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February 18, 2013 5:34:04 PM

Hi guys,

So I'll be building a new PC in the next few weeks, so every day I check PC Partpicker for price changes. Welp, today I log in to find that PC Partpicker can't find a retailer for my Sapphire HD 7950. Now, there are obviously a slew of manufacturers that make the 7950, but I'm hesitant to switch because I know next-to-nothing about any of them. The Sapphire card was just a hair over $300, which is how much I'm looking to spend.

XFX sells the same card for around the same price, but has decidedly lower reviews than the Sapphire card. What'sgoin'on?

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a b U Graphics card
February 18, 2013 5:56:42 PM

Stick with what you know is a reliable brand. I've also owend and loved Sapphire brand cards and would return to them in the future. I've also noticed that xfx has a lot of bad reviews, but you never know if your goin to get a bad product until you hook it up anyway so I guess its just the luck of the draw when it comes to getting a good part. I personally wouldn't buy an xfx gpu. To many people have gotten bad cards from them, but they do make an amazing psu.
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February 18, 2013 6:45:16 PM

I agree with zpwslayer's comment, "Stick with what you know is a reliable brand." Good rule to live by. If it ain't broke don't fix it. Now with that said, I have owned an XFX card and its been a trooper, and XFX's warranty seems really good to me. I've always thought that XFX was one of the better AMD card mfgs - up there with Sapphire. I don't own a 7950 though.
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a c 200 U Graphics card
February 18, 2013 7:06:16 PM

parts picker may have not found any cards right now do to them selling out. a high end card at that price is going to blow out the door real quick. I find using the part number info and google shopping you can find a few places that have the card and are true computer sellers. also amazon now is your friend for computer parts. when you look at vendors you have to see how fast and easy there rma is and there warranty terms. xfx used to have lifetime warranty on there nvidia cards then pulled the rug out from under people that bought there cards and then would not honner there warranty.
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February 18, 2013 9:01:06 PM

Yeah it looks like Newegg sold out of the Sapphire 7950. So are there any brands that have a solid rep for AMD GPU's? It looks like XFX, MSI, Gigabyte, and HIS sell the same GPU at around the same price.
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February 18, 2013 9:27:54 PM

For graphics I'm pretty much tied to Sapphire and MSI. I've had a lot of cards over the years an none are of better quality than the two aforementioned.
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a b U Graphics card
February 18, 2013 10:53:21 PM

I like msi also, great company.
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February 19, 2013 2:33:49 PM

UPDATE: It looks like the Sapphire card has been discontinued. And looking around through other Manufacturers, it looks like others are sold out as well. Is the 7950 being phased out? If so, is there a comparable card for the same price(ish)?

Come hell-or-high-water, I WILL be buying a card on the 28th. The hard part now is finding one.
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February 19, 2013 2:40:23 PM

Also, would it be advisable to go NVIDIA if all else fails? It looks like their 660 Ti shares specs with the 7950.
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February 19, 2013 6:47:44 PM

That's an awesome resource to have. Thanks!
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a c 109 U Graphics card
February 19, 2013 7:21:16 PM

XFX=EVGA of AMD.
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February 19, 2013 9:04:42 PM

Good news! Newegg's got it back in stock. Bought before they run out again, haha.
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a b U Graphics card
February 20, 2013 3:04:34 AM

8ballslackz said:
That's an awesome resource to have. Thanks!


No problem! :) 
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