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August 1, 2012 1:52:38 PM

Purchase Date: 3 Days

Just sold my HIS iceq turbo 2gb card for a hundred bucks more than what I bought it from. (RMA'd the card and got a brand new one and sold it on ebay for 350 though I bought it off of Newegg for 250). Now, I can't decide between these 3 cards.

MSI Computer Corp. R7970-2PMD3GD5 Graphics Card


EVGA GeForce GTX670 FTW 2048MB GDDR5 256bit, Dual Dual-Link DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, 4-Way SLI Ready Graphics Card Graphics Cards 02G-P4-2678-KR


EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2048MB GDDR5, DVI, DVI-D, HDMI, DisplayPort, 4-way SLI Ready Graphics Card Graphics Cards 02G-P4-2680-KR

Btw, I heard MSI uses good quality parts and has good warranty. Is this true? If not, what is the best brand to buy a HD 7970 from?

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August 1, 2012 1:59:28 PM

Oops, forgot this
BUDGET RANGE: 400-500

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:Gaming, ummm and that is basically it. I use my wife's macbook pro for other stuff

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: (e.g., ATI Radeon HD 4850 and Corsair 750TX 750W PSU - without this info, it's really hard to help you)

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Asus P8P67 Pro, i5 2500K, 750 w modualr silver corsair psu


PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: USA, Amazon

PARTS PREFERENCES: Ive only had 1 card and that is AMD so I've never used Nvidia and therefore no preference

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes , maybe next year

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I don't care too much about this but i like high AA levels but i really don't care
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August 1, 2012 2:09:33 PM

for that resolution, EVGA GeForce GTX670 FTW 2048MB would give you the best bang for buck (outperforms the gtx680 and the hd7970 in most cases). If you want to go higher resolution like 2560x1600, then the 3gb vram of the R7970 would come into play.
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August 1, 2012 4:46:12 PM

For more higher resolutions, the HD 7970's 3GB VRAM could come in handy. But right now, the GTX670 should suffice for you.
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August 1, 2012 7:56:36 PM

How many more fps would a over clocked gtx680 give me over the other 2. Also, what is a good monitor I could get for under 300 bucks that is over 1920 x 1080
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August 2, 2012 2:29:54 AM

G33k311 said:
How many more fps would a over clocked gtx680 give me over the other 2. Also, what is a good monitor I could get for under 300 bucks that is over 1920 x 1080


about 2-5 more fps, I am comparing asus gtx 670 direct cu II top vs Asus gtx 680 direct cu II top. Both highly factory overclocked-

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_670...

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_680...

However, the evga gtx670 ftw would beat an stock evga gtx 680. While the gtx670 ftw can easily reach asus direct cu II top clock speeds, the stock gtx680 would struggle to overclock that high.

So is your preferred resolution 1920x1080 or over 1920x1080? You won't find any 2560x1600 monitor for less than $600.

http://www.amazon.com/VK278Q-27-Inch-Full-HD-Integrated...

this is one sweet monitor. If you want 3d, then you may consider a 120 hz monitor. But it will cost you almost 2x

http://www.amazon.com/Asus-VG278H-27-Inch-Integrated-Sp...
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