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Best Single Non-OC Graphics Cards for ~$300

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May 28, 2011 5:01:28 AM

Hey Guys, I'm building a portable gaming pc (for LANs and stuff), will probably end up going for mATX so SLI or Crossfire is out of the equation. Just want to know what the best option would be a single graphics card that will not be overclocked, keeping it in the $300 price bracket. I was thinking Radeon HD 6950 2Gb.
a b U Graphics card
May 28, 2011 11:19:34 AM

Most of GTX570s are 350$ right now, so they are out of the question. 6950 is a great choice for everybody in both performance and price vs performance. It is fastest card under 300$ too.
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May 28, 2011 5:09:01 PM

Aren't some hd6970s under $300? I am talking about with rebates too.
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a b U Graphics card
May 28, 2011 5:28:57 PM

Nope, 6970s are not under 300$..
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a b U Graphics card
May 30, 2011 12:02:57 AM

GTX 570s are though, I just checked. With rebates they are a little under $300.
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a b U Graphics card
May 30, 2011 12:40:30 AM

I would highly recommend the gtx 570. Im running one in my build and am super happy with it. Given i got a brand new one for $250 off of craigslist but still if you can get one for around 300 id say its a great deal.
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May 30, 2011 12:44:51 AM

All the reduced price 570's I see on Newegg are going for ~$325 after rebates. I don't see any under $300.

The 6970's seem to be running ~$315 after rebates.

So basically pick which team you like or which favors the games you play.
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a b U Graphics card
May 30, 2011 12:57:12 AM

TheViper said:
All the reduced price 570's I see on Newegg are going for ~$325 after rebates. I don't see any under $300.

The 6970's seem to be running ~$315 after rebates.

So basically pick which team you like or which favors the games you play.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... The first and second run lower than $300, and I just didn't check after that.
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a b U Graphics card
May 30, 2011 2:09:43 AM

I see now...it's a combination of instant reduced price and a rebate getting them below $300. And it's just those first 2 you looked at too.
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a b U Graphics card
May 30, 2011 2:11:34 AM

TheViper said:
I see now...it's a combination of instant reduced price and a rebate getting them below $300. And it's just those first 2 you looked at too.

Well, if he is willing to wait for a rebate, he has got a nice deal.
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May 30, 2011 3:46:49 AM

You should not get the OC versions anyway. They are identical to the non-OC versions, but have been picked at random and had the BIOS flashed with higher clock speeds.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 30, 2011 12:53:49 PM

What do you mean, will not be overclocked? Why not?
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a b U Graphics card
May 30, 2011 5:18:58 PM

kajabla said:
What do you mean, will not be overclocked? Why not?

He means he doesn't want to risk breaking it by an OC.
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May 30, 2011 6:09:42 PM

If he is not going to overclock them himself, I would recommend him stay away from the factory overclocked cards as well as they are not as reliable, draw slightly more power, and run hotter than the stock variants.

My experience:

There have been a small number of times when I bought the factory OC version and DID NOT overclock it at all, and the thing blue screened or showed artifacts. This tells me that the technicians at these companies are stress testing the cards, but not controlling the temperatures when they do it; so they sometimes send out damaged cards. (However, this was only experience with two specific brands).

However, when I have purchased stock cards and overclocked them to OC specifications and then stressed tested them myself they have always worked perfectly. So I avoid the factory OC cards. I repeat I have had factory overclocked cards die early or show artifacting right out of the box, but cards running at stock speeds which I have carefully overclocked to OC specifications have never had problems.

I've just made it a rule to stay away from factory OC cards, unless they just happen to be the only ones the manufacturer is offering at the time.
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