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Graphics card for 3+ years on IVY

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August 29, 2012 3:11:53 AM

Hello;

I would like to know which would be a better GFX option, considering (In order of preferences listed):
3+ Years (High settings - no ultra - @ 1080p)
Smoothness in frames (i.e. no stray frames below 20 fps)
Price as listed
Cooler temperature
Both System1 & System2
Preference to nVidia
Not considering power
Not considering extra OC

540$: HD 7970 (not GHZ edition) GV-R797OC-3GD - Core Clock OC to 1000MHz
490$: Gigabyte Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 2GB Graphic Card
410$: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Graphic Card (GV-R795WF3-3GD: not the B version, can I convert this model?)

I know prices are high but these are the best which are available here.

I am inclined towards 670 but 7950 is promising too, I just don't have any ideas about its future proofness vs 670.

THANKS


System 1
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i5 3570K @4.4
Hyper 212 Evo
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H
Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB 1600Mhz - Heat spreader
Decent case with fans (CM HAFXM or C70)
Corsair GS600W
Intel 520 - 128GB SSD
Caviar Black 512 GB
Seagate 1 TB

System 2
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i5 3570 @ 3.7
Hyper 212 Evo
Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H
Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB 1600Mhz - Heat spreader
Coolermaster Storm Enforcer with fans
Corsair GS600W
Intel 520 - 128GB SSD
Caviar Black 512 GB
Seagate 1 TB
a b U Graphics card
August 29, 2012 3:17:10 AM

System 1 paired with a GTX670 will yield more performance.

Generally speaking, the HD7970 and GTX670 go head to head depending on the title you play. If the title is Nvidia sponsored - Batman or Battlefield 3, you will see better performance with a GTX670.

However as a whole, I would still prefer the GTX670.

On a side note, there is no knowledge to know how long your system will be able to play on High/Ultra for. A new title may come out next year that may require a GTX680 SLI just to keep above 30-40FPS.
August 29, 2012 3:23:58 AM

i am going with the 670, it has a top of 5 frames difference from the 680 on BF3 Ultra. In the future when the 670 is not enough for you, you can buy a second one dirt cheap and sli them. Also go with System 1
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