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Built a new PC. Need advice on Graphics Card. GTX 760 Hawk? Or wait for the new AMD R9's?

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October 2, 2013 7:46:33 AM

Hi there,

So I was wondering what GPU I should get to accompany my new PC Build.

My Budget is £190-230

The card I was planning to get after much research was the GTX 760 HAWK for £220

My question is,

1. Is that the best card I can get for my budget

2. Should I wait for the R280X by AMD, seems to be set at $300 (about £190) but what kind of price are they likely to put it at as they never seem to directly convert. Always more expensive in the uk.

3. Should I wait for prices to drop (if so how long)

4. Should I wait for some other new cards coming out?

5. What are my options?

I will want the GPU for gaming, Keen for it to work well with next gen games such as watchdogs. Is my system powerful enough?

My rig is:
CPU: i5 3570K OC @ 4.6Ghz
CPU Cooler: Hyper 212 Evo
GPU: None yet
PSU: Corsair CX600M
Mobo: Asrock Z77 Extreme 4
Case: Coolermaster Elite 430
RAM: 4 x 2gb (8gb total) DDR3 1600Mhz Corsair LP Ram.
Displays: Panasonic GT50 @ 1920x1080

Low Priority but would prefer a quiet card.
October 2, 2013 7:55:22 AM

You wouldn't likely be getting the newer AMD card strictly within your budget. If you're comfortable with a tier lower, then get the card below it. It seems like you're pretty set with that GTX 760 so why not drop the bomb if you're already this stoked about buying it?

As for prices dropping I don't you'd see a significant drop from nVidia soon (maybe AMD), so it would be best just to find the best deal for that card.
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October 11, 2013 5:21:44 PM

purechoas said:
Hi there,

So I was wondering what GPU I should get to accompany my new PC Build.

My Budget is £190-230

The card I was planning to get after much research was the GTX 760 HAWK for £220

My question is,

1. Is that the best card I can get for my budget

2. Should I wait for the R280X by AMD, seems to be set at $300 (about £190) but what kind of price are they likely to put it at as they never seem to directly convert. Always more expensive in the uk.

3. Should I wait for prices to drop (if so how long)

4. Should I wait for some other new cards coming out?

5. What are my options?

I will want the GPU for gaming, Keen for it to work well with next gen games such as watchdogs. Is my system powerful enough?

My rig is:
CPU: i5 3570K OC @ 4.6Ghz
CPU Cooler: Hyper 212 Evo
GPU: None yet
PSU: Corsair CX600M
Mobo: Asrock Z77 Extreme 4
Case: Coolermaster Elite 430
RAM: 4 x 2gb (8gb total) DDR3 1600Mhz Corsair LP Ram.
Displays: Panasonic GT50 @ 1920x1080

Low Priority but would prefer a quiet card.


The 7950 is cheaper and comes with more RAM. Get that instead, or just get a 7970. But idk it might be worth waiting a couple weeks for the imminent price drops...
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October 25, 2013 6:44:26 PM

Dont go radeon, 760 is the better card. I studied the hell out of them and they just dont compare to the 6xx-7xx Nvidia series. If you keep waiting you'll never satisfy yourself and the 760 will stand up to time better than the others in that price range. Yes you should be fine with a 600w PSU.
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October 25, 2013 7:13:55 PM

In my opinion, Radeon cards come out on top.
You get way more for your money, and although 760 is a new Nvidia GFX, it is still only as good as a 7950... The R9's are way better..

I mean, just take a look at this: http://www.hwcompare.com/15839/geforce-gtx-760-vs-radeo..., the 280x puts the 760 to shame, for only around £30 more. R9's are defo your best option.
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October 25, 2013 8:08:03 PM

doesnt theoretical mean not yet tested?
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October 25, 2013 8:12:30 PM

the 7970 never lived up to its promise. Also if you look at all radeon cards they have more bandwidth here or more memory there, but when it comes to performance they still cannot beat nvidia.
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October 25, 2013 8:13:54 PM

Face it high end Nvidia is better, AMD has the low up to mid market handled very well. Im hoping AMD will win me back but the proof is in the gaming not the bandwidth or theoretical benchmarks.
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October 26, 2013 5:13:17 AM

Well, people have infact reported that they do get better performance out of 7990 than the 690 from Nvidia.....
AMD also have a new driver coming out called mantle which is supposed to take huge loads of pressure of of your GFX card.
Personally, AMD is what I would go for, cheaper and better value for money
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October 26, 2013 7:53:25 AM

Oh the one thats supposed to be the titan killer can handle up on a card 1-2 tiers below what its supposed to perform at and for the SAME price as a Titan good job I see now. Cheaper doesnt always mean value, good for AMD and mantle they need to take as much pressure off their sub-par processors any way they can. But seriously I am gonna read about the 280-290 cards, you have peaked my interest I just hope this time AMD can deliver something other than a sub-par performing card that isnt worth the price point when you get to the higher class GPU's. I do recommend the 77xx radeons they are very good cards for the money. But dont get the poor guy mixed up when it comes to performance per dollar when you get to the 760 range of cards.
If youre gonna go AMD Radeon wait(I do personally love the catalyst suite its a lot better/easier to use than Nvidias control panel.)
If you want something in the next couple days be smart and get a Nvidia 760.
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