Originally Posted by roleki
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
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.