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November 2, 2012 12:04:33 AM

My new rig is laking a Gpu (intel HD4000 doesn't cut it) Here are my specs so far:

Intel i7 3770k NOC
Asus z77 sabertooth mobo
16 GB Gskill Ripjaw X 1600Mhz Ram
512Gb samsung 830 ssd
1000W Kingson Power Supply
(Other junk,: blu ray player, dvd drive, 2TB HDD....)

All im missing is a dedicated gpu, but I am having a real hard time deciding on what to get. I was 1 click away from buying a 680gtx but I thought It would be a good idea asking before I made a purchase.

What would you experts recommend??? Amd or Nvidia?? A sole gpu or go SLI on 2 or 3 cheaper cards??? Plz any help is vastly appreciated :) 

P.S. im going to be playing games only on this pc and homework. Games like Battlefield 3, Guild wars 2, crysis, MW series and so forth...

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a b U Graphics card
November 2, 2012 12:08:50 AM

single 7970 at this point in time, nice and simple . with that budget you could get 2 lesser cards but you won't get any better performance unless your running triple monitors and then you _might_ have dual card complaints

and especially if you overclock
November 2, 2012 12:18:44 AM

680 and 7970 are aboutishhh 50/50. youll probly get more out from a 7970 once overclocked.

keep in mind that youll probly need a new grafics card in 2-3 years.
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a b U Graphics card
November 2, 2012 12:22:11 AM

Yeah, 7970 is your best bet. With 3gb of vram and the 358 bit memory bus. It will preform better at higher resolutions, settings, and AA than a 2gb gtx card.
November 2, 2012 12:33:01 AM

one gpu is better than crossfiring or sli grafic cards. it takes more watts and dosent give as much performance.

do you really think you need 1000w? if your going to cf or sli 7970 or 680 then thats ok.

most people prefer nvidia because it has better coding.

also peole think that a i7 is wayyyyyyyyy better for gaming than a i5 but that is not true. You dont even use hyperthreding when gaming. so do yourself a favor and get a 3570k unless your rendering video.

good luck!
a b U Graphics card
November 2, 2012 12:35:15 AM

7970 Ghz, plus you can get three free games to boot! ==> Highly recommend!
November 2, 2012 12:43:13 AM

I got 1000w because Im going to end up crossfiring and slI'ing in the future and to future proof the pc. Btw I already have it built, those parts I stated are what I already have. Im running it on HD4000 for now while I figure out what gpu to get.
January 15, 2013 5:37:13 AM

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