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June 28, 2013 9:17:51 AM

I'm doing my first gaming build, I have a budget of around $800-$900. I want to play things like Elder Scrolls online, Crysis, BF4 etc. So all HQ games. I have been looking around for the parts and I've decided on everything except the GPU, there are just so many out there, it's confused me so much so I need some help.

So far w/out my GPU I've decided

CPU- AMD FX-8350
Mobo- GA-990FXA-D3
HDD- 2TB Seagate Barracuda
SSD- Samsung 128GB
Heatsink- Cooler master Hyper 612 PWM
PSU- Thermaltake TR2 Bronze 500w
RAM- Corsair Vengeance 8GB
GPU- I've been advised a GTX 660 ti but people have told me the Saphire radeon hd 7870 out performs it

This is doing my head in.

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June 28, 2013 9:27:35 AM

hello riley whats ur budget for the gpu

the 7870 sometimes out performs it also the 7870 has got incredible overclocking potential and the 660ti is also a very good gpu but its just poorly priced i would suggest u too look at the 7950 if u are lookinn at the 660ti

my opinion is that u should get the 7950 boost edition or normal whichever u find cheaper
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June 28, 2013 9:28:19 AM

trane20 said:
hello riley whats ur budget for the gpu


under 300
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June 28, 2013 9:36:26 AM

Riley Farrow said:
trane20 said:
hello riley whats ur budget for the gpu


under 300


Extend that by about $10 and get a cheap 7970!
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June 28, 2013 8:46:36 PM

trane20 said:
get this GTX 760 trades blows with the 7950 at a 50$ difference and besides that awsome nvidia driver support adaptive v-sync physx etc

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The other choice is hd7970 from saphire but its 329$ a lil bit off the budget but worth it performs better than the 760

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...




Only problem is, i live australia and dont have a paypal account to buy off newegg and most products are more expensive here :( 

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June 28, 2013 11:03:23 PM

I'm going to share with you a great website for comparing PC component prices. PCPartPicker.com This is where I've spent a lot of time researching.

~$250 = GTX 760. It's meant to replace the GTX 660 ti and beats it in most benchmarks. My recommendation for it's enhanced cooling is here. Has a 3 year warranty.

~$265 = HD 7950. It's performance is barely beat by the GTX 760, yet AMD has the Never Settle: Reloaded promotion where with the purchase of this card you'll receive game codes for FOUR (4) games. Tomb Raider, Crysis 3, Bioshock: Infinite, and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon with a total estimated retail value of $150. My recommendation is here. For ~$25 dollars more you can increase the 2-year warranty to a manufacturers LIFETIME WARRANTY (a rarity these days) with this card if you register it within 30 days of purchase and it has better cooling to boot.

~$300 = GTX 670. For about $50 dollars more you get more performance vs. the GTX 760. Not much else to say. My recommendation for it's enhanced cooling is here. NOTE: By default Galaxy cards have a 2 year warranty but you can get a 1 year extension by registering the card within 30 days from purchase.

~$310 = HD 7970 At $310 this is an absolute steal especially with the 4 free games. My recommendation is here. However I get the feeling that Newegg or Sapphire is just trying to eliminate stock of the card. It's been at $310 for about one whole week now. The heatsink and fan on this may require an additional expansion slot for the card to fit properly. Also, just a 2 year warranty is offered by Sapphire.

More things to consider:

Nvidia GTX cards seem to have more favorable user reviews across the board vs. AMD Radeon cards. The 7950 and 7970 seem to fail or arrive DOA more often. Put as much stock in this as you want as it's entirely based on user reviews.

Nvidia GTX cards have Physx and the CUDA core API has uses beyond gaming with professional software such as the Adobe suite, 3dsMax, and ray tracing programs.

The information I wrote in this post is extremely time-sensitive. Most all of these prices are based on rebates that expire at the end of June or early July and all the prices are subject to change especially for the AMD Radeon cards. I had that happen overnight yesterday with the a Sapphire 7950 on Newegg. It was priced $250 after a rebate and now it's $280.

With the exception of the 7970, whatever card you choose you will get exactly what you pay for in performance. All of these cards are great cards and they are priced exactly where they should be.

If you haven't noticed, I've spent two whole days researching Video Cards. Hopefully I can make a decision soon. :sarcastic: 
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