Budget Range: £700-1000 after delivery/VAT - happy to go over this slightly if there's more value for money.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Serious gaming, browsing and watching videos, possibility of being used for video editing in future - all with music playing in background.
Are you buying a monitor: No
Do you need to buy OS: Yes, ideally want to stick with Wins 7
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: None.
Location: City, State/Region, Country - UK, Bedford
Parts Preferences: None
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 2560 x 1440 (27'')
Additional Comments: A PC that isn't too loud would be ideal, also would like to add the capability to video capture if possible.
HD storage isn't a worry as I will be buying an external storage device, about 300GB will do fine for the PC itself.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Current PC is now about 7 years old, time to replace it
No parts chosen so far, but would like to fit this all into the case: Cooler Master HAF 932 - if possible.
They are fairly similar. The 7970 performs better in some games and the gtx performs better in others. Buy the card based on which one handles the games you play most often the best. In all honesty though whichever card you go with you wont be disappointed.
the 7970 is the winner, it's counter would be the 680.
the statement above about ati and nvidia performance in games is correct though, some games will prefer one or the other.
My way of thinking with these cards is bigger memory for future games with higher VRAM needs. Games such as skyrim with mods and all the extras can get upto 4GB from what's been said recently. i personally haven't come across a game upwards of 3GB but that's just me. I'm an cs / gw 2 player.