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GTX 280 or GTX 550 Ti

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June 3, 2012 10:00:47 PM

Hi guys, I've been looking at these 2 cards, they both cost less than $100 which is my budget for getting a new graphics card as a upgrade from my current GT520. Of these two which one should I get? If there is also other alternatives that I can get for less than $100 please reply with them below too. Thanks.

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a b U Graphics card
June 3, 2012 11:08:43 PM

I would go with the gtx 550ti for the following reasons:

-runs cooler
-uses less power
-can use in SLI down the road if your motherboard allows for it
-has DX11
-shorter in length

Now, if you're not interesting in DX11 gaming, you do not care about power consumption, and your case is long enough, then the gtx 280 is a much more powerful and fitting card. I'm not quite sure where you're going to get either one for $100 though because the cheapest ones I can find are at least $120 w/out shipping or tax.

If you're up to looking at a different option, I would actually go for the Radeon HD 6850 as it is a sweet spot for price/performance (and power consumption/heat). It also performs better in pretty much every aspect than the gtx 550 ti. Looking on NewEgg.com - the price for the 6850 and the 550 ti are within $25 of each other same.
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a b U Graphics card
June 3, 2012 11:32:58 PM

Or you can go with an AMD 7750. In most cases its faster than the 550TI, but consumes significantly less power (does not require external power). It consumes less than a 1/3 of the power than the 280 GTX needs.
a c 99 U Graphics card
June 4, 2012 12:25:09 AM

I have heard the 77xx series are getting some ground for a really good budget card.
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