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770 vs 7970 vs 780. Which one is the best for the price?

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Hey guys, I'm trying to choose what card I should get for my first rig, and I'm becoming very frustrated with trying to make this decision rolleyes.gif

Here are the specs for the rest of the computer (I've already bought it all):

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($60.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($93.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($97.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Another 250GB HDD
Video Card: UNKNOWN
Case: Antec Nine Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.54 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Full (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)

I'm also playing on a single 1080p monitor.

So here's the deal.
I've been looking at all kinds of benchmarks between the 770 and the 7970, and they perform basically the same on average it seems, but they're also about the same price. I honestly have no idea which one I should get.
I also want to make sure I have an easy window for upgrading in the future, and I was thinking to upgrade in 2-3 years I would probably SLI or crossfire whichever card I get, which makes me lean toward NVIDIA since I've heard their cards perform better than AMD when it comes to having two work in tandem.
Maybe I should wait for the 4gb 770's to come out and get one of those? The things I've heard about those though is that it doesn't really use all 4gb, so maybe that's not worth it.

My other question is...should I just go for the 780? Is the 200 dollar price difference worth it in the long run? If I didn't have to upgrade nearly as soon and could play games at a better framerate in the meantime, then I might want to go for the 780.

TL;DR: Should I go for a 770 or a 7970, or is the extra 200 bucks worth it to get the 780? I'm thinking towards the future as well.

Thanks so much for the help guys, this has really been a very frustrating decision so I'm coming to the experts here to help me make it.

EDIT: I see I accidentally posted the same thread twice, not sure how that happened, sorry :/ I reported one of them as spam though.
Edited by Traceroy - 6/1/13 at 3:50pm
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the 3770K is really a good deal in Microcenter. I'd sacrifice the ssd for now just to get the i7. don't need HT . . . turn it off. if in case you need it you can always turn it on. I guess you can't wait for haswell.

The other thing is get a 2 X 4GB ram for dual channel mode.

Last, even if you only play 1080, $400 for a 2GB card is kinda . . . you know what I mean?

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rdr09, why would you consider grabing the 3770K over the 3570K exactly ? For gaming, the 3570K is more than enough, I wouldn't sacrifice the SSD, on the contrary, you will notice a difference in performance more important than the one of the 3770K over the 3570K. Finally, the 770 is IMO the best bang for the buck right now, a 680 on steroids for the price of a 670. The 780 is way too expensive to consider for myself right now, I would rather buy 2 770 rather than one 780.
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7950 is the best Gpu for the money.
    
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rdr09, why would you consider grabing the 3770K over the 3570K exactly ? For gaming, the 3570K is more than enough, I wouldn't sacrifice the SSD, on the contrary, you will notice a difference in performance more important than the one of the 3770K over the 3570K. Finally, the 770 is IMO the best bang for the buck right now, a 680 on steroids for the price of a 670. The 780 is way too expensive to consider for myself right now, I would rather buy 2 770 rather than one 780.

the i7 'cause op is getting the chip in microcenter were you can get it for $229. now if it was for like $350, then that is a different story. i did say sacrifice it atm. op can always get a ssd later.

about the 770, at $400 for a 2GB card. The 4GB is only like $50 more even if it does not use all of it . . . still.
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Finally, the 770 is IMO the best bang for the buck right now, a 680 on steroids for the price of a 670. The 780 is way too expensive to consider for myself right now, I would rather buy 2 770 rather than one 780.

Do you think I should wait for the 4gb version? And does it not have a disadvantage against the 7970 with less ram and not being 384 bit?

And rdr, I already bought all the parts except the GPU, I got it from newegg not microcenter, it just gave me the cheapest places when I pasted it for some reason.
Edited by Traceroy - 6/1/13 at 7:57pm
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Do you think I should wait for the 4gb version? And does it not have a disadvantage against the 7970 with less ram and not being 384 bit?

And rdr, I already bought all the parts except the GPU, I got it from newegg not microcenter, it just gave me the cheapest places when I pasted it for some reason.

oh, ok. now i got you. i'd still recommend the 4GB version. you'll never know you might upgrade your monitor or something or play a game that will require more vram. i don't know what nvidia was thinking.

edit: here Trace have a read . . .

http://www.overclock.net/newsearch?search=2+GB+vram+enough

this one in particular . . .

http://www.overclock.net/t/1272610/2gb-vram-with-heavily-modded-skyrim-has-anybody-had-issues/60
Edited by rdr09 - 6/1/13 at 8:09pm
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I'd wait for the 760 Ti
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oh, ok. now i got you. i'd still recommend the 4GB version. you'll never know you might upgrade your monitor or something or play a game that will require more vram. i don't know what nvidia was thinking.

edit: here Trace have a read . . .

http://www.overclock.net/newsearch?search=2+GB+vram+enough

this one in particular . . .

http://www.overclock.net/t/1272610/2gb-vram-with-heavily-modded-skyrim-has-anybody-had-issues/60

Hmmm ok. I think I'll wait for the 4gb 770 then, I think they're coming out next week? Thanks a lot smile.gif
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Hmmm ok. I think I'll wait for the 4gb 770 then, I think they're coming out next week? Thanks a lot smile.gif

If u want that why not just get a 680 4gb used and over clock it.. it's the samething...
    
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