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Good GPU for decent price?

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January 27, 2013 8:05:33 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Near Future (ie. next few months.)
BUDGET RANGE: Around $200, at most $300.

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Playing games such as Team Fortress 2, War of the Roses, Tribes Ascend, Don't Starve, minecraft (custom shaders and texture packs) at high settings, around 60 fps, idealy screen recording some of the mentioned games. Probably newer games at highish settings, good fps. Also 3d animation previewing and watching.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Gigabyte 550 ti, XFX 850W XXX Edition

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: AMD FX8150, ASUS A99X evo2.0, Corsair Vengeance 2x8 GB

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: centrecom.com (but it really doesn't matter too much as long as it's in Australia)
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Australia

PARTS PREFERENCES: I don't give more or less damn about the brand, as long as it's good quality, it works, it works well, and has good cooling.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe later when I have more money.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I've been considering the Radeon HD 7950 Boost or Radeon HD 7870 LE, I'm kind of scared that the 7950 is going to be bottlenecked by the FX8150...

I have heard of some rumors of new GPUs being released soon which I wouldn't mind waiting for if it's in my price and performance range...but I don't know much about it. As I mentioned above I would like the GPU to have good cooling, although once I have enough money I am interested in the idea of water cooling it.

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January 27, 2013 9:59:18 AM

stantheman123 said:
Hey man i bought my pc from centercom too :-)

You can get the 7870

http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/r787oc-gigabyte-rad...

for $249

or at pccg (Australian online pc store

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

You can get a 7950 for 299

If your worried about your 8150 bottlenecking just overclock it

Did you already buy your 8150?


Yes I've already got my PC built for a while now...how far would I have to overclock the 8150, and which brand for the 7950 would be best? (ie. gigabyte, asus, msi etc.)
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January 27, 2013 10:46:03 AM

Put it to about 4.2ghz+ very easy over clock. Really you cant go wrong with any brand however Asus cooling is the most well balnced with heat and noise. So get Asus I'd you can. However any would be fine. So over clock to at least 4.2 and you should be fine. People who say amd chips are bad or crap are idiots. I have my amd 6300 at 4.5ghz very easy over clock and it destroys any game. Just over clock it to 4.2 or more and you will be good to go.
January 29, 2013 12:16:09 AM

stantheman123 said:
Put it to about 4.2ghz+ very easy over clock. Really you cant go wrong with any brand however Asus cooling is the most well balnced with heat and noise. So get Asus I'd you can. However any would be fine. So over clock to at least 4.2 and you should be fine. People who say amd chips are bad or crap are idiots. I have my amd 6300 at 4.5ghz very easy over clock and it destroys any game. Just over clock it to 4.2 or more and you will be good to go.


Sorry for the late reply I've been busy lately...
Is the Asus worth the extra $30 over the gigabyte though?

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January 29, 2013 1:04:21 AM
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lerett said:
Sorry for the late reply I've been busy lately...
Is the Asus worth the extra $30 over the gigabyte though?



Acctually gigabyte and sapphire are just as good and cheaper

If you wanna order online and wait a bit

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

or you wanna buy it from the store pick up

http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/r795wf3-gigabyte-ra...

gigabyte vs asus vs sapphire? the asus costs more so and really isnt worth it

since the sapphire/gigabyte are great too. out of the sapphire and gigabyte id personally take the sapphire.

The gigabyte gets lower temps by a 2-3c however the sapphire is quieter and looks much nicer to me take your pick

Dont worry about late reply :-)
January 29, 2013 1:42:41 AM

stantheman123 said:
Acctually gigabyte and sapphire are just as good and cheaper

If you wanna order online and wait a bit

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

or you wanna buy it from the store pick up

http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/r795wf3-gigabyte-ra...

gigabyte vs asus vs sapphire? the asus costs more so and really isnt worth it

since the sapphire/gigabyte are great too. out of the sapphire and gigabyte id personally take the sapphire.

The gigabyte gets lower temps by a 2-3c however the sapphire is quieter and looks much nicer to me take your pick

Dont worry about late reply :-)

OK thank you, now I just need to figure out how to overclock... :??: 
January 29, 2013 2:25:44 AM

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