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Final piece of the puzzle needed.... the graphics card.

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
November 24, 2012 1:01:28 AM

Well Folks,

I have been on here months now I think, picking peoples brains on all my components for my new build. Actually my first build, which god knows I am going to need help putting together. I've had some great people help me on here and all I ask is one last piece of advice. I've asked before, but I need help in picking that one last piece or just justifying my current choice, which is the graphics card. I am not a fan of either nvidia of Radeon, I just want best bang for buck, but to future proof this card as much as possible in the same sense.

I am going to be running at 1920 x 1080, single monitor. I like FPS games and then games like Oblivion & Skyrim. I dont plan to overclock anything if I can, but maybe years down the line I might do something if things slow up.

My current choice is SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB which is $455. I can go to $475, not a cent more (I did want the matrix 7970, but its now over $500, so no way).

Please give me some good options. I feel like I want to stay within the 7970's or the 680's, but again I am open to options. I am also going to buy this withing the next few days, probably after cyber monday.

Thanks inadvance,

P.S Here is my build as best I can remember without going into model types.....
Antec High Current Pro HCP-750 750W
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced Blue Edition
1TB seagate HDD
256GB Samsung 840 SSD
Optical drive - just a dvd player/burner
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 CAS 8
ASUS 23" monitor
Sidewinder Keyboard
Cooler Master mouse
Windows 7 - 64bit
I think thats it!!
a b U Graphics card
November 24, 2012 6:11:29 AM

To future proof, you want as much speed as possible while staying in your budget.
GIGABYTE GV-R797TO-3GD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

This is 1100MHz which is 16% faster than that sapphire.

Gigabyte also has a 1000MHz one for only $400.

I like Gigabyte for the triple fans which run cool and silent.

November 24, 2012 1:49:48 PM

Thanks folks, I guess it is down to the Sapphire Vapor X 7970 or the GIGABYTE GV-R797TO-3GD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB . Is there a bench mark I can look at to see whats best??
Also, if the matrix card becomes available from ncix for the $475, I am going to get that, but its a long shot!!