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I'll go through some benchmarks and reconsider the graphics card, then.

Here are some benchmarks for you
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This is very true.

Moreover, since the cards are so closes, it really comes down to how lucky you are on the overclock. For instance, my GTX 670 perform better than my now sold 7970, due to a bad overclock.

From what I've seen, the 7970/50 overclocks better supposedly. But if you're overclocking, you have to also consider now that nvidia cards are voltage locked, so you can only overclock so much...
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I need to LOL @ your title OP biggrin.gif

budget rig @ 1400$ ... hahahaahahahh upsidedwnsmiley.gif


So now to something more serious ... realistically from what you are wanting you could built it for 800$ to 1000$ and still leave room to upgrade all day ... but i will not taint your subject! If you want me to do a build for you let me know!
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This is very true.


Moreover, since the cards are so closes, it really comes down to how lucky you are on the overclock. For instance, my GTX 670 perform better than my now sold 7970, due to a bad overclock.



Wouldn't want to leave that to chance. the GTX 680 seems better without any OC, and I'd rather have a card that runs well without a need for OC'ing.
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I need to LOL @ your title OP biggrin.gif
budget rig @ 1400$ ... hahahaahahahh upsidedwnsmiley.gif
So now to something more serious ... realistically from what you are wanting you could built it for 800$ to 1000$ and still leave room to upgrade all day ... but i will not taint your subject! If you want me to do a build for you let me know!

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Here are some benchmarks for you
From what I've seen, the 7970/50 overclocks better supposedly. But if you're overclocking, you have to also consider now that nvidia cards are voltage locked, so you can only overclock so much...
IIRC, wasn't there a way to flash the vBIOS to allow for further OC'ing?
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Here are some benchmarks for you
From what I've seen, the 7970/50 overclocks better supposedly. But if you're overclocking, you have to also consider now that nvidia cards are voltage locked, so you can only overclock so much...

7970s are also voltage locked, now. I'm really disapointed with AMD right now.

The 670 FTW allow you to increase the power target to 145%, which act like an overvoling. There are also modded bios that unlock them. Since the 7970s are locked on a hardware level, there is no way, ATM, to unlock them.

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IIRC, wasn't there a way to flash the vBIOS to allow for further OC'ing?

youre also voiding the warranty by doing this im pretty sure. so u pretty much lose customer support there. But like i said ure adding more monitors later on and the 7970 performs better at higher resolutions
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7970s are also voltage locked, now. I'm really disapointed with AMD right now.


The 670 FTW allow you to increase the power target to 145%, which act like an overvoling. There are also modded bios that unlock them. Since the 7970s are locked on a hardware level, there is no way, ATM, to unlock them.
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post #28 of 47
Seems pretty balanced although I'd suggest the 7970 if you intend to move into higher res or multi monitor gaming in the future.

Well, I'd recommend it even for 1080p! After the last driver set, the 7970's are the sweet spot of price/performance and in many cases the best performer of all, even above the almighty 680!

P.S: when searching for benchmarks, make sure you see benchmarks where they use 12.11 drivers ( I think these are the most recent, not sure though.. But the drivers impact performance a lot..
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post #29 of 47
You mentioned earlier in the thread that you wanted to get a higher res monitor later on. That's where the AMD cards will shine with their higher memory bandwidth, it allows for faster processing of the textures equaling better FPS at higher resolutions.
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7970s are also voltage locked, now. I'm really disapointed with AMD right now.


The 670 FTW allow you to increase the power target to 145%, which act like an overvoling. There are also modded bios that unlock them. Since the 7970s are locked on a hardware level, there is no way, ATM, to unlock them.

That's interesting, considering that's one thing AMD had going for them...


btw, the benchmark link i posted earlier compares the 680 vs 7970 with newest drivers. 12.11 vs 310.54
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youre also voiding the warranty by doing this im pretty sure. so u pretty much lose customer support there. But like i said ure adding more monitors later on and the 7970 performs better at higher resolutions
dam that must suck frown.gif cuz AMD was like the king for OCing

I know! But my friend got a 7950 like a week after I got my first 7970 (which was locked) after I told him to do so and it is unlocked. It's really stupid because his 7950 is actually faster than my two former 7970s. First one would do 1110 core 1500 memory, while the second one would crash at 1050 core / 1500 memory. That's really weak. He got his 7950 to 1200 without breaking a sweat with overvolting.

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