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November 21, 2012 1:01:36 AM

Hello people of the forums! I have recently decided to make a gaming computer. I have to learned a lot about all the parts you need except video cards. I want something thats powerful. The games I will be playing include: Skyrim, Portal 2, Assassins Creed 3, GTA IV, Counter-Strike, Battlefield 3, and Minecraft.

The big problem is whether I should get a Nvidia card or a AMD card. If I do decide on Nvidia should I SLI two 660 Ti's, get a 670 and eventually along the way get another one to SLI, or get a 680. If I decide on a AMD should I Crossfire two 7870's or get a 7950 and OC it. If I do OC do I need extra fans or something?

Any reply will help. BTW the most im willing to spend on the video card is $480.

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November 21, 2012 1:18:56 AM

I always say get the single fastest graphics card you can afford. Look at some benchmarks and see which card runs the best at the games you like. If I was in the market for a new graphics card right now, I would buy the 670 because it is almost as fast as a 680 which is almost as fast as a 7970 GHZ and its considerably cheaper (and would easily fit into your budget) and it uses CUDA, which speeds up my pro apps best. Here is a link
November 21, 2012 1:37:05 AM

If I overclock it can I get it to match the 680? I think I have heard something like that somewhere..
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November 21, 2012 1:46:35 AM

I vote 7970. For ~$400 it's the fastest, beaten only by the GTX 690. What resolution are you using? At 2560x1600 it gets over 60 fps in Skyrim and nearly that in BF3, with all settings max.
November 21, 2012 10:06:27 AM

The monitor that I am getting is at 1920x1080. Would you recommend a 2560x1600 for better fps?
November 21, 2012 1:06:26 PM

Devilin said:
The monitor that I am getting is at 1920x1080. Would you recommend a 2560x1600 for better fps?

At 1920x1080 you will get more FPS than 2560x1600, the higher the resolution, lower the FPS :D 

1920x1080 is perfect :) 
November 21, 2012 9:42:04 PM

I think I am going to go with the 670. If I get another one eventually and want to SLI then how big of a PSU do I need now?
November 21, 2012 10:58:56 PM

650W atleast :) 

some suggestions :

Corsair GS700 700W 80+ Bronze
Corsair HX650 650W 80+ Gold Modular
Corsair AX750 750W 80+ Gold Modular
November 21, 2012 11:00:26 PM

Thanks! Also if I get the EVGA 670 FTW can I overclock it enough to be close too a 680? And if I do overclock will I need a bigger PSU? If I can then I probably wont even SLI it.

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November 21, 2012 11:11:32 PM

A GTX670 can be overclocked to the performance of a GTX 680.. yes...

November 22, 2012 3:49:03 PM

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