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October 3, 2012 5:37:04 PM

Okay hello everyone, i am not new to the forums i like to browse around this place and read from time to time, even though this is my first post.

Anyhow moving on, i am ready to upgrade my GPU right now i am running an HD 4850 my system is stable enough to upgrade i was looking at the 7 series ATI cards and the GTX 6 series.
I am running an asrock z68 extreme gen 3 with an i5 2500k 8gb of ddr3 2133 g.skill sniper series and a coolmax 750w psu.

I dont really want to spend over 230$ on a graphics card, but if the 7970 or the 670 or 680 are that much better, i could try to afford it...

Can people start helping me? choose a good card i'm going to be buying bf3 as well so i will be playing that, i play gw2 css borderlands 2 and all types of other FPS games right now

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a b U Graphics card
October 3, 2012 5:46:42 PM

7970 oh yea even a 7950 is going to be the best bet for the money over nvidias current offerings.
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a b U Graphics card
October 3, 2012 5:49:09 PM

i got my 7970 for 400 bucks from ebay, sell your old card first and then see what is your budget
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a c 198 U Graphics card
October 3, 2012 5:49:42 PM

What model is your Chokemax PSU? Many of them are overrated. Even so, a HD7870 or even a HD7950 ought to run on it.
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a b U Graphics card
October 3, 2012 5:50:23 PM

7850 is a decent choice to for the price. Anything is an upgrade over a 4850 really.
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a b U Graphics card
October 3, 2012 5:51:36 PM

Onus said:
What model is your Chokemax PSU? Many of them are overrated. Even so, a HD7870 or even a HD7950 ought to run on it.




"Chokemax" lol, Sadly I get your point.
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October 3, 2012 5:52:34 PM

i have never been an nvidia owner ive always ran ATI.
if the 7970 is that good of a card, i will settle with it since its not that much more expensive then the 7950..
@jit283 i honestly dont know, i would have to take off my side panel of my case and look which i will do now
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a b U Graphics card
October 3, 2012 5:58:09 PM

The 7970 is the best bet for future proofing.
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October 3, 2012 6:00:58 PM

i should invest in a new PSU as well i remember only spending like 90$ at the most on the one i currently own, i cant even find the model number on it all i know is that its a modular 750w coolmax PSU
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a b U Graphics card
October 3, 2012 6:02:36 PM

I would go with a corsair tx650 v2 or anything made by seasonic/corsair/xfx
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October 3, 2012 6:03:34 PM

What is the max wattage i should be looking for, i probably am not going to do crossfire.
even tho it would be nice
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a b U Graphics card
October 3, 2012 6:08:47 PM

dunsparth said:
and this will power my system good along with a 7970?




Yes.
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October 3, 2012 6:10:58 PM

Okay now the next question is, what is the cheapest and best 7970 from newegg that i should purchase?
Like XFX? Sapphire , MSI etc.
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October 3, 2012 6:15:18 PM

cia24 said:
This xfx card is the cheapest after MIR- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

xfx has a great warrenty, I really do not like Sapphire have had bad rma cases with them.


Sapphire has always gave me problems on RMA as well.

I like that XFX card and i know they are a good manufacture i have a CM storm scout hopefully that thing will fit, i will have to measure.
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a b U Graphics card
October 3, 2012 6:16:22 PM

cm storm 10.62 inch---7970 11 inch lol!
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a b U Graphics card
October 3, 2012 6:17:41 PM

In order for that card to fit you would have to cut out one of the top hdd racks, really not to hard to do.
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October 3, 2012 6:26:31 PM

cia24 said:
In order for that card to fit you would have to cut out one of the top hdd racks, really not to hard to do.


i would have to bring it to someone i know that could cut metal alright so the xfx 7970 i cant belive im going to spend 400$ on a video card, this better be the best damn thing ive ever invested in....

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a b U Graphics card
October 3, 2012 6:29:01 PM

Trust me you will be happy, Whats the point to buy GPU that is fast now and 2 months down the road is starting to slow. When I bought my first gtx 580 it was around 550$ I had a hard time buying it but once I did I was very happy, When 1 year down the road you are still maxing out games you will be happy you spent 400$
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October 3, 2012 6:32:12 PM

cia24 said:
Trust me you will be happy, Whats the point to buy GPU that is fast now and 2 months down the road is starting to slow. When I bought my first gtx 580 it was around 550$ I had a hard time buying it but once I did I was very happy, When 1 year down the road you are still maxing out games you will be happy you spent 400$


I honestly dont know how i still max out games on my 4850 this thing just heats up so hot it scares me, i see temps in the 150 ferinheight range .

Thank's for the advice, i really appreciate your help i knew toms hardware would be the place to come to make my decision
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a b U Graphics card
October 3, 2012 6:34:39 PM

If you feel that you got the help/answer you need make sure to choose a best answer so the thread will close. for 400$ Im sure you are going to be very happy with that video card, xfx warrenty is great so if there is a issue you send it back to them and get it fixed or get a new card. Down the road you can always sell the card and upgrade. But i do not see that card being outdated anytime soon.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
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a b U Graphics card
October 3, 2012 6:38:22 PM

alvine said:
i got my 7970 for 400 bucks from ebay, sell your old card first and then see what is your budget



Most video card companies will not honor warrnety for items bought off amazon.com and ebay because they are not offical resellers of their products. Even if the item is new most of the time you need to have the original recipet from where it was bought in order to post warrnety claims.


Be very carful about fine print in warrenty agreements. I know for a fact EVGA will not warrnety card that have been sold 3rd party even new.


Whats the point of saving $50-100 if you cannot warrenty the card.
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October 3, 2012 6:54:24 PM

Yea, i'am going to makesure to buy my video card new from like newegg so if anything is wrong with it i can RMA it.
Even tho i doubt that high end card like that will be DOA ive never had problems with newegg and there main wearhouse in california is about 30 minutes away from me.
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October 3, 2012 6:57:52 PM

U didn't tell ur resolution :D  ITS the main thing :D 

IF u really want to save money go or 7950 OC one..........
If money is not a concern then obviously buy 7970

My advice... is to go for the 7950..... save the money and buy a good psu... Even a 7950 will last for 1-2 years....
Here is a comparison between 7950 and 7970

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/550?vs=508

If ur resolution is below 1080p then i'd recommend getting 7870
Keep saving the money for an even better upgrade when 8000s are launched :D 
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October 3, 2012 7:02:43 PM

UAhmed said:
U didn't tell ur resolution :D  ITS the main thing :D 

IF u really want to save money go or 7950 OC one..........
If money is not a concern then obviously buy 7970

My advice... is to go for the 7950..... save the money and buy a good psu... Even a 7950 will last for 1-2 years....
Here is a comparison between 7950 and 7970

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/550?vs=508

If ur resolution is below 1080p then i'd recommend getting 7870
Keep saving the money for an even better upgrade when 8000s are launched :D 


right now i am 1440 X 900
but i plan on buying a 1920 X 1080 P monitor soon.

Also if i am going to buy a video card im going to want it to last me for a few years without upgrading so the 7870 and stuff like that arent really something i want because i dont want to have to upgrade when the 8 series launched.

Im going to either get a 7950 or a 7970.


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October 3, 2012 7:04:21 PM

IF u don't want to upgrade then surely go for the 7970.............
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October 3, 2012 7:10:36 PM

UAhmed said:
IF u don't want to upgrade then surely go for the 7970.............


Would the 7950 also future proof me a bit?

The 7950 i could defiantly afford and be able to get a new PSU as well.

And then have some left over money to spend, and get a new monitor the paycheck after this one.

If i get the 7970 i would have like no spending money left over.
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October 3, 2012 7:20:55 PM

dunsparth said:
Would the 7950 also future proof me a bit?

The 7950 i could defiantly afford and be able to get a new PSU as well.

And then have some left over money to spend, and get a new monitor the paycheck after this one.

If i get the 7970 i would have like no spending money left over.



Like i said get the 7950 its enough for gaming at 1080p
Read this

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/344701-33-what-radeon...

I'll still recommend getting 7950..... ANd yes it will future proof u a bit
at least for 1-2 years.......

EDIT:-
As they say in that thread 7970 is only 10-15% better than 7950
7950 is still a very good card at a suitable price

My advice....?
Buy it.... save the money.. buy a new psu and monitor....
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October 3, 2012 7:44:38 PM

UAhmed said:
Like i said get the 7950 its enough for gaming at 1080p
Read this

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/344701-33-what-radeon...

I'll still recommend getting 7950..... ANd yes it will future proof u a bit
at least for 1-2 years.......

EDIT:-
As they say in that thread 7970 is only 10-15% better than 7950
7950 is still a very good card at a suitable price

My advice....?
Buy it.... save the money.. buy a new psu and monitor....



Well i use dual monitors but i probably wont use eyefinity since i wont have 3 matching resolutions on my monitors but will still use dual monitor setup.

I think i may just get the 7950 it saves me 100$ and the 7970 may be better, but not that much better then the 7950..
and its more in my budget hmm this is a hard decision.
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October 3, 2012 8:38:16 PM

Best answer selected by dunsparth.
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