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January 14, 2014 8:18:45 PM

Current specs:
CPU: AMD A8 6600K Quad Core
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A85XA-G43
RAM: 8GB

I'm looking to upgrade my GPU with a price range of $200-$300. I'm eyeballing the GTX 650ti Boost but I need other options. Thanks!

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January 14, 2014 8:21:44 PM

for that price the best you can do is the 760>270x>660ti>270>660>650ti>650.
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January 14, 2014 8:34:25 PM

Well, it all really depends on what you'll be using it for. Gaming or editing (or both), will you be Overclocking, maybe water cooling your card? Those are really what will decide what card you need. Most people on this forum ask about gaming cards so, I'll give you some options for that:

The GTX 760s just dropped down to within that budget, but if you want NVidia, you may want to consider waiting for the 800 series cards which are rumored to be released soon. Anyway, the 760 will offer much better performance than the 650ti Boost. The Gigabyte GTX 760 4GB is a good call and in your price range, even if it's a little bit of a big card.

If you want an AMD option, you can take a look at the Radeon HD 7850s, or R9 270Xs. Be careful with the newer R9 cards though, they have a reputation of running much hotter and overclocking worse.

Hope this helped!
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January 14, 2014 8:42:50 PM

Chris brought up some good points, I'd go with an evga nvidia card, that way if the next gen drops soon, you can use their step up program to a better card if you choose to. However, DO NOT get a 4gb versino of a 760 as it is a waste of money, rather put that money towards on OC version of an evga card.
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January 14, 2014 9:04:49 PM

woltej1 said:
Chris brought up some good points, I'd go with an evga nvidia card, that way if the next gen drops soon, you can use their step up program to a better card if you choose to. However, DO NOT get a 4gb versino of a 760 as it is a waste of money, rather put that money towards on OC version of an evga card.



You can go with an OC card, just personally I flip out about being bottlenecked by VRAM and really any card is fine... a few MHz is going to be a bit of an improvement still. The EVGA FTW 760 has a really good OC and 4 GB, but its $320...
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January 14, 2014 9:08:34 PM

Christopher Gonzalez said:
woltej1 said:
Chris brought up some good points, I'd go with an evga nvidia card, that way if the next gen drops soon, you can use their step up program to a better card if you choose to. However, DO NOT get a 4gb versino of a 760 as it is a waste of money, rather put that money towards on OC version of an evga card.



You can go with an OC card, just personally I flip out about being bottlenecked by VRAM and really any card is fine... a few MHz is going to be a bit of an improvement still. The EVGA FTW 760 has a really good OC and 4 GB, but its $320...

Do you fully understand how VRAM comes into play with gaming? The only reason to get a 4gb 760 is if you plan to SLI 2 of them, otherwise the 760 gpu is not powerful to over load 2gb of VRAM. I'll bet a decent amount of money that you've never once experience graphics issues caused by limited VRAM. I know I never have and never will.
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January 15, 2014 9:59:34 PM

woltej1 said:
Christopher Gonzalez said:
woltej1 said:
Chris brought up some good points, I'd go with an evga nvidia card, that way if the next gen drops soon, you can use their step up program to a better card if you choose to. However, DO NOT get a 4gb versino of a 760 as it is a waste of money, rather put that money towards on OC version of an evga card.



You can go with an OC card, just personally I flip out about being bottlenecked by VRAM and really any card is fine... a few MHz is going to be a bit of an improvement still. The EVGA FTW 760 has a really good OC and 4 GB, but its $320...

Do you fully understand how VRAM comes into play with gaming? The only reason to get a 4gb 760 is if you plan to SLI 2 of them, otherwise the 760 gpu is not powerful to over load 2gb of VRAM. I'll bet a decent amount of money that you've never once experience graphics issues caused by limited VRAM. I know I never have and never will.


Oh, its not as severe as I take it to be, and I know it isn't... Just a few times when I game @1080p with high levels of AntiAliasing, I run into issues, and it's not horrible, just my FPS drops for a little bit. I'd just personally prefer none of that opposed to the maybe 5% percent performance increase with an OC card.

^^And either way, the EVGA FTW is one of the fast-er clocked 760s out there...

And it seems as if you're upgrading your GPU now, you won't be getting a new one for a while, and with next gen games, you MIGHT possibly run into some bottlenecks with few games. It really depends: If you're playing Indie Games more often, you won't need 4 GB. For sure. But if you're playing games like FPShooters with all the fancy high res textures, you may wan't to consider a 4 GB card. It's really up to you.

I just don't value a little improvement in overall performance over still-pretty-good performance with no frame drops. The drops just really break immersion.

Nice rig too woltej1. Because of Crossfire, are you using blower style fans on the cards?
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