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For the price of what it WAS marked at, you could get a Ghz edition. Why not do that? I've seen people having a lot of trouble bricking their cards trying to flash the BIOS on some of these cards.
 
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I would say pick the Sapphire HD 7970 Ghz Vapor-X. probably the best of the designs.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202001

also why do you want such a costly cabinet. buy the ANTEC 302

http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Three-Hundred-Two-Gaming/dp/B006TVQTHW/

cabinet looks cool with a server like feel. supports 12.5 inch graphics cards.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5462/antec-three-hundred-two-stay-cool-budget-enthusiasts
Edited by raghu78 - 8/29/12 at 6:36am
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I would say pick the Sapphire HD 7970 Ghz Vapor-X. probably the best of the designs.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202001
also why do you want such a costly cabinet. buy the ANTEC 302
http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Three-Hundred-Two-Gaming/dp/B006TVQTHW/
cabinet looks cool with a server like feel. supports 12.5 inch graphics cards.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/5462/antec-three-hundred-two-stay-cool-budget-enthusiasts

Well the case I picked is 20% off so it turns out to be $79 bucks. As for the card, I do like the Ghz Vapor X edition but that HIS model I linked totals $393 after the $25 off its regular price. The Vapor X Ghz is $469 not counting rebate since they take forever.
    
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Well the case I picked is 20% off so it turns out to be $79 bucks. As for the card, I do like the Ghz Vapor X edition but that HIS model I linked totals $393 after the $25 off its regular price. The Vapor X Ghz is $469 not counting rebate since they take forever.

If value for money is concerned the Sapphire HD 7950 Vapor-X should be your choice. clock for clock HD 7950 is 3 - 5% slower than HD 7970.
At USD 330 the Sapphire HD 7950 Vapor-X is identical to the HD 7970 Ghz Vapor-X in design. same PCB, same cooler. Even if your HD 7970 Vapor-X clocks 1250 Mhz and the HD 7950 Vapor-X clocks 1150 Mhz , the difference would be 10 - 12% perf for a 30% lower price. and if the HD 7950 clocks close to 1200 Mhz the diff would be 6 - 8%.
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You don't sound 100% convinced on the card. If you're not entirely sure that's what you want don't get it. $400 is a lot of money. If you really want the 670 FTW get that. It isn't much more. This isn't an argument about which card is better because honestly you won't notice the difference. Get the card you really want and I think it will make you happier in the long run.
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You don't sound 100% convinced on the card. If you're not entirely sure that's what you want don't get it. $400 is a lot of money. If you really want the 670 FTW get that. It isn't much more. This isn't an argument about which card is better because honestly you won't notice the difference. Get the card you really want and I think it will make you happier in the long run.

Yeh I can see that point very well. Only reason I was considering the 7970 was because I found it for a price lower than a gtx 670 so that struck me as surprised. As for the 7950, I think I would rather have the 670 over that, and the 7970 over the 670 if price was the same. Int this case it so happened, I just was wondering if anyone knew anything about that HIS model?
    
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Yeh I can see that point very well. Only reason I was considering the 7970 was because I found it for a price lower than a gtx 670 so that struck me as surprised. As for the 7950, I think I would rather have the 670 over that, and the 7970 over the 670 if price was the same. Int this case it so happened, I just was wondering if anyone knew anything about that HIS model?

The sapphire HD 7950 vapor-x comes with 950 mhz boost speeds out of the box. if you run with power options at +20% you will run at 950 Mhz consistentlly without any clock throttling. at those speeds you should be close to HD 7970 (925 Mhz) . as for overclocked performance well you can see that even with a lower clock HD 7950(1.2) is ahead of a GTX 670 (1.31 Ghz)

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/08/23/galaxy_gtx_660_ti_gc_oc_vs_670_hd_7950
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I'm really leaning toward the HIS 7970 just because of the $25 off. I could finally say I have a top of the line card lol after YEARS! But still unsure, only leaning that way due the price.
    
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I'm really leaning toward the HIS 7970 just because of the $25 off. I could finally say I have a top of the line card lol after YEARS! But still unsure, only leaning that way due the price.

In relation to previous question about flashing. Only reference 7970s should flash. The reference 7970 has 2 BIOS switches, it does void your warranty, however you should be able to flash back. Most of the ref 7970s flash fine and you can only flash one BIOS. The other is locked. If you do get one, I recommend an aftermarket cooler if you have the space. They don't run hot, but the cooler the better. I have a flashed 7970 and it runs around 70c in games under 100% load.
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In relation to previous question about flashing. Only reference 7970s should flash. The reference 7970 has 2 BIOS switches, it does void your warranty, however you should be able to flash back. Most of the ref 7970s flash fine and you can only flash one BIOS. The other is locked. If you do get one, I recommend an aftermarket cooler if you have the space. They don't run hot, but the cooler the better. I have a flashed 7970 and it runs around 70c in games under 100% load.

That model I quoted in post 1 is a reference model, correct? I could not even find a bios switch in the pictures. I doubt I would jump on flashing as soon as I got it.
    
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