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MSI 7870 HAWK vs. MSI 660Ti PE OC vs. SAPPHIRE Radeon 7950 Dual-X?

January 29, 2013 8:06:02 PM

Hey guys. I've been researching these 3 cards like crazy this past week. I'm going to be building my very first PC pretty soon, and I just can't decide which one to choose. My PC is going to be a Gaming/Editing/Rendering PC. I'm going to be playing games such as Battlefield 3, Guild Wars 2, Planetside 2, Arma II, LoL, and Crysis 3 when it comes out (A lot of high res games). I mainly want something that can run BF3 on Ultra settings with at least 50 Average FPS at 1080p, and from the benchmarks, all of these cards can do that. I also am going to be using programs such as Sony Vegas Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, etc. I know some GPUs work a lot better with certain programs, but I don't know how these perform with the ones I will be using. I don't plan on going to multi-monitor in the future, I will just be sticking with a 23" Dell LCD monitor for now.

I also don't want to go too much into overclocking, considering this is my first build I don't want to go in and overdo the GPU or CPU, like change the voltage or something, and harm my computer. I want something that can run fast without having to do a whole lot of messing with the voltage and doesn't require major cooling.

What do you guys recommend would be the best GPU for my needs? If you have any other recommendations then please let me know about those too! Thanks in advance :) 

Links to the cards:

MSI 7870 HAWK GHz Edition:

MSI 660Ti PE OC:

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7950 Dual-X:

Here are the PC parts that I have chosen: