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I'm looking to jump into the world of Bitcoin and I haven't the slightest idea of where to start. What graphics card(s) would make sense for me to purchase for around $300-400 for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency mining? I currently have a GTX 670 FTW which I know does extremely bad with mining. If possible, could I get a card(s) to replace my 670 while still maintaining similar graphics performance, but far better mining capabilities. Thank you in advance for all the help.
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HD7970 (~700Mhash/s @1200Mhz)
HD7950 (~600Mhash/s@1200Mhz)

are the only options if you want GTX670-like performance , or HD7870XT (~500Mhash/s @1200Mhz) takes a performance hit in both gaming and bitcoin mining

For memory intensive stuff (scrypt based crypto such as Litecoin) the 384-bit memory of the HD7950/HD7970 is a must
Edited by AlphaC - 6/7/13 at 12:54pm
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post #3 of 19
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HD7970 (~700Mhash/s @1200Mhz)
HD7950 (~600Mhash/s@1200Mhz)

are the only options if you want GTX670-like performance , or HD7870XT (~500Mhash/s @1200Mhz) takes a performance hit in both gaming and bitcoin mining

For memory intensive stuff (scrypt based crypto such as Litecoin) the 384-bit memory of the HD7950/HD7970 is a must

Thanks for the quick response. I suppose if I wanted to get either a 7950 or a 7970 I would probably need to sell/trade my 670. Time to get to helping people to get that 35 rep smile.gif.
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I'm looking to jump into the world of Bitcoin and I haven't the slightest idea of where to start. What graphics card(s) would make sense for me to purchase for around $300-400 for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency mining? I currently have a GTX 670 FTW which I know does extremely bad with mining. If possible, could I get a card(s) to replace my 670 while still maintaining similar graphics performance, but far better mining capabilities. Thank you in advance for all the help.

In the first spoiler of the club / thread there is a run down on how all cards stack up and how overclocking affects there hash rates.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1398219/bitcoin-litecoin-digitalcoin-and-all-crypto-currencies-club-and-general-information-thread/0_20
    
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In the first spoiler of the club / thread there is a run down on how all cards stack up and how overclocking affects there hash rates.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1398219/bitcoin-litecoin-digitalcoin-and-all-crypto-currencies-club-and-general-information-thread/0_20

Thank you! Any price vs. hash comparison?
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Thank you! Any price vs. hash comparison?

7790 wins there 350 mh/s 120$
    
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i7 3770k 5.2ghz  GIGABYTE G1 Assassin Sniper 3 7950 with Alphacool block 7950 w/ Alphacool Block 
GraphicsRAMHard DriveCooling
7950 w/ Alphacool block G.SKILL Trident X 2500mhz 2x4gb SanDisk Extreme 240gb sata III 6gbs x5 SwiftTech Apongee Drive II 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Monsta 360 86mm thick rad X 4 MCP 35X Pump x2 400ML Frozen Q Fusion res x3 Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit 
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CatLeap 2560x1440 + Acer hn274h bmiiid 120hz 3D Logitech G19 Corsair Ax1200 watts  Mountain Mods Ascension 
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i7 3770k 5.2ghz  GIGABYTE G1 Assassin Sniper 3 7950 with Alphacool block 7950 w/ Alphacool Block 
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7950 w/ Alphacool block G.SKILL Trident X 2500mhz 2x4gb SanDisk Extreme 240gb sata III 6gbs x5 SwiftTech Apongee Drive II 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Monsta 360 86mm thick rad X 4 MCP 35X Pump x2 400ML Frozen Q Fusion res x3 Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
CatLeap 2560x1440 + Acer hn274h bmiiid 120hz 3D Logitech G19 Corsair Ax1200 watts  Mountain Mods Ascension 
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post #7 of 19
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7790 wins there 350 mh/s 120$

This is all a lot to consider. I would really like to still max out my games, because I am thinking of selling my 670. Thank you for the suggestion.
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7790 also wins hash per watt as well smile.gif
    
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post #9 of 19
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Another question, what about in terms of Litecoin?
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Another question, what about in terms of Litecoin?

For Litecoin (or anything using the scrypt algorithm) it's more memory intensive so the added memory bandwidth of the HD7950s is better. (HD7790= 128bit, HD7850 / HD7870 / HD7870XT = 256bit)

7790 @200kHash/s @830MHz, 1600Mhz memory
7850 ~350 kHash/s @ 1GHz , 1300MHz memory
7870 ~400 kHash/s @ 1Ghz , 1500Mhz memory
7950 ~600kHash/s @ 1Ghz , 1250-1500Mhz memory
see https://github.com/litecoin-project/litecoin/wiki/Mining-hardware-comparison
Edited by AlphaC - 6/7/13 at 6:22pm
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