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Old July 24, 2012, 03:06 AM
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Exclamation Well I returned my 7970 now what?

Well after with the hassle and fuss with my 7970, I called uncle I returned it and got a refund. Beware when you return something to Newegg, I paid $530 for the video card and only got $350 back and only used it for about 5 days. Rip off's, anyway I need a new video card and I'm thinking no more AMD unless they pull their crap together. I still play at a 5760 by 1080 resolution and my rig is i7 3770, ASrock Extreme 4 Z77, 16GB Dual Channel 1600MGHRZ RAM, 120GB OCZ Vertex 3 SSD (boot), 500GB WD Blue, and 850 Corsair PSU (80+ Bronze I think lol). I'm thinking GTX 680 as a replacement for my 7970, now should I go with MSi or some other company. I've always gamed with MSi for a very long time and I've only had two issues with their products including this 7970 Lightning Edition. What is a good RELIABLE company that won't break as likely or come with problems and will cool very well for some fun OC'ing. Keep in mind I will more than likely SLI what ever I get and the performance I want is maximum setting or nearly maxed and expect 60fps. I know that may look like a bit of a high standard, but here's how I look at it. If you want graphics that will make your eye's blow up, use a PC. If you want to play the game use a 360 or PS3 or Wii... lol. Now I've been recommended a dual GPU card and I will NEVER buy one of those because the cooling is horrible unless you get liquid and I will NEVER use liquid cooling with a video card. Thanks so much, I've had a horrible experience with the 7970 and will probably stay with nVidia because I've never had an issue with nVidia with the two video cards I've purchased a 9600 GT and GTX 470 which makes me wonder. I've purchased a HD 5850 and it killed every game for me (in a good way), then a GTX 470 loved it. After a bit I wanted to do multiscreen gaming so I turned to AMD got a 6950 2gb. Now the first one I received was a lemon so I got a new one. It's worked flawlessly so I decided to Crossfire two of them, shortly after the 79XX series was released. Then I flipped, sold my 6950's and got a 7970, then shortly it didn't work out. Now I'm really stuck and most benchmarks are with systems that aren't similar to mine and the resolution and I wish the PC/Gaming community realize's 1080 is kinda fading away to bigger resolutions. Anyway what next, I'll be able to get a card in a bit please help, by the way NO MORE AMD! Oh and another question what card will be able to play Max Payne 3 at a massive resolution, because that game is way too fun and looks freak'n NICE!
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Old July 24, 2012, 05:13 AM
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Definatly go with the GTX 680. With the resolution you play at nothing else will sufice. you will probably need two of them, or GTX 690. Brand wise, if you like MSI, stick with them, but I personally like Gigabyte and Asus as well. None of their cards have ever failed me.
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Old July 24, 2012, 05:20 AM
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Triple Screen Gaming with Today's Graphics Cards.
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Old July 24, 2012, 05:23 AM
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I'm still an advocate for using dual cards for triple monitor gaming over a single card, as those results GBA linked helps prove how much frames drop when you load with multiple screens one graphics card.
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Old July 24, 2012, 06:19 AM
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What kind of problems did you have with your 7970, anyway?
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Old July 24, 2012, 07:08 AM
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Wow. That was one hard-to-read paragraph.

Anyway, EVGA, ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI are top dog with their 3-year transferrable warranties. (Bonus if you're in Canada: ASUS and MSI have RMA centres in Canada)

ASUS and MSI would be good choices for cooling/high-clocking, but like others have suggested, you may need to SLI for sustained playability (decent framerates), especially for something as demanding as Max Payne 3. In which case, EVGA all the way.

Why not 670 SLI? I know a lot of the problems I had with 7970 disappeared switching to 670, and got comparable, and quieter performance
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Old July 24, 2012, 07:45 AM
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I vote windforce 670 with a nice overclock.
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Old July 24, 2012, 08:33 AM
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What kind of problems did you have with your 7970, anyway?
+1 i would like to hear the issue's aswell, i have been gaming at 5760x1080 for a shile with crossfired 7970's and haven't experienced anything that would make me sell, or return my cards.
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Old July 24, 2012, 12:28 PM
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+1 i would like to hear the issue's aswell, i have been gaming at 5760x1080 for a shile with crossfired 7970's and haven't experienced anything that would make me sell, or return my cards.
Some of the issues were that in the Windows Desktop Manager would crash a lot when using Eyefinity, when I'd play some games in 1080p because they wouldn't support multiscreen resolution the videocard would crash. A bunch of grey lines that were running down the screen would freeze my compute after sometime of gaming at 1080p. I've tried older versions of drivers and it seemed to matter what I've done it has issues that wouldn't go away. Yet I paid about a half a grand for a piece of crap.
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Old July 24, 2012, 03:11 PM
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And you 100% narrowed it down to the video card?
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