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Ill start off by saying this, and get you hits in while ya can thumb.gif Im an amd fanboy, loved all the cards ive gotten from them. Im feeling though Im in need of an upgrade as my 7850 just isnt cutting it anymore on my 3 displays. I always loved amd for their prices, as i felt the value was better (personal opinion though I have always known if you want the BEST nvidia/intel was always there) though with the price jump that value is out the window. I am looking at the 770 which seems suitable for my needs.

On newegg theres a gigabyte windforce 770 for $330

but for $40 more theres the evga one (acx cooling) super clocked

so one question is their super clocked just factory overclocked cards? Is it just they overclocked it which I can do myself and are trying to make that worth $40 more or are they just cherry picked cards which can withstand the higher clocks at base and be overclocked further? (sorry if im a nub)

anyways thnx for the advice
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From what I understand, they are just OC out of the box. Read somewhere that the factory room OC ones don't have as much headroom, since they're already OC'd. Just the 2 cents I've seen around the interwebs. I just bought an EVGA 780 though.
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I wouldnt bother with the OC editions. The windforce is a very nice cooler that will do you good.

But id like to chime in on the lack of value you state in amd since mining now and how nvidia is better for the moment. While that is true, if gaming is your only concern they will do you better.

But in my opinion amds value is still better. Reason being is with their increased mining capabilities you can quickly and easily pay off the difference between an equivalent amd vs nvidia card. Heck you can even pay off the entire value of the card in 1-2 months depending on how much you mine. Like how long will you game anyway? If you game for 3 hours a day the rest of the time while the PC is not doing anything anyway you can be mining and making money mining while at work/school whatever.

Something to think about.
    
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If you're willing to hash out potential Xfire issues, just grab another 7850. Two of those ought to pound anything into submission. Especially since your'e a fan of their gpu's.
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Don't look at a board solely because it looks bad arse, look at it's VRM and Phases. Make sure there is cooling on those VRMs. Make sure you've got a a great amount of phases, like 4+2 or 8+2. Never settle for anything less. Just overclock that 8350! smile.gif
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Unless it's something like the Lightning or Classifieds lines, I wouldn't spend any money for OOB overclocked cards, and that's becausewith the ones mentioned, youhhave voltage control.
   
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