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Buying GPU--Budget ~300$

Hello All,

I need help in buying a GPU, I currently have an old nVidia 1GB card.

I have:
AMD FX 8350 CPU
8GB Corsair Vengeance RAM,
Asus 990FX Pro R 2 Mother Board
700 W CM PSU.

I have been through forums and see that GTX 760 and HD 7950 are of similar Performance and around 30-40$ price difference.

I'm unable to decide whether to go with one of them, or increase my budget to get HD 7970 or wait for a month or two and see if nVidia comes up with GTX 760Ti.


Your prompt replies would be appreciated.

Best Regards,
Tailung
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  2. You can find both the GTX760 and HD7950 for ~$250, although the 7950 only gets down to around that price after MIRs and there are more $250 options with the 760. There have been a couple articles recently indicating that Nvidia doesn't have plans to release any new 700 series cards before the end year, if that helps you decide.
  3. u_gonna_squeal_b4_we_cookya said:
    If you increase your budget to the $400 range, might as well get the GTX 770.


    Yes I can increase my budget but will have to wait for a month or two.

    I was going through:

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/770?vs=829

    7790 and 770 both cost around 400 $.
  4. refillable said:

    Thanks for the link and I have already gone through it.

    I'm thinking is waiting and see if any new GPU come out or not would be a better option.

    As someone stated that nVidia isn't launching any new GPU. May be AMD will come out with 8000 or 9000 series.
  5. If i have your extra budget at $400 i will definitely get a gtx 770 > 7970. im an nvidia fan ofcourse. though both gpu's will satisfy your needs. I just read alot of Rave reviews for the new gtx 770 and im planning to buy 1 asap!
  6. tailungtai said:
    refillable said:

    Thanks for the link and I have already gone through it.

    I'm thinking is waiting and see if any new GPU come out or not would be a better option.

    As someone stated that nVidia isn't launching any new GPU. May be AMD will come out with 8000 or 9000 series.

    Just keep in mind that the latest reports point to an October launch of AMD's high-end 9000 series (HD9970). If this is true then you might be waiting a while for a ~$300 9000 series card. If you're willing to wait that long (at least 3 months, likely longer) then great, otherwise I'd recommend just going for a good price/performance option now (like the GTX760 or HD7950).
  7. dragonsqrrl said:
    tailungtai said:
    refillable said:

    Thanks for the link and I have already gone through it.

    I'm thinking is waiting and see if any new GPU come out or not would be a better option.

    As someone stated that nVidia isn't launching any new GPU. May be AMD will come out with 8000 or 9000 series.

    Just keep in mind that the latest reports point to an October launch of AMD's high-end 9000 series (HD9970). If this is true then you might be waiting a while for a ~$300 9000 series card. If you're willing to wait that long (at least 3 months, likely longer) then great, otherwise I'd recommend just going for a good price/performance option now (like the GTX760 or HD7950).



    I hope my CPU, MoBo and RAM are future proof? I want to go with a GPU that could be future proof too.

    I can upgrade RAM to 16GB any time and hopefully next series of AMD CPU will fit in the same socket as FX 8350. I'm hoping this CPU will last at least for 3 years without an upgrade?

    And hopefully AMD new series will be around 300-350. I'm wanting to wait as I'm quite busy for a month and a half and can't really play much games.
  8. tailungtai said:

    I hope my CPU, MoBo and RAM are future proof? I want to go with a GPU that could be future proof too.

    I can upgrade RAM to 16GB any time and hopefully next series of AMD CPU will fit in the same socket as FX 8350. I'm hoping this CPU will last at least for 3 years without an upgrade?

    And hopefully AMD new series will be around 300-350. I'm wanting to wait as I'm quite busy for a month and a half and can't really play much games.


    I'm pretty positive it's going to be future proof but to only a GPU upgrade. (although I'm a bit concerned when you're going to run, say a 9870 in CF). But a single one would be more than fine.

    If you could possibly buy a cooler such as a Noctua NH-D14 and OC your CPU to the 5.0 GHz mark, it would be better (although you must to make sure you have a good casing and ventilation). To me there is no need to upgrade the RAM on to 16GB if you are not doing anything else heavy apart from gaming.

    As the post above told you, all those new things will come in 2 years time. We will never know but you can save more money and at that time you can upgrade your CPU+HSF+MB+RAM all in once.

    So to me in your case, wait till the midrange 'Sea Islands' (whether it's the 8000 series or 9000) graphics from AMD comes out. It can change nvidia's prices and it can change your choice completely :). Good luck sir.
  9. refillable said:
    tailungtai said:

    I hope my CPU, MoBo and RAM are future proof? I want to go with a GPU that could be future proof too.

    I can upgrade RAM to 16GB any time and hopefully next series of AMD CPU will fit in the same socket as FX 8350. I'm hoping this CPU will last at least for 3 years without an upgrade?

    And hopefully AMD new series will be around 300-350. I'm wanting to wait as I'm quite busy for a month and a half and can't really play much games.


    I'm pretty positive it's going to be future proof but to only a GPU upgrade. (although I'm a bit concerned when you're going to run, say a 9870 in CF). But a single one would be more than fine.

    If you could possibly buy a cooler such as a Noctua NH-D14 and OC your CPU to the 5.0 GHz mark, it would be better (although you must to make sure you have a good casing and ventilation). To me there is no need to upgrade the RAM on to 16GB if you are not doing anything else heavy apart from gaming.

    As the post above told you, all those new things will come in 2 years time. We will never know but you can save more money and at that time you can upgrade your CPU+HSF+MB+RAM all in once.

    So to me in your case, wait till the midrange 'Sea Islands' (whether it's the 8000 series or 9000) graphics from AMD comes out. It can change nvidia's prices and it can change your choice completely :). Good luck sir.


    Thnks for this.

    I'll wait and see how GPU market changes.

    And coming to CPU overclocking, isn't Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Cooler good for overclocking it to 5 Ghz. My case is CM elite 311

    Noctua NH-D14 is 3x costlier than EVO. Or something a bit cheaper around 50$.
  10. I am not quite positive that it'll reach 5GHz... Even with noctua. But 212 should reach 4.5 GHz with ease..
  11. refillable said:
    I am not quite positive that it'll reach 5GHz... Even with noctua. But 212 should reach 4.5 GHz with ease..

    This one??

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Cooling-Heatsink-Radiator/dp/B009SJR3GS/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1370721860&sr=1-3&keywords=CPU+Cooler
  12. I prefer EVO
  13. Yeah I do have an EVO... Just some small temp difference and small difference in price.
  14. Thanks for your inputs.

    I do have 1 more question here; adding an extra case fan(side) will help in decreasing the temperature?
  15. It will help only if your case has a bad airflow. If your case does have a good airflow already, I don't think it's going to be any big difference.
  16. tailungtai said:
    dragonsqrrl said:
    tailungtai said:
    refillable said:

    Thanks for the link and I have already gone through it.

    I'm thinking is waiting and see if any new GPU come out or not would be a better option.

    As someone stated that nVidia isn't launching any new GPU. May be AMD will come out with 8000 or 9000 series.

    Just keep in mind that the latest reports point to an October launch of AMD's high-end 9000 series (HD9970). If this is true then you might be waiting a while for a ~$300 9000 series card. If you're willing to wait that long (at least 3 months, likely longer) then great, otherwise I'd recommend just going for a good price/performance option now (like the GTX760 or HD7950).



    I hope my CPU, MoBo and RAM are future proof? I want to go with a GPU that could be future proof too.

    I can upgrade RAM to 16GB any time and hopefully next series of AMD CPU will fit in the same socket as FX 8350. I'm hoping this CPU will last at least for 3 years without an upgrade?

    And hopefully AMD new series will be around 300-350. I'm wanting to wait as I'm quite busy for a month and a half and can't really play much games.


    Well, looks like you'll be able to buy a rebadged 7970 in October for ~$300. Hope you weren't expecting anything more than that.
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