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I have 200 to spend on a GPU, what would be the most bang for my buck?

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May 28, 2013 10:55:09 AM

I have $200 to spend on a card, and I can maybe go up to 220 or so, but that's going over my total spending budget for an entire CPU. Any suggestions? I was looking at the Radeon HD 7870 or even the Geforce 660.

What brands should I look for?

Thank you for the help!

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May 28, 2013 11:24:08 AM

It just happens that two of the best GTX 660's are also the cheapest, $190 after rebate. They also come with a free copy of Metro Last Light.

The Asus Direct CU OC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Gigabyte Windforce
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


The most recent performance chart using the latest drivers on a more targeted resolution.
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Powercolor/HD_7850_S...
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May 28, 2013 11:28:19 AM

17seconds said:
It just happens that two of the best GTX 660's are also the cheapest, $190 after rebate. They also come with a free copy of Metro Last Light.

The Asus Direct CU OC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Gigabyte Windforce
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


MSI N660 TF 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5
is actually cheaper at $173.49 after rebate when you use promo code "EMCXRVM56"
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May 28, 2013 11:29:39 AM

slomo4sho said:
PNY VCGGTX650TBQXPB GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 is currently $120 after rebate at Newegg. This card sits between the 7850 and 7870. The rebate is valid for up to 3 cards so there is the possibility of running SLI for $240 with performance higher than a GTX 680.






^ Do it, $300 with $60 mail in rebates and you'll get some pretty impressive performance

Make sure your motherboard supports SLI before purchasing a 2nd card.
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May 28, 2013 11:44:30 AM

Wow thanks for the help guys !! I appreciate it. I just have a couple questions. I'm lookingat the 650 ti boost and the gtx 660 as you guys recommended. Which brand should I aim for? I know evaga is a good one but is pny and msi valued brands as well ? Why is evaga preffered by a lot of people ?
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May 28, 2013 11:50:36 AM

DanielLidell said:
Wow thanks for the help guys !! I appreciate it. I just have a couple questions. I'm lookingat the 650 ti boost and the gtx 660 as you guys recommended. Which brand should I aim for? I know evaga is a good one but is pny and msi valued brands as well ? Why is evaga preffered by a lot of people ?


EVGA used to be great but now they are just like any other card from Asus or Zotac for example. I tend towards Zotac due to great aesthetics as well as good components and cooling. Asus has larger coolers and are a little more expensive but are very good too.

I don't trust PNY, bad experience. just me I guess.
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May 28, 2013 12:09:27 PM

DanielLidell said:
Wow thanks for the help guys !! I appreciate it. I just have a couple questions. I'm lookingat the 650 ti boost and the gtx 660 as you guys recommended. Which brand should I aim for? I know evaga is a good one but is pny and msi valued brands as well ? Why is evaga preffered by a lot of people ?


Marketing and brand loyalty is what EVGA is all about currently. They once had a great reputation and they have been riding that wave.

Everyone has their own personal preferences when it comes to manufacturers. EVGA does nothing spectacular whereas Galaxy and ASUS cards are very quiet and MSI and Gigabyte provide good combination of performance and cooling. PNY had a bad reputation 6-7 years ago and the community is slow to forgive them for their transgressions. Many people are sour to the idea that their "lifetime" warranty is for the life cycle of the product and not a true lifetime warranty but PNY has shown dramatic improvements since their decline almost a decade ago.
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May 28, 2013 3:47:14 PM

PNY has a lifetime warranty and they are an American company based in Brooklyn, NY.
The GTX 660 comes with the free copy of Metro Last Light, while the GTX 650 Ti Boost does not.
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May 29, 2013 9:22:19 PM

I found a deal on tigerdirect for a 7870 radeon http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... and Im comparing to this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

What is the difference besides the price? Is the first link a better deal than a gtx 660? Will the radeon run well on my extreme 4 mobo and I5 3470k CPU?

If i were to go the GTX route, I am still having a tough time picking a reliable brand. The 10 or 15 dollar differences doesnt really matter to me, I just dont want the card to fail me after 3 months.
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May 29, 2013 9:56:07 PM

I was going to get a 7870xt or a 760ti, but two 660s will be better?
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May 29, 2013 10:11:51 PM

Isn't the 660ti supposed to drop to $200 sometime after the 760ti is released which is soon. If it only drops to $250 that will be pretty pathetic seeing as how I have seen it for $250 a couple times a couple months ago, although it has hovered at $299 most of the time. Still kicking myself for not buying it at $250 when I had the chance.
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May 30, 2013 12:55:17 AM

lazykoala said:
Isn't the 660ti supposed to drop to $200 sometime after the 760ti is released which is soon. If it only drops to $250 that will be pretty pathetic seeing as how I have seen it for $250 a couple times a couple months ago, although it has hovered at $299 most of the time. Still kicking myself for not buying it at $250 when I had the chance.


Common misconception. Prices rarely drop consistently after a new generation comes out.
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May 30, 2013 6:32:03 PM

Novuake said:
lazykoala said:
Isn't the 660ti supposed to drop to $200 sometime after the 760ti is released which is soon. If it only drops to $250 that will be pretty pathetic seeing as how I have seen it for $250 a couple times a couple months ago, although it has hovered at $299 most of the time. Still kicking myself for not buying it at $250 when I had the chance.


Common misconception. Prices rarely drop consistently after a new generation comes out.


Everywhere I've looked has said prices will drop eventually maybe not day one, but otherwise there is no point in keeping them up for sale. I expect at least a $50 drop across the board, I'm just saying I would hope for more.
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