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Looking for a recommended Graphics card for my build, need suggestions.

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November 18, 2013 4:53:34 AM

I have the following build-in-progress, and am trying to decide on a graphics card.

I have no need of PhysX(a propretary feature that saps FPS and is not fully, truly supported by any games I play).

I'm looking for a minimum of 2GB RAM, decent clock speeds, definitely something that won't be a pain when gaming.

I have a bias towards AMD cards, but that's just me.

I don't want something that'll be bottlenecked by the rest of my system.

Current build:
ASUS M5A99FX
AMD Vishera FX-4350(4.2GHz Quad core)
Crucial Ballistix Tactical Low Profile 1600MHz 8GB RAM
Samsung 840 PRO 128
Corsair CX750M PSU
Micro$oft Win 8.1

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a c 502 U Graphics card
November 18, 2013 4:56:27 AM

Depends on your budget

For under $200 the Radeon 7870/270x would be right up your alley

For a little over $200 to $250 the Radeon 7950s are also going around for fairly cheap nowadays too

Above that between $250 to $300s would be the 7970/280x cards which are beastly cards for their price

At $400 you have the r9 290 which is a very powerful card at its price point, though it'd be best to wait for an aftermarket cooled variant

Your CPU socket has some room for upgrades so as games start using more cores you could eventually upgrade to a better FX chip in the future
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a b U Graphics card
November 18, 2013 4:59:42 AM

Budget?
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November 18, 2013 5:02:02 AM

Sorry. I forgot to post the budget. I'm not averse to $100-$200 range, $250 is a bit of a stretch, and $300 is the absolute dead line max for me for the forseeable next few months.
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a c 198 U Graphics card
November 18, 2013 5:08:14 AM

Are these parts bought or just a wishlist?
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November 18, 2013 5:11:32 AM

coozie7 said:
Are these parts bought or just a wishlist?


The CPU, RAM, PSU, Win 8.1 are all currently purchased and in hand.
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a b U Graphics card
November 18, 2013 5:16:13 AM

He said Current build:
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a c 198 U Graphics card
November 18, 2013 9:11:30 AM

Just wondered, you said 'build in progress' in the first line of the post, if the parts weren't already purchased I'd have suggested rebalancing the specs to try and squeeze a better CPU in.
Around $150 (I'm assuming USD-correct me if you're elsewhere) the GTX650Ti Boost or HD7850 are good enough for gaming on a single 1080 screen, in most cases at high settings. The GTX650Ti Boost just edges ahead in performance.
Top of the budget takes you to the HD7870 (GHz edition), R9 270x and GTX660, some are a little over, some a bit under $200. Best choice: R9 270X, the fastest card you can get and still see change out of $200.
Some will say a R9 270 will be held back by the CPU-and they will be right-I will say that's fine because it'll still be churning out playable frame rates long after a GTX650Ti needs to be upgraded AND it has the performance in reserve to handle a faster CPU when/if you upgrade later.
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November 18, 2013 12:38:37 PM

coozie7 said:
Just wondered, you said 'build in progress' in the first line of the post, if the parts weren't already purchased I'd have suggested rebalancing the specs to try and squeeze a better CPU in.
Around $150 (I'm assuming USD-correct me if you're elsewhere) the GTX650Ti Boost or HD7850 are good enough for gaming on a single 1080 screen, in most cases at high settings. The GTX650Ti Boost just edges ahead in performance.
Top of the budget takes you to the HD7870 (GHz edition), R9 270x and GTX660, some are a little over, some a bit under $200. Best choice: R9 270X, the fastest card you can get and still see change out of $200.
Some will say a R9 270 will be held back by the CPU-and they will be right-I will say that's fine because it'll still be churning out playable frame rates long after a GTX650Ti needs to be upgraded AND it has the performance in reserve to handle a faster CPU when/if you upgrade later.


Thanks. Final bit: Do you think the 270x is better value than, say, the 280x? It looks like it's just one gig of ram for a hundred dollars more. Am I missing anything?
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a c 198 U Graphics card
November 18, 2013 2:13:57 PM

The two are in different leagues: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/R9_270X_HAWK/
And also here: http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/amd_radeon_r9_270_...
As it stands an R9 270X is going to be held back by the current CPU by a small amount, the faster card will be restricted too much to justify the extra expense.
As a matter of (possible) interest my venerable rig packs a HD7950 with an older i5 Intel Quad and has no problems playing demanding titles (Far Cry3, TR, Metro LL) at 1080 res smoothly at high/ultra settings and the R9 270X is actually a little faster than my card and your CPU is clocked 800MHz faster than mine, which is overclocked!
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November 18, 2013 2:25:02 PM

coozie7 said:
The two are in different leagues: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/R9_270X_HAWK/
And also here: http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/amd_radeon_r9_270_...
If you shop around you SHOULD be able to JUST collar one for SLIGHTLY under your $300 hard ceiling.
As it stands an R9 270X is going to be held back by the current CPU by a 'reasonable' amount, the faster card will be restricted too much to justify the extra expense.
As a matter of (possible) interest my venerable rig packs a HD7950 with an older i5 Intel Quad and has no problems playing even the more demanding titles (Far Cry3, TR, Metro LL) at 1080 res smoothly at high/ultra settings and the R9 270X is actually a little faster than my card!


Thanks for all your help! I'll be going with the R9 270X thanks to you.
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