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Hi guys,

Well I built my gamer PC a few years ago. ( it's in my sig ) I had been running two HD5970's in a custom liquid cooled setup.
I've decided I want to go over to the green guys side this time around.
The HD5970's are on ebay.
I can tell you from personal experience. The HD5970 was not what it was cracked up to be.It's a beast for sure.But, it has issues.

My real issue with the HD5970's was if I tried to play Crysis2 in DX11 it really taxed the cards.Or if I ran DX10 in Ultra. It beat the cards up too.
Low FPS & stuttery play.Games actually ran better on just one card.

So, to the point. This time I'm for sure going Nvidia. So far I have been intrigued with a review I read on HardOCP about the GTX 660 Ti 3gb cards in SLI.
They really kicked butt in the review. I like to run 2 cards. So, am wondering about running that setup.
But, I can afford to go with a GTX 670 setup as well. If I went with the 670. I would start with one.But, I would want another so as to go SLI with em.
Would 2 GTX 670's in SLI be overkill..?
I play all the latest games.BF3,MW3,COD,all the Crysis.


I'd like to hear some opinions.

Thanks much guys....

nismo
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post #2 of 8
i would def go with the gtx 670 cause of the higher memory speed..and 2vs 4gb is only good for like 1440p
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Wait for the 8000's. like 3 months.
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you allready have 2 beast of cards..but i can understand your problems..as amd drops driver support on older cards..something nvidia never does.. ur in kinda the end of the yearly card cycle..but next gen cards will only be 15-20% increse..there is allways new cards so if you wait for the next best thing..you will never buy a card..the gtx 670 will play all games and next gen games with no problems.i have 2 lightning 680s and they are way way way overkill even for my 120hz monitor..but i got sutch a great deal on them i couldnt pass it up..plus right now you can get some great deals on cards.
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post #5 of 8
670 sli setu for sure. I do not think anything is an overkill unless you are running 800x600. I may be more than enough for now but if you want to keep your cards as long as your others this setup will be good even 2gen from now. thumb.gif
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Hey guys,

Thanks for the replies.

I've been in the computer business for a long time now. ( around 12 years )
It seems everyone these days is offering an " overclocked " card. Back in the day ( several years ago ) cards came at a factory setting & we had to overclock them ourselves. Not much gain, lots of heat & instability.

What I'm wondering is, is there anything wrong with going for a stock clocked card..?
There are OC & FTW cards & all that. It sounds good to have a overclocked card.But, how necessary is it to have OC'd cards for playing todays games..?
Wouldn't a stock clocked GTX 670 play BF3 or Crysis2 at Ultra settings straight out of the box..?

I'm like anyone else & looks at overclocked cards as " more power is better ". But that also equals more heat & louder fan noise.

Do we really need overclocked cards to play our games at quality settings & high FPS..?

One more thing, I do like the EVGA brand.But, they stick with the squirrel cage fan design. Those used to be annoyingly loud. ( my HD5970 as example ) Other cards like MSI & Gigabyte have a more open aftermarket type GPU cooler. ( those should be quieter )

Are the newest generation ( squirrel cage type coolers ) just as loud as they used to be.? Or, have they improved them & are " not so bad " now.??

Sorry for all the questions.
Thanks for the help & your opinions.

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post #7 of 8
OP for a 1920 x 1200 monitor (from your sig rig) you don't need multi GPU. go for a single Sapphire HD 7970 OC(1 Ghz) or Gigabyte HD 7970 OC (1 Ghz). faster than GTX 680 and GTX 670 OC.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202008
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125413

if you want a Nvidia card get EVGA GTX 670 FTW

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130787
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Originally Posted by nismogt1 View Post

Hey guys,
Thanks for the replies.
I've been in the computer business for a long time now. ( around 12 years )
It seems everyone these days is offering an " overclocked " card. Back in the day ( several years ago ) cards came at a factory setting & we had to overclock them ourselves. Not much gain, lots of heat & instability.
What I'm wondering is, is there anything wrong with going for a stock clocked card..?
There are OC & FTW cards & all that. It sounds good to have a overclocked card.But, how necessary is it to have OC'd cards for playing todays games..?
Wouldn't a stock clocked GTX 670 play BF3 or Crysis2 at Ultra settings straight out of the box..?
I'm like anyone else & looks at overclocked cards as " more power is better ". But that also equals more heat & louder fan noise.
Do we really need overclocked cards to play our games at quality settings & high FPS..?
One more thing, I do like the EVGA brand.But, they stick with the squirrel cage fan design. Those used to be annoyingly loud. ( my HD5970 as example ) Other cards like MSI & Gigabyte have a more open aftermarket type GPU cooler. ( those should be quieter )
Are the newest generation ( squirrel cage type coolers ) just as loud as they used to be.? Or, have they improved them & are " not so bad " now.??
Sorry for all the questions.
Thanks for the help & your opinions.
nismo

No, a 670 can handle that our of the box but you can still oc it well to get a few frames out of it (depending on the game). Ina scenario were you get 55 fps you can have 60fps and keeping the silky smoothing of 60hz. Cards nowadays are very quiet around the >50% fan (in my case).
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