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If the 7950 is only $20-30 cheaper I would get the GTX 670.
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I would go with the 670's if you haven't made a selection yet.

I also changed my mind 15 different times up until i hit the confirm payment button. smile.gif I have 2 of the gigabyte windforces. They heat up my case really nice since i put a window in not realizing that i was going to buy 2 cards that vent out the side and not out the back. doh.gif

Good luck.
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Originally Posted by slapstick01 View Post

I would go with the 670's if you haven't made a selection yet.
I also changed my mind 15 different times up until i hit the confirm payment button. smile.gif I have 2 of the gigabyte windforces. They heat up my case really nice since i put a window in not realizing that i was going to buy 2 cards that vent out the side and not out the back. doh.gif
Good luck.

Thanks! I haven't made the purchase yet. Deal ends tomorrow at 2AM in my timezone, so I'm not rushing too much. I'm pretty set on the 670 at this point though, just making sure I'm set for the purchase.
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670!!! love them!
    
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Originally Posted by FuZiioN View Post

Buy a EVGA 670. And get Borderlands 2 free... smile.gif
http://www.evga.com/products/moreInfo.asp?pn=02G-P4-2670-KR&family=GeForce%20600%20Series%20Family&sw=

But do this one instead, lol

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130787
 
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Lol, hey atleast I tried biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by roleki View Post

A 7950 will run you around 319.99 retail, plus add another 59.99 for Borderlands 2, and add the cost of 120.00 for keeping the 470 around for PhysX... so that's about 499.99 for the 7950, plus whatever time you have to invest in overclocking it until it is faster than a 670 with a narrower memory bandwidth.
Or, you could spend 469.99 for a 4GB 670 SC, pay nothing for BL2, and sell the 470 for 120.00, meaning when all is said and done you'll have 349.99 invested in your 670, have enough frame buffer for pretty much any multi-monitor configuration, PhysX support right out the gate, and a copy of BL2 in your pocket.
I'd lean towards the option that gets you what you want now for less money/hassle.

You forgot he has two GTX 470s, so technically, selling one GTX 470 would still get him something like $50 total after buying BL2...
And potentially having a very powerful 7950 if it can OC high, and still be able to physx. Or he can just ditch physx, and then he in the end still saves $50, especially if he can OC the 7950 like crazy rolleyes.gif
Just my opinion. I went from Team green for the first time ever to Red with the 7950 first version non-refs (on 7950 PCBs), and I am extremely happy with my decision. Went from SLI 470s as well.
If you are in the US, $330 on newegg for some of the best cooling 7950 cards and you get Sleeping Dogs (if you're interested in that new game as well). It's not a win/lose by any means.
Gigabyte windforce is a really popular cooler right now, out of box 900mhz clock. The normal Sapphire dual fan cooler 7950 is rated at 810 mhz, but on the second BIOS is out of box 900mhz as well.
Can't really go wrong with any of these cards... I haven't done too much research into the 670s because I've been having a blast with my 7950 since February.

I'd try and sell both cards and go 7950, buy BL2 and you get the other game for free as well.
2 games, price of one. Probably come out still paying less money than buying a 4gb 670.

(to go back to your first post I believe) On the forums I've heard a lot of XFX horror stories, but recently, people put them down and are having some great performing chips from all the companies this time around, it's more or less what cooler you really want. And that probably goes for the 670 as well. But, again, I don't know too much about the 670's coolers and such too much at all I'm afraid.
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You and Roleki confuse me a bit! Here's the deal:

7950: $330.
$330-$220 (what I hope to be my net profit after selling my 470's) = $110. Sleeping Dogs isn't really a discount here because I don't intend to buy it anyway.
Then, if I kept one of the 470's for a Phys X card it would be $330 - $110 = $220.

670: $400.
$400 - $220 = $180. $180 - $40 (the current price of Borderlands 2 on GMG, it's a discount because I'm going to buy it anyway.) = $140.

Based solely on these numbers, the 670 will be $30 more expensive. On the other hand, if I keep a card for Phys X, the 7950 will be $80 more expensive.

There's also a little bit of play in the measurements here, though. Most 7950's on Newegg charge about $8 shipping, which further adds to their price. Some 7950's also have rebates, sometimes lowering the price by $20~. So no matter which way you cut it, the 670 is going to be a bit more expensive. As I laid out in the OP, the benefit to going 7950 would be:

-Better compute performance
-More memory/memory bandwidth
-Better performance (albeit not astronomically so)

But the 670 gives me:

-Phys X
-Better software experience
-Seemingly better frame latency, though the difference isn't too large generally.
-Ensured DaS performance. On AMD it'd be a shot in the dark, with most reports pointing to a poor framerate.

Most of the benefits for the 7950 come in the form of future proofing, since I don't use GPGPU for anything outside what games make use of it. (Memory, bandwidth, compute performance) But I'm not entirely convinced I want to hang my decision on that. The big deal for the 7950 is the cheaper price and better performance, whereas the 670 offers me lots of conveniences in place of those.

Ultimately, as most posters in this thread have advised, I think the 670 is the better choice for me.
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whereas the 670 offers me lots of conveniences in place of those.
Ultimately, as most posters in this thread have advised, I think the 670 is the better choice for me.

In the end, to each his own thumb.gif
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