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Searching for a good Graphics card around $300

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August 30, 2012 2:40:09 AM

My system specs are as follows:
MOBO: Gigabyte 990XA-UD3
RAM: 4GB Mushkin Blackline DDR3
PowerSupply: PC Power & Cooling 600W Silencer MKIII
HDD&SDD: 1.5TB 7200 RPM, 500GB 7200 RPM, 120GB SSD Mushkin
CPU: AMD FX-8150 8 Core AM3+ Socket
Graphics Currently installed: GeForce GTX 550Ti

Looking for a good graphics card around 300 like the title says, and what are the differences between Radeon and Geforce cards? SLI/Crossfire? Thanks!
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August 30, 2012 2:40:20 AM

Radeon HD7950 gets my vote :)  You can find some great models for around $310.

Difference between the two brands would be performance and features.

Geforce GTX offers a few things that Radeon HD does not. A few of them would be Adaptive V-Sync, CUDA, Nvidia 3D Vision, and PhysX

Radeon HD offers 3D game support as well, but it's pretty confusing to configure so I wouldn't consider it a selling point.
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August 30, 2012 2:44:13 AM

The Radeon 7950 was actually one of the cards I was looking at, its between that and the GeForce GTX 580. The 570 was also another one I was looking at cuz its around $100 or so cheaper, but not sure how much performance would drop off.
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August 30, 2012 2:44:55 AM

7870/660ti/7950 are all fine choices. Though if you plan to sli/crossfire, teh 7950 will serve a better purpose due to a larger memory bandwidth for anti-aliasing purposes(as well as vram purposes).
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August 30, 2012 2:45:57 AM

I'd go for either the Nvidia GTX 660 TI. If you can spare a BIT more, yes, go for the HD 7950. If you can't, then it's either the HD 7870 or the GTX 660Ti.

I do believe SLI scales just a little bit better than Crossfire too.
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August 30, 2012 2:46:12 AM

ShazamKnight said:
The Radeon 7950 was actually one of the cards I was looking at, its between that and the GeForce GTX 580. The 570 was also another one I was looking at cuz its around $100 or so cheaper, but not sure how much performance would drop off.



if your thinking about buyign the cheaper 1.2gb vram 570, then an sli would not be worthwhile, as there is a chance that more and more games will utilize more than 1.2gb(games like battlefield can already, so once you hit that wall, performance will drop)
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a b U Graphics card
August 30, 2012 2:49:39 AM

ShazamKnight said:
The Radeon 7950 was actually one of the cards I was looking at, its between that and the GeForce GTX 580. The 570 was also another one I was looking at cuz its around $100 or so cheaper, but not sure how much performance would drop off.

The GTX570 is a great card, however, I wouldn't recommend it as the VRAM may hold it back in the future. Not to mention it's last generation and there's many more cards that perform better for the price :) 

The GTX660 Ti, as good of a card it is, doesn't get my vote due to it's crippled memory bit interface...I love eye candy, which means I will use AA to my hearts content :lol: 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

These two cards are $309.99 after rebate :)  they're a great value IMO.
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August 30, 2012 2:56:50 AM

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August 30, 2012 3:03:29 AM

mocchan said:
Radeon HD7950 gets my vote :)  You can find some great models for around $310.

Difference between the two brands would be performance and features.

Geforce GTX offers a few things that Radeon HD does not. A few of them would be Adaptive V-Sync, CUDA, Nvidia 3D Vision, and PhysX

Radeon HD offers 3D game support as well, but it's pretty confusing to configure so I wouldn't consider it a selling point.


+1 agree.
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