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February 19, 2014 12:14:14 AM

Hi guys I have an Asustek M5a97 Motherboard and a amd fx tm 4100 quad-core processor and a geforce 9500 gt...I can't really play games with this....can you please please tell me what graphic card can I buy that's not more than $200 or some of them that are compatible with my motherboard cus I have no idea which ones are compatible or what. lol thanks!

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February 19, 2014 12:32:01 AM

AMD - HD 7790, HD 7850, HD 7870, R7 260X, R7 265, R9 270, R9 270X

Nvidia - GTX 660, GTX 660Ti, GTX 750Ti

The R9 270X or HD 7870 are going to be the most powerful (by a very small margin), but I would personally go for a 750Ti.

Oh, and there's also a promotion on with XFX R9 series cards right now, they come with a free copy of BF4. I'm not aware of any other promotions right now.
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February 19, 2014 12:45:22 AM

I previously had the 7870..it was ok but not wow..its only 1GB..in that case the gtx660 2gb would be better right? and who has better graphics? nvidia or amd? :/ 
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February 19, 2014 12:48:52 AM

Oh and something else, does it have to be an asus nvidia 660? or can it be a zotak nvidia 660? :S
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February 19, 2014 12:54:09 AM

Djllort said:
I previously had the 7870..it was ok but not wow..its only 1GB..in that case the gtx660 2gb would be better right? and who has better graphics? nvidia or amd? :/ 


You had the 1GB version of the 7870 mate, there's also a 2GB version and then what is essentially a 4GB version if you step it up to the R9 270X which is esentially the same card.

AMD VS. Nvidia is a tough one to answer because nobody knows how exactly AMD Mantle is going to perform in the end and but so far they have been trading blows with each pulling ahead at one time.

Different brands often factory overclock cards, put different coolers on etc... I usually just look at the core speed and memory speed when I'm shopping because cooling or noise isn't important to me.
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February 19, 2014 1:03:32 AM

Ok guys thank you very much I will try one of your suggestions!
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