Upgrading from 8800gts, need help on deciding card (more info inside)

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Either this week or next week.
BUDGET RANGE: Cheaper the better. Honestly I want the best bang for my buck.

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: What I will be using this for is gaming. I usually play league of legends, and my card currently is good enough for it, but Im looking to play other games that I purchased during the steam summer sale. Metro2033, deus ex, the witcher 2 to name a few. A game I would like to play in the future would be bioshock infinity and eventually I would like to play borderlands 2 at some point.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: 8800 gts alpha dog edition 512 mb (yes it's old from 2008) and my powersupply I believe is 650 watts. I dont remember the exact brand. Could have been 750 watts too but lets just say 650w.

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: i7-2600k, asrock z77 extreme 4, gskill 16 gb ram.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference. Just not overly noisy.

OVERCLOCKING: Unlikely as I am unsure of how to overclock but always a possibility/Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Definitely not, just want 1 card.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want a card that will last a long time that I can kind of skimp by in the future. I don't like to upgrade often, before I purchased my i7 I was running amd x2 3600.

Things I've been looking at so far were the: Radeon 7870 and the 7950. I also was considering an nvidia card but I've done a lot of reading stating that the radeon cards can give me better bang for my buck. I looked at the best card of the month and the 7870 was recommended, but I like that the 7950 on newegg has 3 free games that come with it. Something I have been considering.

What can you all suggest me? I am heading off to work so I will not be able to check in until later.
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  1. Hi, heres a list of the best you can get:
    1.- hd 7970
    2.- geforce gtx 670
    3.- hd 7950
    4.- hd 7870
    in that order, any of those specially the top 3 would give you over 2 years of nice performance. Hope this helps :D.
  2. Assuming your PSU is a quality model (i.e. one capable of producing what's on it's label, cleanly), you'd be able to run any single card on a 650W PSU.
    Depending on the games you play and the settings you want, choose from the list dnx put up. I have a HD7870; since my gaming habits don't change much (I play as many older games as new ones), I hope it lasts a lot longer than just two years.
  3. Okay actually the 7950 beats out a stock 670 with a little overclocking, that and amd's new drivers for the card are just flat out epic. I would totally grab that if your psu is a name brand one, being the 7950 requires 2 6 pin power connectors from your psu, along with a minimum psu of 500 watts. The 7950 can max bf3 just fine at 1080p, it can handle borderlands 2 no problem, it will run great in the witcher 2 (no uber sampling though, no one card can really handle that well yet :P) along with being able to play metro 2033 maxed at 1080p with decent fps. To make a long story short, i would pick up a 7950. Here's one of my favorite 7950 models (lifetime warranty if you register at on the companies website)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150588
  4. ProSnipor said:
    Okay actually the 7950 beats out a stock 670 with a little overclocking, that and amd's new drivers for the card are just flat out epic. I would totally grab that if your psu is a name brand one, being the 7950 requires 2 6 pin power connectors from your psu, along with a minimum psu of 500 watts. The 7950 can max bf3 just fine at 1080p, it can handle borderlands 2 no problem, it will run great in the witcher 2 (no uber sampling though, no one card can really handle that well yet :P) along with being able to play metro 2033 maxed at 1080p with decent fps. To make a long story short, i would pick up a 7950. Here's one of my favorite 7950 models (lifetime warranty if you register at on the companies website)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150588


    I wouldnt put the 7950 over the 670, since the 670 its also oc friendly. But anyway both cards are great. And 7950 its cheaper.
  5. Actually the 660 ti is better/faster than the 7950 and it's cheaper :

    http://techreport.com/discussion/23981/radeon-hd-7950-vs-geforce-gtx-660-ti-revisited#metal


    670 competes with 7970(not the ghz)
  6. My power supply is a cooler master 650w. It's been running for a long time, since I got my last graphics card actually.

    I'm currently leaning towards the 670. Thanks for all your help. I'm not an overclocker at all, I probably should have said that. Any further opinions/input?
  7. So I have been looking at the cards again and I wanted to see if there is a significant difference between these two cards. I've also decided if I do go with the 670 I will likely go with evga.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130787
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130782

    The slightly more expensive card has a few more features when I compare them. My question is, is the difference worth it?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100006519%2050001402%2040000048%20600315498%20600311820&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&CompareItemList=-1|14-130-787^icn_ironegg_overlay_125x94%23%2C14-130-782^icn_ironegg_overlay_125x94%23

    Edit: I do not do 3d gaming. Just single monitor gaming and I am not an overclocker.
  8. The evga 670 ftw has the 680 gtx pcb, which means it can overclock better(also has already a factory oc better than the other one) than the normal evga one and get better performance.
    I'd go with the 670 gtx ftw.
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