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$160 Budget Max....Nvidia or Ati?!

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January 21, 2014 9:15:19 AM

So at 28 I've decided to rock this again as a hobby. I have a decent base of stuff I got from Tiger Direct for a little over $600. I have to keep this build down and plan on upgrading in 3 months in the GPU area. This card would be to hold me over so I can get online and play BF4 and PS2. I prefer high graphics and will get up to a 280x in a couple of months, when this bitcoin fad drops off.

Just need help, I have an fx-6350 that is gonna be overclocked, with 16 gb ram and a mobo capable of 3x gpu (crossfire or sli). I'll be hooking up to service 1080p at 60 htz maybe 75htz. Thanks for any insight into this, if you ned any more info, just let me know!

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January 21, 2014 9:17:14 AM

BEST gpu for under $200 is the 7790. this will be the best gpu in your price range. if you can find a 660 on sale, then go with that, otherwise the 7790 cannot be beat for its price:p erformance
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January 21, 2014 9:18:58 AM

also the 7790 is supposed to benefit from the mantle update for bf4 (who knows really by how much, but by at least a little bit)

the gtx 770 is the equivalent card to the 280x if the prices don't come down by the time you want to upgrade (only loses to the 280x in amd optimized games, and of course probably mantle games after the update as they were already basically even beforehand)
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January 21, 2014 9:27:28 AM

Brantyn Gerik said:
BEST gpu for under $200 is the 7790. this will be the best gpu in your price range. if you can find a 660 on sale, then go with that, otherwise the 7790 cannot be beat for its price:p erformance


So that 660 ti i see popping up for like $155 is better than the 7790? 2GB or 1GB really make much of a difference other than price?
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January 21, 2014 9:30:06 AM

yes the 660 ti is a better deal and performs faster. go with that one instead if you can
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January 21, 2014 9:32:16 AM

Brantyn Gerik said:
yes the 660 ti is a better deal and performs faster. go with that one instead if you can


any recomendations on whom to go with? EVGA or Gigabyte or whatever? I doubt i can even find a reference card anymore lol

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January 21, 2014 9:36:16 AM

evga makes a pretty good one. but really both are fine, especially if you are looking to upgrade soon after this (personally i would just say wait until you can afford the performance you really want to go with than buying a cheap card now)
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January 21, 2014 9:38:48 AM

do you think SLI with 2 660 ti's would be sufficient for ultra on games like PS2 and BF4?
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January 21, 2014 9:42:36 AM

Yes...BUT i would personally recommend against sli or crossfire. you will always get a better experience from a more powerful single card
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January 21, 2014 9:48:32 AM

hmmm good sound advice it seems. whelp, i got the gigabyte 660 ti orderd with thermal paste and once it's in, i can get to work building this masterpiece! thanks for the help!!! i can't wait to post it all on pcpartpicker too lol
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January 21, 2014 9:51:55 AM

if you want, message me your pc part picker link and i may be able to make some suggestions on parts for you in terms of getting you the best parts for the money you want to spend
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