Help me choose a Graphics card please! <3

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Okay, so I am in a big rush to get this PC finished, I am in Aus and my local shop is having a sale on just the Galaxy GTX 670, but there is also the Gigabyte 3gb 7950 OC. Right now, they are both the exact same price, they said that they have never heard of galaxy and it would be safer to go with the 7950, they also said that the 7950 will have better performance, I didn't want to just take their opinions, I want your amazing opinions too! I hope you guys can help :3
 

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I think I would still go for the Galaxy GTX 670 instead of the 7950 since a GTX 670 is slightly better than a 7950. It is the same price so my vote goes to the Galaxy GTX 670.

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Man, I was really leaning towards the Gigabyte 7950, I will probably OC it to around 1050mhz and it comes with 3gb memory whereas the 670 only has 2, I was going to get the 7950. But after reading forums and asking people, they say the 7950, I even asked a few computer shops and they said the 7950, I am so lost :'(
 

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Don't worry too much about the RAM. I would still prefer a GTX 670 over a 7950. Maybe you should check some benchmarks of the type of games you are going to play and decide that way.

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Okay well here is the thing, I don't really need the best performance card, the most performance hungry thing I will be using it for is just playing bf3, will a 7950 oc to 900 play bf3 on ultra with around 60fps, if it does that, I am fine with it, I don't want a 670 if the 7950 will be fine with around 30-60 fps :) thankyou so much so far guys, really helpful :) !
 

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they are both capable, but in terms of which runs battlefield 3 better.. check this out

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7970-ghz-edition-review-benchmark,3232-8.html

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1925/5/

comparing GTX 670 and HD 7950

http://www.hwcompare.com/12507/geforce-gtx-670-vs-radeon-hd-7950/

GTX 670 eats less wattage... other statistics are interesting but GTX 670 wins to most of them.

anyway, just go where your heart is at ease. they will both be fine for BF3 :)
 

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So what do you guys think, I need to make my decision, I am sort of leaning more towards the 670 now but I don't want it to break if it is a crap brand :(
 

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Galaxy is not a cheap brand. HardOCP has a review and they really like it:
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/06/04/galaxy_geforce_gtx_670_gc_video_card_review/

Quote:
"We think it is fair to say that GALAXY stepped up its game with the GALAXY GeForce GTX 670 GC, allowing it to match the performance of the GeForce GTX 680."

 

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Alright thank you very much, I have chosen the GTX 670 :)
One more thing, is there a difference between G skill ares ram and G skill ripjaws, I didn't think there was but I found this forum and I don't understand what he is saying but it looks like something to do with voltage and he says it can break your cpu, which I don't want because I just bought a brand new 3770k
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/308402-30-skill-ripjaws-skill-ares
 

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The thing you want to look at is CAS latency. CAS 8 or lower is pretty good, 9 is okay if the speed is above 1600 mhz. The higher the speed the higher the cas needs to be, but still the lower the better. If you are looking at two different types of RAM, both the same speed, get the one with lower CAS Latency (CL or just "c" at the end of a serial number).

You absolutely want to verify the RAM voltage your motherboard is rated for. For me, it's 1.65 volts tops, anything above that (older RAM) won't work.

Be careful with the Ripjaws RAM if you have a large CPU cooler. The very tall RAM heatsinks may get in the way of the cooler. You should be able to remove the top part of the heatspreader if necessary. I think the Ares modules are low profile.
 

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Oh yeah, no problem. The H100 takes up very little room around the CPU itself. I would have to see the stat sheet on your RAM and motherboard to know if they are compatible. I saw that G.Skill has a "RAM Finder" section on their website where you can get a list of compatible modules.
 

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I think you're good to go. I didn't see that specific module on the list of compatible memory, but it should work fine. I'm assuming the speed is 2000+ mhz for the higher CL10? I think your voltage limit is between 1.4 - 1.65 volts.

Be sure to set the XMP profile in the motherboard BIOS to ensure the RAM is running at its maximum stock speed with proper timings.
 

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