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680 ftw 4gb or 7970??

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October 19, 2012 12:07:31 AM

Hello. I am about to buy my first build and i am stuck between the 680 or 7970. i will be playing 5670x1080 want to know which one to get. i am leaning toward the 680 because of cuda and better driver so i am told. I plan to sli/crossfire in april so keep that in mind. I will be getting the pc in december

here is the gtx 680
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I am a video editor if that matters.

if you need full build here it is
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.05 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($174.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card ($529.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.93 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS424-98 DVD/CD Writer ($23.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Asus VH232H 23.0" Monitor ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH232H 23.0" Monitor ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH232H 23.0" Monitor ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($93.20 @ Amazon)
Total: $2120.08
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

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October 19, 2012 12:17:31 AM

I would go with the 7970 GHZ edition as in many forms its faster than the 680 with three screens. Looks like a great build, but there is one thing I would change. Get two sticks of 8GB memory rather than four 4GB sticks. That way you can upgrade down the road.
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October 19, 2012 12:19:41 AM

maestro0428 said:
I would go with the 7970 GHZ edition as in many forms its faster than the 680 with three screens. Looks like a great build, but there is one thing I would change. Get two sticks of 8GB memory rather than four 4GB sticks. That way you can upgrade down the road.


do you know how the 7970 does with video rendering? i will be using programs such as cs6 and other high demanding apps
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October 19, 2012 12:22:53 AM

For 3 screens I'd go with the 7970. Also, depending on the software you use, the fact that the 680 is crippled in compute may make a difference.
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October 19, 2012 12:28:56 AM

spleenbegone said:
For 3 screens I'd go with the 7970. Also, depending on the software you use, the fact that the 680 is crippled in compute may make a difference.


I was just reading about the 7970 and was wondering why this card seem to be artifacting for alot of people
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October 19, 2012 12:41:54 AM

My experience with rendering on AMD cards has not been good. Nvidia seems to be much more supported at this time. That said, only the 400 and 500 series are good for rendering in pro software right now. The 600 series is so new that software is not optimized for its architecture. Nvidia did come out with a new version of CUDA, but I don't know much about it.
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October 19, 2012 1:17:14 AM

regardless of the info supplied........ I would go with the 680. Gaming/rendering......... rather have what nvidia has to offer now if I could put a high end card in my system. I'll be making that choice again sometime next year for my new work machine ( w/xeon ) .

http://www.studio1productions.com/Articles/AfterEffects...
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