Alright, I still can't decide between these two cards.
I'm wondering if the 7870's performance increase is even better, or worth it.
I'm inbetween the HIS IceQ X Turbo 7850, and the HIS IceQ 7870 Ghz Edition (not IceQ X).
Or should I even bother with the Turbo edition at all (kinda has low reviews on Newegg, you can see from the link I gave), being that I can overclock it with MSI Afterburner. Or should I get the 7850 because it's already factory OC'd to the 7870's 1000MHz... even with a 1024 stream processors vs the 1280...
So, is the $25 worth the 7870? Is it that much better to spend $25 more?
CPU: AMD FX 6100 6 core OC'd to 4.1GHz. MB: ASUS M5A97 EVO RAM: 8GB Crucial Ballistix Sport mid speed GPU: HIS IceQ X 6870 PSU: Thermaltake TR2 600w
Purpose: I want to run Skyrim on Ultra with AA, BF3 on mixed high and ultra, Blacklight Retribution on Ultra/max, and want this to be full proof for Rome 2 next year!!! All at 1080p, however. Also, editing in Camtasia Studio.
I have a GTX 660 myself and think that if here (India) the prices would be same then I would have bought a 7870 instead.
But 7870 is even costlier than GTX 660 Ti & Radeon 7950 here.
So, I would say get a GTX 660 Ti if you can, or get that 7870.
You shouldn't regret your purchase - you wouldn't be able to see any performance improvement without a framerate counter. If you use v-sync, you'll actually be getting noticeably smoother performance when you're below 60fps due to adaptive v-sync on your GeForce not restricting framerates.
EDIT: Don't forget to update to those 310.70 drivers, performance boosts from 5% up to 20% - worth having.