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I need a new graphics card, around $200 budget.

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June 11, 2014 2:23:48 AM

Ideally looking to keep it not more than 200, but if there is a significant jump in quality, I'd take it.

I have been looking at R7 265, R9 270X, R9 280X and comparing... but I need advice, is it worth spending that bit more? Or should there be other cards I am comparing?

Might be taking a trip where I could swing by Microcenter this weekend, otherwise I'd be shopping online most likely.

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a b U Graphics card
June 11, 2014 2:28:30 AM

What are the top 5 games you'd most want to run well? Different cards perform better in different games and different effects, so that sort of thing matters.
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June 11, 2014 2:35:25 AM

If you're planning on playing a lot of Ubisoft games now or in the future, go with an nVidia gtx 760 or 770. ;) 

If you're playing anything else, a gtx 280/280x would be pretty good.
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June 11, 2014 7:58:23 PM

Calnin said:
If you're planning on playing a lot of Ubisoft games now or in the future, go with an nVidia gtx 760 or 770. ;) 

If you're playing anything else, a gtx 280/280x would be pretty good.


I play whatever I happen to have, mostly older Steam games, not a lot of specific Ubisoft games though. So really looking for something that is overall good for anything, not bound to a particular company. Mostly the Arkham games I am going through right now.
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June 11, 2014 8:01:50 PM

Rationale said:
What are the top 5 games you'd most want to run well? Different cards perform better in different games and different effects, so that sort of thing matters.


Lately, Arkham City (Origins next..), and also going to go through some olderish games, Max Payne 3, MK9, Injustice, Deus Ex: Human Rev. I know any upgrade will help me a lot with those, I built this rig in December with plans to get the video card a little later down the road, i7 4770k, and the ability for it to last hopefully 8 years as long as my last rig lasted. My current monitor is only 720 though, and may not upgrade to a 1080 for awhile anyways.
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a b U Graphics card
June 11, 2014 8:06:33 PM

whoarentyou said:
Calnin said:
If you're planning on playing a lot of Ubisoft games now or in the future, go with an nVidia gtx 760 or 770. ;) 

If you're playing anything else, a gtx 280/280x would be pretty good.


I play whatever I happen to have, mostly older Steam games, not a lot of specific Ubisoft games though. So really looking for something that is overall good for anything, not bound to a particular company. Mostly the Arkham games I am going through right now.


The Arkham games are focused on Nvidia cards like the GTX 760, due to the PhysX mostly.

How it works out is:

AMD has higher performance per dollar in most games. For example, the R9 270X is normally around $180, and it performs about as well a $230 Nvidia card like the 760 in games that don't use Nvidia effects.

Nvidia supports more proprietary technologies that allow them to be compatible with any game's effects, though with lower performance per dollar in many games.

The upside to AMD is that if you don't play certain games they're an overall improvement at the same price point. The downside is AMD card performance drops hard in certain games, and they don't always support some of the effects needed for real "ultra" settings in certain games.

Nvidia cards tend to run cooler and use less power than AMD cards, but that's not a big concern for most people unless they have bad power supplies, or are trying to build a PC with a low environmental footprint.
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a b U Graphics card
June 11, 2014 10:49:00 PM

Personally I'd recommend AMD cards over nVidia for price/performance up to the 280x. But, with the games you're playing, I second the GTX 760. It'll probably last you a fair amount of time, and it still plays well in 1080p right now. If you want to get one that'll last even longer, there's the GTX 770, but, of course, it'd be more expensive.
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