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Gigabyte Geforce GTX 760 vs 770 vs 780

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a b U Graphics card
December 13, 2013 9:16:14 PM

How good is the price to performance on these cards all three being 4gb versions

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a b U Graphics card
December 13, 2013 10:12:42 PM

The amount of vram does not equal to performance. Vram is basically used for games that loads lots of textures.
GTX 760 4GB cost around $300, for that you can get a GTX 770 at 2GB or R9-280x 3GB
Depending on which GTX 770 4GB your getting, cheapest is around $360 while some are near $400 mark. For $400 the R9-290 will be the better option. It has 4GB of vram and it's a lot faster than the GTX 770
GTX 780 only comes in 3GB and there is no 4GB version.
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December 13, 2013 10:22:05 PM

lp231 said:
The amount of vram does not equal to performance. Vram is basically used for games that loads lots of textures.
GTX 760 4GB cost around $300, for that you can get a GTX 770 at 2GB or R9-280x 3GB
Depending on which GTX 770 4GB your getting, cheapest is around $360 while some are near $400 mark. For $400 the R9-290 will be the better option. It has 4GB of vram and it's a lot faster than the GTX 770
GTX 780 only comes in 3GB and there is no 4GB version.


You're being far too generous with pricing. Try looking up a 280x. I bet you can't find a good one for under $400 right now. Bitcoin mining has driven the AMD cards up in price about 33%. Also, 770s generally go a lot closer to the $330~ mark. I think the 770 is the best price/performance out of those 3 RIGHT NOW. If the 280x ever drops back down to its launch price, it will be a better value than the 770. But if you need a card right now, the 770 is probably the way to go. If you want a 290/290x, I'd definitely wait til the re-brands come out for better cooling, because the ref. versions often cross the 90c mark, which is insanely hot.

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December 13, 2013 10:26:42 PM

It's generally accepted that the 760 and the 770 are the best price points, especially since new egg throws in a bunch of games with them. When you get up into the 780's and 780ti you are really shelling out for mediocre performance to price ratio.
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a b U Graphics card
December 14, 2013 10:30:29 AM

Quakemz said:
lp231 said:
The amount of vram does not equal to performance. Vram is basically used for games that loads lots of textures.
GTX 760 4GB cost around $300, for that you can get a GTX 770 at 2GB or R9-280x 3GB
Depending on which GTX 770 4GB your getting, cheapest is around $360 while some are near $400 mark. For $400 the R9-290 will be the better option. It has 4GB of vram and it's a lot faster than the GTX 770
GTX 780 only comes in 3GB and there is no 4GB version.


You're being far too generous with pricing. Try looking up a 280x. I bet you can't find a good one for under $400 right now. Bitcoin mining has driven the AMD cards up in price about 33%. Also, 770s generally go a lot closer to the $330~ mark. I think the 770 is the best price/performance out of those 3 RIGHT NOW. If the 280x ever drops back down to its launch price, it will be a better value than the 770. But if you need a card right now, the 770 is probably the way to go. If you want a 290/290x, I'd definitely wait til the re-brands come out for better cooling, because the ref. versions often cross the 90c mark, which is insanely hot.



Majority of AMD cards are out of stock, so I thought why bother mentioning about the price hike.
If AMD card weren't on a price hike then AMD cards would have the better price to performance ratio.
According to PCPartsPicker, cheapest GTX 770 2GB is PNY at $313, the cheapest 4GB is by Zotac at $355.
They are cheap compare to other GTX 770, but does anyone here actually buy these brands? Most of us here would probably get a Asus, Evga, MSI, or Gigabyte.
Since there is no other choice right now, but to get Nvidia cards, then I would suggest a GTX 760 4GB.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 4GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $299.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-14 13:30 EST-0500)
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a b U Graphics card
December 14, 2013 1:15:31 PM

Thanks that is pretty cheap compared to most things. Better than a gtx 560 ti dual sli and around the same price.
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December 14, 2013 3:43:43 PM

THSNOTLEK said:
Thanks that is pretty cheap compared to most things. Better than a gtx 560 ti dual sli and around the same price.


Don't pay $300 for a 760 4GB.,..You'd get much better performance out of a 770 2GB, trust me. Or pay the extra $50 and get the 770 4GB at least. That $30-$50 might be the best money you've ever spent. The difference between the 760 and 770 is pretty large, VERY worth the small amount of difference in price.

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a b U Graphics card
December 14, 2013 3:59:29 PM

Okay I will get 4gb 770. I don't play on high res but just like cores games will eventually utilize more ram right?
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a b U Graphics card
December 14, 2013 4:07:13 PM

THSNOTLEK said:
Okay I will get 4gb 770. I don't play on high res but just like cores games will eventually utilize more ram right?


Theoretically yes, but VRAM can be confusing for new people to the market. A card with 2GB can crush cards with 4GB, it depends on the cards specs. 2GB is just fine for EVERY game on the market right now. But I would absolutely spend the extra money for a 770. A 770 is a big step up from the 760 for only about $50...to me that is a bargain. Eventually the VRAM standard might increase, but probably not for a while. 2GB will get you by for a while. That doesn't mean you should pass up a good deal on a 4GB 770. And what do you mean you don't play on high-res? You don't play in 1080p?

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a b U Graphics card
December 14, 2013 4:10:25 PM

I'm 14 and don't have money to get a new card every year or two so I will go with 4 just in case the standards do go up. We haven't even seen the beginning of next gen graphics.
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a b U Graphics card
December 14, 2013 4:16:03 PM

THSNOTLEK said:
I'm 14 and don't have money to get a new card every year or two so I will go with 4 just in case the standards do go up. We haven't even seen the beginning of next gen graphics.


Then the 4GB 770 is a great choice for you, as it will be relevant for a while. It will stomp all over the PS4 and Xbox one with ease, and do it all in beautiful 1080p. You will be maxing out every current game with solid frames.
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a b U Graphics card
December 14, 2013 4:16:41 PM

:)  Will my fx 6300 bottleneck it and 8 gb 1333 ram?
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a b U Graphics card
December 14, 2013 4:19:17 PM

THSNOTLEK said:
:)  Will my fx 6300 bottleneck it and 8 gb 1333 ram?


No, you should be fine. And if you for reason you are not, you can always easily OC your CPU. But like I said, I bet you will be fine.
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a b U Graphics card
December 14, 2013 4:24:52 PM

I can't oc my cpu :(  95watt mobo limit.
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December 14, 2013 4:36:12 PM

THSNOTLEK said:
I can't oc my cpu :(  95watt mobo limit.


Hmmm well you should be fine either way, but you might be cutting it close. I'd make either your CPU or MOBO your next upgrade. I'd shoot for something like a 8320, they are usually a great value for under $150. 8-cores will get you better performance in the future since consoles also have the 8-core units. Games will be optimized for 8-cores. But a MOBO upgrade might also be in order.

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a b U Graphics card
December 14, 2013 4:46:18 PM

Yeah. If I have to do that is it even worth it or get a intel?
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a b U Graphics card
December 14, 2013 4:51:07 PM

THSNOTLEK said:
Yeah. If I have to do that is it even worth it or get a intel?


AMD CPUs are a fine choice if you are on a budget. The smart thing to do is make sure every component is compatible with one another. Intel CPUs are arguably better, but that doesn't mean AMD CPUs are bad by any means. I think an 8320 with a solid mobo that allows you to OC would be a welcomed edition to your build.
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a b U Graphics card
December 14, 2013 5:16:07 PM

would a 8350 be better? Or not worth it for the price?
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a b U Graphics card
December 14, 2013 5:22:38 PM

THSNOTLEK said:
would a 8350 be better? Or not worth it for the price?


It depends on the price at the time, as they fluctuate pretty often. As long as the rest of your system supports it, you can OC the 8320 to the performance of the 8350. But if you find a great deal on the 8350, I'd just go with that. Right now the price difference is about $40 between the two. So it all depends on how important that is to you, and if you feel safe overclocking yourself. To me $40 isn't a ton of money, but to some people it can be. $40 can be put to a lot of use elsewhere in a budget build. Even if you left the 8320 stock, it's not like it's a bad idea. It's still a solid CPU for a budget build.
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a b U Graphics card
December 14, 2013 5:23:51 PM

Hmm. Probably gonna be a year till my next build anyway.
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a b U Graphics card
December 14, 2013 5:29:14 PM

THSNOTLEK said:
Hmm. Probably gonna be a year till my next build anyway.


Well I don't mean a complete build, but just a component upgrade. PC building/upgrading is all about budgeting, so you have to find what works for you and meets your needs.
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a b U Graphics card
December 14, 2013 5:30:30 PM

I can't use anything from my current build in my future one. My ram is slow 1333 and my mobo doesn't support more than 1333 and more than 95 w cpus. My case is garbage.
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December 14, 2013 5:36:17 PM

THSNOTLEK said:
I can't use anything from my current build in my future one. My ram is slow 1333 and my mobo doesn't support more than 1333 and more than 95 w cpus. My case is garbage.


Yeah there generally comes a time when you have to upgrade everything, or just completely start from scratch. Unfortunately that's just how technology works. Top of the line now means low-end in 3 or 4 years. :/ 

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