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Hi,

This is my first build and i'm really confused on which card to pick

so after some research i laid my eye on the gtx 960 but the problem is now i can't decide which version to chose the 2gb or the 4gb


i have and AMD Athlon X4 860K Black Edition (3.7GHz base - 4GHz boost)
http://www.amazon.com/AMD-Athlon-Edition-3700Mhz-AD860KXBJABOX/dp/B00MU00IOQ


so is it better to go with the 4gb card (Gigabyte GTX 960 OC wind-force) ~220$
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B013LDXPFO?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=ox_sc_sfl_title_2&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER


or the 2gb card (EVGA GeForce GTX 960 Superclocked) ~190$
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-Superclocked-Graphic-02G-P4-2962-KR/dp/B00T4BWGBM/ref=sr_1_2?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1452063511&sr=1-2&keywords=gtx+960&refinements=p_36%3A1253506011


so a lot of people say that getting the 4gb card will be a waste of money because
1-it wont have much of a performance difference around (5-10)FPS
2-my CPU wont utilize the whole 4gb. (bottleneck)
3-the gpu is not fast enough for 4gb of Vram


but other people say that the 4gb is
1-more future prof and some games like GTA V and Witcher 3 ...etc need more that 2gb of ram
2-the 4gb is important for modding and higher textures


so do you think it's worth the 30$ to get the 4gb or that i should do something better with them because i am on a really tight budget.


Thanks.
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  1. The 4gig version offers more memory yes, but the 960 speeds are almost not enough for it to make a huge difference.
    You cpu is on the slower side but would be okay with a gtx 960 2 gig without a horrible bottleneck.

    Save the $$$ get the 2 gig version until you can do a full pc upgrade.
  2. Both things are true, like both. But you should just get
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150730&cm_re=r9_380-_-14-150-730-_-Product
    First of all r9 380 >> gtx 960. Second of all this is a 4gb model and it costs as much as your 2gb gtx 960.
  3. What gingerbread says is exactly right, only the R9 takes more power, what PS do you have?
  4. Gingerbread said:
    Both things are true, like both. But you should just get
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150730&cm_re=r9_380-_-14-150-730-_-Product
    First of all r9 380 >> gtx 960. Second of all this is a 4gb model and it costs as much as your 2gb gtx 960.


    i know that amd cards are good but everyone is saying that Nvidia cards are much better and that Nvidia pays game developers so that the game runs smother on Nvidia than AMD...etc

    BTW power consumption is not a big deal but i don't want to get like a crazy 750w PSU for a budget build.
  5. Best answer
    The r9 380 can run even on 500w without a problem. Also major b*llsh*t. The r9 380 outperforms the gtx 960 in 90% of the cases, just nvidia are using the strategy Intel used back in the days to kill AMD, though legally this time.
  6. Asem__ said:
    Gingerbread said:
    Both things are true, like both. But you should just get
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150730&cm_re=r9_380-_-14-150-730-_-Product
    First of all r9 380 >> gtx 960. Second of all this is a 4gb model and it costs as much as your 2gb gtx 960.


    i know that amd cards are good but everyone is saying that Nvidia cards are much better and that Nvidia pays game developers so that the game runs smother on Nvidia than AMD...etc

    BTW power consumption is not a big deal but i don't want to get like a crazy 750w PSU for a budget build.



    Yes Nvidia has a history of running smoother over-all but AMD has a fine product and many people love them. If you get a 960, there is no reason for the 4gig version. GTA5 and Witcher 3 will eat a 960 up but they will be playable.
  7. Gingerbread said:
    The r9 380 can run even on 500w without a problem. Also major b*llsh*t. The r9 380 outperforms the gtx 960 in 90% of the cases, just nvidia are using the strategy Intel used back in the days to kill AMD, though legally this time.


    sorry but the one I had pulled more wattage than a 960 and for sure produced more heat.
  8. I know that the 380 requires like 100W more, that's what I said, and still 500W is plenty.
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