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December 9, 2013 10:06:00 PM

So almost all the cards that I've been wanting, mainly the 7850, are sold out or outrageously priced on most websites. I really want to get involved with the Never Settle Forever bundle(s) or at least get a free game that ill actually play (no marvel heroes and neverwinter are games i'll never play. sorry nvidia). Anyone have any suggestions? I'll to be playing games such as: battlefield 3 and 4, call of duty (any), bioshock infinite, thief, gta V. those are the AAA's. other games like minecraft, garrys mod, cs: source, cs: go, and binding of isaac don't really matter.

ill be playing at 1080p. ultra settings doesn't really matter to me. If I'm on high and getting between 50-60+ frames per second on the latter games then i'm satisfied. i prefer AMD but if there's an NVidia card out there for a better bargain then shoot it my way. No more than $150, unless the performance of a certain card is worth the extra pennies. The absolute most I'd be willing to spend is $200 and even that is a stretch.

I'd prefer a new card but if you give me the name of a card then I'll try to find it on ebay or craigslist. Haven't had problems on the latter for various things but computer components are a touchy subject: I want them to work and work for a WHILE.

here's my build if it helps:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2gbpM
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2gbpM/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2gbpM/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-4130 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor (Purchased For $79.99)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.43 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard (Purchased For $49.99)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (Purchased For $31.99)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($20.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($51.67 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $313.05
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-10 01:05 EST-0500)

thanks for any suggestions!
P.S. do NOT criticize my build. I did research and I feel this is the best build for ME. Suggestions for graphics cards only please!

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a b U Graphics card
December 9, 2013 10:11:31 PM

I DONT BELIVE THEY ARE HAVING THOSE BUNDLE GAME PACKS anymore sorry caps lock lol The 7850 is a fine card but let me look are you in the us?
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a b U Graphics card
December 9, 2013 10:15:52 PM

Newegg has a lot of 7850 still in stock a few well under 150.00 with rebates no games tho sorry...
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a b U Graphics card
December 9, 2013 10:32:23 PM

AMD R9 270x will crush the performance of a 7850. I've seen them as low as $175 but they generally go for $200~
My next suggestion would be to go for a 7870 Ghz edition, they usually hover around $150 price point.
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a b U Graphics card
December 9, 2013 11:01:40 PM

Ahh the op asked about a 7850 since that's what he asked about I gave him a few options such as you have while the r 270x is still new lets same old hardware rehashed into a new skin and a tweaked gpu where is the prices that you mention he wants to stay under 200 so with that said that's why.. Do you have better option or do you wanted to pick at mine?
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a b U Graphics card
December 9, 2013 11:06:32 PM

The r 270x is just a rehashed version of the 7870 with minor tweaks so either 7870 or the r card is fine .. But I don't see the card trumping the 7850 like you mention there close in model numbers that's like saying a 7790 will walk all over a 7770 card..

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
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a b U Graphics card
December 9, 2013 11:07:58 PM

johnnyb105 said:
Ahh the op asked about a 7850 since that's what he asked about I gave him a few options such as you have while the r 270x is still new lets same old hardware rehashed into a new skin and a tweaked gpu where is the prices that you mention he wants to stay under 200 so with that said that's why.. Do you have better option or do you wanted to pick at mine?


Whoa I meant no offense, my friend. I thought you had linked that to show me that the 270x wasn't better than a 7850, that is why I was confused. My apologies. Price-to-performance ratio, the 7870 Ghz edition will be the best choice for him, IMO.
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a b U Graphics card
December 9, 2013 11:11:48 PM

No no its all good just trying to get the best performance and dollar for the op money no problem none taken its always good to explain where your going with this at times it helps us to help them in there project.
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a b U Graphics card
December 9, 2013 11:17:21 PM

johnnyb105 said:
No no its all good just trying to get the best performance and dollar for the op money no problem none taken its always good to explain where your going with this at times it helps us to help them in there project.


Yeah that was my bad. Things in text format often sound different from when I say it in my head. I agree with your advice, though. I just think it would be hard to get 50+ FPS with new AAA titles on high in 1080p with a 7850 and a FX-4130.

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a b U Graphics card
December 9, 2013 11:21:39 PM

Ya a lot of games are hard to get that even with the higher end gpu card try COD GHOSTS runs like crap and BF4 does too and I have a 7950 games are not optimized yet if he got 40 plus he be doing well besides hes on a budget as well anyhow off to bed have a awesome night. or day where ever your from!
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a b U Graphics card
December 9, 2013 11:30:34 PM

johnnyb105 said:
Ya a lot of games are hard to get that even with the higher end gpu card try COD GHOSTS runs like crap and BF4 does too and I have a 7950 games are not optimized yet if he got 40 plus he be doing well besides hes on a budget as well anyhow off to bed have a awesome night. or day where ever your from!


Yeah I have an i7-3820 and an IceQ 7970 and I only hold about 60fps on ultra in BF4. But mantle will help that soon. Good night, my friend.

As for the OP, if your budget is REALLY that tight, the 7850 isn't a bad option. But if you can fork out just a little extra, I think you'll find the 7870 Ghz edition or the 270x more capable for 1080p gaming. They are also much easier to find and run at cooler temps. Especially since the older radeon cards are really hard to find these days.
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December 9, 2013 11:36:11 PM

Any brand in particular (though I've heard it doesn't actually matter)?
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a b U Graphics card
December 9, 2013 11:42:18 PM

Aaron Robbins said:
Any brand in particular (though I've heard it doesn't actually matter)?


For AMD cards I tend to prefer Sapphire, ASUS, and HIS IceQ. I'd steer clear of the Gigabyte cards, as well as the XFX cards. But I guess everyone has their opinions and preferences.

There is a HIS 270x for $200 right now, and I guarantee you it runs very cool under load.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This one is $20 more but it is clocked slightly higher, and it looks like it comes with BF4, which is a big plus.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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a b U Graphics card
December 10, 2013 9:10:59 PM

Aaron Robbins said:
how about MSI?


They are a solid company as well. They just seem more middle-of-the-road to me.

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December 10, 2013 9:18:15 PM

Quakemz said:
Aaron Robbins said:
how about MSI?


They are a solid company as well. They just seem more middle-of-the-road to me.



at the end of the day, should I go with the cheapest card of those brands?
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a b U Graphics card
December 10, 2013 9:51:59 PM

I'd go with HIS, the card is only $200. But any of them will work for you honestly. It really doesn't matter much. I'd look for the one with the highest clock speed. They all have great cooling.
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