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MSI 7870 Twin Frozr III OC

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Hi everyone, I'm planning to make a gaming PC for the purposes of playing BF4 soon, and I was going to get the ASUS DC2T 270x for $210 USD from Amazon (I need the card to be shipped to NZ so Amazon is the cheapest in terms of price and shipping). But now I've seen the MSI Twin Frozr III OC edition on Amazon for $180 USD ($30 cheapers than the 270x) I've heard these cards are similar in performance, but after reading reviews, I'm getting mixed opinions about cooling and noise:

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/HD_7870_Twin_Frozr/25.html
http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4661/msi_radeon_hd_7870_2gb_twinfrozr_overclocked_video_card_review/index16.html

Has anyone got this card, is it worth saving the 30 bucks or should I go for the ASUS card? Thanks, any input is appreciated biggrin.gif
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In fact, for $40 USD less than the ASUS card, I can get s HIS 7870 IceQ Turbo card which also has really good reviews in terms of noise and cooling. Is this a better deal or should I stick with the MSI card or go for the ASUS card?

http://www.amazon.com/HIS-Mini-DiplayPort-Express-Graphics-H787Q2G2M/dp/B007HYIRES
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Is it worth paying $80 USD extra to get the HIS IceQ 7950?
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i am not sure if the 7870 can max out BF4 but i know the 7950 can. my 7970 and 7950 share exact same settings in my games including BF3, C3, and C2 using 1080. most if not all 7950 can oc to 1100/1500 and those clocks is faster than a stock 7970/280X.

what the 7970/280X can max, the 7950 can, too. what the 7950 can't, those two can't either.

whatever your cpu, you gonna want to oc it. i have to oc my i7 to 4.5 to play with both the 7950 and 7970 nicely.

edit: i think it is worth it.
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Hmm yeah... I'm getting an i5 3470 so it's not the best (but I'm unfortunately on a pretty tight budget) so I'm thinking that the 7950 is still out of budget for me and I'd rather save some money and get the 7870... but are either of these cards reliable? I really like the reviews of the HIS card but it doesn't seem to have a warranty in New Zealand according to the HIS website, and the MSI card does have a warranty here, but the reviews say it can be a bit noisy... anyone have any experience with this MSI card?
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