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What is the best GPU for (Mostly) maxed out gaming @ 1920 x 1080 for under $450?

I want a great GPU for 1080p gaming but have a budget of only $450. I'm not interested in multi-monitor'ing'.
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    GTX 770 2GB is the best card within that budget I believe. You can get MSI Twin Frozr II or Gigabyte Windforce 3X for $400. I'd probably pick Gigabyte Windforce out of these two.

    Asus DCU2 and EVGA ACX go for $410 with MSI Lightning edition being the master race at around $450 once you manually overclock it.
  2. hizodge said:
    GTX 770 2GB is the best card within that budget I believe. You can get MSI Twin Frozr II or Gigabyte Windforce 3X for $400. I'd probably pick Gigabyte Windforce out of these two.

    Asus DCU2 and EVGA ACX go for $410 with MSI Lightning edition being the master race at around $450 once you manually overclock it.


    Ok, thanks! I was looking at that and thinking about it, but considered that it may be *over*powered. Would I need a fan for it?
  3. All of these graphics cards come with active cooling. Do you mean if you need a case fan to blow air on it?
  4. MSI Lightning is clocked at 1150 and $400
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127742

    MSN770 Gaming is at 1137 and $440 after rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127741

    You'll have to decide whether the extra 13 Mhz OC is worth $40.....NOTE: It's not just the factory OC that's the difference .... the PCB and VRM are beefed up even more than the N770 which should give you more leeway in manual OC'ing
  5. hizodge said:
    All of these graphics cards come with active cooling. Do you mean if you need a case fan to blow air on it?


    No, I mean GPU mounted cooling. (aside from/on top of my fans).
  6. MSI Lightning does indeed overclock higher than the competition as proven both Guru3D and TechPowerUp reviews, but you'll have to do it yourself. I don't think MSI ever aimed it at guys who want the best 'ouf of the box, no strings attached' types.
  7. kaio37k said:
    hizodge said:
    All of these graphics cards come with active cooling. Do you mean if you need a case fan to blow air on it?


    No, I mean GPU mounted cooling. (aside from/on top of my fans).


    The cooling that comes on the GPU will be more than enough for you. If your case is small/cramped or has bad airflow in general, you might consider adding additional fans or upgrading to a better case.
  8. hizodge said:
    kaio37k said:
    hizodge said:
    All of these graphics cards come with active cooling. Do you mean if you need a case fan to blow air on it?


    No, I mean GPU mounted cooling. (aside from/on top of my fans).


    The cooling that comes on the GPU will be more than enough for you. If your case is small/cramped or has bad airflow in general, you might consider adding additional fans or upgrading to a better case.



    It'll be an ATX so I'll be fine. Thanks a lot!
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