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Alright everyone, after some quick looking, Ive decided on the AMD Radeon HD 7970 HIS IceQ Edition. And I had done some quick lookups on the i5-3570K after Blackops_2's comment. I think Im going with that now, rather the 8350. Thank you for all the replies! If anyone cares, this is the system Im building as of now:

CPU: i5-3570K
RAM: 8gb/1600MHz Patriot Viper Intel 3 Extreme Master's Edition (4gb x 2)
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77-HD3 Intel Z77 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard
Case: Raidmax Cobra Mid-Tower Gaming Case
Heatsink: Default Intel Heatsink (No plans of OC'ing it.)
PSU: Thermaltake Toughpower Grand TPG-850M Gold Modular 80 Plus
HDD: 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 7200 RPM
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
Edited by Nota - 2/19/13 at 8:32pm
post #12 of 24
With the GTX titian being released you may see another price drop with the 680. I would wait for a week to see if there is one, then make your decision.
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OP go for the HIS HD 7970 Iceq x2 Ghz edition. it has a reference HD 7970 PCB. dual 8 pin power connectors. more power phases than reference HD 7970. allows better stability and lower temps with voltage overclocking.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161431

http://www.hisdigital.com/un/product2-726.shtml
http://www.legionhardware.com/articles_pages/his_7970_iceq_xsup2_ghz_edition_7950_iceq_xsup2_boost_clock,2.html

in the overall cost of your PC another 80 bucks does not mean much. also get a CPU cooler like coolermaster hyper 212 evo. the latest games do benefit by overclocking the CPU to 4+ ghz even on high end single GPUs.

http://www.techspot.com/review/615-far-cry-3-performance/page6.html

you can see a 7% perf improvement by pushing a 3770k from 3.5 ghz to 4.5 ghz.
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OP go for the HIS HD 7970 Iceq x2 Ghz edition. it has a reference HD 7970 PCB. dual 8 pin power connectors. more power phases than reference HD 7970. allows better stability and lower temps with voltage overclocking.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161431

http://www.hisdigital.com/un/product2-726.shtml
http://www.legionhardware.com/articles_pages/his_7970_iceq_xsup2_ghz_edition_7950_iceq_xsup2_boost_clock,2.html

in the overall cost of your PC another 80 bucks does not mean much. also get a CPU cooler like coolermaster hyper 212 evo. the latest games do benefit by overclocking the CPU to 4+ ghz even on high end single GPUs.

http://www.techspot.com/review/615-far-cry-3-performance/page6.html

you can see a 7% perf improvement by pushing a 3770k from 3.5 ghz to 4.5 ghz.

This is what I was going to tell him! Though I'm surprised you didn't tell him to get a 7950. biggrin.gif

OP! Don't you dare get a regular 7970! Get a GHz Edition. I don't care which one but it has to be a GHz Edition.
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post #15 of 24
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I really don't feel like spending the money on a GHz Edition, Ill just OC to GHz.
And Raghu, the default clocks should be fine. You figure, Ive been using the the AMD E-300 APU for the longest time. So Ill be happy without the extra 7%.
Edited by Nota - 2/19/13 at 9:50pm
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I really don't feel like spending the money on a GHz Edition, Ill just OC to GHz.


I concur, ghz bios is overrated.


Though I would stick with a true reference card, do not like wannabe customs.
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If I was going 680, I would get a lightning 680 or bust.

Is it worth to spend an extra $120 for that Lightning & it's only slightly faster than the Gigabyte GTX 670 OC, MSI GTX 670 P.E., and EVGA GTX 670 FTW (out the box or OCed) which you will barely notice that performance increase while gaming?
IMO, Lightning is not worth the purchase these days thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif

The thread title should have be "HD 7970 or EVGA FTW / MSI PE / Gigabyte OC 670?" whistle.gif
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If I was going 680, I would get a lightning 680 or bust.

Is it worth to spend an extra $120 for that Lightning & it's only slightly faster than the Gigabyte GTX 670 OC, MSI GTX 670 P.E., and EVGA GTX 670 FTW (out the box or OCed) which you will barely notice that performance increase while gaming?
IMO, Lightning is not worth the purchase these days thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif

The thread title should have be "HD 7970 or EVGA FTW / MSI PE / Gigabyte OC 670?" whistle.gif

680 Lightnings are the only things that are fast enough to catch get close to my 7970s.
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680 Lightnings are the only things that are fast enough to catch get close to my 7970s.

tongue.gif Okay...In your case, you are right thumb.gif

Regarding to the OP (thread starter) if planning to use only a single card, now that's a different story.
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Get the 7970. (I reccomend the sapphire dual-x 7970). It has a larger memory than the 680 and a wider bus width.
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