2 HD7970 vs 2 GTX670 vs 2 HD7950 vs 2GTX660Ti vs GTX680

Hi guys,

I'm building a new gamming pc, my 2009 one gave what he could. I need some helping deciding on the GPU. I'm going for the best cost/performance option, with some room to spare, after all I want this gig to last 3+ years.

======================= General Info and Specs ========================

PPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: march 29

BUDGET RANGE: USD $1000-1400 (not interested in rebates since I live abroad - can go a little over budget)

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming and watching movies

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Amazon

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Brazil (going to Orlando-FL on vacation on march 29)

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (probably no OC on cpu, to avoid the need of a big cooler on the baggage)

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Indifferent

MONITOR RESOLUTION: standard 1920x1080 (Dell uh2312hm)

----------------- SYSTEM SPECS (can be changed if needed, not bought yet) ---------------------

-MB (125): AS Rock LGA1155 DDR3 SATA3 USB3.0 Quad CrossFireX and Quad SLI A GbE ATX Motherboard Z77 EXTREME4
http://www.amazon.com/LGA1155-CrossFireX-Motherboard-Z77-EXTREME4/dp/B007KTY4A6/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=2MZYFLZ4PUNGI&coliid=I3L48H738CJ3D6

-CPU (180): Intel Core-i5 3350P Quad-Core Processor 3.1 Ghz 6 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80637i53350P
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-i5-3350P-Quad-Core-Processor/dp/B0093H8NBY/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=2MZYFLZ4PUNGI&coliid=I1QLASYJ66H8W9

-RAM > 2 options at the same price (100):
-- Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1866 MHz (PC3 15000) Desktop Memory (CMZ16GX3M2A1866C9)
<>Frequency: 1866MHz
<>Timing: 9-10-9-27
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-Desktop-Memory-CMZ16GX3M2A1866C9/dp/B007R1SN36/ref=sr_1_9?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1361905475&sr=1-9
-- Patriot Memory Intel Extreme Masters 16 GB (4 x 4GB) PC3-12800 CL9 Memory Kit - PVI316G160C9QK
<>Frequency: 1600MHz
<>Timings: 9-9-9-24
http://www.amazon.com/Patriot-Memory-Extreme-Masters-PC3-12800/dp/B008MF3QDI/ref=sr_1_4?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1361904578&sr=1-4

-HD (138): Seagate Barracuda 7200 3 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST3000DM001
http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Internal-ST3000DM001/dp/B005T3GRLY/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=2MZYFLZ4PUNGI&coliid=I3OYQJSKNK7TEU

-Power supply (160): Corsair Professional Series HX 850 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Gold (HX850)
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Professional-Series-Modular-HX750/dp/B0090I9VZI/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=2MZYFLZ4PUNGI&coliid=I2I05QGC91J76Q

Subtotal: 543,00

================== NOW, TO THE GPUs!!! ==================

Arragend by price

Option 1) 2 x HD 7970 = USD 820
Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 OC with Boost 3GB
http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-DL-DVI-I-SL-DVI-D-PCI-Express-11197-03-40G/dp/B009B6Y01Y/ref=zg_bs_284822_24

Option 2) 2 x GTX 670 = USD 740
EVGA GeForce GTX670 FTW 2048MB
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-Dual-Link-DisplayPort-Graphics-02G-P4-2678-KR/dp/B0083Y6MV6/ref=zg_bs_284822_2

Option 3) 2 x HD 7950 = US 640,00
- 2 x Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB
http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graphics-11196-16-20G/dp/B0098HW1HG/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=2MZYFLZ4PUNGI&coliid=I391UOI5KY5166

Option 4) 2 x GTX 660Ti = USD 593,76
-2 x EVGA GeForce GTX 660Ti SUPERCLOCKED 2048MB
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-SUPERCLOCKED-Graphics-02G-P4-3662-KR/dp/B008S15XA0/ref=zg_bs_284822_53

Option 5) GTX 680 = USD 465,29
EVGA GeForce GTX680 SC SIGNATURE 2048 MB
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-SIGNATURE-DisplayPort-Graphics-02G-P4-2683-KR/dp/B007VBFDUS/ref=sr_1_105?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1361906613&sr=1-105&keywords=GTX+670


Other options, are they viable?
3 x GTX 660 = 680
3 x GTX 660Ti = 890
2 x GTX 680 = 930
3 x HD 7950 = 960

Thanks a lot in advance! These doubts are kililng me =P
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  1. You dont know what to do with money?
  2. Personally I would get a single GTX 670 for 1080p resolution. Then in 2 years you can get a second GTX 670 or sell off the GTX 670 for a GTX 870 or something(Selling and buying the newer gen card is imo the best way to go about it).
  3. Derza10 said:
    Personally I would get a single GTX 670 for 1080p resolution. Then in 2 years you can get a second GTX 670 or sell off the GTX 670 for a GTX 870 or something(Selling and buying the newer gen card is imo the best way to go about it).


    Yeah, I'll get one gpu then.

    After further research the 7950 is out, the GTX 680 too (is too expensive).

    I'm also shaving of $20 from the power supply. 750w is more than enough.

    That leaves me with HD 7970 vs GTX 670. The best one available on Amazon is a 670 FTW (overclocked and inside a 680 case + fan) for 370,00.

    The winner: EVGA GTX 670 FTW! :bounce:

    Thanks
  4. Why 670? 7970 is significantly more powerful when overclocked at a similar price.

    If you are going to eventually crossfire or SLI the processor may be a bottleneck unless you overclock it which is impossible with that model. And its a lower clocked i5
  5. whyso said:
    Why 670? 7970 is significantly more powerful when overclocked at a similar price.

    If you are going to eventually crossfire or SLI the processor may be a bottleneck unless you overclock it which is impossible with that model. And its a lower clocked i5


    On Amazon the best (value) 7970 available is the XFX black edition for 400,00 (30+). Better choice than the 670 (ftw)?

    http://www.amazon.com/XFX-FX797ATDBC-Double-Edition-Graphics/dp/B006W3ZU4U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361922594&sr=8-1&keywords=xfx+black+edition

    http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-Dual-Link-DisplayPort-Graphics-02G-P4-2678-KR/dp/B0083Y6MV6/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=2MZYFLZ4PUNGI&coliid=IZ85ZVQ8IJXSM

    About the CPU, what about a i5-3570K (USD 224)? Or should i go with a i7-3770K (USD 325) already?
  6. Unless you changed your mind about overclocking a 3570K is not going to be practical for you... Also a 3770K is not going to perform as well in gaming because hyper-threading slows it down.
  7. ikes9711 said:
    Unless you changed your mind about overclocking a 3570K is not going to be practical for you... Also a 3770K is not going to perform as well in gaming because hyper-threading slows it down.


    I did =) Gonna OC both GPU and CPU. What CPU would you recommend? Is that mobo good of oc?
  8. balteran said:
    I did =) Gonna OC both GPU and CPU. What CPU would you recommend? Is that mobo good of oc?

    The 3570K is going to be your best bet. For a mobo go for an ASRock Extreme4
  9. ikes9711 said:
    The 3570K is going to be your best bet. For a mobo go for an ASRock Extreme4


    Great, thanks! Also, I found the Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 OC with Boost 3GB a good choice. It's at 410 but reviews point to good OC potential plus I'll get "Crysis 3" and "Bioshock Infinite" with It =)

    So, that's the build:

    MB (125): AS Rock Z77 EXTREME4
    CPU (224): Intel Core i5-3570K
    GPU (410): Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 OC with Boost 3GB DDR5
    RAM: (90): G.Skill Ares Low Profile F3-1600C9D-16GAR DDR3-1600 16GB (2 x 8GB) Desktop Memory
    Power (160): Corsair Professional Series HX 850 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Gold (HX850)
    Cooler (33): Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R​2)
    HD (138): Seagate Barracuda 7200 3 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST3000DM001
    BD (70): ASUS BW-12B1ST/BLK/G​/AS 12X Blu-ray Internal Burner Drive with Disc Encryption - Black - Retail Box

    *Gonna use olde case (HAF 922)

    Total: 1250,00
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