APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Hoping this week, $200-$320
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, watching movies, etc
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: No GPU, i5 3570k CPU. First build
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: 8GB RAM, Asrock z77 extreme4 mobo
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg (has faster shipping than Amazon)
PARTS PREFERENCES: None
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Not sure. Getting a Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am trying to decide between Gigabyte (currently out of stock EVERYWHERE I look), XFX and Sapphire 7950 3GB GPU. I have heard terrible terrible things about Sapphires RMA process and customer service, but their card is currently in stock and gigabytes is not. I have not heard much about XFX, but the reviews on Newegg seem to be worse than the other two.
I plan to possibly overclock the card a little bit, not too much as this is my first build and I am a total noob with it. I intend on using it mainly for gaming (SC2, Skyrim, GW2, LoL, DOTA2, anything Steam has for sale, etc)
I would recommend Sapphire's HD 7950 Vapor-X comes with a large dual-fan cooler that uses the company's famous vapor-chamber technology. On the Vapor-X you will also find a "Lethal Boost" button which switches to a second BIOS with higher clock speeds. With this BIOS, clocks are increased to 950 MHz GPU and 1250 MHz memory.You can overclock it even further yourself it's a decent card.
Yoy can also get the HIS IceQ x turbo 7950. It looks really cool and stays really cool to thanks to the IceQ cooling solution.
Sapphire is good too and between these two brands it really comes down to personal preference
Link here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...