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Which GPU should I choose?

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
November 27, 2012 1:03:10 AM

Hello, as the title says, I need help choosing a graphics card. I haven't upgraded for 4 years and I am struggling to play PlanetSide 2 now, so I figure it is time. My goal is to be able to play current games on near max settings and not rebuild for another 4 years.

This is what I have chosen component wise so far:

MB: ASRock Z77 [...] 6813157293

CPU: Core i5 Ivy Bridge 3.4ghz [...] 6819116504

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaw Series DDR3 1600 -8gb [...] 6820231314

HD: WD 1tb 7200rpm 6gb sata 64mb cache [...] 6822136533

Case: Antec Nine Hundred [...] 6811129021

I will be reusing my PSU which I had to replace a year ago (I made sure to buy one that would meet my future needs)

PSU: Corsair TX Series 750W ATX 12V [...] 6817139006

So the problem I am having is I cannot decide on a video card. I have always had NVidia cards, but from everything that I have read, Radeon has taken the lead lately, offering less expensive, more powerful GPUs.

I have never been an overclocker, but I am comfortable tweeking the mem and core clocks, but not necessarily the voltage.

I always build my own PCs, but my skills are pretty much limited to installing all components, installing windows/drivers - I am no expert.

The GPUs Im considering and my thoughts on each:

HD 7950 - Most bang for the buck. More future proof, more expensive than 7870 and may be overkill for 1080p gaming. Concerned there is not a single "best card" to purchase - seems like all brands have a draw back and potential pitfall.

660 Ti - slower than an OC'ed 7950, may be hampered by 192 bit, has Physx which Planetside 2 will use someday, personally more comfortable with NVidia

HD 7870: least expensive, would meet my current needs most likely, not as future proof as 7950.

670 ti : will it ever come out?

Prob want to pay in the 300 dollar range for the GPU. Will be upgrading in January.

I should mention also that I am using a 1080p monitor that I dont plan on upgrading.

ASUS VH242H [...] Tpk=vh242h

So, I would really appreciate some help on which GPU/specific model I should choose, I have been driving myself crazy with google searches and reading forums here and other sites. I am leaning towards the 7950, but concerned that there is no clear "best card."

Thanks in advance, let me know what you guys think. Also, if anyone sees anything wrong, or have any suggestions on any alternatives to the above mentioned components, that is welcomed also.

p.s. I am upgrading from a Core 2 Duo E8500 3.2ghz OCe'd to 3.8, 4gb ddr 2 6400, NVidia 260gtx

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November 27, 2012 1:29:34 AM

You been using nVidia in all your PC's , so I recommend you choose a nVidia card.

Go with the GTX 660 Ti or a GTX 670 if you can.

or else go with the HD 7950
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November 27, 2012 2:44:35 AM

go with the 7870 ghz edition. best bang for the buck.card
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November 27, 2012 2:33:32 PM

Thanks for the replies guys, but still unsure. Two replies two different responses, anyone else have any input ? Thanks.
November 27, 2012 2:36:42 PM

if 7870 will meet your needs, get one by sapphire. Otherwise get a 7950
dont think its worth extra money if it meets urneeds