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Hey guys ! I'm looking to get a new GPU for my build.

Z87 sabertooth
4670k
8gb ram
550W corsair psu
Radeon 6950 HD 2gb

I'm looking for a high end GPU in the 350$ area..

Can anyone help me out ?
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  1. For that price you could get a gtx 770 which is a great card for the price, what's the model of your PSU?
  2. A GTX770 is about as strong as your 550w psu can handle.

    The R9-280X is a tad more power hungry but should work also.
    What is the 12v amps on your particular psu? Or, the exact model number.
  3. It's a VX550W corsair PSU http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/psus/2008/05/06/corsair-vx550w-power-supply/1


    The reason is i suspect my gpu is faling. I'm getting black screens freeze and white screens with stripes running over it, and lastly i'm getting lots of pixels on screen flickering greens reds blues.
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    That's a decent series from corsair, some may be critical.

    The problem you describe definitely sounds GPU related, what are your temps?
  5. Temps doesn't really get that high imo, though it's running 60 degrees idle, it gets a maximum 80 degrees playing games. also ultimate settings in heaven benchmark.
  6. What is your current PSU?

    Edit: Brain-fart: I am assuming it is the Cosair 550VX
  7. Exactly :)
  8. So would you think its failing ? i need my gaming pc to be running, so if a new GFX fixes it. that's that. Also is the R9-280X better than the gtx 770 ?
  9. StormtrooperDH said:
    Temps doesn't really get that high imo, though it's running 60 degrees idle, it gets a maximum 80 degrees playing games. also ultimate settings in heaven benchmark.


    No reason to suspect your PSU.

    Not sure of your cooling set-up but 60C at idle is a bit high, have you tried to create a custom fan profile to see if that helps?

    Regardless, the 770 is the way to go for that price range the 280X will set you back around $450
  10. Ahh sorry buddy i messed up with the currency i was looking at 450 range :) the gtx 770 its like 20$ less where i live. If i'm to upgrade my PSU to a RM850 corsair should i get the R9-280X ? or is the difference not that high ?
  11. StormtrooperDH said:
    So would you think its failing ? i need my gaming pc to be running, so if a new GFX fixes it. that's that. Also is the R9-280X better than the gtx 770 ?


    They are way to determine if it is failing. For example you could ensure that the fan isn't burnt out, run a PSU stability test like OCCT, test it with a multimeter, temporary replace it etc but like I said there is nothing to suggest.

    Depending on the make you get (after-market cooler, OCed, etc) the 280x and 770 are pretty evenly matched. The 770 runs a little cooler a stock and is less-expensive.

    http://gpuboss.com/gpus/Radeon-R9-280X-vs-GeForce-GTX-770
  12. StormtrooperDH said:
    Ahh sorry buddy i messed up with the currency i was looking at 450 range :) the gtx 770 its like 20$ less where i live. If i'm to upgrade my PSU to a RM850 corsair should i get the R9-280X ? or is the difference not that high ?


    Well even better if that is the case get the GTX 780 and upgrade your supply to a least a well-rated 650 (Seasonic, Antec, Cosair (not CX series) anything over 650 for that set-up is overkill unless your planning on SLI or heavy OCing in the future.

    The 780 performs much better than the 280X The 780 still might be at the high-end of your price point as it retails for around $500 US (which obviously does not include a PSU)
  13. Alright i'll try the OCCT. Would any brand of the gtx 770 be good ? I'm looking at Gainwood's gtx 770 its an ok price and i can have it in 2 days time.
  14. From what I understand it is factory OCed and has a beast of a custom cooler. It looks pretty darn good but I dont have personal experience with that brand. I usually try to stick to gigabyte, MSI, or EVGA

    Here is a review: http://www.techspot.com/review/678-gainward-geforce-gtx-770/page9.html
  15. Your psu is a very good one with 41a capability.
    GTX770, 780, 780ti all carry a EVGA suggested psu with 42a.
    Such recommendations are usually over conservative to account for cheap psu's.
    I think you are good with any of them. Your psu has both a 8 pin and a 6 pin connector and should be able to deliver advertised power.
    I happen to like the titan blower coolers that EVGA uses.
    They get heat more directly out the back of your case.
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