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a ref HD 7970 design which is 3 months old without any games. not so good. a better choice would be a new HD 7950 with the game bundle and warranty in your name . these 2 cards are very good

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202006
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125414

at the same clocks HD 7970 is 3 - 5% faster. also the bundled games are popular titles. HD 7950 cards with voltage overclocking can run at 1.15 - 1.2 Ghz. Gigabyte has also released a boost BIOS with 1 Ghz boost clocks. so you could flash that BIOS if you want higher stock settings. but i would advise manual voltage overclocking as the best option.

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4121#bios
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post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by willibj View Post

Personally, I would wait and see what the prices are like for Black Friday.
Suggestions of new 7950's for as low as $250 and 7970's in the low to mid $300's.
Get the best 7950 you can, overclock the beast, get basically identical performance to a mid range 7970 and pocket the difference. Or spend a little more (only slightly) and get it brand new with all the trimmings: AMD game bundles, warranty, etc.
$300 new, today, would be a great buy.
2nd hand ... whilst I'm not familiar with the 2nd-hand market where you are, doesn't seem overwhelmingly good to me, given the directions prices will be heading very shortly.

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a ref HD 7970 design which is 3 months old without any games. not so good. a better choice would be a new HD 7950 with the game bundle and warranty in your name . these 2 cards are very good
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202006
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125414
at the same clocks HD 7970 is 3 - 5% faster. also the bundled games are popular titles. HD 7950 cards with voltage overclocking can run at 1.15 - 1.2 Ghz. Gigabyte has also released a boost BIOS with 1 Ghz boost clocks. so you could flash that BIOS if you want higher stock settings. but i would advise manual voltage overclocking as the best option.
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4121#bios

^ This, unless you can get it for $250 or less with BF so close you're better off waiting and getting a new 7970 for $300 with 3 free games or new 7950 for $250 again with said free games.
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Yeah, I remain in agreement with the opinion expressed by Raghu above.

Tell your friend to sell it on craigslist and get a little extra from someone not wise to the deals out there, and get yourself a really nice 7950 with the free games during black friday sales for less than $300.
 
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone.

I plan on getting the Swiftech Komodo full cover water block for the card and Performance-pcs has a coupon which expires on Thanksgiving.

My friend has confirmed that the 7970 voltage does unlock. So what if I do go the 7950 route, and the voltage does not unlock? I would be quite angry as I would not be able to use my water block to full potential.

The games are not much of a concern for me, I think I will go the 7970 route as I like having the top of the line. smile.gif
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