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

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January 11, 2013 5:34:44 PM

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 
January 11, 2013 6:03:41 PM

No neither card would be overkill for this setup. I'd go with the 7970 myself.
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January 11, 2013 6:04:13 PM

For a single monitor at 1080 / 1200 resolution... yep, but let's just ask... How many monitors and what is your target resolution?
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January 11, 2013 6:21:05 PM

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
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January 11, 2013 6:29:40 PM

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.
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January 11, 2013 6:39:50 PM

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.
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January 11, 2013 6:41:55 PM

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.
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January 11, 2013 6:56:34 PM

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.
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January 11, 2013 7:19:31 PM

Asus-fanboy101 said:
whats you max budget?

Around $1400
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January 11, 2013 7:21:25 PM

Best answer selected by davidzip14.
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January 11, 2013 7:23:32 PM

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?
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January 11, 2013 7:39:55 PM

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
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January 11, 2013 8:49:30 PM

no such thing as Overkill!!!!
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January 11, 2013 9:25:39 PM

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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