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December 19, 2012 1:58:36 PM

I am building a PC and I am thinking of maybe getting a better Video Card. I just need you thought on this. I want a Video card that has Tons of power. This is going to be a 100% Pure Gaming. Please let me know. If you think I should get a better video card please let me know.

Case :
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

MotherBoard : ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU :I7-3770k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7970 OC 3GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PowerSupply : 80 Dollars - SMART Series
http://thermaltakeusa.com/Product.aspx?S=1404&ID=2082

Ram: Corsair Vengeance Blue 16 GB DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


HeatSink/Fan :Frio OCK
http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/Product.aspx?C=1417&ID=20...

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a b U Graphics card
December 19, 2012 2:13:44 PM

looks good. you might want to add an optical drive, ram, windows oem, aftermarket heatsink
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a b U Graphics card
December 19, 2012 2:22:05 PM

Looks good just swap out that trash TT psu you got there for something reliable

nothing wrong with the 3770k but it is not nessesary and the extra money spent will see severly diminishing returns from gaming.

Also it will be harder to OC then say an SB chip like the 2500k so the extra performance is null
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December 19, 2012 2:28:39 PM

jjb8675309 said:
Looks good just swap out that trash TT psu you got there for something reliable

nothing wrong with the 3770k but it is not nessesary and the extra money spent will see severly diminishing returns from gaming.

Also it will be harder to OC then say an SB chip like the 2500k so the extra performance is null



haha.. Its not finally yet. Some parts are just there to get a mind set. Power will be changed. BUt thanks for the info..
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a b U Graphics card
December 19, 2012 2:34:07 PM

I'd save some money on the graphics too - there's really very little argument for a 7970 over a GTX670. The GTX670 is only ~6% behind the GTX680 on average, no way you could ever tell the difference without a framerate counter. It's a really excellent GPU.
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a b U Graphics card
December 19, 2012 2:38:28 PM

yeah the bang-for-buck card is certainly not the 7970 or gtx 680 but hey if you wanna pay an extra 100 or more for the small margin then go for it!

personally I am looking for any excuse to upgrade my 560ti SLI, the 1 gb of vram is starting to suck imo
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December 19, 2012 2:40:19 PM

sam_p_lay said:
I'd save some money on the graphics too - there's really very little argument for a 7970 over a GTX670. The GTX670 is only ~6% behind the GTX680 on average, no way you could ever tell the difference without a framerate counter. It's a really excellent GPU.


One thing is. Got to be a Radeon. I dont like GeForce items.

If that Video card could be better. What Radeon card would you pick. I did a lot of reading on video cards and each video cards does different in each game. A old video card will be better on BF3 than a new video that just came on. Little confused on what to look at when it comes to motherboards or even CPU's.


Also someone told me to get " i7-3960X - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..." for gaming but that's way to much money to spend ona a CPU.
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a b U Graphics card
December 19, 2012 2:49:34 PM

dangioffre said:
One thing is. Got to be a Radeon. I dont like GeForce items.

If that Video card could be better. What Radeon card would you pick. I did a lot of reading on video cards and each video cards does different in each game. A old video card will be better on BF3 than a new video that just came on. Little confused on what to look at when it comes to motherboards or even CPU's.


Also someone told me to get " i7-3960X - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..." for gaming but that's way to much money to spend ona a CPU.


Haha agreed :-) That's some bad advice. I didn't realise you only like Radeons. In that case, 7970 probably is the way to go, or a 7950 if you're gonna be overclocking it. Out of curiosity though, why don't you want nVidia graphics? Most people just buy from whichever is offering the best option at their price?
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December 19, 2012 2:59:06 PM

sam_p_lay said:
Haha agreed :-) That's some bad advice. I didn't realise you only like Radeons. In that case, 7970 probably is the way to go, or a 7950 if you're gonna be overclocking it. Out of curiosity though, why don't you want nVidia graphics? Most people just buy from whichever is offering the best option at their price?



I use to buy everything from nVidia. They just broke down 6 months -1 year from when I had it. My Intel / Radeon I buy never broke down yet and I had some parts for years.
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a b U Graphics card
December 19, 2012 3:01:52 PM

Haha I've had three Radeons die on me, and my current one has a dodgy fan. Provided they break down within warranty, you just send it back for a replacement.
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a c 109 U Graphics card
December 19, 2012 3:10:56 PM

I had many nvidia cards, never had problems with them, no card die on me nor driver problems, that's why i stay with nvidia.
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a b U Graphics card
December 19, 2012 3:25:56 PM

i7-3960X whoever told you to get this cpu for gaming should be shot
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a b U Graphics card
December 19, 2012 3:39:50 PM

jjb8675309 said:
i7-3960X whoever told you to get this cpu for gaming should be shot


Maybe it was Otellini?

Re card failures, I do know how you feel - if one company lets you down and there's an alternative, why bother with the company that failed you? I feel that way about Sapphire - the three Radeons that died on me were all Sapphire, so I don't buy from them any more.

That's the thing though - I don't blame AMD, because they didn't manufacture the card. Sapphire did. Unless I could be absolutely certain that it was the GPU itself that failed and not any other component on the card, I don't know for sure it was AMD's fault. Similarly, you may be blaming nVidia for the fault of Zotac, Palit etc... who were the manufacturers of the cards that failed?

Like djangoringo, I've always had really good experiences with nVidia.
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