32:37 PM

Gaming, mostly Battlefield 3, I don't play many other games other than first person shooters. I hate skyrim and games with any kind of magic, so that rules out a lot like guild wars and Diablo etc,
I also do some video editing, thats why I have the 3570k, but battlefield 3 would be the main thing I've configured my system around.
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July 7, 2012 11:50:19 PM

in that case the 7850 should be enough to play BF3 without any trouble. and if you OC it it will play it even better :)  lol.

(HD6870 or GTX560 can play BF3 NP)
July 7, 2012 11:51:18 PM

Thanks for the reply. I'm going to go with the 7850.
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July 7, 2012 11:54:48 PM

and the h60 what are you ocing your cpu to 4.5 ghz can be easily reached on the h60 :) 
July 9, 2012 10:12:28 PM

2fast4thetown_down said:
and the h60 what are you ocing your cpu to 4.5 ghz can be easily reached on the h60 :) 

Ya 4.5ghz is my stable goal, but the ivy bridge runs 20c hotter than
your 2500k