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Best GPU for Heavy Gaming and OCing under 400 USD

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March 29, 2014 12:22:47 AM

Hi again friends, and strange fellows, I am in the market for a really good GPU with good prices and a nice core clock speed, I am currently looking at the MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB . But I was wondering if there is anything better on the market that I might be passing up, this is indeed my first solo build but I still need some help. :D  Anyways, anything that can be OCed fairly easy, is great for gaming and fits my budget I'd love to take a look at, thanks guys!
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March 29, 2014 12:35:36 AM

Sapphire r9 280x Toxic edition is the best gpu under $400. It's normally priced at $350(currently $400), but due to bitcoin mining it's availability is decreased. But it is normally available again: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Besides this, Gigabyte r9 280x windforce 3x oc is the best option.
If you are ready to spend a few more bucks you will be easily able to get r9 290 which I prefer would be best for you.
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March 29, 2014 12:56:03 AM

A 770 for $320 is a much better deal than a 280x for $400. They go back and forth depending on the game, but they are very similar in performance. Here's a review that has them both at several resolutions: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-780-ti-.... That being said, I would spend the extra and get the 290.
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March 29, 2014 2:52:50 PM

Thanks for the input guys, I have one question tho, whats the difference between 2GB GPU cards and 4GB GPU cards other than the obvious one has bigger memory, I am talking performance wise and core clock speed, etc.
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March 29, 2014 3:01:48 PM

the more vram a card has usually helps with performance at resolutions higher than 1080p, for 1080p 2gb is fine, I would agree that the 770 for the pricing is better than the 280x unless ur going for the 290. I have a 7970 basically 280x and i get similar fps to my friends gtx 670 in bf4, and benchmarks put the 770 usually just a little ahead.
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March 29, 2014 3:08:43 PM

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lazyboy947 said:
the more vram a card has usually helps with performance at resolutions higher than 1080p, for 1080p 2gb is fine, I would agree that the 770 for the pricing is better than the 280x unless ur going for the 290. I have a 7970 basically 280x and i get similar fps to my friends gtx 670 in bf4, and benchmarks put the 770 usually just a little ahead.


Are you saying a 770 is fine for 1080p, but the 290 is a better bang for your buck?
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March 29, 2014 3:16:08 PM

Well the 770 competes and is slightly better than a 280x with the 770 usually costing around $340 but the 290 performs a little under a 290x which beats the gtx 780 but the cheapest 290 goes for $440. I dont know which one overclocks better but both gpus, the gtx 770, 280x, and 290 will play pretty much every game at max at 1080p. It matters on the games you play cause but for better performance with next gen games the 290 would be better or spend less now on the 770 and get a newer card later, the pricing of the 770 for its performance compared to the other amd cards is prob the best bang for buck
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March 29, 2014 3:22:20 PM

lazyboy947 said:
Well the 770 competes and is slightly better than a 280x with the 770 usually costing around $340 but the 290 performs a little under a 290x which beats the gtx 780 but the cheapest 290 goes for $440. I dont know which one overclocks better but both gpus, the gtx 770, 280x, and 290 will play pretty much every game at max at 1080p. It matters on the games you play cause but for better performance with next gen games the 290 would be better or spend less now on the 770 and get a newer card later, the pricing of the 770 for its performance compared to the other amd cards is prob the best bang for buck

Thanks man, you are most helpful, will definitely take this all into consideration, and probably stick with my 770 that's on sale for $320
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