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help me to choose a GPU on very tight budget

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April 15, 2014 8:14:59 PM

i've AMD FX 6300 with Gigabyte 990 XA-UD3 & Cooler Master Thunder 600 watt PSU. now, i'm completely broke by making this rig. it took 6 long months to accumulate the money for this. i'm no heavy gamer, but only love open-world driving games, like midnight club 2, burnout paradise, extreme trucker 2. i'm ashamed to say i've a stupid GT 610 2 GB. i know it's not for gaming & i'm struggling with burnout paradise just for this reason. plz, help by selecting a Radeon card within 130 US dollars. forgot to mention, i'm on win 7 64 bit & i've 8 GB Corsair Vengeance RAM. plz, NO nvidia. i know, it's not nvidia's fault, if i'm poor, but i was always a loyal fan of nvidia's & somehow i think the price they r taking for even low-end cards could have been cheaper, in other words, i feel like cheated. so 'Radeon' only. i'm from India & here 8,000 INR=130 US dollars. i'm also waiting for "The Crew", as i've read, it's also another open-world driving game, so it would be very helpful if anybody can kindly mention a Radeon card, which'll be able to handle this game. i don't play any other type of games except HOG puzzles, which don't require much power. but, i'm absolutely passionate about open-world driving games, particularly 'Car' games, so if anybody happens to know about this type of games, plz suggest them too. I hate Euro Trucker 1 & 2, so plz don't suggest that. waiting avidly for a helpful reply. thanx & regards to u all.
April 15, 2014 9:05:40 PM

get the gtx 750, will play all games just fin on medium to high
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April 15, 2014 9:49:50 PM

1stly, that is going far beyond my price range, & 2ndly i only want to know about Radeon cards. i'm just not interested in "NVIDIA" anymore. hope, i clarified my choice, both of price & brand this time. :??: 
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April 15, 2014 10:12:57 PM

then go with the r7-250 or 260. Nvidia is still great in the low end and should not be discounted as an option as the 750 is very cost effective and power efficient.
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April 15, 2014 10:47:48 PM

thank u. i would also like to know, which 1 is better R7-250 or R7-240? & just kindly write me a few lines about my dream card R6970. i know it's a lot old, but still according to my novice knowledge it's a very powerful card. finally kindly suggest among these 3. R7-250, R7-240 & nvidia 260. which one'll suite my rig & necessity best? then i'll go for exactly that one. once again, thank u. regards. :) 
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April 16, 2014 9:16:27 AM

the nvidia 260 is literally 4 generations old and you could probably find used for under $20...

the performance goes as such, the 6970 is the most powerful of the bunch, but you are likely going to spend over $200 on it. i highly suggest looking at some of the newer equivalents (the 270 is roughly the equivalent.

the gtx 750 is roughly $130


also on the home page of this site, there is usually a topic each month about the best gpu for each price range which i suggest you check ouy (even as i type this, it is under the "latest reports" section just on the right hand side of the screen labeled "Best graphics cards for the money: April 2014"


just on principle alone if a card of the same branding is a higher number, it is better, thus making the r7-250 better than the r7-240. this can get a little confusing when trying to compare different generations of cards of course, and to do that, the easiest way is to google "6970 benchmarks" then google say "R7-250 benchmarks" or replace the word "benchmarks" in your search with "review". sorry for the google lesson, but it is incredibly helpful to use google to get these answers as it allows you to get multiple sources of information than just one possibly biased user on this site.


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April 17, 2014 4:43:04 AM

Brantyn Gerik said:
the nvidia 260 is literally 4 generations old and you could probably find used for under $20...

the performance goes as such, the 6970 is the most powerful of the bunch, but you are likely going to spend over $200 on it. i highly suggest looking at some of the newer equivalents (the 270 is roughly the equivalent.

the gtx 750 is roughly $130


also on the home page of this site, there is usually a topic each month about the best gpu for each price range which i suggest you check ouy (even as i type this, it is under the "latest reports" section just on the right hand side of the screen labeled "Best graphics cards for the money: April 2014"


just on principle alone if a card of the same branding is a higher number, it is better, thus making the r7-250 better than the r7-240. this can get a little confusing when trying to compare different generations of cards of course, and to do that, the easiest way is to google "6970 benchmarks" then google say "R7-250 benchmarks" or replace the word "benchmarks" in your search with "review". sorry for the google lesson, but it is incredibly helpful to use google to get these answers as it allows you to get multiple sources of information than just one possibly biased user on this site.








in here gtx 750 is priced at approx 199 US $. so, i wouldn't be able to buy that. i'm going with R7 250. thanx a lot for your knowledge rich reply. just 1 question more, kindly tell me, will i be able to play the upcoming "The Crew" with it lag-lessly in high settings if not ultra-high? :) 
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April 17, 2014 8:48:12 AM

i'd expect more medium-high. i wouldnt expect playable fps on ultra with the 250.
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April 18, 2014 5:19:28 AM

a'right. mediun-high'll suit me fine for the time being. thanx a lot for ur genuine help. :bounce: 
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