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I kind of wanted to stay under 550 if possible. I don't mind spending money but if I can save all the better lol.

I play Tera, gw2, borderlands 2, ffxiv and skyrim.
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I kind of wanted to stay under 550 if possible. I don't mind spending money but if I can save all the better lol.
I play Tera, gw2, borderlands 2, ffxiv and skyrim.

For a single card the value of the 7950 is not matched and blows away 670/680/7970s and it's not even close. I've seen more than a few deals for 7950s for 300 bucks with good cooler and at those prices they'll destroy anything in their price ranges. Though in that same token I have also seen deals on the 7970 for 330ish but most of those have been reference coolers.

My vote is 7950 but I will say I myself purchased a Asus DC2T 7970 that should be getting here today, so what the hell do i know xD.
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Personally I would consider not just the games out now but what is coming; Crysis3, Farcry3. These games, as well as others, will be very demanding on your PC gaming system. What is you CPU anyway? You can run into a bottleneck in some games if your CPU is not up to the job.

FUTUREPROOFING is what I would consider as much as possible. Having a 2560*1440 eliminates your need for and AA(IMHO) thus giving you more power for framerates. Also as the newer consoles appear (supposedly 2013) PC games will become more demanding(even the ported ones). Another question to ask yourself is how long are you planning to keep the card.

My personal experience,
I have 2) 2GB 5870's that I was considering changing out for either a GTX670 or HD7970 DCii. I eliminated the Nvidia because either one would be not much more of a lateral move. I did not eliminate the 7970 because of the 3GB of memory I will probably need for future games. ALSO at the time there was the thought that the 8970 would be out in Feb. Now the rumor is that it will be Q2 because of AMD layoffs. I am waiting for Black Friday(only 5 weeks away) and if there is an undeniable deal on the 7970 I will get it (OR 2). If not I will wait until the 8970 comes out sometime in 2013.

Mooker has a good point about the overclock limitations NV has instituted. There are work arounds but Nvidia has always tightly controlled their product offering. Their Physx & 3D is an example of how closely they try to control the technology.
If you can find a 7970 Matrix @ MSRP $479 and overclock the devil out of it.

I am in the financial markets and there is every indication that we are in for a BIG crash in 2013. When that happens, you may wish you had purchased the best card that can carry you through for 2-3 years.
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If you'll stay with a one card setup, go 79xx. If you may go dual card solution, go 670. Just my 2 cents.

Could you elaborate on this? I'm in same situation as OP, going to be gaming on a 1440p soon and I need a new gpu. I run one card for a year or two till I can get a second on the cheap. Anyway... looking at 7950 or 670... or maybe wait for a sub $350 7970... they're getting close.
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Could you elaborate on this? I'm in same situation as OP, going to be gaming on a 1440p soon and I need a new gpu. I run one card for a year or two till I can get a second on the cheap. Anyway... looking at 7950 or 670... or maybe wait for a sub $350 7970... they're getting close.

Basically what he means is that while the 79XX almost universally beat the 670/680 on higher resolutions and multi monitors, when we throw SLI/CF into the mix the pendulum swings back in NV's favors because of their unquestioned superior SLI technology with less micro stuttering and quicker releases for profiles to fix games. Which I agree with him on.
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For people that don't want to spend that much, would you think a 7870 would suffice? I mean I'm not looking for super ultra woo hoo everything (but I do like eye candy) and mostly play single player rather than online. It's just that the 7870 is $100 less than a 7850 and with a basic OC, it's within maybe 5% of the 7950.

I also require a blower style reference cooler due to my tight case. I know the 7950 has sold for $270, but that particular card wouldn't do for my needs unfortunately...
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For people that don't want to spend that much, would you think a 7870 would suffice? I mean I'm not looking for super ultra woo hoo everything (but I do like eye candy) and mostly play single player rather than online. It's just that the 7870 is $100 less than a 7850 and with a basic OC, it's within maybe 5% of the 7950.
I also require a blower style reference cooler due to my tight case. I know the 7950 has sold for $270, but that particular card wouldn't do for my needs unfortunately...

Sounds like you kind of answered your own question to me
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You can snag the 7970 for some great prices an sell the AMD bundle to buffer the cost. My old 560Ti could keep up with a lot of games but ran out of VRAM.
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