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February 16, 2013 10:18:18 PM

Hey guys!
I am looking to invest in some short term gpu if possible. I am looking to play latest games such as crysis 3, tomb raider, etc at a playable fps. I wouldn't mind splashing to buy a gtx 680 or even the upcoming gtx titan but I would like to buy a mid range card that could last for maybe a year, so maybe by then the series 700/maxwell is released, whate card would you recommend for a 1920x1080. I won't mind a amd or nvidia based gpu. WOuld you recommend somehting like asus direct cu II 7870 or gtx 660ti, or maybe something more expensive like the 670 or 7950? Thank you!

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a c 185 U Graphics card
February 16, 2013 10:31:24 PM

$300 to $380

Cards in this category include the Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 and the AMD Radeon HD 7950. They offer performance that is nearly as good as that of the high-end models, but at a more modest price. If you stick with a 1080p or 1920 by 1200 display with one of these cards, you should be in good shape.

$200 to $300

At this level you may have to start making some sacrifices in detail settings. For GPUs such as the AMD Radeon HD 7870, that means running at "high" rather than at "very high" detail level, and it almost certainly means disabling antialiasing.
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February 16, 2013 10:37:28 PM

SO you are saying the best perf/value is either gtx 670/7950? What brand would you recommend? Asus, MSI , evga, etc, i have no preference.
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a c 185 U Graphics card
February 16, 2013 10:43:14 PM

Well it all depends i would recommend Sapphire's HD 7950 Vapor-X comes with a large dual-fan cooler that uses the company's famous vapor-chamber technology. On the Vapor-X you will also find a "Lethal Boost" button which switches to a second BIOS with higher clock speeds. With this BIOS, clocks are increased to 950 MHz GPU and 1250 MHz memory.
Also,MSI's GTX 670 Power Edition uses the famous Twin Frozr IV cooler from the MSI Lightning and comes with a large clock speed boost out of the box, making its default clock speed even higher than GTX 680 stock clocks.That would be a solid choice for the price imo they currently are going for $389.99 a piece that doesn't look unreasonable, given the improved cooling and higher clocks but it's up to you.
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February 16, 2013 10:45:18 PM

Well thanks! I'll go do little bit more research on those cards you recommended.
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February 16, 2013 10:45:23 PM

Best answer selected by pete123edgar.
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