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December 5, 2012 4:32:04 PM

Just purchased new system from HP H8-1445. I ended up buying a Radeon R7770 from BestBuy only because the factory card seems to be so weak.

Not unhappy with 7770 but can't help but feel a better card is available for my needs. I use a single screen and spend my time on iRacing. Just looking for a solid card with strong graphics that compliments my system and cpu.

Budget open but would like to stay around $250 or less.

I did order a new psu , a 600w Corsair.


Motherboard M3970AM-HP (Angelica2)
Processor AMD FX-8120
Memory 12 GB
Video graphics AMD Radeon HD 7450
PSU: 460W

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December 5, 2012 5:01:17 PM

Looks like the Radeon 7870 would be the only one to fit your budget. Otherwise there would be the 7950 or 660-Ti but they cost around 300$ or more. But don't worry the 7870 is an excellent card and would definitely be an upgrade over your 7770 (which isn't a bad card for the price either). At what resolution are you playing?
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December 5, 2012 5:01:24 PM

Get a 7870.The MSI Radeon HD 7870 HAWK is the MSI Lightning's smaller brother. It uses the company's signature Twin Frozr II dual-fan cooler. MSI has also increased the clock speeds of the HD 7870 HAWK to 1100 MHz GPU and 1200 MHz memory.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 5, 2012 6:58:36 PM

GTX660 Ti isn't really worth it over a GTX660, no noticeable difference in the real world. GTX660 will give you FXAA, and even better, adaptive vsync. Also PhysX if you're interested in that. I reckon more games will support PhysX in the future, but no guarantees there.
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December 5, 2012 7:07:35 PM

Im not to knowledgeable with amd but msi gtx 660ti has very good cooling and would say get 660 but msi only make 660ti. Otherwise look at bench marks between 660 vs the amd everyone's suggesting either way should be close in performance.
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December 5, 2012 8:27:14 PM

According to this, 7870 is only 5% faster than the GTX660. That's 42fps vs 40fps.

http://www.techspot.com/review/603-best-graphics-cards/...

And that was before nVidia's new 310.70 drivers, which are nVidia's response to Catalyst 12.11. New nVidia drivers are adding between 5% and 20% on average. So there's really no performance argument for the 7870.

MSI cards do indeed have good coolers, and you can get an MSI GTX660 - http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-msi-gtx-660-twin-fro...(x16)-6008mhz-gddr5-gpu-1033mhz-boost-1098mhz-cores-9

Though EVGA offer better warranty.
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December 5, 2012 8:37:26 PM

MC_K7 said:
Looks like the Radeon 7870 would be the only one to fit your budget. Otherwise there would be the 7950 or 660-Ti but they cost around 300$ or more. But don't worry the 7870 is an excellent card and would definitely be an upgrade over your 7770 (which isn't a bad card for the price either). At what resolution are you playing?


Card defaults to 1920x?? on 23" monitor.

I also use a 37" LCD 1080P screen TV for most of my gaming. The graphics aren't bad with the 7770 but, as an example, when I run the Daytona road course and come up on the "bus stop" turn, I cannot pick out features just prior to turn in. All I get is a lot of flickering when I am looking for landmarks.

Will never run multi screen setup.
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