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Which card should I get at 1080p?

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October 29, 2012 12:38:12 AM

So I am about to buy my first desktop on November 2, and I can't decide which way I should go: 7870 or the 7950.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: November 2, 2012

BUDGET RANGE: 250-300 (give or take $20)

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (Portal 2, Crysis Warhead, DotA 2, Battlefield 3, Batman: Arkham City, Team Fortress 2, etc...) Multimedia (movies, internet, and the like)

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: I currently don't have a dedicated one, and am relying on integrated, which I wish to change. The power supply I would be getting in the new computer that I plan to buy would be the Corsair HX650.

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:
CPU: i5-3570k
Mobo: Gigabyte z77x-UD3H
Case: Storm Stryker

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Memory Express (though they have a price beat thing where if I show them a cheaper price, they will match it) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference really.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes. No Crossfire yet.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 (thought if I get the cheaper 7870, I can afford a second 1080p screen and have dual monitors running on the card. If I can game at that setup with a 7870, great, if not, I can turn the settings down and only play at 1080p.)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: If preferable, I want to play at high settings with 60fps or close to it, like say 45-50 would be fine.

The cards I am considering are these:
HIS 7870 IceQ: http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX39013
HIS 7950 IceQ: http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX39191

Of course, I would be open to other brands like Asus and MSI, as long as the price does not exceed the 7950 listed, if possible. I am also open for suggestions on the Nvidia side, if people believe that I can get better value by going to the green camp.

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a c 87 U Graphics card
October 29, 2012 12:58:19 AM

If you like heavy overclocking with overvoltage, then the 7950 is generally the better option. If you don't like heavy overclocking, then the 7870 is too close to most 7950s for me to recommend a 7950 except for highly factory overclocked models and Boost models should you be willing to spend the extra money.
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October 29, 2012 1:13:30 AM

The 7950 overclocked would be the way to go. You can overclock that to be a beast of a card.
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a c 87 U Graphics card
October 29, 2012 1:20:25 AM

Also, I wouldn't recommend paying $260 for a reference clocked 7870.
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October 29, 2012 1:48:35 AM

So the general consensus seems to the to get the 7950, and looking at reviews, I agree.

But I want to ask people about this situation though. What if I got a 7870, overclocked it, and then used the saved money to get a second monitor. Would that be better, or should I stick with the 7950 and just buy the monitor some other time (probably not soon, though).
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October 29, 2012 1:58:44 AM

zalhera said:
So the general consensus seems to the to get the 7950, and looking at reviews, I agree.

But I want to ask people about this situation though. What if I got a 7870, overclocked it, and then used the saved money to get a second monitor. Would that be better, or should I stick with the 7950 and just buy the monitor some other time (probably not soon, though).


Do you plan to game with dual monitors? that'd be kinda weird don't ya think?
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a c 87 U Graphics card
October 29, 2012 2:15:01 AM

Yeah, dual-monitor gaming seems odd. You'd have a bezel in the middle the display configuration. I usually recommend having an odd number of displays if you want multi-monitor gaming.
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a b U Graphics card
October 29, 2012 2:35:58 AM

I too thought about gaming on two monitors but the crosshair would be between the screens so it doesn't work. So I bought a $100 monitor just so I could use extended desktop and cuz I like to monitor my computer while I'm gaming in case my fans aren't adjusting properly to cool my CPU and GPU.

I vote for 7950. It'll let you max out all games.

Also, I'd change the mobo. I used to think the ud3h was good but I'm convinced the extreme 4 is way better and about the same price.
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a c 87 U Graphics card
October 29, 2012 2:40:20 AM

I'll second the Extreme 4 over UD3 recommendation.
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October 29, 2012 4:37:30 AM

Okay, I'll leave out the second monitor. As for the motherboard, only the Pro 3 is available in Memory Express, which is the only place I can buy my computer from, sadly. Seeing as the Extreme 4 is around $180, I can get the P8Z77-V from Asus and the z77a-GD65 from MSI for the same price. If I should choose from either, which one?
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a c 87 U Graphics card
October 29, 2012 4:43:50 AM

zalhera said:
Okay, I'll leave out the second monitor. As for the motherboard, only the Pro 3 is available in Memory Express, which is the only place I can buy my computer from, sadly. Seeing as the Extreme 4 is around $180, I can get the P8Z77-V from Asus and the z77a-GD65 from MSI for the same price. If I should choose from either, which one?


IDK if I'd put the Extreme 4 up with those boards. Even in Canadian dollars, $180 is more than I'd pay for the Extreme 4. In the USA, it often goes for $115-135 USD and those motherboards are far more expensive here, but they seem to be about the same in Canadian dollars as they are in United States dollars and that probably puts the Extreme 4 at a disadvantage in comparison to its place in the USA.
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a c 185 U Graphics card
October 29, 2012 4:50:44 AM

zalhera said:
Okay, I'll leave out the second monitor. As for the motherboard, only the Pro 3 is available in Memory Express, which is the only place I can buy my computer from, sadly. Seeing as the Extreme 4 is around $180, I can get the P8Z77-V from Asus and the z77a-GD65 from MSI for the same price. If I should choose from either, which one?
Asus hands down quality assurance i always go with asus for motherboard have not failed me yet ;) 
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October 30, 2012 4:58:54 AM

Thanks for the help! I'll go with the P8Z77-V and the 7950.
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October 30, 2012 4:58:56 AM

Best answer selected by zalhera.
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a c 185 U Graphics card
October 30, 2012 5:01:09 AM

Sounds good
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a c 87 U Graphics card
October 30, 2012 6:17:50 PM

Glad to help.
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