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I currently have a GTX 660, non-TI.
I am regretting it, VS GTX 660 TI.

I have an AMD based mobo that doesn't support SLI.
What is the best route to go from here?
Do I get a GTX 670 or a 7970?

Current specs:
AsRock 970 EXTREME 3
AMD FX-8320 @ 4GHZ
8GB @ 1600mhz
Galaxy GTX 660 (non-TI)
120GB SSD
1TB HDD

I have two monitors.
One for gaming, the other for skype/teamspeak/notepad++.

My gaming monitor is 1080P, my other is at 16:10 (1440x900)

I was going to get two more monitors (and get rid of the smaller -reading- monitor).
But then.. I realized I needed more GPU power for my games.
My FPS is good, not great.

I want a card that is AMAZING!
I'm in between the GTX 670 and the Radeon 7970.
I'm in for a price range of 400~450 dollars (I don't do rebates)

Maybe later on I'll crossfire, or if I go nVidia I'll SLI (with a new mobo).

Please help me choose, and show me dem benchmarks.

Thanks.
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  1. TestOne said:
    I currently have a GTX 660, non-TI.
    I am regretting it, VS GTX 660 TI.

    I have an AMD based mobo that doesn't support SLI.
    What is the best route to go from here?
    Do I get a GTX 670 or a 7970?

    Current specs:
    AsRock 970 EXTREME 3
    AMD FX-8320 @ 4GHZ
    8GB @ 1600mhz
    Galaxy GTX 660 (non-TI)
    120GB SSD
    1TB HDD

    I have two monitors.
    One for gaming, the other for skype/teamspeak/notepad++.

    My gaming monitor is 1080P, my other is at 16:10 (1440x900)

    I was going to get two more monitors (and get rid of the smaller -reading- monitor).
    But then.. I realized I needed more GPU power for my games.
    My FPS is good, not great.

    I want a card that is AMAZING!
    I'm in between the GTX 670 and the Radeon 7970.
    I'm in for a price range of 400~450 dollars (I don't do rebates)

    Maybe later on I'll crossfire, or if I go nVidia I'll SLI (with a new mobo).

    Please help me choose, and show me dem benchmarks.

    Thanks.



    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/508?vs=598

    hope that helps
  2. Since you are wanting to go for a multiple monitor setup, I'd have to go with the 7970 hands down. The 7970 will scale much better when it comes to high resolution gaming when compared to the 670.
  3. jthill909 said:
    Since you are wanting to go for a multiple monitor setup, I'd have to go with the 7970 hands down. The 7970 will scale much better when it comes to high resolution gaming when compared to the 670.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=-1&isNodeId=1&Description=radeon+7970&x=0&y=0
    I don't know which Radeon manufacturer is the best, I've always been a nVidia kind of guy.
    Do Radeon cards run cooler or hotter?
  4. Best answer
    At this point, I would say wait another two or three months and see what comes out with the new generation of cards. If you absolutely must buy right now, the 7970 does tend to fare better at higher resolutions and multi-monitor gaming than the 670. The extra VRAM on the 7970 may also help if you want to game across 3 1080p displays.
  5. Supernova1138 said:
    At this point, I would say wait another two or three months and see what comes out with the new generation of cards. If you absolutely must buy right now, the 7970 does tend to fare better at higher resolutions and multi-monitor gaming than the 670. The extra VRAM on the 7970 may also help if you want to game across 3 1080p displays.

    New generation is so far far awayz. I'm in between two extra monitors and the 7970. Besides, if I get a 7970 now, and needed more power I could just get another 7970 for cheaper than a new powerful card.
    I just need the power to play games on my single monitor, and this non-TI gtx 660 just didn't cut it for me.
    I'm pretty sure all I need is a 7970, plus that will last me a while specially if I Crossfire it later down the road.
  6. Since your mobo supports Crossfire & not SLI I would definetely go with the 7970 to give yourself that option in the future if you need it.
  7. Yes, I guess I'll go with the 7970! I'm sure it will rape dem games.
  8. Agreed with Supernova1138, the extra vrams (and memory bandwidth) in 7970 will helps in multi monitor setup.....
  9. i think u shud go for 7970,with that money.... :) try to hike ur budget a bit n try for 680!
  10. nag shankar said:
    i think u shud go for 7970,with that money.... :) try to hike ur budget a bit n try for 680!

    Gotta save the extra 200 for the two montiors man
  11. Best answer selected by TestOne.
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