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200$ budget, best graphics card for the money.

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November 27, 2013 3:45:58 PM

I have one PC build under my belt, and I'm slowly upgrading as my wants and needs for the computer grow. First round, I bought a EVGA 560ti, works great. I really only play one game, EVE Online, and I play 2 clients at max graphics and it does just fine. It doesn't handle 3 clients max graphics well, and also doesn't support three monitors.

Here are the points of reference
1. EVE Online
2. 3 monitors
3. 200$ max budget, 210 if its a steal. (USD)

Now, Chatting in my little community in EVE, I have had a few suggestions, notably,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Which I see pop up a lot while I have been doing research, so I assume they are pretty popular cards at that price point.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I also found out about that earlier today, which through me through a loop. Much higher stream processors and memory size, but lower much lower core clock.

I have a hard time quantifying all the numbers to compare one card to another. Can some one please give me some laymen advice so I can make a decision I wont regret.

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a b U Graphics card
November 27, 2013 4:08:45 PM

The best bang for your buck is a HD 7870 or R9 270x, they are pretty much the same GPU except the 270x will have the mantle API and runs a bit higher in cost.
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November 29, 2013 7:13:31 PM

The 7950 takes the performance hands down. It performs on par with a 760 and is a great card. Especially that one you stumbled on. That is the cheapest you will find a 7950, and its made by sapphire.
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November 30, 2013 9:33:09 AM

Get a HD7950..You would not regret...
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November 30, 2013 10:53:23 AM

The HD7950 and 7870 use different chips (Tahiti and Pitcairn respectively) hence the variations.
The HD 7950 is the fastest overall but stock is limited so you may find it difficult to source one at a reasonable price. Also avoid any using a single fan cooler design except the HIS IceQ one.
the HD7870 isn't as fast as a 7950 at stock speeds but can get close to a stock (800/1250 MHz) 7950 if it's overclocked or one of the GHz Edition cards. Naturally the 7950 pulls ahead again when IT is overclocked.
Of the three you linked, the GTX660 is probably the weakest overall but AFAIK Eve does prefer Nvidia hardware, so if that is your game of choice I'd go for the GTX660. Also EVGA has a legendary customer support team and attitude, which you may find more attractive than a lower price or better overall performance.
Obviously, check the card you have in mind will connect to your monitors...Obvious but easily overlooked.
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December 3, 2013 4:59:33 AM

+1 to coozie 7, I have heard this that EVGA has top notch customer service.
But if u want to game at dual monitors or want the best performance at 1080p, then HD7950 is the card you are looking for.
But if you only want to game on single monitor and get the best out of ur money then also the cheaper hd7950 with better cooling, greater bus-width would be perfect.
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