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January 27, 2013 10:43:43 PM

Looking for the best Bang for your Buck card. Since tax money is coming in February, I'm looking to upgrade my card. I currently have a Gtx 550ti and for the most part it does well when playing the more modern games on medium settings but that isn't good enough for me as I'm looking to get 60+FPS with ultra settings in games such as BF3,Skyrim, and Metro 2033. Now my price range is $350.(I'll buy a card for $400 if it really an amazing improvement over a card for $350.) What is the best card for my price range that will either surpass or come close to my needs?

Thanks for the help.

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a c 109 U Graphics card
January 27, 2013 10:45:33 PM

A 670 gtx or 7970, depending on your preferences.
Either of those will be a good choice.
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January 27, 2013 10:49:01 PM

djangoringo said:
A 670 gtx or 7970, depending on your preferences.
Either of those will be a good choice.


Difference between a GTX660ti and and GTX 670?
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a b U Graphics card
January 27, 2013 10:58:35 PM

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/598?vs=647

660's and the Ti's have dropped in price a bit over the past month or so. Now it's probably better for your money than the 670, but buying more than you really need isn't always a bad thing if you can afford it.
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a c 109 U Graphics card
January 27, 2013 10:59:28 PM

The 670 gtx has better performance, it has a higher memory bus width with 256 bit, and more rops.
The 660 ti is a good card though for 1080p, it's a good choice if you don't want to pay more for a 670 gtx.
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January 27, 2013 11:07:07 PM

Any specific 670 model that's better than the other?
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a b U Graphics card
January 27, 2013 11:11:41 PM

If the resolution on you monitor is only 1080 all those cards you're talking about are overkill and you wasting money.
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January 27, 2013 11:29:57 PM

Like most users recommend, go with a non-reference 670.

I myself have the MSI N670 PE bought off newegg for 389.99 + tax/shipping. The card is factory unlocked and can be OC'ed a bit more through msi's afterburner software. Of the games you mentioned I play BF3 and its amazing. My peak temps were 55C-60C running on ultra 1680x1050 on stock speed (idles around 26c-30c). 1800rpm fan speed which is not 100% and it was barely audible. FPS ranges from low 50s to 120.

before my purchase I was debating the n670 pe with the GIGABYTE GV-N670WF2 & GIGABYTE GV-N670OC both seem great competitors.

Well, in the end it all comes down to your decision + current hardware you have.
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January 27, 2013 11:32:39 PM

Goodeggray said:
If the resolution on you monitor is only 1080 all those cards you're talking about are overkill and you wasting money.



I am planning on getting a 1080p monitor. If you consider a gtx 670 overkill that what would you recommend?
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a c 109 U Graphics card
January 27, 2013 11:37:11 PM

Don't you have a monitor with 1080p resolution ?
And a 670 isn't overkill for 1080p.
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a c 109 U Graphics card
January 27, 2013 11:48:28 PM

It's a good card, if you want a 670 gtx, there's also the gigabyte windforce 3x.
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a b U Graphics card
January 27, 2013 11:51:39 PM

Spent the $400 on a new monitor and a 7870 Tahiti Le. This will give you best bang for the buck not bragging rights. The card is only as good as the monitor.
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January 27, 2013 11:55:12 PM

coolmarquis97 said:
Right now I'm using a VGA monitor. 1080p monitor should arrive next week. Looks like I'm going to go with the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Just one thing to keep in mind is that the card is huge and heavy on the end so it will sag a bit (does not effect performance). I was somewhat concerned so I tied a wire on the edge to one of my hard drive bays.
-Other things to keep in mind, the 2 fans have a small blue leds that are dim. When booting up the fans run 100% in reverse for a couple of seconds to blow out dust or whatever on the fan. Thought it was pretty cool.

I too need to upgrade my monitor, what did you purchase?
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January 27, 2013 11:58:25 PM

Goodeggray said:
Spent the $400 on a new monitor and a 7870 Tahiti Le. This will give you best bang for the buck not bragging rights. The card is only as good as the monitor.



Going to look into this card. Any recommendations for a good monitor?
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a c 109 U Graphics card
January 28, 2013 12:00:17 AM

What is the budget for the monitor and card ?
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January 28, 2013 12:06:38 AM

Goodeggray said:
Spent the $400 on a new monitor and a 7870 Tahiti Le. This will give you best bang for the buck not bragging rights. The card is only as good as the monitor.


Make sure to get a 7870 Tahiti Le with good coolers that will be able to allow for a good overclock in case performance gets sluggish.
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a c 109 U Graphics card
January 28, 2013 12:07:54 AM

The 7870 tahiti le isn't as good as a 660 ti, and it's about the same price.
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a b U Graphics card
January 28, 2013 12:16:22 AM

Asus vh236h 23 inch 2ms responds time $150 after $20 mir Powercolor ax7870 Tahiti Le $220 after$20 mir Both at newegg Check reviews on line
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January 28, 2013 12:17:12 AM

byomes said:
Just one thing to keep in mind is that the card is huge and heavy on the end so it will sag a bit (does not effect performance). I was somewhat concerned so I tied a wire on the edge to one of my hard drive bays.
-Other things to keep in mind, the 2 fans have a small blue leds that are dim. When booting up the fans run 100% in reverse for a couple of seconds to blow out dust or whatever on the fan. Thought it was pretty cool.

I too need to upgrade my monitor, what did you purchase?



Nothing is official yet but i think I'll go with the http://us.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=56381&vpn=VE2... unless somebody recommends better.
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January 28, 2013 12:18:03 AM

djangoringo said:
What is the budget for the monitor and card ?



Eh the card could be 400 and below. The monitor could be like 250 and below because I am trying to have dual screens at some point.
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a b U Graphics card
January 28, 2013 12:25:06 AM

One minor problem I have with ncix. They require signatures on deliveries an inconvenience. The higher end video card are design foe ultra resolutions and/or more than one monitor.
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a b U Graphics card
January 28, 2013 12:48:07 AM

They are both lcd panels. Just different tech. Tn panels are cheaper and brighter and have faster responds time. Ips panels are more expensive but has truer colors better have a wider viewing angle. Go to a computer store and see what you like better.
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January 28, 2013 1:24:43 AM

Which panel would be best for Gaming?
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a c 109 U Graphics card
January 28, 2013 1:27:20 AM

Both are good ones, 2ms response time might be better for gaming.
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January 28, 2013 1:29:35 AM

djangoringo said:
Both are good ones, 2ms response time might be better for gaming.



I'll think I'll go with the monitor with 2ms. Now I'm just trying to figure out which 670 to get. What's honestly the difference between the MSI and the Gigabyte models that were listed above?
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a c 109 U Graphics card
January 28, 2013 1:37:12 AM

Both are good ones, the msi pe has triple voltage, the gigabyte has the 680 gtx pcb and a good cooling system with three fans, there's reviews, including toms hardware which the gigabyte has good temperatures and low noise.
Bottom line both are good ones.
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January 28, 2013 1:48:23 AM

Best answer selected by CoolMarquis97.
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a b U Graphics card
January 28, 2013 2:00:03 AM

I'm a bit late to the party, but I'm surprised no one suggested something like this custom cooled hd7970 for 359.99 after $20 MIR and free shipping:

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

If you overclock it like some newegg customers have, you can have one of the fastest single gpu cards available.
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January 28, 2013 3:16:38 AM

jtenorj said:
I'm a bit late to the party, but I'm surprised no one suggested something like this custom cooled hd7970 for 359.99 after $20 MIR and free shipping:

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

If you overclock it like some newegg customers have, you can have one of the fastest single gpu cards available.



It's cheaper but it's only 925 mhz. Some are much faster, 1000 or more, that's probably why it's cheaper. Also Powercolor is one of the less expensive brands, though I have no idea if that means anything for quality.
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a b U Graphics card
January 28, 2013 8:36:31 AM

It's good that it's slower to start. Means it has the original bios instead of a ghz ed. bios. better for overclocking. You will hear different things from different people about the quality of one company or another. Powercolor does make some decent cards, though.
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