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Between the 7970 and NVIDIA's equivalent, which card would I get the most bang for my buck?

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I am looking to custom build a new system in the next few weeks and I am deciding between the 7970 and NVIDIA's equivalent. What card would give me the most bang for my buck? I'm not sure also what would be the better performer and better brand overall so those two, i'll be taking into consideration. The games I will be playing are Microsoft Flight Simulator and maybe the new version of Counter-Strike. The reason I want a new card is for future proofing. Just incase a new game comes out, no need to upgrade. I also plan to watch HD videos and movies.

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Thanks for any advice and suggestion given. Cheers

Just to add that I will not be doing any overclocking as I feel that there is no need for me to do so.
Edited by maortega15 - 5/21/13 at 6:55am
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7950 if you are after bang for the buck and can get a decent clocker.

And the 660 (non-ti) is in a really good spot for Nvidia performance per dollar as well.
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I plan to go along the lines of the 7870 or NVIDIA's equivalent. What would best overall between NVIDIA and AMD? The 7970 is just too much overkill for me
Edited by maortega15 - 5/21/13 at 6:26pm
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I would get 7950 over any card if you want the best performance/price. Or a 7870 xt.

From nvidia only 670 but it cost a lot more.
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as suggested above the HD 7950 is the best price perf card. Sapphire HD 7950 is one of the best. unlocked voltage. good cooler. at the same cloks HD 7950 is 5% slower than HD 7970. average overclocks of 1100 - 1150 mhz and easily matches HD 7970 Ghz at those speeds.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7542562&CatId=7387
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=AT-795FLEX

if you are on a tight budget get the Sapphire HD 7870 XT which uses the Tahiti LE chip

http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graphics-11199-20-20G/dp/B00AWKYB1M/

http://www.overclock.net/t/1373543/official-7870-tahiti-le-xt-owners-club
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as suggested above the HD 7950 is the best price perf card. Sapphire HD 7950 is one of the best. unlocked voltage. good cooler. at the same cloks HD 7950 is 5% slower than HD 7970. average overclocks of 1100 - 1150 mhz and easily matches HD 7970 Ghz at those speeds.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7542562&CatId=7387
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=AT-795FLEX

if you are on a tight budget get the Sapphire HD 7870 XT which uses the Tahiti LE chip

http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graphics-11199-20-20G/dp/B00AWKYB1M/

http://www.overclock.net/t/1373543/official-7870-tahiti-le-xt-owners-club
Thanks mate. On another forum I started in the Intel-General section, they keep telling me to go with the 7970. Maybe I should just stick with the 7970.
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Originally Posted by maortega15 View Post

Thanks mate. On another forum I started in the Intel-General section, they keep telling me to go with the 7970. Maybe I should just stick with the 7970.

The GTX 770 should be launching in a week, I'd wait until then to see what its pricing turns out to be. It's essentially an up-clocked GTX 680, as seen below:
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NAME             CUDA TMU ROP SMX BASE BOOST MEMCL BUS MEMSZ TDP
680              1536 128  32   8 1006  1058  6008 256  2048 195
770*             1536 128  32   8 1046  1085  7008 256  2048 230

If it comes in at a MSRP of ~$400, I believe that it would be a better choice than a 7970.
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The GTX 770 should be launching in a week, I'd wait until then to see what its pricing turns out to be. It's essentially an up-clocked GTX 680, as seen below:
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NAME             CUDA TMU ROP SMX BASE BOOST MEMCL BUS MEMSZ TDP
680              1536 128  32   8 1006  1058  6008 256  2048 195
770*             1536 128  32   8 1046  1085  7008 256  2048 230

If it comes in at a MSRP of ~$400, I believe that it would be a better choice than a 7970.

With the 780 coming at 650-700 I would think it will be 500-550+
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With the 780 coming at 650-700 I would think it will be 500-550+

It wouldn't make any marketing sense for NVIDIA to have any x70 card at that high a price point.

The only reason that they can get away with the 780's presumed price is because it's the only other GK110 card available besides the Titan.

The same cannot be said for the 770 with its GK104 chip (which is already available on the current-gen 670 and 680). If it were priced at $500-$550 (or $0 - $50 more than the 680) as you predict, NVIDIA would have a hard time selling a second-tier card at "traditional" first-tier pricing.
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It is literally the same card just clocked higher with a different cooler, I would be shocked if they priced it less then the 680. If anything I would see them dropping the 680 ~$30 and putting the 770 in its price range.

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