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HD 7870 or 7950

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October 20, 2012 2:14:04 PM

I have pretty much finished my first ever build now (http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/kRxW -everything else is being taken from an old Dell Dimension 5100) but still haven't decided on a graphics card. I have managed to narrow my choices down to a 7870 or a 7950 but I'm still unsure. The only thing holding me back from simply buying a 7950 is that I have been told that the 7870 is better value for money due to the fact that when overclocked it can rival the 7950 (obviously the 7950 can overclocked too, though by how much I'm not sure) I understand that this might be a stupid question (if it is I'm sorry) but I'm relatively new to PC gaming so if anyone could help with the decision and perhaps help me find the best deals (I live in England ) and manufacturers (e.g. XFX, Sapphire, HIS, MSI) I would be very grateful. Ideally I would be using this card for gaming so overclocking headroom and good noise and temperature levels are ideal.

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October 20, 2012 2:48:08 PM

Stimo65 said:
I have pretty much finished my first ever build now (http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/kRxW -everything else is being taken from an old Dell Dimension 5100) but still haven't decided on a graphics card. I have managed to narrow my choices down to a 7870 or a 7950 but I'm still unsure. The only thing holding me back from simply buying a 7950 is that I have been told that the 7870 is better value for money due to the fact that when overclocked it can rival the 7950 (obviously the 7950 can overclocked too, though by how much I'm not sure) I understand that this might be a stupid question (if it is I'm sorry) but I'm relatively new to PC gaming so if anyone could help with the decision and perhaps help me find the best deals (I live in England ) and manufacturers (e.g. XFX, Sapphire, HIS, MSI) I would be very grateful. Ideally I would be using this card for gaming so overclocking headroom and good noise and temperature levels are ideal.

I've asked this question too. Im going to build a rig in a month or so. the 7950 and 7870 are pretty close in benchmarks in my opinion. I've decided to go with the 7870.
October 20, 2012 4:54:51 PM

If you can add abit more then get the 7950 because it has 384bit and 3GB VRAM compared to the 7870 which has 256bit and 2GB VRAM

I have a 7870, I regret not adding abit more to get the 7950.
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October 21, 2012 7:57:17 AM

Thanks for the replies, in the end I've decided to go for the 7950.
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