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June 24, 2013 6:26:15 PM

Hi, I'm currently building a new gaming computer and I am wondering what kind of graphics card I should get. My current budget would be around 200-300$. I would be willing to go over if it was really worth it. I want the best bang for my buck. But I still want to be able to play games at 1080p with as high graphics settings as I can. Any help would be nice. Thanks in advance! I also live in New Brunswick, Canada if that helps from order recommendations.

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June 24, 2013 6:40:45 PM

It's hard to know how hardware requirements will develop, but something like a Radeon HD 7950 makes sense. It has 3 GB VRAM standard, which might prove useful if games start sucking up a lot more VRAM because the upcoming consoles have access to rather large amounts of memory.
It also has pretty good performance for the price tag, especially if you overclock it.
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June 24, 2013 6:44:37 PM

How's the rest of your new build?
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June 24, 2013 6:50:11 PM

Yeah I was thinking about the 7950. But idk if I should go with AMD or nVidia. :/  And I currently have a new ATX case and asRock mobo coming in in the mail. I have an i5 2400s. I also have 6gb of ram. These are things I already had. Not willing to upgrade the rest right now but most likely will upgrade to an i7 in the future. Other recommendations for future upgrades are also accepted. :p 
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June 24, 2013 7:04:08 PM

I'm just curious on what PSU are you using?
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June 24, 2013 7:06:19 PM

Currently running a dynex 540 watt PSU.
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June 24, 2013 7:09:13 PM

DrumWorkshop said:
Yeah I was thinking about the 7950. But idk if I should go with AMD or nVidia. :/  And I currently have a new ATX case and asRock mobo coming in in the mail. I have an i5 2400s. I also have 6gb of ram. These are things I already had. Not willing to upgrade the rest right now but most likely will upgrade to an i7 in the future. Other recommendations for future upgrades are also accepted. :p 

A Core i7 won't help much. Rather get the best possible Core i5 for your motherboard, and 8 GB RAM (though 8 GB isn't really needed in today's games).
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June 24, 2013 7:10:49 PM

Bad PSU mate, really bad PSU. Most likely it won't handle your new VGA well. I'd suggest this combo:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($47.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $287.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-24 22:10 EDT-0400)
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June 24, 2013 7:13:15 PM

Yeaah I already know the i7 won't give me much for gaming. But I also would like to have my computer work for other things like photoshop etc. And why exactly is my psu bad?
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June 24, 2013 7:22:17 PM

Ahh okay. Oh by the way I also currently have a 7770. Back to the subject should I got nVidia or amd and which specific card should I get?
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June 24, 2013 7:40:53 PM

DrumWorkshop said:
Ahh okay. Oh by the way I also currently have a 7770. Back to the subject should I got nVidia or amd and which specific card should I get?


The 7870 XT posted above :ange:  Great performance for the price:

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June 25, 2013 10:28:49 AM

Alright. Well should I just wait for the next series of cards?
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June 25, 2013 6:21:19 PM

Madn3ss795 said:
The next "next gen" card would be the GTX760 AKA OC-ed GTX660ti : http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-760-rev...

A little better than a HD7950 but can't be OC-ed. Plus without free games, this card doesn't worth it IMO.

Same performance, same price, less OC potential, less free games, and perhaps particularly relevant to next-gen future-proofing: Less VRAM.
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June 26, 2013 6:37:52 PM

What about the 660 ti? Seems pretty good. For now anyways. I could buy another one and run them both SLI.
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June 26, 2013 6:40:19 PM

660ti is simply an under-clocked 760, and there are tons of problems with LIS-ing two 660ti.
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June 26, 2013 7:02:45 PM

So would 2 crossfire 7950's be better?
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June 26, 2013 7:05:50 PM

Sadly not since AMD's Crossfire may cause some shutterings. If you want stress-free dual graphic card setup later on then you should spend more and get a GTX760 + good PSU with wattage over 650w.
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