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Being new he isn't going to be trying to overclock much is he? Or are you going to dial his machine in for him?

If you want a good card that'll run great at stock, just go ahead and pick up a cheap reference 7970. If you're going to be overclocking, the sapphire 7970 Dual-X OC is the best value right now. Good cooling and performance for a relatively low price compared to the other models.

How does a former mac owner decide he's going to buy a PC on a budget? Apple's price tags are murderous....
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The Radeon 7950 would be a good choice as it does have excellent power for the price you pay. The Nvidia price equivalent (Sort of) is the GTX 670.
Both cards are excellent for what they do with a few differences between them. The Radeon cards usually can clock 50 or 100 megahertz higher and are voltage unlocked. They are, however, ravenously power hungry and the stock cooler is quite loud compared to the Nvidia designs. Nvidia's 600 series cards run cooler, quieter, use less power, and have PhysX and CUDA, but are slightly less powerful for the money you pay at any given price bracket. That being said, Nvidia is performing exceptionally well at 1080 resolution this generation.
Summary: The 7950 is able to crank out more raw frames than it's Nvidia counterpart at a slightly lower price. The Nvidia cards are a tad more expensive and have alot less power consumption, fan noise, and heat and come with a few nice features.


Nvidia cards are also, on average, 100$ more expensive than the AMD counterpart.
I got my HD 7970 for 350$ last week, while the GTX 680 are still 450$-500$, even on sale.

Of course they are quieter, cooler and a little bit less power hungry, but it's really up to one to determine if it is worth the (large) price premium or not.

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Nvidia cards are also, on average, 100$ more expensive than the AMD counterpart.

I got my HD 7970 for 350$ last week, while the GTX 680 are still 450$-500$, even on sale.


Of course they are quieter, cooler and a little bit less power hungry, but it's really up to one to determine if it is worth the (large) price premium or not.

Perhaps... Newegg had the MSI GTX 670 for $329 AR two days ago (might still be there, need to check) and the cheapest 7950 was $300 AR. Not really THAT significant I don't think.
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post #14 of 15
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Being new he isn't going to be trying to overclock much is he? Or are you going to dial his machine in for him?
If you want a good card that'll run great at stock, just go ahead and pick up a cheap reference 7970. If you're going to be overclocking, the sapphire 7970 Dual-X OC is the best value right now. Good cooling and performance for a relatively low price compared to the other models.
How does a former mac owner decide he's going to buy a PC on a budget? Apple's price tags are murderous....

To answer the mac question, given to him back in 2010 and he didn't have to pay for it (brand new too)
I told him the wonders of PC and he lost it not knowing of what pc's are capable of. Anyway i'd be overclocking it for him and yes, the sapphire 7970 does look to be the best option but windforce may be better since it runs much cooler
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Perhaps... Newegg had the MSI GTX 670 for $329 AR two days ago (might still be there, need to check) and the cheapest 7950 was $300 AR. Not really THAT significant I don't think.

I was talking about the GTX 680.

 

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