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OP have you considered getting AMD HD 7970 . the NEVER SETTLE game bundle is up on newegg. 3 free games - Sleeping Dogs, Facry 3, Hitman Absolution. 20% off discount coupon for Medal of Honor Warfighter which launches Oct 23rd. The 12.11 driver is launching later today . It brings massive performance improvements in BF3 and has signficant improvements in a wide range of titles like Sleeping dogs, Batman AC, Dirt Showdown, Max Payne 3, World of Warcraft.

HD 7970 is simply the fastest card and has a much better value with the game bundle.
Edited by raghu78 - 10/22/12 at 12:33pm
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Reference will be oem stock design, nothing changed. Non-reference will be or have the following changes.
* Better cooling fans, heat sink.
* PCB will be modified and or circuitry

Non-reference should be a better overclocking gpu. As it will be a better beefed up gpu with better cooling. But some have a hard time getting a water block for them. I generally get the one with the best warranty and customer service when purchasing one. Post some that you like and we will help you. Thanks
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OP have you considered getting AMD HD 7970 . the NEVER SETTLE game bundle is up on newegg. 3 free games - Sleeping Dogs, Facry 3, Hitman Absolution. 20% off discount coupon for Medal of Honor Warfighter which launches Oct 23rd. The 12.11 driver is launching later today . It brings massive performance improvements in BF3 and has signficant improvements in a wide range of titles like Sleeping dogs, Batman AC, Dirt Showdown, Max Payne 3, World of Warcraft.
HD 7970 is simply the fastest card and has a much better value with the game bundle.

Yeah this makes me doubt myself again.. I actually think I might go with this one instead. But then there's Physx..

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100006662%2040000048%20600286740&IsNodeId=1&Description=7970&name=Radeon%20HD%207970&Order=BESTMATCH

16 different kinds of 7970s.. which one should I get if budget isn't a problem?
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Yeah this gets me doubt myself again.. I actually think I might go with this one instead. But then there's Physx..
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100006662%2040000048%20600286740&IsNodeId=1&Description=7970&name=Radeon%20HD%207970&Order=BESTMATCH
16 different kinds of 7970s.. which one should I get if budget isn't a problem?

I would say gigabyte windforce. There is also VaporX(currently out of stock)
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Yeah the gigabyte HD 7970 Ghz with windforce 3x cooler is a good option.

www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125439
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Yeah the gigabyte HD 7970 Ghz with windforce 3x cooler is a good option.
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125439

Thanks man!

So this is 'ghz edition'? Isn't this only good for when I want to overclock? I don't really care too much about OC'ing..
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Thanks man!
So this is 'ghz edition'? Isn't this only good for when I want to overclock? I don't really care too much about OC'ing..

Yes, the card in the link is a GHz edition card.
If you don't want to do your own overclocking, go with the GHz edition. Otherwise, get the regular 7970 and overclock it yourself.

Also, from what I understand, the GHz edition is the regular 7970 with a different BIOS that allows for higher stock clock speeds out-of-the-box. Hardware-wise, it is identical to the regular 7970. Any AMD 7970 owners feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.
    
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Thanks man! So this is 'ghz edition'? Isn't this only good for when I want to overclock? I don't really care too much about OC'ing..

On second thoughts I would advise you to get the Sapphire HD 7970 OC and a very high 550w quality PSU. Your CPU is a 130w CPU. HD 7970 GPU is rated for 250w TDP. Ideally you need a powerful PSU which can provide the power. With voltage overclocking to 1.2+ Ghz you can easily cross 250w on the GPU.

Sapphire HD 7970 OC - 387 after mail in rebate and shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202008

The ROSEWILL 550W CAPSTONE Modular power supply with 45.5A (546w) on +12v rail, 80 PLUS GOLD certified and 5 year warranty is available for 80 bucks. very high quality PSU thumb.gif

Rosewill Capstone 550M - 80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182262

TOTAL - 467. Its worth investing in a high quality psu.
Edited by raghu78 - 10/23/12 at 9:32pm
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680? why? 7970 is cheaper and all games run faster on it.
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On second thoughts I would advise you to get the Sapphire HD 7970 OC and a very high 550w quality PSU. Your CPU is a 130w CPU. HD 7970 GPU is rated for 250w TDP. Ideally you need a powerful PSU which can provide the power. With voltage overclocking to 1.2+ Ghz you can easily cross 250w on the GPU.

Sapphire HD 7970 OC - 387 after mail in rebate and shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202008
The ROSEWILL 550W CAPSTONE Modular power supply with 45.5A (546w) on +12v rail, 80 PLUS GOLD certified and 5 year warranty is available for 80 bucks. very high quality PSU thumb.gif
Rosewill Capstone 550M - 80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182262
TOTAL - 467. Its worth investing in a high quality psu.

Wow thanks man I really appreciate it! Very big chance I will buy these 2 thanks to your suggestion.

But is it really worth it/necessary for the extra 30 watt?
Edited by Hashes - 10/24/12 at 5:22pm
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