EVGA GTX 670

I've been working on a custom build for awhile and i'm thinking about getting this 670 model - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130787
So i'm wondering how good the EVGA one is in general and compared to the other makes of the 670 and maybe any major cons of getting it? I read in a few places this one gets hot but i won't be overclocking so if anyone who has had this card or knows about its heating problems, if any, could respond too that would be much appreciated!

Other specs ( NO OVERCLOCKING ):

CPU: i7-3770k Quad core 3.5 ghz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116501
Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293
PSU: 950 PC and Power cooling (Silver) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703028
SSD: 256gb SSD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147164
HDD: 1 TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
RAM: GSkill Ripjaws 16b ( 8 x 2 ) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231568
Case: NZXT Phantom http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146068
Heatsink: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007
Extra Fans: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103073
CPU Cooler: TBD, thinking http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181010

P.S. Haven't purchased anything for this build yet so if any one has some recommendations / feedback on the parts i would be glad to consider them.
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  1. I personally prefer EVGA over other brands because of their amazing warranty and service. As far as speed goes they have about the same as other companies but they also warranty overclocking and using aftermarket coolers on the GPU.

    I would get EVGA over any brand these days simply because you're not going to find a better warranty from any other company.
  2. ALL your links are dead...

    If you get an EVGA card, and want to overclock, go with the Signature 2. However, I have the (original) FTW edition, and love it. Sure, I can't overclock it because of heat issues, but it's a powerhouse.

    Also, why in the world are you buying an unlocked processor, a z77 chipset motherboard, and a CPU cooler if you aren't overclocking? That's a COMPLETE waste of money. Get an h77 chipset and use the stock cooler.

    For that matter, an i7 will give NO benefit over an i5 - games can't use hyperthreading. (So that's $100 in your pocket on top of what you save by getting a non "k" processor and skipping the CPU cooler.)

    Don't bother with a 950w power supply... even with overclocking, 650w will supply a rig with a 670 and an ivy bridge chip. The newer the parts, the more efficient they are.

    Don't get 16GB RAM - 8GB of 1600MHz is enough to run BF3 on ultra with photoshop and 20 tabs open.

    Personally, I'd get an NZXT Gamma Classic and one each of a 120 and 140mm fan - the Phantom has looks but mediocre cooling, and is EXPENSIVE, especially with the cost of extra fans added in.

    What is the difference between "Heatsink" and "CPU Cooler"?
  3. Sorry, when i said heatsink i mean thermal paste
  4. Ok, that's fine.

    Still, read my comments... you can save yourself a LOT of money and get better performance.
  5. I've tried so many brands. MSI, Inno3D, Club3D and so on. All I can tell you, always go for the reference design cooler. Anything else is a gamble. The reference design makes the heat flow out of your Tower so the other hardware isn't affected by the heat of the GPU.
  6. Lost... I dunno what you're smoking, man.

    If you have any sort of cooling in your tower at all, an aftermarket cooler is always going to cool the card way better. Yeah, it'll increase the heat in the case, but there are fans to deal with that.
  7. DarkSable said:
    Lost... I dunno what you're smoking, man.

    If you have any sort of cooling in your tower at all, an aftermarket cooler is always going to cool the card way better. Yeah, it'll increase the heat in the case, but there are fans to deal with that.


    I just switched a GTX 660 inno3D ichill hz2000s, with a GTX 660 club3D reference design, I also had a GTX 560 ti twinfrozr not long ago and it got fried after 2 months usage,

    I got 4 x 120 mm fans in my case. 2 blowing are into the machine from the bottom, 2 pulling out the air on the top.

    Temps with inn03D:
    Idle - 35
    Load - 85

    Temps with club3D (reference):
    - Idle 25
    - Load 74

    Temps with MSI:
    - Idle 30
    - Load 78

    Well played, sir
  8. Okay, if your graphics card heated to the point that it fried itself, that's a problem with the card or other components, not the cooler. (Unless the cooler broke somehow.)

    Also, that would be your problem right there. Aftermarket heatsinks push air down - blowing air back up creates a stagnant pocket, and negates the point of the cooler.
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