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    What Video Card?

    I have a price range between $300-$450.

    I've been looking around I was originally going to go with a MSI 660ti PE 2GB but then I saw that MSI was overvolting this card and it was causing cards to die and 192bit vs 384bit on a 7950.

    Which would be the best card between $300-$425 with overclocking.

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    Depends on what you're going to be doing, and what you have now.

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    The "Best" card would be http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...D=3938566&SID= not sure if you really need that kind of power though.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...D=3938566&SID= is also a really good card. (I'm not biased, I promise )
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazus View Post
    Depends on what you're going to be doing, and what you have now.
    GT 620

    Going to be playing Rift, BF3, Far Cry 3, Planet Side 2, and new games at hopefully Ultra.

    Probably going to go with a 7970 GHz n0cturnal linked.
    Last edited by -Cynical-; 2013-01-18 at 05:12 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Cynical- View Post
    GT 620

    Going to be playing Rift, BF3, Far Cry 3, Planet Side 2, and new games at hopefully Ultra.

    Probably going to go with a 7970 GHz n0cturnal linked.
    What's the rest of the specs?
    i5-4670k 4.2GHz | EVGA GTX 980 | 16GB Kingston HyperX | 256GB 840 EVO | Corsair H100i | Noctua IndustialPPC
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    Quote Originally Posted by inux94 View Post
    What's the rest of the specs?
    i5 3350p, GT 620, 2x4GB 1600, meh H77, and 550w.

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    Do you know the brand and model of that PSU?
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    Quote Originally Posted by n0cturnal View Post
    Do you know the brand and model of that PSU?
    OCZ Fatal1ty 550W

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Cynical- View Post
    Not the best but sufficient to run a 7970 with the rest of your system.
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    Yeh you might get away with a 550 but i would recommend going to something 700+ running a 7970. I have the 3gb OC model from asus and its a beast - but you need to feed it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beno View Post
    Yeh you might get away with a 550 but i would recommend going to something 700+ running a 7970. I have the 3gb OC model from asus and its a beast - but you need to feed it
    You can run dual 7970 on 700W, his system will hardly ever reach 400W load.
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    What resolution are you running? What games do you want to play on what settings? If you are gaming at 1080p tbh I wouldn't waste my time with something like a 7970. A 7870 which is ~195$ right now after rebate is going to be more than sufficient.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beno View Post
    Yeh you might get away with a 550 but i would recommend going to something 700+ running a 7970. I have the 3gb OC model from asus and its a beast - but you need to feed it
    Complete overkill. AMD recommends a 500W PSU for the 7970, which is already a cautiously high estimate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crusader Cronus View Post
    Complete overkill. AMD recommends a 500W PSU for the 7970, which is already a cautiously high estimate.
    Making sure that all the OCZ buyers out there won't try to run them on a 400W PSU

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Cynical- View Post
    GT 620

    Going to be playing Rift, BF3, Far Cry 3, Planet Side 2, and new games at hopefully Ultra.

    Probably going to go with a 7970 GHz n0cturnal linked.
    or use every penny of your budget for this bad boy, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125422.
    personally no exp with gigabyte for gpu's but people around here seem to love them recently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Cynical- View Post
    GT 620

    Going to be playing Rift, BF3, Far Cry 3, Planet Side 2, and new games at hopefully Ultra.

    Probably going to go with a 7970 GHz n0cturnal linked.
    Rift is pretty power hungry and prefers NVIDIA (As do many other high end games) so keep that in the back of your mind. I can't say for certain for the other games.
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    Usually, most of the biggest AAA games are heavily nvidia oriented for some reason. That doesn't mean that AMD cards don't perform excellent in them as well though. All the games he listed will perform excellent with an AMD card.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lemmiwink View Post
    Usually, most of the biggest AAA games are heavily nvidia oriented for some reason. That doesn't mean that AMD cards don't perform excellent in them as well though. All the games he listed will perform excellent with an AMD card.
    Yup, running everything with my 7970 @ 1440p and at stock clocks. BF3 on ultra (without MSAA) is running on average between 50-60 fps Also had no issues running hitman on ultra at that resolution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeara View Post
    Yup, running everything with my 7970 @ 1440p and at stock clocks. BF3 on ultra (without MSAA) is running on average between 50-60 fps Also had no issues running hitman on ultra at that resolution.
    All the high-end cards, Nvidia or AMD, will give excellent performances in all games. The only real criterias I would have when looking for a card would be:

    Higher resolutions or multiple screens? AMD takes the crown with nvidia lagging far behind.

    Plan on gaming in 3D? It's not super with either card, but Nvidia is way better in this area.

    Got a limited budget? AMD will get you further for the same money.

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