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Guidance with what GPU to purchase

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Last response: in Graphics & Displays
January 28, 2013 7:59:29 AM

Hey guys, just looking for a little guidance on which card would be the best for me to get as this is the final piece in my new Rig.

So far it is as follows :

- Gigabyte 990FXA-D3 Motherboard
- AMD Bulldozer FX-4170 4.2GHz Quad Core Processor
- Kingston HyperX 8GB (2x4GB) Memory Module 1866MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL9 240-pin DIMM XMP Predator Series
- 750/850Watt Power supply

Currently got this running on 32bit windows 7, upgrading to 64Bit shortly to allow me to use the full 8Gb of ram rather than the 3.25gb that 32Bit restricts you to using.

I am just after some opinions from you lot on what you think will run smoothest in this Rig?

The 3 i am deliberating between are the Radeon HD 7850 2GB OR Radeon HD7870 2GB OR a N-videa 660 2GB.

My budget is in the region of £140 - £180, so please, please dont say 670TI or the new 7900 series of AMD cards.

NB : Don't know if this will help you guys much but the games i plan on playing on this Rig are :

- Battlefield 3
- Guild wars 2
- GTA 5 on release.

Thank you all in advance for any response.

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January 28, 2013 8:07:14 AM

Get hd 7870 2gb or gtx 660 2gb.both will handle games at 1080p.with latest drivers hd 7870 is faster than gtx 660 but mostly perform same.with nvidia you can get physicx and adaptive vsync features while in amd you get eyeinfinity and also amd is better than nvidia in multiple displays.get any one of your choice.
January 28, 2013 8:37:18 AM

Haha thank you for the reply and a speedy one at that!

I appreciate what you are saying so the 2 i am now comparing are....


They both seem fairly similar, i will be playing this on a single monitor and its very unlikely i will ever crossfire / SLI whicheverone i buy as i believe thats just not viable for the ammount of performance increase.

I just wondered if, playing the games i have stated - there is one that is better than the other.

Seen some benchmarks where the HD7870 has DOUBLE the fps of the GTX 660 on Battlefield 3 so when people say there is nothing between them i keep seeing contradictions in either direction.