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April 9, 2013 3:57:03 AM

i currently have a 7770HD 2gb gpu and want to replace it. i been doing alot of research but i'm on a budget so the 2 i have in mind are the 660Ti or the 7850HD. i will buy one at the beginning of the month and a 2nd for xfire next month. just want to know if anyone slse has any other good ideas on any. my budget is 300 bucks, cant go above that.

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April 9, 2013 4:05:29 AM

I would go with the 7850. The new 7000's series are great. If you have a few extra dollars, bump up to the 7870.
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April 9, 2013 4:26:59 AM

A 660Ti is probably the best you can get for $300. Some might suggest a HD 7950, but you get stuttering in crossfire, so if you are going to end up with a pair of cards Nvidia fares better.

The 7870 XT or LE is also a good one I can recommend if you want to save a bit of money but still get awesome performance. It performs nearly as well a the 7950 but costs $50 less.

It would be good if you could tell us what monitor setup you are playing on, your CPU, the PSU you are using, what games you are playing. Because from there we can suggest a better solution to suit your needs. I have a suspicion your PSU might not be enough for a pair of new cards.
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April 9, 2013 4:41:16 AM

if you are upgrading from HD7770, I would recommend at least a single HD7870 better than a single HD7850.

+1 huilun02 if you plan to go multiple GPU
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April 9, 2013 5:25:42 AM

huilun02 said:
A 660Ti is probably the best you can get for $300. Some might suggest a HD 7950, but you get stuttering in crossfire, so if you are going to end up with a pair of cards Nvidia fares better.

The 7870 XT or LE is also a good one I can recommend if you want to save a bit of money but still get awesome performance. It performs nearly as well a the 7950 but costs $50 less.

It would be good if you could tell us what monitor setup you are playing on, your CPU, the PSU you are using, what games you are playing. Because from there we can suggest a better solution to suit your needs. I have a suspicion your PSU might not be enough for a pair of new cards.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noVu8BXkCsw about half an hour in there is an interview with a guy from PC perspective if you bother listening through the entire interview you will understand the issues currently with Xfire
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April 9, 2013 11:45:29 AM

psu is 750w and monitor runs at 1920x1080. my plans within the next month or two is to buy another card and crossfire them. board will be GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3, cpu Fx 6300 and 8gb of ram. with kuhler H20 620 water cooled all in 1, 3 chassis fans. 1 500gb hitachi deskstar HD, and an WD 160gb HD, also a single DVD drive. and thats my entire system.
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April 9, 2013 12:04:35 PM

to be honest i have about 300 dollars to spend on my upgrade and am just looking for the best overall card or cards i can buy for my price point.
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April 9, 2013 1:27:32 PM

rvieaujr said:
to be honest i have about 300 dollars to spend on my upgrade and am just looking for the best overall card or cards i can buy for my price point.

If you can bump up to $340, then a pair of GTX 650 Ti Boost cards in SLI is the best/cheapest option for better than 7970 GHz performance.
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_6...
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April 10, 2013 5:14:04 AM

Do you mean $300 for the card you are getting now, or for the end solution (2 card)?
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April 10, 2013 5:48:47 AM

You can't go wrong with a HD7870XT, Sapphire sent me one to review last month and its pretty awesome for the price. Not sure of the price in $ but you can get it around £180 in the UK.

It performs pretty well against the HD7950 until the 7950 is OCed.
Watch my review if you want: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQWfvcdMjNY

I only managed to play with crossfire with the HD7950 + 7870XT which really didn't work nicely at all, all games looked like 20fps apart from BF3 which was amazing, but I think this is mainly down to the mix and match of the cards, 2x 7950 or 2x 7870xts will play better I think.

Good Luck!
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April 10, 2013 6:03:59 AM

tjcoops said:
You can't go wrong with a HD7870XT, Sapphire sent me one to review last month and its pretty awesome for the price. Not sure of the price in $ but you can get it around £180 in the UK.

It performs pretty well against the HD7950 until the 7950 is OCed.
Watch my review if you want: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQWfvcdMjNY

I only managed to play with crossfire with the HD7950 + 7870XT which really didn't work nicely at all, all games looked like 20fps apart from BF3 which was amazing, but I think this is mainly down to the mix and match of the cards, 2x 7950 or 2x 7870xts will play better I think.

Good Luck!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noVu8BXkCsw if you listen to the interview(starts at 29mins) that will explain some of the issues currently with crossfire and how we measure FPS.
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April 10, 2013 6:23:02 AM

jeppishh said:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noVu8BXkCsw if you listen to the interview(starts at 29mins) that will explain some of the issues currently with crossfire and how we measure FPS.


Pretty interesting, only seen the first 5 minutes or so. But I don't understand how that's exclusively a problem with AMD, but I've never used SLI so I'll take your word that SLI>Crossfire :) 

In my opinion AMD definitely has more competitive cards this generation (at most price points) but if the OP is definitely wanting multiple GPUs then I suppose nVidia is a better choice.

edit: Yeah I see how Crossfire is different to SLI now, nice find!
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April 10, 2013 6:32:23 AM

tjcoops said:
jeppishh said:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noVu8BXkCsw if you listen to the interview(starts at 29mins) that will explain some of the issues currently with crossfire and how we measure FPS.


Pretty interesting, only seen the first 5 minutes or so. But I don't understand how that's exclusively a problem with AMD, but I've never used SLI so I'll take your word that SLI>Crossfire :) 

In my opinion AMD definitely has more competitive cards this generation (at most price points) but if the OP is definitely wanting multiple GPUs then I suppose nVidia is a better choice.

edit: Yeah I see how Crossfire is different to SLI now, nice find!


No problem i always want people to make an educated purchase :cheese: 
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April 10, 2013 11:31:08 PM

250-300 for the 1st card purchase. thinking about either the 660ti or 7870. should be a big upgrade from my 7770 2gb. i was told since i'm playing on 1 monitor 1920x1080 that i should buy the best card i can for now and i dont have much need to crossfire or go sli bc i wont notice a big jump in performance. from what i heard so far i think i'm pretty set on the 7870. any special edition better than another? XFX and exc.
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April 11, 2013 3:45:07 AM

Cant tell which is better because you linked just images...

Found these on Newegg:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'd avoid getting from XFX as they are known to voltage lock cards (which impairs high overclocks). But between these two, the Gigabyte card comes with a higher 900Mhz factory clock speed, but does not have the Boost function of the Sapphire card. It's up to you, Gigabyte for higher factory speeds and triple fans, or Sapphire for the Boost feature.

But if you are not going to overclock at all, a 7950 is not worth the extra $50 over the 7870 XT/LE.
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April 11, 2013 3:55:00 AM

huilun02 said:
Cant tell which is better because you linked just images...

Found these on Newegg:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'd avoid getting from XFX as they are known to voltage lock cards (which impairs high overclocks). But between these two, the Gigabyte card comes with a higher 900Mhz factory clock speed, but does not have the Boost function of the Sapphire card. It's up to you, Gigabyte for higher factory speeds and triple fans, or Sapphire for the Boost feature.

But if you are not going to overclock at all, a 7950 is not worth the extra $50 over the 7870 XT/LE.

The asus DCU2 version is also Great if you can find that for good price
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April 11, 2013 6:21:28 AM

oc'ing will be a must.
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April 11, 2013 9:20:34 AM

I still think considering a pair of GTX 650 Ti Boosts in SLI for $340 is worthy, actually it may be easily the best option out of all those listed.


Quote:
"After running the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost SLI through our test suite, I have to admit that I'm impressed. The duo delivered performance easily matching and often exceeding much more expensive single-card options such as the GeForce GTX 680 and Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition, and they don't cost as much. SLI multi-GPU scaling works well with all of our titles except for F1 2012. Scaling by going from one to two GTX 650 Ti Boost cards is around 70%, even with F1 2012 taken into account. Unlike AMD, NVIDIA does a good job of maintaining its SLI profiles, so you should be able to play new games without a long wait for multi-GPU support. However, the risk that a game will not be supported still exists, and you might, at worst, end up with single-card performance. This is in my opinion, given the massive performance-per-dollar advantage, an acceptable tradeoff. I would definitely recommend a GTX 650 Ti Boost SLI setup to a friend looking to spend as little money as possible on a high-end gaming rig.
Have $340 and want high-end performance? Consider this!"
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_6...
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April 22, 2013 11:07:46 AM

Buy the 660ti. If you buy another one, you will get more permormance than a 680. Just make sure you have the right PSU and Motherboard for it.
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April 22, 2013 6:30:46 PM

750w psu with gigabyte 990FXA UD3 for the mobo
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April 22, 2013 7:44:19 PM

guanyu210379 said:
if you are upgrading from HD7770, I would recommend at least a single HD7870 better than a single HD7850.

I agree, if you check out the Tom's Hardware Graphics Card Heirarchy Charts you will see that they don't recommend upgrading unless your intended new card is in at least the 3rd tier above your old one....not to mention that you might as well get the 7870 if your considering that series....I don't even know why they sell the 7850's....not enough bang for the buck.... Not to mention that it isn't that much more money for such a massive performance increase.
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