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I want to upgrade my 5870 and I'm trying to decide between a 7950 and 7970 I want a card that's going to last me for awhile and could max out Crysis 3 at 1080p my system specs are:

i7 920@2.67 GHz (never overclocked)
9gig of ram
Windows 8 64bit

Would a 7950 work for me or am I better off getting a 7970 ? Also I'm from Canada so I would be buying from tigerdirect.ca, newegg.ca or ncix.ca any advice would be greatly appreciated and help picking the best brand.

Thanks
post #2 of 5
Get a 7950 as it will OC past the 7970 quite easily, very good value for money tbh. But consider saving up for a Haswell or s Steamroller build as that CPU may or may not keep up with more recent games as they come out
     
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Your CPU is fine, provided that you will overclock. If you will not do 3d, get Radeon.

If your budget is around 250 and you only play 1080p, the 7870 LE is very good (a weaker version of the 7950)

I personally would either get that or the 7970. I've never been a fan of the middleground, either you're going to go all out price/performance, or you shell out for the high end.

For $430, the 7970 ghz edition is amazing, it is more powerful than the 680 gtx overall.

7870 LE - Powercolor

7970 - Gigabyte Ghz Edition (faster stock than saphire)
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OP what psu do you have ? how many amps on +12v rail does it provide. also what case do you have ? fill in your config.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1258253/how-to-put-your-rig-in-your-sig

of the choices get a HD 7950 boost . at the same clocks HD 7950 ison avg 5% slower than HD 7970. HD 7950 boost is the best bang for buck card in the market.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/HIS/HD_7950_X2_Boost/31.html

also you need to overclock your CPU. if you don't have a good CPU cooler get a coolermaster hyper 212 evo.

http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=64385&promoid=1139

if your case can fit a 29cm long graphics card go for the sapphire HD 7950 boost

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_557_558&item_id=055475
http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1&gid=3&sgid=1157&pid=1713&psn=&lid=1&leg=0
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Also look at Canada Computers, Tigerdirect is a ripoff in Canada frown.gif
NCIX has good deals sometimes
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