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Best GPU for long life and Price/Performance?

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July 25, 2014 6:14:35 PM

Hello, i recently built a new computer from scratch and i have everything I need except for a new GPU, i am currently using an Nvidia GT 520, it works, but it's not great. I am looking for a GPU that will last long, in terms of actually physically working, and not having to RMA, i am aware technology updates quickly, so there is no real future proof GPU, but i am looking for something high quality that will last for a while. My goal is to spend under 300$, because since i am only using a 1080p monitor, i only need something can display on that with high detail at 60fps, so no point in buying something like a 780. Something that caught my eye was the Asus r9 280 (non x)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I am content with the price and would buy it, but i would like to know if anyone has had it for a while or knows any information about it artifacting/ not working. I did not want to get the 280x because of several reviews of BSOD and flickering/artifacts. Something that I also was interested in was the gtx 770

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

, as i am aware these cards are of high quality because there aren't really any complaints, although they are priced much higher. What do you guys think? Any help would be appreciated!

My Specs Are:

CPU: i7 2600
RAM: 8GB
MOBO: ASUS Z77-A
PSU: Thermaltake TR2 600w
GPU: GT 520

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July 25, 2014 8:41:17 PM

The the 770 will give you good performance. EVGA is a good brand, I use them myself, and from experience I can say the ACX cooler is very nice. Newegg and Amazon have it for around $340 so you will be over-budget.

The better rated 280s seem to run ~ 80 dollars cheaper, but based on Tom's 2014 VGA charts you will get ~10 fps less at 1080p. The 3GB of vram on the 280 is advantageous at higher resolutions, but not a deal breaker at 1080p.

The ideal price/performance would be the 280x, but like you said I did find a worrying number of complaints. I would see if anyone who has responds to the contrary though as it is the better performance/price option.

Overall both ASUS and EVGA offer three year warranties standard (EVGA I know offers extended warranties), are reputable brands, and the coolers offered are good. The choice to make is are you willing to go ~$40 over-budget, and are you willing to trade ~10fps for $80.
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