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July 10, 2014 1:29:52 PM

Alright, I'm new to this whole 'Choose your weapon' kinda thing. I converted from console (Xbox) And joined the PC master race. But, I don't know what kind of innards I should put in my computer. And my first question is... what graphics card would be better for me? Usually, I play Fallout New Vegas, Arma 3, DayZ, Battlefield, Saints Row, etc. (Next-gen games) So, I know I need to spend more, to get more bang for my buck. But, I've narrowed it down to three options for the video card..

Option A: ASUS R9 270X 4GB DirectCU II $250
Option B: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Superclocked ACX $290
Option C: ASUS GeForce GTX 660 2GB $210

The GeForce GTX 8xx series is also a serious competitor for when it comes out. Any help is appreciated! Also, I will be posting alot more posts on choosing my PC's guts, and I could really use some more input! Thanks in advance!
July 10, 2014 1:34:56 PM

You might need to edit your post.

Based off of what I'm seeing, your GPU budget is about $300.

4GB on that card is useless. For single monitor 1080p gaming, 2GB will be fine. That card is made for crossfire and multi-monitor setups.

For that price you should get either a GTX 770 or an R9 280x.
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July 10, 2014 1:37:59 PM

for $300 I would get the R9 280X with 3GB of VRAM
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July 10, 2014 1:49:05 PM

shadow32 said:
You might need to edit your post.

Based off of what I'm seeing, your GPU budget is about $300.

4GB on that card is useless. For single monitor 1080p gaming, 2GB will be fine. That card is made for crossfire and multi-monitor setups.

For that price you should get either a GTX 770 or an R9 280x.


Edited, sorry about that, I wanted to preview the html code, it's been a year or so since i've used it, and I'd like a geneally cheaper one, because it'd take awhile to save up the money for the computer
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July 10, 2014 1:49:39 PM

I think you could find a 280x for under $300. It is probably the best card in that price range, assuming its still under $300 (AMD prices seem to fluctuate like the wind these days@_@) If not, I think the R9 280 is equal to the gtx 760, and should be cheaper, $290 looks awfully high for a 760, they were going for $250 last I looked.

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July 10, 2014 1:56:55 PM

stokes1790 said:
I think you could find a 280x for under $300. It is probably the best card in that price range, assuming its still under $300 (AMD prices seem to fluctuate like the wind these days@_@) If not, I think the R9 280 is equal to the gtx 760, and should be cheaper, $290 looks awfully high for a 760, they were going for $250 last I looked.



I know, but I have no idea of the basis that I should use for it. What's superclocking, ti, directCU? I don't know. But, I'm not a complete idiot. I have basically been teaching myself everything, and I can't figure out what is better. So I went to the pros.
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July 10, 2014 2:03:45 PM

280x for $250 after rebates, unbeatable value

Best Choice for $250: XFX DD Black Edition R9 280X

great cooler, great factory overclock

ti is jsut a model numbder, a an X

direct cu is just asus cooler jargon

superclocking is just EVGA marketing speak

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July 10, 2014 2:05:58 PM

I think you should go with Option B, but if it were me I would bump it up to a 770, trust me you will not regret it especially when playing games like Dayz that are very poorly optimized!
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July 10, 2014 2:15:13 PM

sk8termatt said:
I think you should go with Option B, but if it were me I would bump it up to a 770, trust me you will not regret it especially when playing games like Dayz that are very poorly optimized!


Alright, I have an interview for a minimum wage job tomorrow ($9.95/hr) And, I don't want the best computer out there, Just a mid-class gaming pc. Sure I want to play on ultra, and I probably will be able to nonetheless. But, at $200/week, I'd have to save like $1600 for my build.. (My build without monitor, keyboard, headset is about $1100)
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July 10, 2014 2:19:01 PM

stickmansam said:
280x for $250 after rebates, unbeatable value

Best Choice for $250: XFX DD Black Edition R9 280X

great cooler, great factory overclock

ti is jsut a model numbder, a an X

direct cu is just asus cooler jargon

superclocking is just EVGA marketing speak



Thanks for all the help with the X, Ti, and such. But that '$250' card is $315 for me, in Canada. But, I might be able to work with that, and edit alot of my build on pcpartpicker. But it's hard, and takes awhile. As soon as I finish a couple things, I'll link everyone
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July 10, 2014 2:20:03 PM

sk8termatt said:
I think you should go with Option B, but if it were me I would bump it up to a 770, trust me you will not regret it especially when playing games like Dayz that are very poorly optimized!


By the way, I know how to optimize DayZ and Arma 3. You just need to modify some config files and your set. Just google around for the stuff :D 
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July 10, 2014 2:25:53 PM

get the 280x for only $250, it beats out all the other options you've posted
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July 10, 2014 2:29:44 PM

stickmansam said:
get the 280x for only $250, it beats out all the other options you've posted


I can't get it for $250, I'm in Canada, Here, it's like $320
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July 10, 2014 2:35:57 PM

oh in that case get this R9 280 for $230 CAD
It's slightly faster than 760 and cheaper too

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/club-3d-video-card-cgax...

and this is a $244 MSI model if you want

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r9280gam...

if you want this R9 270 is only $140
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/powercolor-video-card-axr9...

and this MSI 270X is $160
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r9270xgamin...

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July 10, 2014 5:42:31 PM

This is the Video Card I went with! $265 base, $30 rebates... http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r9280gam...

I'm actually pretty happy with this. It has a slightly lover clock speeds and such. BUT, it has more memory, better floating point performance, higher pixel rate, more shading units, and a wider memory bus! So, I think that this was a good descision! :D 
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July 10, 2014 5:47:21 PM

nice :)  have fun with it!
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