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haha its really up to you man. you can run any card 670, 680, 7950, or 7970. If you are set on 670 do it, you just have to change game settings to fit your needs. (fps rate)
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Originally Posted by xandervanhousen View Post

The more information I get, the more indecisive I become. When I decided to do this I was dead set on a 670 2 GB but looking at all the benches I can't say for sure what I want.
What exactly are you confused about? Maybe I can help if you give me a particular point about which you are confused.
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Lol not really confused, just unsure where I'm gonna go with this
post #14 of 17
yeah deciding on a graphics card can be a real tough thing. i hope this simplifies it...

you get different benefits between AMD and Nvidia on competing cards:
Nvidia 600 series: Adaptive Vsync, GPU-Physx, slightly lower power consumption, more stable fps.
AMD 7000 series: better value for money (generally more VRAM and processing power for the $).

*^excuse my ignorance if i left out some AMD features

I like Adaptive Vsync and PhysX so i got a 4gb 670. As someone said before due to the processing power of the 670 you dont get to utilize the 4gb ram with any modern games fully, but i do see it go to 2gb often and over 3gb sometimes (though i am running 2560x1440 res). At 1080p i think you will be perfectly happy with 2gb VRAM, but if you are concerned you could go AMD and get a 7970 or 7950 with 3gb VRAM. If you're happy spending a little extra then you can get the 4gb version of the 680 or 670.

have a think about what you want from the card and decide which make you want.
    
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Considering you intend to mod Skyrim up I would suggest a minimum of 3GB VRAM. My Skyrim is modded out with all the 4K texture packs plus more and Afterburner reports my RAM usage around 2.0-2.5GB. Even with all that eye-candy my framrates are around 90-120 (120Hz screen) on my 7950.

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1. No comment on team colour. The nice thing about SLI or Crossfire is that it's not one of those "I should have spent more money the first time" items. If You have a card that's actually capable of running the game adding a second card will only enhance it. Randomly some games will die in xfire or sli but its usually a bug issue not a long term issue.

2. As others have eluded to vram requirements (for the most part), have to do with the resolution you intend on gaming at. 3 should be more than enough for a single monitor. Considering the premium for a 680 4gb version, single monitor = 7970.

3. Yes and no. Some games do offer advantages one way or the other. The best way is to check for reviews of said card to see framerates. The reviews with low fps tracking is key. Some games have near zero xfire gain, some no sli gain.

As far as I've seen/concluded the different tiers of cards generally perform as well as their direct competition. Your best bet is to go with the best 1 card to start with and if you need more horsepower (not vram) you can add another card later. Which it seems like you're going to do anyway. thumb.gif
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Ok thanks to everyone who relpied, still not sure where I'm gonna go with the GPU but I'll be referring back to this when the time comes. Hopefully you'll see me in Star Citizen soon:D
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