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Hello. I'm looking to buy the best GFX there is possible at a $300 budget. Cheaper the better. I'm looking to only buy a new GFX to play Battlefield 3 at max setting. High setting is fine also but max setting would be awesome. Please recommend me a GFX if you have one in mind!

CPU - i5-2500k
fatal1ty z68 pro
430W PSU
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8GB 2133 Gskill series
1tb spinpoint f3

These are my specs! Thank you!
post #2 of 28
Tom's Hardware does a great "Best GPU for the money" article every month:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...ance,3042.html
post #3 of 28
bump your budget about 20-40 bucks and get yourself a 570
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The power supply unit to be a big concern . I would look at possibly trying to do sli 550ti if it's within your budget. but I would still check power consumption befot you make a purchase

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SLI 460s.Find a used pair, buying new at the cusp of next gen release(ATI) is futile.
 
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He has a 430 power supply. not sure if that can power a high end card.
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Well, for $300 you can get a new PSU and a Sapphire Radeon 6950, which can be unlocked to 6970 and OC'd.

That's what I went with, but I limited my budget to $250. I got this card for $245 after MIR from Newegg. I read a lot of benchmarks and comments/reviews from a lot of places, including here. It's a highly recommended card. Mine should be here tomorrow!

Not sure if this is the best option, but an option nonetheless. But I believe all the higher-end cards require 500w as minimum.
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post #8 of 28
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Originally Posted by polizei View Post
Well, for $300 you can get a new PSU and a Sapphire Radeon 6950, which can be unlocked to 6970 and OC'd.

That's what I went with, but I limited my budget to $250. I got this card for $245 after MIR from Newegg. I read a lot of benchmarks and comments/reviews from a lot of places, including here. It's a highly recommended card. Mine should be here tomorrow!

Not sure if this is the best option, but an option nonetheless. But I believe all the higher-end cards require 500w as minimum.
Good luck finding a reference 6950 any more. Those went the way of the dodo about 3 or 4 months ago. The new non-reference cards don't unlock.
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Good luck finding a reference 6950 any more. Those went the way of the dodo about 3 or 4 months ago. The new non-reference cards don't unlock.
Yes they do unlock. it's just a lesser chance.
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Yes they do unlock. it's just a lesser chance.


Everything I've read suggests that non-reference cards don't unlock. I tend to believe that, since the mechanism by which the unlock is possible isn't present on non-reference cards.
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