Guys help me pick a Graphic Card

Guys I'm building a new rig and the only part left is the graphic card .. Within my budget I can choose between these cards:

1- Sapphire HD 7950 Vapor-x OC with boost
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202003

2- Nvidia GTX 660 TI MSI Twin Frozer
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127696

3- ASUS HD 7850 Direct CU2
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121651

4- Sapphire HD 7870 Ghz Edition OC
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102983

I will be overclocking whatever card I get, what I want is a future proofing card and by "future" I mean at least the next 2-3 years.
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  1. the 7950 is the best choice, it overclocks better than any other card and performs extremely well.

    the stock performance is better than the 660 ti and overclock performance is close to an overclocked 680.
  2. esrever said:
    the 7950 is the best choice, it overclocks better than any other card and performs extremely well.

    the stock performance is better than the 660 ti and overclock performance is close to an overclocked 680.

    Here I can only have the Sapphire Vapor x this card .. and they come Voltage locked >.>
  3. The fastest card will last the longest. I vote for the 7950.
  4. You can overclock with stock voltages. I don't think there are many cards out this generation that has voltage control. The 7950 can hit 1200+mhz at stock voltages if you are lucky, most people get it to run at ~1100mhz no problem from what I seen.
  5. I don't think having a card that is voltage locked is necessarily a bad thing few people find the need to overclock there gpu. XFX is another option you could go with they have lifetime warranties something not very common anymore.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150589
  6. XFX got rid of lifetime warranties Im pretty sure.
  7. Not on this card it hasn't ^.^ Read the details on the newegg link
  8. bigshootr8 said:
    I don't think having a card that is voltage locked is necessarily a bad thing few people find the need to overclock there gpu. XFX is another option you could go with they have lifetime warranties something not very common anymore.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150589

    the only 7950 card available here is the sapphire vapor x one so i'm stuck with it
  9. cool, I still wouldn't want that card since the double D 7950 isn't great. The fan and heatsink design on it isn't very good and doesn't fit on the 7950 like it did on the 7970.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/5476/amd-radeon-7950-review/19
    Quote:
    On the other hand the XFX R7950 Black Edition Double Dissipation ends up being a bummer, particularly compared to its 7970 based sibling. For what an open air cooler can do it’s simply too hot and too loud; the numbers we’re seeing would be acceptable for a blower, but not for an open air cooler. The gaming performance is great thanks to its best in class factory overclock, but this isn’t enough to overlook the obvious cooling troubles.
  10. klagera said:
    the only 7950 card available here is the sapphire vapor x one so i'm stuck with it

    the vapor x is the best 7950 so its not a bad thing to be stuck with.
  11. esrever said:
    the vapor x is the best 7950 so its not a bad thing to be stuck with.

    ahh that's a good thing to know :D lool people here hate the vapor x since they come voltage locked, but as you said If I get it will overclock it within stock voltage
  12. http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Sapphire/HD_7950_Vapor-X/31.html

    you can see the locked voltage doesn't really slow the card down since it gets a 30+% increase from overclocking.
  13. esrever said:
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Sapphire/HD_7950_Vapor-X/31.html

    you can see the locked voltage doesn't really slow the card down since it gets a 30+% increase from overclocking.

    That's a solid FPS .. I Think I will get this card, I just hope the chip would be good overlocker :D
    btw...
    dat GTX 690 - 4096 :S 132 FPS lool now that's future proofing
  14. for $1000 it better get good FPS lol
  15. esrever said:
    for $1000 it better get good FPS lol

    loool That 70% of my whole rig budget :P .. O well 75 FPS is fine XD
  16. future proofing and wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy overkill in most cases.
  17. bigshootr8 said:
    future proofing and wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy overkill in most cases.

    yea but whoever buys this card will not be buying any other for the next 5 years
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