Fast, last minute decision help!

Hey!
I am going tomorrow morning to replace my GTX680 because it made too much fan noise and had like... Bad performance.
Soooo I have two main options:
http://www.tms.co.il/product/11822 (Gigabyte 7970 2GB GHz edition)
Or
http://www.tms.co.il/product/11821
Now, the 670 costs around 60$ LESS than the 7970. And it has Physx.
I really don't know what to do, this is a hard decision!
I am going to overclock them BOTH to as high as it lets me without crashing.
Using an i5-3570K @4.4GHz, 750W PSU and 8GB of ram.
I am mainly playing BF3, Planetside 2 , Far Cry 3, Hitman Absolution, will play Crysis 3 BF4 and Splinter Cell Black List.
That's it really. Playing on 1080P, 120Hz.
Which one should I take? The GTX680 (retail, not something like MSI Lightning or Gigabyte or anything. The normal one) really disappointed me. It had a lot of noise, and it got HOT! And it didn't get THAT nice performance, only about 75-80FPS Avg on Caspian Border with 14, yes, 14 players, on Ultra without Motion Blur and everything on max.
I heard that the 7970 can OC way more than the 670. Is that true?
If I OC them both to max, which one should I get?
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  1. Well, a GTX 680 is a powerful card so don't expect to get much better performance using any single GPU. Given your situation and choices, I would go with the 7970 ghz (btw it's a 3gb card not a 2gb card). It meets or beats the GTX 680. OCing results vary, but the 7970 is known as a great OCer. This article is a bit older (there are better performing drivers currently available) but it gives you an idea: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7970-ghz-edition-review-benchmark,3232.html

    It also isn't the quietest card in the world. See if you can find one with upgraded cooling and it'll be less noisy.
  2. I'd just go for the 7970 (non GHz edition and overclock that).
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202008
    But if you do want the GHz I'd only consider these two.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125439
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202001

    These all should give performance above the 680 once overclocked (not a 670 though). The 7970 is now above the 670 stock and has a lot more headroom for overclocking.

    Lesson here, never get a reference cooler if possible.

    One last and cheapest option is this. It's definitely worth a consideration.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186067
    http://www.arctic.ac/en/p/cooling/vga/569/accelero-hybrid.html?c=2182
  3. andrewcarr said:
    I'd just go for the 7970 (non GHz edition and overclock that).
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202008
    But if you do want the GHz I'd only consider these two.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125439
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202001

    These all should give performance above the 680 once overclocked (not a 670 though). The 7970 is now above the 670 stock and has a lot more headroom for overclocking.

    Lesson here, never get a reference cooler if possible.

    One last and cheapest option is this. It's definitely worth a consideration.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186067
    http://www.arctic.ac/en/p/cooling/vga/569/accelero-hybrid.html?c=2182

    It MAY sound so silly\stupid, but I actually didn't know it was reference cooler. I really didn't.. xD
    They only have the Gigabyte version of the Ghz, and the vapor X with 6GB that I just cant afford.
    Thanks alot. Now I am sure the 670 is not for me, since it costs just a tiny bit less and as you say, has worse performance by a margin (right?) :)
    So.. I guess the 7970!
  4. The Gigabyte version wouldn't be bad. And yes the GHz version trades blows with the 680 stock and the regular 7970 beats the 670 by a bit stock. Overclocked both should be able to take on a 680 and win in most games.
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