$550 budget for graphic card, Need Advice

I would like to buy a graphic card for $550 or less. Im going to buy a 3550k and the psu will be picked afterward to go will the gpu usage.

Here are some graphic card i picked out what do you think.
GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-4GD GeForce GTX 670 4GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125449

EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB


MSI N680GTX Twin Frozr 4GD5/OC GeForce GTX 680 4GB

ASUS GTX670-DC2-4GD5 GeForce GTX 670 4GB

i notice the gtx 680 and 670 and basically the same with some minor overclocking, but which will be more future proof. i was thinking to have this build for a while. And i was wondering if the amd hd 7970 was any good and if so is it better than a gtx670? oh and i will be playing on with a resolution of 1080p. is the 4gb worth it? i heard some texture packs and mods take up a lot of memory. thanks for helping
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  1. Since the latest release of the 12.10/12.11 CAT drivers for AMD, the 7970 is winning most of the time and is trading blows with the GTX 680 as well. I would recommend the 7970 GHz Edition.


    The only thing wrong to me is that the AMD side, albeit CPU and GPU, the power consumption is way more than the Nvidia/Intel equivalent...
  2. I would go for the 7970, save some money over the 680 and then you can get yourself a larger SSD if that already isn't in your build.
  3. Got to agree with the two people above me at them moment I believe the 7970 is the way to go.
    7970- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202008
    I wouldn't recommend the Ghz edition just because it's about $70 more for a very minimal performance increase (as in this one since it's already overclocked could easily reach the same levels).

    As for the PSU you'll want to get about a 600 watt to be on the safe side and make sure it's a name brand such as Antec, Corsair, XFX, Seasonic, PC power & cooling and OCZ. I'd also recommend a modular one but that's up to you.

    These are a good deal.
  4. Agree with above. 7970 best buy atm. Yes games like skyrim fully modded can require more than 2gb vram.
  5. ohyouknow said:
    Agree with above. 7970 best buy atm. Yes games like skyrim fully modded can require more than 2gb vram.

    Especially if you want your Skyrim to look like this http://kotaku.com/5961994/what-skyrim-looks-like-when-youre-running-100-mods-at-once :o
  6. 550 bucks is a budget? lol haha. Na jk man Definitely get the 7970 i see no reason to pick it over the 680. dont say drivers that all personal experience ive had the same experience with both company ive had a 5970 and a gtx 590 both dual gpu cards. both were fine. but yea pick up the 7970 in gaming is winning most of the time has more vram 3gb vs 2gb and also it has better multi monitor support. and for open cl stuff its a ton better too. you cant go wrong with the 7970.
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