What Graphics Card Should I Buy?

Hello,
I am looking into a new graphics card for gaming skyrim bf3 csgo etc. I have no clue what to look for and no idea between amd vs nvidia. My price cap is about $600 and I will also probably have to buy a new power supply as well.
Also, I am only buying a single card not dual. :D
My Current Specs are:
Operating System
MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
CPU
Intel Core i7 2600 @ 3.40GHz
Sandy Bridge 32nm Technology
RAM
12.0 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 665MHz (9-9-9-24)
Motherboard
LENOVO To be filled by O.E.M. (CPU 1)
Graphics
DELL SR2320L (1920x1080@60Hz)
HP vs15 (1024x768@60Hz)
AMD Radeon HD 6450 (Unknown)
Hard Drives
1465GB Seagate ST31500341AS (SATA)
Optical Drives
Optiarc DVD RW AD-7250H
Audio
Realtek High Definition Audio
Power Supply
280 Watts
Any Suggestions would help.
P.S. I haven't bought a new power supply I'm waiting to see what the card would need
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  1. Do you know the power supply in your system? It would help a lot.
  2. Well that is an awful graphics card for that CPU. You could get two 7870 for 560, a 680 2gb for 500, or a 680 4gb for 600. The 7870's will out perform a 680 but the 680 will be easier to deal with so it's your choice. The 680 will also use less power.
  3. stant1rm said:
    Do you know the power supply in your system? It would help a lot.

    no i am planing on buying a power supply based on what the card needs. The one in it write now is 280 Watts I don't know what it is exactly.
  4. If your price cap is $600, then I would go with a geforce gtx 670 ($399-419) [evga, asus, gigabyte] or a radeon hd 7970 (~$450) [asus, gigabyte, sapphire, xfx].

    Use the rest of the money to buy a good 650-750W PSU, preferably by Seasonic [or antec or corsair] since you've got the money to spare.
  5. what's the difference(s) between the amd 7970 and the 670. I'm not familiar with the whole ti for nvidias and overclocked for amd, too.
  6. Actually get this PSU it's cheaper any card and your set up no problem plus it's 80 Plus silver
    PC Power & Cooling PPCMK2S750 Silencer Mk II Power Supply - 750W, 80 Plus Silver, 135mm Fan, SLI Ready, CrossFire Ready, Active PFC http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=927377&CatId=2533
  7. bigcyco1 said:
    Actually get this PSU it's cheaper any card and your set up no problem plus it's 80 Plus silver
    PC Power & Cooling PPCMK2S750 Silencer Mk II Power Supply - 750W, 80 Plus Silver, 135mm Fan, SLI Ready, CrossFire Ready, Active PFC http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=927377&CatId=2533

    what's the difference(s) between the amd 7970 and the 670. I'm not familiar with the whole ti for nvidias and overclocked for amd, too.
  8. the difference between the two is generally:

    Nvidia usually has upper hand on games built around nvidia and physx(BF3, Metro, Borderlands etc). Amd has general non gaming computer power and has a better scalling when it comes to resolutions and usually works better if multiple screens are brought into the question as well has more of a overclock room than nvidia, at the cost that some people have a tiny bit more problems driver wise than nvidia does.
  9. YouCubs said:
    what's the difference(s) between the amd 7970 and the 670. I'm not familiar with the whole ti for nvidias and overclocked for amd, too.
    the 670 is better bang for buck! http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-6.html
    http://www.techspot.com/review/550-best-gaming-graphics-cards/page6.html
    http://www.guru3d.com/article/vga-charts-summer-2012/1
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_7970_GHz_Edition/28.html
  10. If you have $600, get a GTX 670 FTW, or even get the EVGA Superclocked GTX 680. The Radeon HD 7970 GHz deserves a mention too as it's neck and neck with GTX 680. Any of them one will take you from "meh" gaming to "oh my god, so many frames per second!"
  11. stant1rm said:
    If you have $600, get a GTX 670 FTW, or even get the EVGA Superclocked GTX 680. The Radeon HD 7970 GHz deserves a mention too as it's neck and neck with GTX 680. Any of them one will take you from "meh" gaming to "oh my god, so many frames per second!"

    how much would I have left over for a new PSU unless it will work with my stock 280 watts?
  12. This one is for $419.99 right now GPU:MSI N670 PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127685#top


    PSU:$100.00 Final Price:$80.00 After Rebate
    PC Power & Cooling PPCMK2S750 Silencer Mk II Power Supply - 750W, 80 Plus Silver, 135mm Fan, SLI Ready, CrossFire Ready, Active PFC http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=927377&CatId=2533 TOTAL FOR BOTH $520.00
  13. YouCubs said:
    what's the difference(s) between the amd 7970 and the 670. I'm not familiar with the whole ti for nvidias and overclocked for amd, too.
    As far as what specifically?
  14. YouCubs said:
    what's the difference(s) between the amd 7970 and the 670. I'm not familiar with the whole ti for nvidias and overclocked for amd, too.

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/598?vs=618
  15. gamerkila57 said:
    :lol: that's against the stock 670 using the 7970GHZ card OP
  16. bigcyco1 said:
    :lol: that's against the stock 670 using the 7970GHZ card OP

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/555?vs=508
  17. TechPoweUp gives the 7970 Ghz Edition an 8.5 rating
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_7970_GHz_Edition/33.html

    TechPoweUp gives the 670 TOP an 10.0 rating, the only 10.0 rating ever
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_670_Direct_Cu_II/33.html

    Quote :

    Overall the ASUS GTX 670 Direct CU II is the best card I ever tested.
  18. to be fair, it shouldn't be best card tested, its more like best card for the price, because price is a heavy factor in the tests(because the ghz edition is terribly overpriced)
  19. For a PSU i highly recommend this one it simply can't be beat for the price $109.99 $89.99 After Mail in rebate
    PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703027&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=#top
    Legendary Silencer Series with 7 Year Warranty
  20. Check this card out it is better bang for buck than those your looking at Quote : MSI's GTX 670 Power Edition uses the famous Twin Frozr IV cooler from the MSI Lightning and comes with a large clock speed boost out of the box, making its default clock speed even higher than GTX 680 stock clocks. MSI is asking a $30 price premium for their card, which doesn't look unreasonable, given the improved cooling and higher clocks.TechPoweUp gives The MSI GTX 670 Power Edition an 9.7 rating out of a possible 10
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_670_Power_Edition/
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