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New GPU
« on: October 12, 2013, 00:56:10 AM »
I'm in the market for a new, high-end GPU. I'm willing to lay down anything from 150-250 pounds (250-400 usd). Here are some that I'm looking at so far:

GTX 660 | $204
GTX 760 | $249
GTX 670 | $334
GTX 770 DirectCU II OC | $400

I understand that it's mostly about how much money I'm willing to throw down, but I'm curious what everyone has and how it's served them. Thanks guys.
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Re: New GPU
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2013, 18:50:27 PM »
Well I would go for the fastest single core GPU I could afford

currently on a EVGA GTX295 still solid but not gaming and my son is using the AMD Radeon 7900 925MHz with 3072MB mem and had it a few years and no problem when I was using it or since!

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Re: New GPU
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2013, 18:56:31 PM »
Well I would go for the fastest single core GPU I could afford

currently on a EVGA GTX295 still solid but not gaming and my son is using the AMD Radeon 7900 925MHz with 3072MB mem and had it a few years and no problem when I was using it or since!
I've heard good things about AMD's (I know Greek has one), but I think I'm going to stick with good ol' Nvidia. Also the cards you mentioned aren't even made anymore!  :D

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Re: New GPU
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2013, 19:29:22 PM »
 :-[ Yep the world has moved on  ;)

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Re: New GPU
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2013, 08:57:31 AM »
last time I tried NVidia (which was a few years ago, mind you) the drivers did have a habit of freezing every now and again (though in this day and age, that means your game stutters for a few seconds, rather than getting a blue screen) but that might be fixed now.

ATI, on the other hand - drivers resetting, not so much, but the driver control applet is the most abominable pile of crap I've ever come across.  I have no intention of buying a new graphics card right now - I like that I can drive all 3 of my monitors from the one ATI card - but my next one might well be NVidia.

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Re: New GPU
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2013, 19:25:36 PM »
 
ASUS DirectCU GeForce GTX 770 OC 2048MB GDDR5

That is the card I would go for  personally  it also comes with a back plate.

NVIDIA's $400 price point is a great choice for taking this segment by storm. With current pricing, AMD is not competitive at all. The Radeon HD 7970 is slightly cheaper, but much slower, and the HD 7970 GHz Edition is more expensive and slower. Both AMD cards also lose to NVIDIA's recent offerings when looking at power consumption and noise.

Review

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/asus/geforce_gtx_770_direct_cu_ii_oc/
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Re: New GPU
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2013, 23:52:55 PM »
Thanks Scumm, sweet suggestion. I think I'll be going with a 770 no matter what, and I can just pick a model based on price range. That's about perfect.

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Re: New GPU
« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2013, 15:51:59 PM »
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/R9_280X_Direct_Cu_II_TOP/

Better performance and value... Plus Mantle and no nVidia failers (drivers). Failers going by their efforts on BF3... SHOCKING.

http://videocardz.com/46785/amd-radeon-r9-290x-performance-charts-emerge

290 might be out soonish, likely very expensive but if these figures are anything to go by will make nvidia look bad ha.

770's 2GB Video RAM is also considered low. BF4 for example recommends minimum of 3GB GDDR so already onto a loser there.

I buy whatever is best value at the time and in my opinion AMD has had the lead in this for the last couple of years and still do now.

My 7950 has been the best card I have had, and that isn't based on performance, the newest card you have is always going to be the best performing (or should!?), but best in terms of drivers and least bother. My last nVidia card was a 9800GTX+ and while it was a high performance card at the time it was a massive PITA with drivers and glitchy game play. From what some friends have said about their Nvidia cards it doesn't seem to be a whole lot better right now either.


Just so you can tell how impartial I have been on manufacturer here is my GPU list;

Geforce 3 Ti200
Radion 9800pro
Geforce 6600GT
6600GT SLi
HD3870
HD3870 CF
8800Ultra
9800GTX+
HD6870
HD7950 OC

Nice list and out of those my fav was the Ultra (Until it died :(). Man what a powerhouse card for its time! 7950 still has it beat on niceness to use though. :D
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Re: New GPU
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2013, 19:44:31 PM »
My daughter is still using my old 8800GT which is the best bang for buck I ever got for a GPU -still gong strong as well.

and the 295GTX just will not die - thats what you get with a 10 year warrenty

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Re: New GPU
« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2013, 23:01:08 PM »
That first card definitely looks like one to keep in mind. Thanks for the suggestion, Greek.

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Re: New GPU
« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2013, 11:07:10 AM »
That first card definitely looks like one to keep in mind. Thanks for the suggestion, Greek.

stay away from the 64MB one better to get the 128MB imo

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Re: New GPU
« Reply #11 on: October 17, 2013, 11:45:52 AM »
That first card definitely looks like one to keep in mind. Thanks for the suggestion, Greek.


stay away from the 64MB one better to get the 128MB imo


Wow. 9800Pro days those :D

http://www.cnet.com/graphics-cards/ati-radeon-9800-pro/4505-8902_7-30791128.html

Wow, wouldn't even go to the res of my monitor! ha!
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Re: New GPU
« Reply #12 on: November 14, 2013, 16:22:30 PM »
AMD 290. Bit more expensive than a 770 but much cheaper than a 780 and outperforms it. :D

http://www.techspot.com/review/736-amd-radeon-r9-290/page2.html
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Re: New GPU
« Reply #13 on: November 15, 2013, 20:43:43 PM »
That's pushing my budget, Greek. I think it'll end up being too expensive. Sweet card though.

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Re: New GPU
« Reply #14 on: November 17, 2013, 20:44:44 PM »
AMD 290. Bit more expensive than a 770 but much cheaper than a 780 and outperforms it. :D

http://www.techspot.com/review/736-amd-radeon-r9-290/page2.html


Not till you can get them with an aftermarket cooler - they AMD stock one just can't hack it.  That card is going to pull 300W so needs a very good cooler, good case cooling and a power supply up for the job.  Great card for the money however.