GTX 760/ HD 7950 + mobo advice

By dassan
Mar 13, 2014
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  1. Hello guys I will buy i5 4670k and 2 of these followings:

    Asrock Z87 Extreme 4 http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z87 Extreme4/
    Asrock Z87 Killer http://www.asrock.com/microsite/Fatal1tyKiller/Fatal1ty...
    MSI Z87-G45 http://www.msi.com/product/mb/Z87G45_GAMING.html#overvi...

    MSI N760 TF 2GD5/OC http://www.msi.com/product/vga/N760_TF_2GD5OC.html#over...
    Sapphire HD7950 GDDR5 3GB 384Bit http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1...
    Asus GTX760-DC2OC-2GD5 http://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/GTX760DC2OC2GD5/#ove...

    Can you help me on which combination of those mobo+graphics card gives me better performance? I be happy if u help on
  2. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,784   +639

    Either combination would offer pretty much the same performance.
    Of the motherboards, I'd go with an AsRock over the MSI. My personal experience with MSI boards is rather mixed to say the least. Of the two AsRock boards, they are similarly appointed, and should be similarly priced.
    If you're looking at the overclocking ability, that is more down to the silicon lottery that is CPU fabrication rather than board ability. Both AsRock boards should feature the same OC headroom.

    As for the graphics cards, assuming price isn't the main consideration and cryptocurrency minng hasn't sent AMD cards higher than they should be, both the GTX 760 and HD 7950 are well matched and capable cards. How they fare will depend upon which games you plan playing.

    If it comes down to a reference HD 7950 and a vendor overclocked GTX 760, I'd go with the latter, and the MSI Gaming version over the Asus DC2. The MSI card will be quieter and likely have more overclock headroom.
  3. dassan

    dassan Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 16

    Btw I see a lot of ppl saying 'get gtx760 it s cheaper than 7950" etc. In where I ll buy parts SAPPHIRE HD 7950 3GB GDDR5 WITH BOOST is like 15$ cheaper than MSI N760 TF 2GD5/OC . You wud advice 7950 over gtx760 in this conditions?
  4. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,784   +639

    Personally? No, but I have no love for the AMD reference cooler. It isn't particularly effective, it's loud, and it inhibits overclocking. If you could source an aftermarket cooler equipped 7950, like the Vapor-X then it becomes a toss-up between that and the GTX 760 Gaming depending upon which feature set appeals more.
  5. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,138   +498

    Its going to depend on games you are planning on playing, here is a benchmark thread on this forum where they compared different cards (Including the 7950 and the 760)

    http://www.techspot.com/review/738-gigabyte-geforce-gtx-780-ti-ghz/page3.html

    I would advise as well as to get an aftermarket cooler over a blower if you can because of noise and heat. The cooler is enough to cool it, so if you don't plan on overclocking and the sound of a blower card would not bother you then the 7950 would be the better stock performance buy.

    But if you can, get something with an aftermarket cooler thats factory overclocked. That will provide more performance as is.


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