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Is this a good GPU for me? advice me please

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November 25, 2012 6:29:54 PM

I've Finished building my gaming pc but I still cant decide what GPU to choose,I was thinking about this one:

GIGABYTE Radeon HD 7870 Ghz - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I will be Crossfiring when it get's another price drop in the future, but what do you think of it as a single gpu now?

will it max all new games on 1080?

Another thought is that I could get the Sapphire Vapor-X 7950 3GB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

but it would cost me a lot more so I don't know if it's worth it

[7870 ghz here = 225 JOD = 317 USD]

[Vapor-x 7950 here = 310 JOD = 437 USD]

The rest of my build is :
-Mobo - ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

-CPU - Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core

-GPU - ???

-Ram - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 -

-HDD - Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM -

-Case - Cooler Master HAF 912 -

-PSU - XFX Pro series xxx 750w 80 Bronze -

So what do you think? should I go with the 7870 Ghz and crossfire in the future or should I just get the badass 7950?

Edit: I don't like overclocking since it's not guaranteed but If I had to do it I will do it ;) 

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November 25, 2012 6:32:50 PM

the xfire setup is much more powerful than the 7950. I would get the 7870 now, as it is a good card, then xfire later.
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November 25, 2012 6:34:20 PM

Here is a comparison between the 7950 and 7870, preferably I would choose the 7950 as it is a little bit better than the 7870 just for a little more. With your current setup with any one of these GPU's would run any games fine.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/548?vs=550
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November 25, 2012 6:40:10 PM

This one is really a hard pick >.>
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November 25, 2012 6:46:22 PM

any more thoughts ?
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November 25, 2012 7:17:29 PM

The 7870 is about 10-15% slower than the 7950
That's not worth 100 dollars.
The 7870 will play well at 1080p
Then xfire later for way better performance at a good price.
Sometimes it's best to wait and set up an upgrade for the long haul
Instead of getting what's faster now. If it were me I would get the 7870
Now and xfire later. This is looking ahead in your upgrade
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November 25, 2012 8:29:44 PM

^^ I didn't realize it was 100 bucks more I completely read that wrong. As Flint is saying the 7870 is a good card and runs all the current games fine at 1080p. And when you Xfire it, it will be even better. If your willing to spend the extra money on the 7950 then go right ahead. With cyper monday coming tomorrow, you might be able to fine a good deal on one.
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November 25, 2012 8:33:48 PM

Keep something in mind, though... Crossfire won't work in a lot of games. So it's sort of hit and miss as to whether your favorite game ends up performing at xfire levels or single 7870 levels.
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November 25, 2012 10:54:17 PM

I will get the 7950 and overclock it, don't wanna take the risk >.>
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November 25, 2012 10:59:11 PM

You can always disable your Xfire for the games that dont work well with it. But the 7950 will still run most games out fine.
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November 25, 2012 11:15:23 PM

abCasPeRR said:
You can always disable your Xfire for the games that dont work well with it. But the 7950 will still run most games out fine.

Thanks for your replay but I think the 7950 is more on the safe future side :p  btw how is the GTX 660 ti in your build ?
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November 26, 2012 4:46:54 AM

klagera said:
Thanks for your replay but I think the 7950 is more on the safe future side :p  btw how is the GTX 660 ti in your build ?

OMG I LOVE IT. I play a lot of BF3, dayz, borderlands 2, ac3. And I run them all on highest settings, with 2 monitors at 80+ FPS. Even when I stream BF3 it never even drops below that.
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November 26, 2012 5:55:34 AM

DarkSable said:
Keep something in mind, though... Crossfire won't work in a lot of games. So it's sort of hit and miss as to whether your favorite game ends up performing at xfire levels or single 7870 levels.

Typically the games that don't support xfire or sli are ports or other games that aren't too demanding. For instance, spec ops the line didn't support sli well. It used my 1st gpu and not my 2nd. But the 570 was enough to Max it out and run very well by itself.
Any AAA title like crysis or battlefield etc.... typically scale very well with 2x gpus
Even games made by small developers utilize 2 gpus well... take metro 2033 for instance. Small team, sli scales great.
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November 26, 2012 6:19:40 AM

Do not get it. It's not worth the extra money.

3 GB of vram you won't be using for a 1080 p monitor, and the performance between those two cards are so low. I would go with the Radeon 7870.
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November 26, 2012 9:11:56 AM

abCasPeRR said:
OMG I LOVE IT. I play a lot of BF3, dayz, borderlands 2, ac3. And I run them all on highest settings, with 2 monitors at 80+ FPS. Even when I stream BF3 it never even drops below that.

Yea it's a nice card, I was going to buy it at first but I saw the 192-bit and I got disappointed.. Nvidia had to screw the card with that >.> if it had a normal bus it would been perfect
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November 26, 2012 9:13:56 AM

FlintIronStagg said:
Typically the games that don't support xfire or sli are ports or other games that aren't too demanding. For instance, spec ops the line didn't support sli well. It used my 1st gpu and not my 2nd. But the 570 was enough to Max it out and run very well by itself.
Any AAA title like crysis or battlefield etc.... typically scale very well with 2x gpus
Even games made by small developers utilize 2 gpus well... take metro 2033 for instance. Small team, sli scales great.

so If I do xFire I wont experience any shuttering or taering with some games?
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November 26, 2012 2:11:34 PM

klagera said:
Yea it's a nice card, I was going to buy it at first but I saw the 192-bit and I got disappointed.. Nvidia had to screw the card with that >.> if it had a normal bus it would been perfect


Honestly it didn't make much of a difference since it has 1344 cuda cores, and can easily OC past 1ghz. The 7950 has the 256-bit yet the 660 Ti still beats it in almost everything. That's all the 670 has over the 660 Ti, that's the only difference. 660 Ti has 192-bit and the 670 has 256-bit other than that its the same identical card.
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November 26, 2012 7:27:55 PM

klagera said:
so If I do xFire I wont experience any shuttering or taering with some games?

Xfire does have compatibility issues as sli with some games. That doesn't mean you will have issues, just you wont see the performance of two cards in games that don't support it. If there are issues with certain games, just disable the xfire configuration and play on one card. You can for this in the control panel of your cards. In my experience games that don't support 2 cards well don't pose any issues; they just will only use one of my cards.
It will vary from each rig but that's the only issue I have encountered. You shouldn't run into issues where you can't play a game. If this is too much for you and seems confusing then one powerful card would be the way to go.
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November 26, 2012 7:34:18 PM

klagera said:
so If I do xFire I wont experience any shuttering or taering with some games?


Here's what I can do with the NVIDIA control panel, I can go into the settings for the games that are loaded onto to my computer and I can choose if SLi runs with that game or not. I'm sure CCC has the same option. If you feel better with the Xfire setup then youll just have to spend the time and find out what games work better with Xfire and which ones dont. Then the ones that dont, make sure that CCC disables it when running the game. But the games dont wont work as good with Xfire, the 7950 would run better than just 1 7870.
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November 26, 2012 7:39:42 PM

abCasPeRR said:
Here's what I can do with the NVIDIA control panel, I can go into the settings for the games that are loaded onto to my computer and I can choose if SLi runs with that game or not. I'm sure CCC has the same option. If you feel better with the Xfire setup then youll just have to spend the time and find out what games work better with Xfire and which ones dont. Then the ones that dont, make sure that CCC disables it when running the game. But the games dont wont work as good with Xfire, the 7950 would run better than just 1 7870.

Just get a 7950 then xfire that later
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November 26, 2012 8:23:51 PM

FlintIronStagg said:
Just get a 7950 then xfire that later


+1 thats what the best thing to do would be.
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