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So once again I have to seek advice from one of the best site to give me advice when it comes to building my computer.

I have to decide between grafic cards. I have a budget of 3000 sek (not sure how much in euro).

However; I found two great deals on two cards.

1. KFA2 GeForce GTX 680 EX OC 4GB DDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCIe - 2999 sek
2. MSI Radeon HD7970 3GB DDR5 DVI HDMI 2xDisplayPort PCIe - 2999 sek


I cannot find any proper benchmark between these two cards.
I plan to TRY and get eyefinity / nivida surround system in the future. however it's not 100 % but a strong possiblity.

The games I currently play are WoW and LoL. I'm not sure what kind of games I will play in the future as if it matters in my decision. (prob bf3 etc)


I've always looked at the Radeon due to it's higher memory, however this 680 has 4gb so I suppose it might be better for eyefinity / surround?
All advice possible is appricated as I cannot find any good benchmark between these two cards.

What would you pick and why?
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It's about a 2% difference between the cards. Probably less than that with newer AMD drivers.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Point_Of_View/GeForce_GTX_680_TGT_Ultra_4_GB/28.html
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Neither. Wait for the 700 series to launch on this 23rd, consult some reviews, then decide what you want depending on your budget.

It'd be big mistake to buy a last-gen card so close to the launch date of the next gen of GPUs.
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Neither. Wait for the 700 series to launch on this 23rd, consult some reviews, then decide what you want depending on your budget.

It'd be big mistake to buy a last-gen card so close to the launch date of the next gen of GPUs.

My budget aint gonna increase but the price on the new cards are.
post #5 of 11
what cpu do you have (oc'ed?) and what resolution you gonna be playing at?

i played BF3 MP 1080 Ultra/4MSAA with a 7950 at stock paired with an i7 SB at 4.5GHz and maintained 60fps minimum. you should be able to find one for less than 2500 sek.
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what cpu do you have (oc'ed?) and what resolution you gonna be playing at?

i played BF3 MP 1080 Ultra/4MSAA with a 7950 at stock paired with an i7 SB at 4.5GHz and maintained 60fps minimum. you should be able to find one for less than 2500 sek.

I was going to buy the 680 this morning.. but the deals were off. So no card for me >.<<br />
However, I am in no rush so I'm going to be looking for these deals:
Used 7950 for about 1600 SEK
New 7950 for about 2000 SEK
Used 7970 for about 2300-2500 SEK
New 7970 for about 3000 SEK

and same prices for 680 but its not likley that ill find that smile.gif


I am going to play at 1920x1080p to start off with but I want to go eyefinity (5650x1080p or something like that). I got a i5 3750k
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You want to go eyefinity/surround with a single card?

7970 is faster than the 680 period.The difference is 15%+ when you increase your resolution
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I was going to buy the 680 this morning.. but the deals were off. So no card for me >.<<br />
However, I am in no rush so I'm going to be looking for these deals:
Used 7950 for about 1600 SEK
New 7950 for about 2000 SEK
Used 7970 for about 2300-2500 SEK
New 7970 for about 3000 SEK

and same prices for 680 but its not likley that ill find that smile.gif


I am going to play at 1920x1080p to start off with but I want to go eyefinity (5650x1080p or something like that). I got a i5 3750k

A Used 7950 for almost half the price of a New 7970??? Try to talk them down on the used 7950 and get 2 of them and spend the same as you would if you were getting a single 7970. thumb.gif
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A Used 7950 for almost half the price of a New 7970??? Try to talk them down on the used 7950 and get 2 of them and spend the same as you would if you were getting a single 7970. thumb.gif

Yeah.. feels like a used 7950 is the way to go.. tho I'll lose out of the free games that comes with the bundles biggrin.gif but whatever..

My plan if I get a decent price on a used card is to spend the extra cash on a better PSU to allow me to triFire the cards later on smile.gif atm my budget only allowes me to get a 850ish (Should be enough but might lack.. so spending some more cash to get a 1000w wouldnt hurt).
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Yeah.. feels like a used 7950 is the way to go.. tho I'll lose out of the free games that comes with the bundles biggrin.gif but whatever..

My plan if I get a decent price on a used card is to spend the extra cash on a better PSU to allow me totriFire the cards later on smile.gif atm my budget only allowes me to get a 850ish (Should be enough but might lack.. so spending some more cash to get a 1000w wouldnt hurt).
VERY bad idea, in my opinion. These future SLI plans arent really the best because by the time you actually do it, cards twice as powerful will be out and it'll seem worthless to buy a second 7950 which will already be a generation and three years old by then. You'll definitely want the newer cards at that point, but sadly the 7950 will have a bad resale value then and you wont get much of your money back from selling it, essentially making that upgrade a totally new investment altogether.

This ideology may not be in accordance with your current situation or may not be applicable under your current circumstances, but I think some might agree with me. Just thought you should know.
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