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Budget gaming graphics card for 1920x1080

Hello all, first time post here so I apologize if I mess this up.
Anyways, could I get some recommendations for a new gaming video card?
Monitor (ASUS VE278Q): 27 inch with 1920x1080 resolution
Budget: I would like to keep under $300

Any suggestions?

Also, when buying a video card, what do you guys think are the more important deciding factors when picking out a card?

Thank you.
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  1. what's your system specs? mainly motherboard pcie spec and power supply?
  2. dingo07 said:
    what's your system specs? mainly motherboard pcie spec and power supply?


    MSI Z77A-G41 with Intel i5 core 2500K
    Cooler Master 720W
  3. alexandersc said:
    dingo07 said:
    what's your system specs? mainly motherboard pcie spec and power supply?


    MSI Z77A-G41 with Intel i5 core 2500K
    Cooler Master 720W


    YOu are just fine on that front. LOL
  4. then either of those cards Novuake suggested will work - or any you find for your price range, in fact...
  5. If you want to save some money and still get great fps, then get yourself a Sapphire HD 7870 XT. It performs almost as good as a $300 7950/660ti but it costs about $50-$70 less.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202024&Tpk=7870%20xt&IsVirtualParent=1
  6. Novuake said:



    So at the same price, the Sapphire card has 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 while the MSI card has 2GB 192-bit GDDR5. It seems like the Sapphire card is way better, so what am I missing that makes these two equal in price?

    I have not overclocked a GPU before, but I am not against giving it a try, but that probably won't be any time soon.
    And I have no personal experience with physX so I am neutral on that, but also willing to try it.
    What are your thoughts on them?
  7. Best answer
    alexandersc said:
    Novuake said:



    So at the same price, the Sapphire card has 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 while the MSI card has 2GB 192-bit GDDR5. It seems like the Sapphire card is way better, so what am I missing that makes these two equal in price?

    I have not overclocked a GPU before, but I am not against giving it a try, but that probably won't be any time soon.
    And I have no personal experience with physX so I am neutral on that, but also willing to try it.
    What are your thoughts on them?


    Glad you asked. :D
    My opinion :
    In this price segment AMD really has the better option.

    HD7950 advantages.

    1. Larger memory bus proves for better AA performance.
    2. More VRAM allows for better larger than HD or multi monitor performance.
    3. The HD7950 has MASSSIVE overclocking potential.
    4. In all out performance they mostly trade blows but the AMD comes out slightly ahead under the same circumstances that does not clearly favour either card(lowish AA, one HD monitor, that sort of setup. Hipe this makes sense?)

    GTX660ti advantages.

    1. Quieter in general(this obviously depends on the cooler, but mostly this is true)
    2. Smaller, easier to fit in small spaces.
    3. When considering Dual-GPUs, SLI drivers are currently MUCH better than AMDs Crossfire Dual-GPU solution.
    4. Lastly PhysX, this you will have to decide for yourself.
    Example of PhysX : http://www.geforce.com/hardware/technology/physx/videos
    A list of games with PhysX : http://www.geforce.com/hardware/technology/physx/games
    As you can see there are not many but the effects can be quite nice. Keep in mind enabling PhysX can lower FPS in game substantially.

    SO there you go, the whole HD7950/HD7870LE vs GTX660ti in one quick summary.
    The GTX660ti is competing in a performance segment with the HD7870 XT/LE by the way.
  8. Novuake we meet again, sorry to go off topic but hey how is that coolmaster 720w psu you got, I was looking at one and wanted to know if they are any good?
  9. MrAcd said:
    Novuake we meet again, sorry to go off topic but hey how is that coolmaster 720w psu you got, I was looking at one and wanted to know if they are any good?


    I don't have a CM, I have a Corsair TX650 V2... LOL
  10. Novuake said:
    alexandersc said:
    Novuake said:



    So at the same price, the Sapphire card has 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 while the MSI card has 2GB 192-bit GDDR5. It seems like the Sapphire card is way better, so what am I missing that makes these two equal in price?

    I have not overclocked a GPU before, but I am not against giving it a try, but that probably won't be any time soon.
    And I have no personal experience with physX so I am neutral on that, but also willing to try it.
    What are your thoughts on them?


    Glad you asked. :D
    My opinion :
    In this price segment AMD really has the better option.

    HD7950 advantages.

    1. Larger memory bus proves for better AA performance.
    2. More VRAM allows for better larger than HD or multi monitor performance.
    3. The HD7950 has MASSSIVE overclocking potential.
    4. In all out performance they mostly trade blows but the AMD comes out slightly ahead under the same circumstances that does not clearly favour either card(lowish AA, one HD monitor, that sort of setup. Hipe this makes sense?)

    GTX660ti advantages.

    1. Quieter in general(this obviously depends on the cooler, but mostly this is true)
    2. Smaller, easier to fit in small spaces.
    3. When considering Dual-GPUs, SLI drivers are currently MUCH better than AMDs Crossfire Dual-GPU solution.
    4. Lastly PhysX, this you will have to decide for yourself.
    Example of PhysX : http://www.geforce.com/hardware/technology/physx/videos
    A list of games with PhysX : http://www.geforce.com/hardware/technology/physx/games
    As you can see there are not many but the effects can be quite nice. Keep in mind enabling PhysX can lower FPS in game substantially.

    SO there you go, the whole HD7950/HD7870LE vs GTX660ti in one quick summary.
    The GTX660ti is competing in a performance segment with the HD7870 XT/LE by the way.


    That was a very detailed and easy to understand response, thank you.
    One more question, how would you compare the video card you suggested (7950) with the one mentioned by crushice (7870) in terms of value and performance?
  11. MrAcd said:
    Novuake we meet again, sorry to go off topic but hey how is that coolmaster 720w psu you got, I was looking at one and wanted to know if they are any good?


    If your talking about my PSU, I must say that I love it. It makes no noise at all, it came with a great variety of cables to power everything and I have not once had any trouble with it. It does everything I can ask of it and I have no plans of upgrading it ANY time soon.
  12. Novuake said:
    MrAcd said:
    Novuake we meet again, sorry to go off topic but hey how is that coolmaster 720w psu you got, I was looking at one and wanted to know if they are any good?


    I don't have a CM, I have a Corsair TX650 V2... LOL


    no you haha, the alexandersc dude said he did and remember that was the one
  13. alexandersc said:
    MrAcd said:
    Novuake we meet again, sorry to go off topic but hey how is that coolmaster 720w psu you got, I was looking at one and wanted to know if they are any good?


    If your talking about my PSU, I must say that I love it. It makes no noise at all, it came with a great variety of cables to power everything and I have not once had any trouble with it. It does everything I can ask of it and I have no plans of upgrading it ANY time soon.


    Yeah you do not need to, that is not what he meant, think he is confused with one of our previous threads...
  14. alexandersc said:
    MrAcd said:
    Novuake we meet again, sorry to go off topic but hey how is that coolmaster 720w psu you got, I was looking at one and wanted to know if they are any good?


    If your talking about my PSU, I must say that I love it. It makes no noise at all, it came with a great variety of cables to power everything and I have not once had any trouble with it. It does everything I can ask of it and I have no plans of upgrading it ANY time soon.


    Thanks so much, I wanted that or a corsair TX650 V2 but I like that coolmaster better ( I wanted the modular and more amps on the 12v rail) is it good quality build like corsair
  15. MrAcd said:
    alexandersc said:
    MrAcd said:
    Novuake we meet again, sorry to go off topic but hey how is that coolmaster 720w psu you got, I was looking at one and wanted to know if they are any good?


    If your talking about my PSU, I must say that I love it. It makes no noise at all, it came with a great variety of cables to power everything and I have not once had any trouble with it. It does everything I can ask of it and I have no plans of upgrading it ANY time soon.


    Thanks so much, I wanted that or a corsair TX650 V2 but I like that coolmaster better ( I wanted the modular and more amps on the 12v rail) is it good quality build like corsair


    Dude, LOL we have that discussion before! I am the one that said that if the modular is worth 10$ to you, then get the Coolermaster. BUT I am glad you got your answer.
  16. MrAcd said:
    alexandersc said:
    MrAcd said:
    Novuake we meet again, sorry to go off topic but hey how is that coolmaster 720w psu you got, I was looking at one and wanted to know if they are any good?


    If your talking about my PSU, I must say that I love it. It makes no noise at all, it came with a great variety of cables to power everything and I have not once had any trouble with it. It does everything I can ask of it and I have no plans of upgrading it ANY time soon.


    Thanks so much, I wanted that or a corsair TX650 V2 but I like that coolmaster better ( I wanted the modular and more amps on the 12v rail) is it good quality build like corsair


    I personally prefer Cooler Master, but Corsair is also a great brand, with either of those brands you'll get great quality.
  17. alexandersc said:

    I personally prefer Cooler Master, but Corsair is also a great brand, with either of those brands you'll get great quality.


    Coolermaster Extreme and GS series is soooo crappy though.
  18. Novuake said:
    MrAcd said:
    alexandersc said:
    MrAcd said:
    Novuake we meet again, sorry to go off topic but hey how is that coolmaster 720w psu you got, I was looking at one and wanted to know if they are any good?


    If your talking about my PSU, I must say that I love it. It makes no noise at all, it came with a great variety of cables to power everything and I have not once had any trouble with it. It does everything I can ask of it and I have no plans of upgrading it ANY time soon.


    Thanks so much, I wanted that or a corsair TX650 V2 but I like that coolmaster better ( I wanted the modular and more amps on the 12v rail) is it good quality build like corsair


    Dude, LOL we have that discussion before! I am the one that said that if the modular is worth 10$ to you, then get the Coolermaster. BUT I am glad you got your answer.


    haha I know that's why I said we meet again, but yeah thanks alex I like that psu , you guys can continue the thread sorry to go side track, but if I were you go for the 7950, because like novuaka said if you like OC this is a great card and go past the 660 ti performance when OCed
  19. Novuake said:
    alexandersc said:

    I personally prefer Cooler Master, but Corsair is also a great brand, with either of those brands you'll get great quality.


    Coolermaster Extreme and GS series is soooo crappy though.


    I Heard that's why I tried to avoid them
  20. OH SORRY!!!
    LOL the HD7870 XT/LE is close in performance to the HD7950 and is much cheaper, HOWEVER, it can not overclock NEAR as well and is a bit of an oddball. Good choice too if you wanna save some!
  21. Novuake said:
    OH SORRY!!!
    LOL the HD7870 XT/LE is close in performance to the HD7950 and is much cheaper, HOWEVER, it can not overclock NEAR as well and is a bit of an oddball. Good choice too if you wanna save some!

    Haha its okay, you and the other guy seemed a little distracted by the PSU issues. Anyways, I don't think I will overclock. At least not this point in life, maybe in the future with a better rig.
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