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What Graphics Card should i get?

post #1 of 8
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Cpu: i5-2500k

The Resolution i would like to play on would be 1920x1080p

I want to be able to run most new games on high to ultra settings at 55-60fps.

These are the two Cards i am choosing between:

Gtx 570: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130740

Radeon Sapphire 7950:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102963&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4003003&SID=12yfyac4e8888

The Gtx 570 is already superclocked from the manufacturer, but has 1.2 gb of ram on the card, whereas the Radeon 7950 has 3Gb of RAM.

Or if you have any other suggestions, please feel free to let me know.

Thanks
post #2 of 8
Nvidia GTX 570. You get the Cuda and Physx and they are cool and quiet. I have 2 in SLI and they are dead silent, the xigmatek case fans I have are noisier. In all honesty, at that resolution the VRAM is not an issue.
post #3 of 8
I say otherwise, the 7950/7970 will be able to OC like a boss and you shouldn't need to upgrade to a CF/SLI setup for a while, a dual GPU setup is always annoying. (micro stuttering, drivers,...) and the extra vram could help you out to ultra BF3 with AA, Skyrim,...and it'd be future proof.
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No point on getting a card with so little amount of v-ram. I would go with the 7950. uses less power, faster then a gtx580, and great tessellation performance. gtx570 sli cant even max out metro 2033 @ 1080p because of the lack of v-ram, stuttering will happen.
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post #5 of 8
I'd like to say that the 7950s are just better value than the 570s. Not because I like AMD to any great extent, but that's just how it is.

It is, however, still $100 more than the 570s.
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post #6 of 8
Get a 6950 to a 6990. My 6950 runs at 65C when On full load and it's on STOCK Reference! AMD is WAY WAY cooler and uses less power (at least mine does) You will not go wrong with a AMD (GPU).
post #7 of 8
Ow ya there drivers are the ****, vs nVidia biggrin.gif

7950 100% thou
post #8 of 8
Driver issues are more or less a non-issue nowadays. I don't know why people keep bringing them up. Sure, there are still the occasional bugs, but most people don't go far from the release drivers anyway.

The OP is also choosing between the 7950 and the 570. The 6xxx cards aren't up for consideration if I'm not mistaken.
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