Seeing my new rig my cousin also wants one.He already has a 1090t with 4GBs of ram and a GT240.He is asking me to upgrade his Graphics card.I also wanted him a card with the GK104 GPU(my GTX670),but he is a casual gamer and doesn't want to spend more than 300$.
well if you are looking at 7870, he should rather go for 7950 which is barely 30bucks more and has 384bit bus and 1gb vram more. i also wanted to go for 7870 but then i saw price of 7950 and there was no question i rather buyed that.
but then i decided that why should i save, so i will buy the gigabyte 7970 oc, which in my country is like 18eur more than stock version
In all seriousness though, the AMD route would be just fine, but personally I would wait for the 660ti to come out next month for some of that gk104 goodness. Either way he should be able to play 1080p games at good settings for ~$300.
Personally I use a GTX570 at 1200p (a tall 1080p) and have had very rare issues of frames dropping to the point where I can notice it. But then again, it all depends on the specific games you intend to play, as some obviously favor one architecture over the other.
The problem for AMD, though, is that while [the 660 Ti] is priced at levels around the HD 7850 and HD 7870, its performance is around that of the HD 7950 and HD 7970. You combine this with the fact that AMD really don't have any more room to move on price due to recent price drops. We really do wonder what AMD can do. NVIDIA do this excellent job of taking on multiple AMD models with just one video card and in this case, we see that happening again.
The GTX 660 Ti is going to be a fantastic model and we can't wait to see what partners do with it. While we might not like how NVIDIA treat us, we don't let it ever get in the way of our judgment and today we can again see that NVIDIA have put together a great model that is surely set to be really popular based on what we've shown you here today.
In any event, it would be unwise to make a $300 video card purchase anytime before the GTX 660 Ti gets released on August 16th. It'll likely be the best performance option, and may have an effect on pricing for the other cards in that price range.
...but he is a casual gamer and doesn't want to spend more than 300$.
It depends on what is meant by "casual gamer." If he plays undemanding games like web-based stuff, Plants vs. Zombies, Torchlight, hidden object games, marble poppers, etc. then he'd be very happy with a HD7750 at most.
If he plays more demanding games (e.g. shooters) just not that often, he's still going to need something powerful for when he does play. Still, from the videos I've seen, BF3 and other modern titles look pretty good even on medium-high settings. I'd be surprised if he "needs" anything more powerful than a HD7850 (which can play at high to ultra), and he may find a GTX560Ti, GTX560, or HD6870 sufficient.
Please clarify what is meant by "casual" gaming, to get the most relevant suggestions.
Also worth pointing out is that any PSU that can run a GT240 should have no trouble with a HD7750. For anything stronger, we'll also need to know the brand and model (not just wattage) of his current PSU.
Before urging someone to drop $300 on a graphics card, let's find out what games are being played here; maybe a much cheaper card will be sufficient; consider he only has a GT240 now. He may also need a PSU upgrade for a strong card.
What i mean by casual gamer is that he plays a handful of titles and games maybe 10 hours a week.We both are huge fans of skyrim.I personally like to crack AA all the way up but he is ok at 0xAA if all the settings are maximum.
Games include skyrim,Assassins creed,Fifa,GTA etc etc.
and the PSU is Antec BP 550 550w