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Gtx 670 FTW or 7970 ghz?

Hello, I am making my first gaming build and I picked out all the parts but my GPU. I have been trying to decide what card to get.

GTX 670 FTW - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130787
GTX 670 MSI - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127685

Or...

7970 ghz - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125439&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

I am new to this so I dont really know how to OC and what settings to put it at.

The nvidia drivers seem for simpler to install but correct me if I am wrong

My Build so far (Feel free to make any suggestions)
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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/pgoI
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/pgoI/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/pgoI/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($195.90 @ Amazon Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.91 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Canada Computers)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Canada Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($96.99 @ Computer Valley)
Keyboard: Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Wired Gaming Keyboard ($104.99 @ Computer Valley)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Wired Laser Mouse ($42.99 @ Computer Valley)
Total: $1034.71
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-24 15:48 EST-0500)
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  1. And tell me if that is a good power supply and case! Thanks
  2. GTX 670 and Radeon 7970 are pretty similar in performance. The GE version of the radeon 7970 is a bit faster, not much though.

    If you won't be overclocking, and want it a bit simpler as you say, then go for GTX 670.
    If you know how to overclock, and feel safe by doing so, then the radeon 7970 can show some pretty great performance increase.

    GTX 670 got the best watt/performance and the best Technologies.
    Radeon 7970 has the "raw" power, and you can go overclock it as you like, which you won't have same succes on the GTX 670.
  3. lostgamer_03 said:
    GTX 670 and Radeon 7970 are pretty similar in performance. The GE version of the radeon 7970 is a bit faster, not much though.

    If you won't be overclocking, and want it a bit simpler as you say, then go for GTX 670.
    If you know how to overclock, and feel safe by doing so, then the radeon 7970 can show some pretty great performance increase.

    GTX 670 got the best watt/performance and the best Technologies.
    Radeon 7970 has the "raw" power, and you can go overclock it as you like, which you won't have same succes on the GTX 670.
    What card out of the 670's I picked would you recommend and what one is faster?
  4. The MSI one is better, but you'll probably get better performance out of this HD 7970, which can be overclocked at least 25%, and has more VRAM and a 384-bit bus. Probably will last you a year longer than the GTX.
  5. The case you have is a good budget case it has the ability to fit one large video card so I would say you are good there. Cooler Master Quality on the cheap.

    In terms of the card I guess its all about what you are after. If you play lots of nvidia based games maybe your experience would be best suited with the 670. EVGA having the best customer service for the nvidia realm of things.

    On the other hand if you are after a game that will perform really well without extra eye candy things that nvidia offers (better 3D, and PHYSX) then you may be best suited with the AMD side of things.
  6. lostgamer_03 said:
    GTX 670 and Radeon 7970 are pretty similar in performance. The GE version of the radeon 7970 is a bit faster, not much though.

    If you won't be overclocking, and want it a bit simpler as you say, then go for GTX 670.
    If you know how to overclock, and feel safe by doing so, then the radeon 7970 can show some pretty great performance increase.

    GTX 670 got the best watt/performance and the best Technologies.
    Radeon 7970 has the "raw" power, and you can go overclock it as you like, which you won't have same succes on the GTX 670.


    Hey, can you elaborate on the best technologies that GTX 670 has over HD 7970? Thanks.
  7. 3D, PHYSX and CUDA.

    PHYSX:Tech in some games have the ability to have rendered objects taken care of with a nvidia card.
    http://www.geforce.com/hardware/technology/physx
    3D: Nvidia has a superior product with 3D vision 2
    http://www.nvidia.com/object/3d-vision-main.html
    CUDA: More of a rendering thing but is also the workhorse of there gaming graphics as well.
    http://www.nvidia.com/object/cuda_home_new.html
  8. Nvidia is typically going to beat AMD on the feature set of things other than perhaps AMD's Edge with eyefinity (multi monitor support)
  9. the two cards perform very similar it really depends on what games you play. The gtx 670 likes to sip its power while running cool and quiet while the 7970 has more raw power and can overclock like a beast. Amd has better drivers now & have good multi monitor support. Nvidia has more features like physX which are becoming more popular in games now with the release of borderlands 2 but are still in somewhat infancy. I have a gtx 670 which does not disappoint but at the time i got it if the 7970 was the price it is now i would have gotten it.
  10. emperor piehead said:
    the two cards perform very similar it really depends on what games you play. The gtx 670 likes to sip its power while running cool and quiet while the 7970 has more raw power and can overclock like a beast. Amd has better drivers now & have good multi monitor support. Nvidia has more features like physX which are becoming more popular in games now with the release of borderlands 2 but are still in somewhat infancy. I have a gtx 670 which does not disappoint but at the time i got it if the 7970 was the price it is now i would have gotten it.

    What 7970 would you recomend getting I would like it to be around the price of the msi card I picked, and have better performance because that is the deciding factor and one that will last me the longest. Again, is it easy to overclock and is there tutorials on the best settings to have on the 7970 because I have never done it before.
  11. Best answer
    Overclocking is not extremely hard i would recommend msi afterburner for overclocking software. the 7970 i would recommend is out of stock because of black friday but will link it anyways but i would say that or gigabyte for your budget unless you want to get a better cooler. the gigabyte tends to be loud overclocked is what most people say . My favorite is $50 more and has the 2nd best cooler for the 7970 a sapphire vapor-x ghz edition.
    Sapphire normally $390- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202008&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=
    gigabyte $410- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125413&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=
    sapphire vapor-x $450- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202001&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=
  12. Best answer selected by Techguy1.
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