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Is GTX680 or 7970(GHz Edition) a OVERKILL for this build?

This is what I have now:

http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/tvCD

Mainly used for playing games like:

Crysis2, Battlefield3, COD, Metro, GTA IV, FIFA, NBA 2K......

And also some Video playing and entertainment stuff.

Is GTX680 (4 GB) or 7970(GHz Edition 3GB) a OVERKILL for this build?

If it is, which card should I go for? :o
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  1. No neither card would be overkill for this setup. I'd go with the 7970 myself.
  2. For a single monitor at 1080 / 1200 resolution... yep, but let's just ask... How many monitors and what is your target resolution?
  3. sadams04 said:
    For a single monitor at 1080 / 1200 resolution... yep, but let's just ask... How many monitors and what is your target resolution?


    Only ONE 24' monitor at 1080p
  4. dude what are your expectations?
    And uhm i think you need a power supply for that build a case as well and also an optical drive and if you already have those tell us which models of what spec.
    and i personaly prefer the R7970 but the MSI R7970 Lightning... best thing ive ever seen! after an MSI GTX 680 LIghtning. lol but i choose the 7970.
  5. Best answer
    It depends whether you mean overkill for the i5 to handle it or overkill for the games you're playing.

    I read a review that said that when using the HD 7970 Ghz edition with an i5-2500k at stock settings, it will START to show signs of bottlenecking in certain games so it is starting to take it to its limits. It should be just about right with a new Ivy Bridge i5 at stock. That isn't even taking overclocking into account, if you overclock the i5, it could still handle much more.

    If you're using a single monitor @ 1080P, you would get the same results right now out of a GTX 660Ti or something. That doesn't mean to say the HD 7970 is overkill though, at least it would last you longer.
  6. Asus-fanboy101 said:
    dude what are your expectations?
    And uhm i think you need a power supply for that build a case as well and also an optical drive and if you already have those tell us which models of what spec.
    and i personaly prefer the R7970 but the MSI R7970 Lightning... best thing ive ever seen! after an MSI GTX 680 LIghtning. lol but i choose the 7970.


    I want to play those games MAXED out of course :D , and at leaset stay at 30~45 fps.

    I already got my Cooler Master 850W PSU and I will not go for SLI so I think the PSU is good enough.
  7. whats you max budget?
  8. Depends of what you mean by overkill. If you mean will they be bottlenecked by the i5, then no, neither will bottleneck the i5. If you mean overkill for the games you play? One could argue that point (I wouldn't, but I'm sure someone would try). So either way no, not overkill.
  9. Asus-fanboy101 said:
    whats you max budget?

    Around $1400
  10. Best answer selected by davidzip14.
  11. xFriarx said:
    Depends of what you mean by overkill. If you mean will they be bottlenecked by the i5, then no, neither will bottleneck the i5. If you mean overkill for the games you play? One could argue that point (I wouldn't, but I'm sure someone would try). So either way no, not overkill.


    That's great, I will definitely go for the 7970 Ghz edition then.

    But I have also heard many games have driver issue with AMD GPU, is that true?
  12. davidzip14 said:
    That's great, I will definitely go for the 7970 Ghz edition then.

    But I have also heard many games have driver issue with AMD GPU, is that true?


    Nope and if you have doubts get the 680 doesnt matter.. if i could i would go for a 680 Lightning but i cant afford it so im going for 7970 lightning (i just love MSI Gpus0
  13. no such thing as Overkill!!!!
  14. Well the idea is that there's no point spending twice as much on a GPU to go from 60 FPS to 100 FPS for example because you would be spending all that money and not even notice it.

    EDIT: Just an example, not necessarily saying that's the case here.
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