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Hi guys,

 

So I currently have an aging HD5850 in my box (i5-2500K, 16GB, Win8 x64) and the time has come to upgrade. Budget wise I'm looking at the $350-$500 mark, but having been with ATI/AMD for the bulk of my PC gaming years I'm not sure if I should change things up. I really like the idea of PhysX and the potential for 3D gaming (when I upgrade my monitor down the track) but really I just want my games to look their absolute best.

 

I'm currently playing a lot of BF3 but have a stack of other games I haven't even loaded yet and want to play in the future once I know I can have all the eye candy.

 

I'm close to getting one of the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 Overclocked 2GB - http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_p...oducts_id=20209

 

Suggestions or sage advice welcomed!

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7970. No question. Cheaper, faster, more memory.

Comprable to the above 670.. http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_p...oducts_id=19269

 

Edit: My 7970 does 1100/1500 on stock volts without breaking a sweat, most overclock at least this well if you're so inclined.

 

For BF3 specfic comparisson using the latest drivers from each side.. Dasa posted this the other day.

http://www.techspot.com/review/603-best-gr...ards/page4.html

 

It's a decent article, feel free to have a proper read through it.

Edited by p0is0n

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Thanks p0is0n, actually, that's the other card I'm looking at as well and judging by those benchmarks I can see what you are saying about bang for buck!

 

Let me ask this then, seeing as though frames are sorted, is missing out on PhysX worth worrying about? Is there the potential for 3D gaming with a 7970 down the track?

 

Also, is this particular card noisy or would it be the same or similar to the 670 variant (with the same cooling array by the looks of it)...?

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I wouldn't say I've ever "missed out" on PhysX.. see if you can find anything which compares the two. I am pretty sure it's just marketing BS and will give you a few more FPS if you have an nvidia card but won't alter your gaming experience at all.

 

3D I have no experience with sorry.

 

I would expect them to both be about the same noise level given they have the same cooler, which should be pretty quiet.

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Ah cool, so those PhysX videos I've seen (with/without) of extra particles (read: eye candy) floating around are just a bit of BS then for specific titles perhaps??

 

I forgot to mention, I also have an Asus P8Z68-V-PRO/GEN3 and Corsair HX620 (which only has two 6pin PCI-E plugs) - do you think that'll be alright?

 

I found this model - http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/r797oc...c=1&sort=2a - they have a triple pack give away (MP3, FC3 and Sleeping Dogs) as well. I already own those games but I could re-gift for xmas!!

 

EDIT - Just realised that a) it's Hitman:A, not MP3 and b) it's only for XFX cards...

 

EDIT 2 - Perhaps this one - http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/797a-t...22.html?sort=3d

Edited by davidian

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