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[Help] GPU for gaming PC. Galaxy 670 vs ANY 7970

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October 17, 2012 11:09:33 PM

So, I am working in a $1,200 gaming PC build. I originally planned to get the Sapphire 7970 HD 3GB video card (or any other better 7970 models which I am taking suggestions on). But, today I found this great deal for the Galaxy 670 2GB: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

$334 for this video card!

Here is the build I want to make http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kywH (I already bought the PSU listed for $90 :D  )

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($100.84 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($387.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 600T ATX Mid Tower Case ($133.56 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Pro 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1420.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Will I notice the difference between the Galaxy 670 vs a good 7970 model (which I am still working on) or is this too good of a deal to pass on?

I think I will eventually add a second GPU once mine becomes out-dated.

THANKS!
October 17, 2012 11:31:34 PM

Since you are gaming at 1080p, I think it is better to get the 670 and save yourself ~$80; performance should be very similar.

I would only consider the 7970 if it is priced close to the 670.

The other scenario is where you also need the compute performance for CAD work and/or other graphics design programs, then in that case 7970 is the way to go. nVidia really gimped the compute performance on the Geforce cards.

Regarding to SLI/Crossfire, in the past crossfire scales better on AMD cards, but crossfire driver support could be better. I personally avoid multi-gpu setups because of bad experiences.

EDIT: Just saw that the price for the 670 is -$30 AFTER rebate. Regrettably, I also hate rebates because I just never get them. Having said that, I would go for the 7970 you listed, I assumed it was ~$400+; missed the $388 price.
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October 17, 2012 11:57:23 PM

dyc4ha said:
Since you are gaming at 1080p, I think it is better to get the 670 and save yourself ~$80; performance should be very similar.

I would only consider the 7970 if it is priced close to the 670.

The other scenario is where you also need the compute performance for CAD work and/or other graphics design programs, then in that case 7970 is the way to go. nVidia really gimped the compute performance on the Geforce cards.

Regarding to SLI/Crossfire, in the past crossfire scales better on AMD cards, but crossfire driver support could be better. I personally avoid multi-gpu setups because of bad experiences.

EDIT: Just saw that the price for the 670 is -$30 AFTER rebate. Regrettably, I also hate rebates because I just never get them. Having said that, I would go for the 7970 you listed, I assumed it was ~$400+; missed the $388 price.


What if I was going to go with more than one monitor would that affect the decision?
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October 18, 2012 12:03:53 AM

beegeepee said:
What if I was going to go with more than one monitor would that affect the decision?


Looking at benchmarks (but keeping in mind they are using dated drivers) for 670 and 7970; even at 2560x1440 they trade blows. However, I do not have personal experience in that regards; I will say though, that the extra 1GB vram can only help. Games like BF3 already use close to 2GB vram, plus its also future-proofing.
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