New Graphics Card Help

Hey guys, so I'm pretty noob when it comes to computer parts so I'm going to need some of your help. Im looking at buying a new card around the $250-$300 price which will support games such as CSS, COD, BF3 and diablo 3. I'm not sure what the difference is between a AMD and Nvidia card is, what is good and what is not. I have listed some cards I was looking at can you please help me out and tell me which is good and if there is any better options and where is best to buy from.

Nvidia

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_876&products_id=17326
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_876&products_id=16576

AMD

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_877&products_id=19849
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_877&products_id=19823
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_877&products_id=19799
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_877&products_id=19772
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  1. What are your full system specs?(CPU,RAM,etc.)

    Performance wise their isn't a huge difference between Nvidia and AMD.Both offer good performance at their respective price points.It's just a personal preference.

    I would suggest going for the MSI Twin Frozr 7850.It's a solid card and will max out all of those games except BF3.That game is the most demanding of the bunch so you'll probably have to settle for high settings.
  2. are zotac good cards never heard of them before and my system specs at are
    PU: Intel Core i7 930
    MOBO: Gigabyte X58A-UD5
    RAM: Patriot Gaming Kit 6GB 1600MHz DDR3
    GFX: 1GB PColour HD5850
    HDD: Seagate 500GB Sata
    PSU: Thermaltake Evo Blue 650W APFC Gaming
    CASE: Coolermaster HAF922
    CD DRIVE: Pioneer SATA 24x DVDRW
    COOLER: Nactua-V1 2P-SE2
  3. Is your 930 at stock speeds?

    The 7850 is almost as good as the GTX570.When O.C.'d however it is faster.All while consuming nearly 100 watts less.Personally I'd rather go for the 7850.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7870-review-benchmark,3148-6.html
  4. 7850 i think is the way to go. and depending on your old graphics card you'll need a clean driver install if you're going from nVidia to ATI, or vice versa. but doing a clean driver install is recommended anyway :L expect to be gaming within an hour. be pessimistic so you won't be disappointed as much :)
  5. Bert9 said:
    are zotac good cards never heard of them before and my system specs at are
    PU: Intel Core i7 930
    MOBO: Gigabyte X58A-UD5
    RAM: Patriot Gaming Kit 6GB 1600MHz DDR3
    GFX: 1GB PColour HD5850
    HDD: Seagate 500GB Sata
    PSU: Thermaltake Evo Blue 650W APFC Gaming
    CASE: Coolermaster HAF922
    CD DRIVE: Pioneer SATA 24x DVDRW
    COOLER: Nactua-V1 2P-SE2

    Coming from an HD 5850, the only worthy upgrade is 7870 or 580 & up because anything lower is just 2 tiers up the graphics cards ladder.
    Look at this: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html
    & I quote from the article: "I don’t recommend upgrading your graphics card unless the replacement card is at least three tiers higher. Otherwise, the upgrade is somewhat parallel and you may not notice a worthwhile difference in performance."
  6. Well the 7870 is the best performing out of those.Really the quality of the Sapphire and Gigabyte 7870 is almost the same.They make some great stuff so it's hard to compare.But the 7870 is a bit out of your budget I thought.Within your budget I would go for the MSI Twin Frozr 7850.
  7. Bert9 said:

    If budget is no limit, I would suggest the sapphire 7870 for being $20 cheaper. The Gigabyte is more expensive due to the OC & 3 fans but I think the sapphire can OC well & having dual fan itself will be cool & quite.
  8. I wouldn't go with a 7870. You'd be going from AMDs second best card in the 5000 series (discounting the dual GPU 5970) to a latest gen mid-tier card 7870 for $50 over your budget.

    If you're gaming at 1920x1080 or less, a GTX 570 (second best 500 series card) is in your budget and performs just under a latest gen mid-tier on just about every popular title.

    On the other hand, if I were going to up my budget I'd just go $30-50 over the 7870 and get a GTX 670 which absolutely blows the 7870 out of the water and competes directly with a 7970. The pricing still hasn't adjusted correctly on the 7800 series cards after Nvidia unleashed the 670s on the market. I wouldn't spend my money on a mid-tier card when, for $30-50 more, I could have one of the top cards out.
  9. That looks nice but for the price of that HDD I would just get a bigger SSD instead.Also I should mention that the advertised HDD lists it as 2TB while the specs say it only has 640GB.
  10. So i got the Sapphire 2GB 7870 OC PCI-E VGA Card and pulled out my old card uninstalled the old drivers, put the new card in and installed its drives but when i play games for longer then an hour my screen blacks out and says it has not signal you guys have any idea what is going on ???
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