Just doing a lot of research at the moment as I plan on building my FIRST rig next month, also plan on waiting till next month to shop for my components.
As the title says, looking for the best gpu under $500 US. From what I found out in my research is that the gtx670 is possibly the best gpu for my budget(the MSI PE OC one). I am only running 1 monitor and its for gaming and internet.
So any suggestions would be welcome. I am not really partial to any brand, just from what I seen on here, nvidia seems slightly better, but hey I am open to any right now.
At this stage in time, the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition will out-perform many nVidia GPUs in most games (except certain games, like TESV: Skyrim) with the new Catalyst drivers (12.8/9 beta).
As for the nVidia side, the GTX 670 is a better value than the GTX 680. The MSI Power Edition card is the best GTX 670 out there, unless you can find an ASUS DCUII Top (discontinued, and arguably better than the MSI PE). You can look at benchmark results at 1080p and find that many FACTORY overclocked GTX 670s can beat a stock or slightly overclocked GTX 680. Overclocking the Power Edition card is simple and following guides help a lot (I have one that boosts to 1347MHz), and will definitely beat reference GTX 680s.
Drivers seem to be more stable on the nVidia side, and are refreshed more frequently, adding better performance to games. So, in the amount of time it takes AMD to make one super driver update, nVidia has already made many. Because of this, it's safe to say that over the next few months, nVidia will catch up, driver wise, with AMD. AMD will introduce the new line-up of GPUs shortly, so the drivers are nearing their end, and hitting their sweet-spot.
Note: AMD will be soon refreshing their line-up to their Radeon HD 8000 series. If you want the best of the best for some time (nothing lasts forever), I would wait. If you need a graphics card, get a cheap temporary card, like a Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition, or a GTX 550Ti/650/650Ti, or even cheaper/lower graphics performance.
Like I said, the nVidia drivers will only get better. It's not just hardware, but also software controllers. And as a side note, remember to have your build balanced. If this is your first time, post a thread on what you think you will buy. DON'T CHEAP OUT on parts to get good CPU/GPU, the build needs to be balanced for best performance (I'm guilty of not obeying this rule ).
Thanks a million for the feedback, ye lads are great. I am now swaying from the msi 670 to a 7970 now. I looked for the sapphire 7970 and its not to easy to find, actually it cant be found right now!!! I guess if any of you could give me a top 3 choices with the 7970 cards, I will call it a day....at least till November, lol.