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July 30, 2013 11:43:15 PM

Hi!

So I got my build ready atlast but I had to use a HD 5770 in it because of budget. Got it for free so I was good to buy other parts at better quality because a lot of money was left.

Now, I have a 550 80+ enermax PSU feeding all my system and a i5 haswell CPU. I need to balance it with a devent GPU.

What would you guys suggest? I was thinkinh about a 7950 but the more I read the more I get the feeling that maybe I should look for a Nvidia one instead? But I'v never used them tough..

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July 30, 2013 11:48:43 PM

GTX 760 costs as much as HD 7950 but is overall slightly faster than 7950 Boost. The card is strong enough to get 60+ FPS on almost all the games on Ultra at 1080p Full HD.

Definitely the best card you can get for $250.
You should give us your budget to get more concrete feedback from us.

The thing with 7950 is that it does not XFire that good. Scaling is worse than nVIDIA. So if in case you would ever want to have two cards, nVIDIA would be good for you. It also has some exclusive features which are lacked by AMD cards.
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July 30, 2013 11:54:05 PM

luckiest charm said:
GTX 760 costs as much as HD 7950 but is overall slightly faster than 7950 Boost. The card is strong enough to get 60+ FPS on almost all the games on Ultra at 1080p Full HD.

Definitely the best card you can get for $250.
You should give us your budget to get more concrete feedback from us.

The thing with 7950 is that it does not XFire that good. Scaling is worse than nVIDIA. So if in case you would ever want to have two cards, nVIDIA would be good for you. It also has some exclusive features which are lacked by AMD cards.


+1

I'd go for that rather than the AMD any day.
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July 31, 2013 12:01:51 AM

Veske said:
Hi!

So I got my build ready atlast but I had to use a HD 5770 in it because of budget. Got it for free so I was good to buy other parts at better quality because a lot of money was left.

Now, I have a 550 80+ enermax PSU feeding all my system and a i5 haswell CPU. I need to balance it with a devent GPU.

What would you guys suggest? I was thinkinh about a 7950 but the more I read the more I get the feeling that maybe I should look for a Nvidia one instead? But I'v never used them tough..


GTX 760 or GTX 770 :) 

depending on your budget :) 

and any of these picke the MSI Twin Frozor Gaming one , it is the best of them and VERY SILENT
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July 31, 2013 12:03:55 AM

Budget well.... 250$ seems like a great deal. I have the cash but I would not like to spend it all on a single card too. But it seems like a nice card indeed and I will take it into consideration.

Would one from Gigabyte be OK?
http://www.1a.ee/arvutikomponendid/videokaardid/gigabyt...

Edit: Allright, will try to search for MSI one. They don't offer a broad choice tough in here :D 
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July 31, 2013 12:11:26 AM

Windforce series from Gigabyte is literally awesome. Its trumps Twin Frozr, DirectCU II easily. Only a few cards have Windforce variants available and GTX 760 is one of them.

On the other hand Lightning series from MSI is also very good but unfortunately its just for GTX 770 for now and GTX 780 version is going to be released soon.

Much recommended.

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July 31, 2013 12:22:51 AM

Veske said:
Allright, I think I will go with the http://www.1a.ee/arvutikomponendid/videokaardid/gigabyt...
then.

Seems like a good bargain. Thanks for all the help!


wrong , MSI is the best..

VERY LOW NOISE , and LOW TEMPS

here is the proof

you cant hear it with full load 27 dbA ONLY

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GeForce_GTX_760_...

low temps

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GeForce_GTX_760_...

VERY Recommended

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GeForce_GTX_760_...
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July 31, 2013 12:39:39 AM

SNA3 said:
Veske said:
Allright, I think I will go with the http://www.1a.ee/arvutikomponendid/videokaardid/gigabyt...
then.

Seems like a good bargain. Thanks for all the help!


wrong , MSI is the best..

VERY LOW NOISE , and LOW TEMPS

here is the proof

you cant hear it with full load 27 dbA ONLY

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GeForce_GTX_760_...

low temps

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GeForce_GTX_760_...

VERY Recommended

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GeForce_GTX_760_...


Oh we shall get to that too as well -

Heat -



Noise -



Green - Windforce

Blue - MSI

Cheers!
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July 31, 2013 12:48:00 AM

luckiest charm said:
SNA3 said:
Veske said:
Allright, I think I will go with the http://www.1a.ee/arvutikomponendid/videokaardid/gigabyt...
then.

Seems like a good bargain. Thanks for all the help!


wrong , MSI is the best..

VERY LOW NOISE , and LOW TEMPS

here is the proof

you cant hear it with full load 27 dbA ONLY

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GeForce_GTX_760_...

low temps

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GeForce_GTX_760_...

VERY Recommended

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GeForce_GTX_760_...


Oh we shall get to that too as well -

Heat -



Noise -



Green - Windforce

Blue - MSI

Cheers!


lol whcih review to believe :) 

my Review shows 27 dbA yours more :) 

and anyways your review show them tied
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July 31, 2013 12:51:57 AM

Different sites have different benchmark methods.
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July 31, 2013 12:52:48 AM

I would stick to Tom's Review. :) 

And yes, since both are tied, the difference would not be noticed even by rabbit's ears. After that I think Windforce is better for him due to easy availability in his region. MSI is equally good but I guess its a bit rare wherever he lives. ^^
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July 31, 2013 2:23:12 AM

Zotac makes the worst GPUs out there.

Its with reference (Stock) cooler from Nvidia. It is suitable for SLI but in single card configurations, its not as good.

If you still want to buy one with Blower Cooling, look for EVGA instead. I believe no one is going to look inside your case to see how good the card looks. :) 
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July 31, 2013 2:34:06 AM

luckiest charm said:
Zotac makes the worst GPUs out there.

Its with reference (Stock) cooler from Nvidia. It is suitable for SLI but in single card configurations, its not as good.

If you still want to buy one with Blower Cooling, look for EVGA instead. I believe no one is going to look inside your case to see how good the card looks. :) 


not really , they have a 2 fans good cards. but they come next to MSI And Gigabyte ...
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July 31, 2013 2:58:00 AM

Yeps definitely true. Include Asus too. :) 

Since there are other brands offering better cards it automatically makes them a not so good choice. In these forums, I have seen most DOA cases from Zotac for some reason. Also read at a lot of places that their product quality is not so good either.
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July 31, 2013 3:21:40 AM

People sayed that the 760 from EVGA was a bit off. Like temp and noise is higher than the rest. But some say again that it also has tad a bit more performance thanks to that? Is it true?

And I have my PC on the table and the case has that plastic hold in it from where you can see into PC. Some eyecandy is welcome too then because of that :D 

Edit: But basicly if it's just temps that are bigger, I could in theory mess around with thermal paste and get more cooling in it?
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July 31, 2013 4:52:07 AM

Temperatures and Noise sure are more in EVGA or Zotac or basically all GPUs with Blowers.

That is why they are never advised when not using in SLI. I did not said EVGA is good here, I said when you compare Zotac variant with EVGA, it comes out on top due to higher performance (It has highest performance than all the variants of GTX 760 overall but is more noisy and hot).

You should not mess with thermal compounds in a GPU though. And yes, just get either Gigabyte Windforce or MSI Twin Frozr and you are good to go. They have the very best balance of everything. When it comes to internal components of a PC, functioning, speed and stability should matter more than eye candy. :) 

But that is your choice. To be honest, all the noise / heat / speed, etc stuff is in theory. Practically you would not notice the difference of 3-5 FPS and would also not notice the noise produced by either of the cards. Also none of the cards would get fried due to too high temperatures.
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July 31, 2013 5:12:10 AM

Thank you for all the answers :) 
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