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December 6, 2012 2:55:14 PM

Hey guys I was just curious as to what the all around best graphics card would be to get to run not only Far Cry 3 but Crysis 3 as well without breaking the bank...to much at least. I'm willing to go right up to about $500. Let me know what you guys think!!
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December 6, 2012 2:58:00 PM

7970 or gtx 680
December 6, 2012 2:59:16 PM

alvine said:
7970 or gtx 680

cool! thanks for the advice i was leaning towards those to begin with :D 
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December 6, 2012 2:59:46 PM

With that budget you're good for anything. 7970 GHz or GTX 680. I always lean Nvidia but the 7970 GHz edition has some great performance on it. Do you plan to run multi monitor?
December 6, 2012 3:01:34 PM

bruce555 said:
With that budget you're good for anything. 7970 GHz or GTX 680. I always lean Nvidia but the 7970 GHz edition has some great performance on it. Do you plan to run multi monitor?

nope i like the single screen however i always liked the eyefinity look....i just dont have the space
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December 6, 2012 3:04:14 PM

i wonder which manufacturer will have better drivers for those two games
December 6, 2012 3:07:30 PM

Respawn Reaper said:
Hey guys I was just curious as to what the all around best graphics card would be to get to run not only Far Cry 3 but Crysis 3 as well without breaking the bank...to much at least. I'm willing to go right up to about $500. Let me know what you guys think!!

my suggestion http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and plus you save $0.01 :p 
December 6, 2012 3:12:55 PM

alvine said:
i wonder which manufacturer will have better drivers for those two games




For Far Cry 3 they are both the same. For Crysis 3 I'd have to say Nvidia as Crysis is a "TWIMTBP" Nvidia programmed supported game. With that said, AMD hasn't been too shabby in Cryengine games lately.


But here, a MSI lightning 680 vs a 7970 GHz in Crysis 2. The 680 is on top.


http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/55902-msi-gtx-680-lightning-review-8.html
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December 6, 2012 3:41:58 PM

bruce555 said:
For Far Cry 3 they are both the same. For Crysis 3 I'd have to say Nvidia as Crysis is a "TWIMTBP" Nvidia programmed supported game. With that said, AMD hasn't been too shabby in Cryengine games lately.


But here, a MSI lightning 680 vs a 7970 GHz in Crysis 2. The 680 is on top.


http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/55902-msi-gtx-680-lightning-review-8.html


That review is not with ATI driver version 12.11, so it is not fair for ATI
December 6, 2012 4:35:20 PM

IDK about that last comment but i have tried all three games Crysis 2 and i had the Alpha for Crysis 3 two weeks ago and i just bought Far cry 3 i am using 12.11 drivers and in crysis 2 i am always at 60 frames no matter what i do its locked their witch is perfect and in Far cry 3 i am always 50-60 frames with everything maxed i am 7 hours into Far cry 3 i have yet to see it drop under 50 frames and in Crysis 3 i was doing 50-60 frames i never really saw under 50 frames maybe once or twice when their was a lot happening but again the drivers arent ready for Crysis 3 yet so im sure later they will improve. Anyways with my 7970 everything was about 60 frames witch made all three games feel silky smooth and by the way im using a Sapphire HD 7970 at 1100 MHZ core and 1150 MHZ memory witch isnt a crazy overclock at all so you can get a 7970 and youll play just perfect all new games at max.
December 6, 2012 4:45:36 PM

shinte122 said:
IDK about that last comment but i have tried all three games Crysis 2 and i had the Alpha for Crysis 3 two weeks ago and i just bought Far cry 3 i am using 12.11 drivers and in crysis 2 i am always at 60 frames no matter what i do its locked their witch is perfect and in Far cry 3 i am always 50-60 frames with everything maxed i am 7 hours into Far cry 3 i have yet to see it drop under 50 frames and in Crysis 3 i was doing 50-60 frames i never really saw under 50 frames maybe once or twice when their was a lot happening but again the drivers arent ready for Crysis 3 yet so im sure later they will improve. Anyways with my 7970 everything was about 60 frames witch made all three games feel silky smooth and by the way im using a Sapphire HD 7970 at 1100 MHZ core and 1150 MHZ memory witch isnt a crazy overclock at all so you can get a 7970 and youll play just perfect all new games at max.

cool! ive always been more of an ATI guy anyways...its just now that ive been thinking about going over to nvidea
December 6, 2012 5:08:07 PM

You don't need to spend anywhere near that. Pick up a GTX 660 TI if you are ona single display, I play at 1900x1080 ultra settings on any game atm and I never drop below 35 fps.
December 7, 2012 3:22:24 AM

prices on those definitely arent that bad!!! however out of curiosity what would 2 550 ti cards SLIed be equal to?
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December 7, 2012 3:44:53 AM

a pile of horse manure.
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December 7, 2012 4:55:09 AM

hey first of all you havent mentioned your monitor resolution !!! i will suppose its 1080p. in that case you really i mean really do not need anything more than a 660 ti or a 7950 to max out far cry 3 and crysis 3. so i wouldnt advice you to waste $200 on something you would not benefit from .
and 2 550 ti in sli is roughly equal to a single gtx 560 ti i guess
December 7, 2012 5:08:04 AM

okay good to know! thanks! and yes my monitor is 1080p
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December 7, 2012 5:11:37 AM

GTX 680 and Radeon 7970 are both great deals. Nvidia just came up with new drivers days ago which improved performance in Far Cry 3 on the GTX up to 38%! That is a lot, so if playing Far Cry 3 and Crysis 3, then I'd go for Nvidia.

Still Radeon 7970 isn't a bad choice. But you also should note, that yesterday Nvidia brought up a new gaming software, that will automatically fit the Graphics in game, so you can get the best performance in every game, it's just a beta though, but it will be a great Tool in the future.

Another Thing is all the Technologies you get with Nvidia FXAA, TXAA, physx, boost and my favorite adaptive vsync.
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December 7, 2012 5:11:40 AM

mohit9206 said:
hey first of all you havent mentioned your monitor resolution !!! i will suppose its 1080p. in that case you really i mean really do not need anything more than a 660 ti or a 7950 to max out far cry 3 and crysis 3. so i wouldnt advice you to waste $200 on something you would not benefit from .
and 2 550 ti in sli is roughly equal to a single gtx 560 ti i guess


Now that is nonsense. Please stop spreading this misinformation. He will for sure benefit from GTX 680 or HD 7970 in the games he mentioned, as those cards can barely max them, and anything weaker will not. Crysis 3 even recommends an SLI setup.
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December 7, 2012 7:32:12 AM

Sunius said:
Now that is nonsense. Please stop spreading this misinformation. He will for sure benefit from GTX 680 or HD 7970 in the games he mentioned, as those cards can barely max them, and anything weaker will not. Crysis 3 even recommends an SLI setup.


sure i agree 7970 or 680 will give better performance than 660 ti and 7950 . but is the extra money worth it ? will the extra few fps be noticaeble ? will going from 50 to 60 fps make that much of a difference anyways ?
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December 7, 2012 8:15:50 AM

Sure it's worth, especially since his budget allows it. 50 to 60 fps in one game, 30 to 37 in other game. It will be noticeable for sure.
December 12, 2012 4:48:24 AM

I think a 670 is the best of the 600 series for price. and only it seems to be about 5-10% slower than the 680 but for 100$ cheaper.
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December 12, 2012 4:56:15 AM

Crysis 3? go for 3 way GTX680 for that :p 
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December 12, 2012 4:56:47 AM

660 ti is also just 5-10% slower for another $100 less and so is 660 non ti
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December 12, 2012 10:35:01 AM

I'd personally recommend the GTX670 if you want top-end performance without overspending unnecessarily. It's on average ~6% behind the GTX680. You should definitely go with nVidia though for massively more consistent framerate delivery and less up/down performance and pauses that you get from Radeons (but are masked by frames/second benchmarking). Check out the third post here for an explanation/proof:

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/382156-15-nvidia
December 12, 2012 4:25:12 PM

well now im just thinking why not get 2 660 ti's? i really dont mind spending the extra 100 on top of my existing budget, and if that means i can future proof my computer even more then im all for it!

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December 12, 2012 4:33:43 PM
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Personally I wouldn't, but it's certainly not a bad choice. Just two things:

1. GTX660 is a fair bit cheaper, yet within 10% of the performance. When SLIing, that cost difference obviously doubles. With that in mind, an immediate SLI setup would be better with dual GTX660s - still hugely superior to a single GTX680. But:

2. One of the really nice things about SLI is that for future upgradability, you're adding to what you already bought. You could buy one GTX670 now and then add a second in a year when the price has dropped a load. Your first card is still delivering a return on the investment, you're just adding to it. And a single GTX670 will certainly keep you happy for that first year until you add a second :-)
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December 12, 2012 5:11:39 PM

Yeah it's one of the really cool things with SLI :-) Just keep in mind that the cards do need to be a match, so if you don't buy them at the same time, it's best to get a reference/stock model. If it's factory-overclocked, you're less likely to find a matching model a year later. Same for memory size. If you're into overclocking anyway, the factory overclocks don't really matter.
December 12, 2012 6:52:40 PM

Yeah i actually work at best buy so i could get 2 gtx 660 ti's for a little cheaper then average so maybe ill do that
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December 12, 2012 8:57:22 PM

Sounds like a good plan :-) What % discount do you get? Will be an awesome setup!
December 12, 2012 11:26:03 PM

Technically its 5% above cost...but for 2 660ti's from evga its about $294 per card
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December 13, 2012 10:30:46 AM

Not bad :-) EVGA are awesome for after-sales support too and not being d1cks about RMAs. My next card will definitely be EVGA. Have fun with your purchases :-)
December 23, 2012 12:11:37 AM

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