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Going to buy a GPU in 4 hours, need last minute help

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December 5, 2012 5:35:26 AM

Soooo I currently have a http://www.tms.co.il/product/11299 and it is REALLY loud, can't overclock it one bit because it gets VERY hot on stock clocks and voltage, using 70% fan and it rips my ears apart and still on 60+C while BF3'ing.
I changed my 7970 because it had coil whine.
GTX680 really isn't really an option, because the cheapest version, the one I have linked, costs 120$ MORE than the best 7970.
Should I switch my 680 for any of the http://www.tms.co.il/search/?q=gtx670 OR should I buy the http://www.tms.co.il/product/11822 ? Which one should work the best?
Playing CS:GO, Bf3, BF4, Crysis 3, Hitman Absolution, Far Cry 3, Dirt 3, Sleeping Dogs, Watch Dogs etc, but mainly and mostly BF3 BF4, H:A and CS:GO.
Which one should work the best? stock for stock the 670 out performs the 7970 as I heard, but not the GHz edition, and the GHz edition that I linked is what I will buy and overclock more, but how will it compare to nVidia's 670 with overclock? Heard ATI can OC more than nVidia

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December 5, 2012 5:42:53 AM

Also, I can either get a Lightning MSI 680 2GB and a Gigabyte 680 4GB for around the same price.. Do I need 4GB?
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December 5, 2012 5:49:50 AM

Get a 7970 Ghz Edition. Its very awesome Card.
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December 5, 2012 5:53:01 AM

get a 7970 again. for those prices, theres no point in buying a 680 when its the slower card.
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December 5, 2012 5:53:52 AM

Sumukh_Bhagat said:
Get a 7970 Ghz Edition. Its very awesome Card.

But.. I play mostly BF3 and I have some bad experience with the 7970 for coil whine...
And BF3 is nVidia optimised.
But the 680 costs wayy too much for me
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December 5, 2012 5:54:59 AM

7970 GE is faster than the 680 in bf3.
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December 5, 2012 5:56:11 AM

esrever said:
7970 GE is faster than the 680 in bf3.

Even when both are OC'ed?
And in other games?
And it took AMD like 4 month to reclaim the best GPU over the 680, and the new beta driver already got some nice BF3 boost..
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December 5, 2012 5:57:48 AM

The normal 7970 is as fast as the 680 with the new AMD drivers.
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December 5, 2012 6:00:45 AM

Yup, That 7970 defeats them all.
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December 5, 2012 6:01:11 AM

esrever said:
The normal 7970 is as fast as the 680 with the new AMD drivers.
http://static.techspot.com/articles-info/603/bench/BF3_02.png

And when nVidia will release a new driver? Such as the current Beta?
But AMD OC's more than the nVidias, right?
Does the 7970 GHz edition by Gigabyte have coil whine, and fan noise? Like.. Alot?
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December 5, 2012 6:03:34 AM

I have no idea with specific cards but they shouldn't have much noise unless you buy the ones stock fans.

Nvidia drivers don't usually improve performance even if nvidia claims they do. The newest haven't been tested but that chart was with nvidia's drivers that they claim had a 25% boost in bf3.
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December 5, 2012 6:06:03 AM

esrever said:
I have no idea with specific cards but they shouldn't have much noise unless you buy the ones stock fans.

Nvidia drivers don't usually improve performance even if nvidia claims they do. The newest haven't been tested but that chart was with nvidia's drivers that they claim had a 25% boost in bf3.

Exactly.. How will I know it wont suddenly be 100FPS instead of 70?
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December 5, 2012 6:06:15 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GV-R797OC-3GD Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

With three fans and an oversized heat sink you cannot get much better cooling than this. It sounds like you need more airflow in your case.
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December 5, 2012 6:07:16 AM

taltool24198 said:
Exactly.. How will I know it wont suddenly be 100FPS instead of 70?

because that less likely than if the card suddenly gets 20 fps with the new drivers.
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December 5, 2012 6:14:48 AM

OP, sounds like you've already made your decision.

The 7970 is a generally better card in spite of constant driver optimizations on both sides.

If you're worried about fan noise, you can try to find a quieter version (I like my Gigabyte OC edition--pretty quiet overall) although most graphics cards are going to get loud when under heavy load--just the nature of the beast.

Best of luck in picking your card.
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December 5, 2012 6:16:57 AM

buy the gigabyte OC one then, it should be pretty good.
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December 5, 2012 6:18:07 AM

esrever said:
buy the gigabyte OC one then, it should be pretty good.

The GHz or the normal Gigabyte 7970 edition?
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December 5, 2012 6:20:33 AM

Buy the normal one.
These cards OC incredibly well, and you'll save some money with basic the same results.
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December 5, 2012 6:21:16 AM

aramisathei said:
Buy the normal one.
These cards OC incredibly well, and you'll save some money with basic the same results.

But some say the GHz overclocks better and further
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December 5, 2012 6:22:36 AM

The GHZ don't OC much better, they use the same chips. Its mostly luck how much each one OCs, both should do 1200mhz.
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December 5, 2012 6:26:47 AM

ESrever is ight. The difference is the ghz editions have been tested and certified at a higher speed rating, since OCing beyond the stock clock is dependent on the quality of each individual card (one of the reason performance cards are more expensive even though they use the same chip--they've been tested and passed at higher ratings).

Basically you're paying for a stamp that says "This card will run at least xxx faster than it's non-ghz counterpart." Doesn't make the chip itself any faster, just how it's programmed to run which you can do on your own with OCing.

My regular Gigabyte is stable at 1125, and runs just fine at 1250 with only a minor voltage bump.
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December 5, 2012 6:33:23 AM

aramisathei said:
ESrever is ight. The difference is the ghz editions have been tested and certified at a higher speed rating, since OCing beyond the stock clock is dependent on the quality of each individual card (one of the reason performance cards are more expensive even though they use the same chip--they've been tested and passed at higher ratings).

Basically you're paying for a stamp that says "This card will run at least xxx faster than it's non-ghz counterpart." Doesn't make the chip itself any faster, just how it's programmed to run which you can do on your own with OCing.

My regular Gigabyte is stable at 1125, and runs just fine at 1250 with only a minor voltage bump.

Ok. Now, one last thing.
OC'ed 680 vs OC 7970, will the 7970 still beat it?
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December 5, 2012 6:33:53 AM

the 7970 beats it even more.
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December 5, 2012 6:36:26 AM

esrever said:
the 7970 beats it even more.

And do you (guys) think it will stay that way? Or will the 680 ones again claim its glory?
Because I have used the 7850 Gigabyte, OC'ed it like a monster and played High at like 70FPS, and I really liked that.
So I guess I had good experience with AMD. But nVidia is disappointing with theyr 680, it doesnt OC that much, gets hot, loud and annoying at times
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December 5, 2012 6:36:50 AM

Best answer selected by taltool24198.
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December 5, 2012 6:38:56 AM

the 680 will most likely never be the fastest card again. The difference is pretty sizable and its unlikely nvidia will get there. They can probably pull closer but not likely to take a definite lead.

The 680 shouldn't be all that bad tho, its most like you had a bad card. Even tho it doesn't OC well, it shouldn't be too hot and loud.
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December 5, 2012 6:47:31 AM

esrever said:
the 680 will most likely never be the fastest card again. The difference is pretty sizable and its unlikely nvidia will get there. They can probably pull closer but not likely to take a definite lead.

The 680 shouldn't be all that bad tho, its most like you had a bad card. Even tho it doesn't OC well, it shouldn't be too hot and loud.

Ok. So the 7970 for SURE? :D 
Thanks so much guys for awesome and fast replys!
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December 5, 2012 6:57:29 AM

WAIT!
ONE LAST THING!
Are you guys SURE I should get the 25$ CHEAPER 7970 Gigabyte?
Because the Ghz edition is supose to be better, newer, and better memory as I heard
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December 5, 2012 6:59:27 AM

well, you can get either but the normal one should OC to pretty much the same performance if you OC it yourself. The better ram isn't much of an issue since the 7970 has more than enough memory bandwidth to start with.
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December 5, 2012 7:04:10 AM

esrever said:
well, you can get either but the normal one should OC to pretty much the same performance if you OC it yourself. The better ram isn't much of an issue since the 7970 has more than enough memory bandwidth to start with.

I thought Ill just get the safer option for 25$ more, and asked them to save the GHz edition.
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December 5, 2012 11:27:10 AM

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