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7970 vs 670 - dual 1920x1080 display

Hi all, it's been a while since I've posed, but that's because I did not have the money for a gpu until just this weekend! Exciting stuff!

My questions for you is this: I plan to use my computer on 2x 1920x1080 monitors (i have a single 23" asus as of now, and i plan on buying a second one)
should i buy a 7970 3gb or a gtx 670 2gb? I know that the amount of vram is not the most important spec, but i know that both cards can be overclocked to outperform a 680

As of now, bf3 on ultra with everything maxed out can use 1.8gb vram on my current set up, so i'm afraid I will be bottlenecking my self out when the next gen console games are ported to pc (bf4? :o)

I plan on having a gpu for at least 2 years before upgrading or sli/crossfire.

I'm at the top end of my budget, so i do not want to buy anything too far over $400.

I know that the 670 comes in a 4gb flavor, but at that point I'd be over budget.

If you could respond with links to relevant articles (that are not outdated by drivers) that would be great.

If you're going to recommend a specific card, a link to newegg.com or any other major online retailer would be great!

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cool master HAF 932 full tower
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ASRock Z77 1155 MOBO
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hyper 212 cooler
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  1. Im not sure about a 3GB running 2 monitors, whats your budget on a card?
  2. i have the 7970 3GB with 3 1080p monitors and i have no idea what bf3 uses for vram but i know its awesomely smooth.
    but two monitors makes little sence. your cross hair will be split between screens with the bezel in between. making it quite annoying to play.
  3. flamehead269 said:
    Im not sure about a 3GB running 2 monitors, whats your budget on a card?

    in a perfect world, $400

    However, I'd be willing to go up to 450 ONLY if its is obviously worth it.

    I wont be gaming on both monitors, one will be primary use, the second one will be for browsers/other programs
  4. farrengottu said:
    i have the 7970 3GB with 3 1080p monitors and i have no idea what bf3 uses for vram but i know its awesomely smooth.
    but two monitors makes little sence. your cross hair will be split between screens with the bezel in between. making it quite annoying to play.


    Sorry I wasn't clear, I'd be gaming on one monitor and using the other monitor for auxiliary purposes .
  5. Best answer
    If your gaming on one monitor, 7970 is a great choice.
  6. ndslite said:
    If your gaming on one monitor, 7970 is a great choice.


    Alright. Do you know a specific manufacturer/model to recommend? It's hard to deduce anything past the specs, and most 7970 are pretty similar.
  7. Between those two, the 7970 gets another vote.
  8. Sapphire makes a great 7970, it has two fans and its very quiet and stays really cool under load.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202008
  9. Just bought an XFX Radeon 7970 Black Edition. It is the best GPU for the price range you are talking about, plus you get 2 free awesome games. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150586

    I always go with XFX. Best customer support in the industry.

    I was able to get mine for $369 when the price was $399.99 after a $30 MIR that has since expired, but it is still well worth $399 IMO. You will not regret it.
  10. Best answer selected by iSpecialTime.
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