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7870 LE vs 7950

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February 25, 2013 9:50:17 AM

I know this is a dumb question since obviously the 7950 is better, but i'll ask anyway. I plan on playing GW2, Planetside 2, LoL, Crysis 3, and random games on steam. The 7870 LE I'm looking at is this one.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And according to toms, it will be going on sale again for $210. But I seriously considering building my rig then waiting 2 weeks to get paid again so i can buy this 7950 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... but idk, I'm quite indecisive. I would hate to buy the 7870 LE then have buyers remorse about not getting the 7950. And I would hate to buy the 7950 knowing I could of saved some money. And when the new 8000 series comes out i want something that will still shine and not feed outdated. Gah..idk.

And how much could I get if I was to sell the includes bioshock and crysis 3?

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February 25, 2013 10:12:44 AM

I believe the 7870 LE comes with bioshock and tomb raider, the 7950 has bioshock and crysis 3. Anyway, I would imagine you could get $40-50 for the games on ebay. I think you should just get the 7870 LE. The 7950 isn't powerful enough to account for the extra cost.
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February 25, 2013 11:25:56 AM

Not a dumb question at all. Your question is a smart one to me :lol.

$210 is honestly some good prices. That LE in the review is just a mere 1% slower than it's older brother, the 7950. I think getting the LE is a smart buy. The difference is only the free games that you get (I think you will not get Crysis 3 in the LE but you will if you buy the 7950) and you will have 2GB vs 3GB of VRAM. Personally these things doesn't really matter to me (plus that I won't play crysis 3) and VRAM doesn't really matter that much from 2 to 3GB when you are not doing multi-monitor gaming.
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February 25, 2013 11:38:30 AM

refillable said:
Not a dumb question at all. Your question is a smart one to me :lol.

$210 is honestly some good prices. That LE in the review is just a mere 1% slower than it's older brother, the 7950. I think getting the LE is a smart buy. The difference is only the free games that you get (I think you will not get Crysis 3 in the LE but you will if you buy the 7950) and you will have 2GB vs 3GB of VRAM. Personally these things doesn't really matter to me (plus that I won't play crysis 3) and VRAM doesn't really matter that much from 2 to 3GB when you are not doing multi-monitor gaming.


Thanks for the replies and helps so far guys. I plan on upgrading to a 27" 1440p monitor or a 24" 1920x1200 monitor depending on how much vram they use. I've read of people reaching 2.5 vram on the 27" 1440p monitors. I don't want to sacrifice graphic quality and frames to play at 1440p and would gladly play on a 1920x1200 monitor.

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February 25, 2013 11:40:31 AM

If you are going for a 2560x1440 monitor you should look at something a little more powerful: 7970 or 670. I have a 7870 running a 2560x1440 monitor and it does well in older games, but all low settings on newer ones.
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February 25, 2013 11:46:22 AM

Yes I have the same opinion as wanderer11, If you want to run 1440p, you'd better buy something much more powerful such as the 7970.
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February 25, 2013 11:53:19 AM

In that case a 7870 LE will be great.
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February 26, 2013 1:04:36 AM

wanderer11 said:
In that case a 7870 LE will be great.


Thanks for the help. Anymore input would be welcomed :) .
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February 26, 2013 1:11:14 AM

Just a side comment, I agree that 7870LE and 7950 perform pretty similarly, but I would like to note that you will be maxing all the games on your list EXCEPT crysis 3. as long as maxing crysis 3 is not a priority, you're all good :-) the guys making Crysis 3 weren't kidding that they wanted to melt PCs again lol
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February 26, 2013 1:16:09 AM

vmem said:
Just a side comment, I agree that 7870LE and 7950 perform pretty similarly, but I would like to note that you will be maxing all the games on your list EXCEPT crysis 3. as long as maxing crysis 3 is not a priority, you're all good :-) the guys making Crysis 3 weren't kidding that they wanted to melt PCs again lol


Crysis 3 isn't a priority but if I can max crysis that would mean I could max a lot of future games. Can the 7950 even max it out, or would I need a 7970, because I'm not going to spend $400 on a graphics card lol.
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February 26, 2013 1:20:07 AM

actually, I believe the newly announced Nvidia Titan is the only single GPU card that can max it ($1000 :-P). otherwise most people would be going in with a pair of 7950s or gtx670s lol
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February 26, 2013 1:26:55 AM

vmem said:
actually, I believe the newly announced Nvidia Titan is the only single GPU card that can max it ($1000 :-P). otherwise most people would be going in with a pair of 7950s or gtx670s lol


Wow that's crazy...$1000 just to max Crysis 3..I'm good lol.
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