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600 dollar budget need advice on new vid card.

Hey guys, Im buying a new card and my budget is 500 to 600 dollars. I am interested in a gtx780 but they range from 500 to 750 dollars, I have used amd so im not familiar with nvidia cards. I would like oc capabilities and reliability. (like I know sapphire is reliable for amd cards but not sure about nvidia) .


the cheapest available to me is
Zotac GeForce GTX 780 OC 3GB GDDR5 (ZT-70205-10P) at $519 before tax. How does this card compare to other cards?
from www.canadacomputers.com
Any other advice based on my system will be appreciated.

My system i5 3570k stock cooler
gigabyte z77x-ud3h
corsair vengence 8 gb ram
thermal take 700 watts psu
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  1. Your PSU can handle a R9 290x or a GTX 780 or a GTX 780 Ti.

    Don't confuse the $500 GTX 780 with the $700 GTX 780 Ti. The Ti is more powerful.

    I think that Zotac will do OK, It's factory overclocked, i.e. faster than the reference. Other models may have even higher clocks, but the differences won't be large - think 3% or so.
  2. Advice, buy a cooler for your cpu and overclock it somewhere to the 4.2ghz to 4.4ghz range. This is fairly easy and safe to do with a halfway decent cooler. The Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo for around 30 dollars would be a great choice for this.

    As far as a 780 is concerned, the Zotac Amp is about 530 dollars before taxes and features a triple fan design: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/zotac-video-card-zt7020310p

    If you are willing to wait a bit, the custom cooled Amd 290's should drop in price and that would also be a good option. This is something I'd take a look at if it drops in price: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr929oc4gd

    Also, you might want to replace your Psu. Thermaltake makes some good Psu's, and some bad ones, so without a model number it's hard to say which you've bought. I wouldn't trust a new video card to a crap Psu.
  3. If your budget is $600 before HST, I suggest this one:

    EVGA GeForce GTX 780 SC w/ ACX Cooler 3GB GDDR5 (03G-P4-2784-KR) $589
    http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_1200_557_559&item_id=061631

    It runs at 967 MHz (the Zotac at 863 MHz). It also has an excellent cooler. Also, eVGA is the most reliable graphics card manufacturer.
  4. Swordkd said:
    Advice, buy a cooler for your cpu and overclock it somewhere to the 4.2ghz to 4.4ghz range. This is fairly easy and safe to do with a halfway decent cooler. The Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo for around 30 dollars would be a great choice for this.

    As far as a 780 is concerned, the Zotac Amp is about 508 dollars before taxes and features a triple fan design: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/zotac-video-card-zt7020310p

    If you are willing to wait a bit, the custom cooled Amd 290's should drop in price and that would also be a good option. This is something I'd take a look at if it drops in price: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr929oc4gd

    Also, you might want to replace your Psu. Thermaltake makes some good Psu's, and some bad ones, so without a model number it's hard to say which you've bought. I wouldn't trust a new video card to a crap Psu.


    He posted a canadacomputers link... Prices here in Canada are different :(
  5. I agree with either the MSI Lightning or EVGA ACX SC. The Lightning is a OC beast, but you cant beat that EVGA Customer Support/Warranty Service.
  6. tr2 700w thermaltake atk 12v 2.3 is my psu I dont know if that means anything. Thanks for the advice on OCing, I will order the cooler at the same time.

    How much faster is the eVGA? if its only 5 percent faster I dont think I am willing to take the 70 dollar hit, but if its more then might be interesting.
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    I'd replace that Psu too. The Tr2 isn't a good Psu.
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