Need help on deciding on new graphics card

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Sep 2, 2012
  1. drobb
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    Hey all, can i get some feedback and help on deciding what card i should get and would work best for me. i currently have a Radeon HD 4650 600M 1GB DDR2 PCI-E by XFX. im considering one of these

    PNY GeForce GTX 680 2 GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0

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    VisionTEK Radeon HD 7970 - 3 GB GDDR5 - PCI Express x16

    there is a $5 diffrence with the PNY being more expensive, but it comes with a free copy of Borderlands 2

    i know cpu speed and stuff has alot to do with things to so im currently running a intel core 2 quad cpu q8200 @2.33Ghz 2.34Ghz with 6gigs of ram installed.

    i may just hold out as im considering getting a new pc when windows 8 finally releases but im still curious
     
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    From reviews I've seen, the GTX 680 performs much better than the 7970. It's quieter, physically smaller, has lower power consumption than the 7970, and isn't screwed over with the Catalyst Controls AMD GPUs use. If it were me, I'd go with the GTX 680.
     
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    Well, what's your power supply currently? You'll want to make sure you have enough power for the card. Though really, yeah, it looks more like its time for an upgrade. Or at least an overclock.
     
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    I don't know where you're getting your price cause on newegg there's an average 70$ difference between the 7970 and the gtx 680.
    7970: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100006662&IsNodeId=1&Description=HD%207970&bop=And&Order=PRICE&PageSize=20
    GTX 680: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100006662&IsNodeId=1&Description=gtx%20680&bop=And&Order=PRICE&PageSize=20
    review: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7970-ghz-edition-review-benchmark,3232-8.html

    setting aside the gpu, you'll need a good psu to power them and your cpu won't allow you to enjoy all of the glory of those card.
     
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    Get a 680. I'd kill for one of those things.

    Hell, my 560Ti is still superb.
     
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    ive decided on just waiting as im gonna just get a new pc in a few months anyways. thanks for the comments. and as for the prices, they were on dell's website
     
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    You've already made your decision, but I wonder what exactly you would be using the graphics card for. For gaming, it's overkill and you could save a lot by getting one or two models lower then put that money into a new CPU and motherboard or even a add a SSD.
     
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    it woulda been for gaming. and as for overkill i wanted it to last awhile as it may be a few years before i could update again
     
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