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a b U Graphics card
September 17, 2012 3:07:19 AM

Just built a system and need a top end GPU. I have sevaral options and a $550 budget.

1) ASUS Radeon HD 7970 DirectCU II 925MHZ 3GB 5.5GHZ GDDR5 $429.99
2) ASUS GeForce GTX 670 915MHZ 4GB 6GHZ GDDR5 $ 469.99
3) ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II 980MHZ 2GB 6GHZ GDDR5 @ $409.99
4) EVGA GeForce GTX 670 Superclocked 967MHZ 4GB 6008MHZ GDDR5 @469.99
5) Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 OC 1000MHZ 3.0GB 5.5GHZ GDDR5 @ 424.99
6) MSI GeForce GTX 670 OC PE 1079MHZ 2GB 6.0GHZ GDDR5 @ $419.99
7) XFX Radeon HD 7970 Double D Black Edition 1GHz 3GB 5.7GHZ DDR5 @439.99
8) Zotac GeForce GTX 670 928MHZ 4GB 6.0GHZ GDDR5 @ $ 419.99

I intend to OC my card so please help me choose. They are all listen at NCIX.com

Here's my rig

Core i5 3570K at stock level, will OC soon
8 GB RAM
2TB HDD Seagate
CoolIt water cooler
OCZ 850W Gold
Cooler Master HAF X M ( the new one)
Philips 24" 1080p monitor

Thanks for the help

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a b U Graphics card
September 17, 2012 3:18:39 AM

Thanks for the help. The MSI 670 OC PE seems pretty good and has good reviews. I took a look at your suggestion and it seems really good. I might have to go with that one for sure.
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a c 194 U Graphics card
September 17, 2012 3:27:39 AM

I would go for the 7970 as well. Get one with more than one fan/ a good cooling solution. Generally, the more fans, the better cooling it has and the lower noise it generates.
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a c 143 U Graphics card
September 17, 2012 3:37:53 AM

Deemo13 said:
I would go for the 7970 as well. Get one with more than one fan/ a good cooling solution. Generally, the more fans, the better cooling it has and the lower noise it generates.

Actually more fans = more noise as far as I know :lol: 
But it differs in fan specs, the 3X in the Windforce are pretty solid and quite, the DCII ones as well.
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a c 194 U Graphics card
September 17, 2012 3:40:40 AM

Well, I figure that 1 fan spinning fast cools better and doesnt have to spin as fast as 3 slow ones.
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a c 143 U Graphics card
September 17, 2012 3:49:12 AM

They don't spin slowly, neither the DCII ones. It depends on how the cooler is designed and how the heat should be dissipated.

And your last post didn't reflect what you said before.
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a b U Graphics card
September 17, 2012 11:26:19 AM

Thanks for all your help guys. So I decided to go for 7970 GHZ Ed. I will be adding my system specs to my profile after I get the gpu. I'm also looking to water cool (custom) the GPU and get a second GPU at the end of October.

How come none of you talked about the 4GB 670?
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a b U Graphics card
September 17, 2012 11:34:12 AM

I don't think noise should be a factor. I got an awesome case that moves a lot of air whisper quiet. Second thought, could I just get the OC version of 7970 with aftermarket coolers which is cheaper right now and go straight CF or is CF is overkill?
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a b U Graphics card
September 17, 2012 11:56:33 AM

BigMack70 said:
Crossfire 7970s is overkill + a driver nightmare for 1080p gaming right now. I'm planning on selling mine and going back to a single card setup as long as the GTX 780 or HD 8970 is impressive enough next year. I went CF 7970s just for fun, but the fun's over and now it's time to get back to single card. Crossfire is just not worth it unless you absolutely need the GPU power it offers.

Nobody talked about the 4GB 670 because it's a waste of money. You only need 4GB vram at triple screen resolutions and you need to be in SLI to have enough power to run games at those settings. And at that point, the 7970 is a better card anyways because of it's wider memory bus. 4GB Kepler cards are :pfff: 


Thank man. I will stick to the 7970. Found a few on sell and a well priced GHZ ED from XFX. I plan to water cool it ASAP. So placing my order right now. I was going to get a better bigger monitor like 27" 1440 hence CF but I'll just stick to 1080p save money and make the best out of this. Or should I wait until the 8970 comes out? Decisions decisions.
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a b U Graphics card
September 17, 2012 12:07:39 PM

BigMack70 said:
Single 7970 is great and there's no info about the 8970 out there so it's a fine time to buy the 7970 still. CF 7970s would probably be better for 1440p than 1080p.


That's true. I wish they had the 8970 come out in Nove because then I could wait. But I'm about to place the order. Another question would be, do I get the cheaper version and OC it as much as possible since water cooling it or just get the OC ones or GHZ Ed and just forget about water cooling?
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a b U Graphics card
September 17, 2012 12:27:11 PM

Best answer selected by hero1.
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a c 143 U Graphics card
September 17, 2012 12:35:17 PM

You'll remove the sexy Vapor-X cooler in order to get 5-7C cooler degrees? :pfff: 

No way the new 8K series arrive this years, we'll get speculations and rumors on Xmas, I'm expecting it to arrive on Feb.
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a b U Graphics card
September 17, 2012 1:03:17 PM

ilysaml said:
You'll remove the sexy Vapor-X cooler in order to get 5-7C cooler degrees? :pfff: 

No way the new 8K series arrive this years, we'll get speculations and rumors on Xmas, I'm expecting it to arrive on Feb.


I'm going with XFX GHZ ED since its cheaper at NCIX and will lave the cooler on it. So no water cooling lol. I'll leave it on just for you. :D 
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a c 143 U Graphics card
September 17, 2012 1:07:04 PM

I heard about many issues with the XFX cards since the HD 6X series, they don't last quite well.

Stick with Sapphire, Asus, MSI or Gigabyte.
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a c 271 U Graphics card
September 17, 2012 7:07:57 PM

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