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Looking for a GPU for my build wanna spend $260 or less. I have a Intel Core i5 3570k, Asrock z77 Pro 3 Mobo, and a 550w psu.

Here are the cards I'm looking at:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131484
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121649
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121651
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post #2 of 52
The dc2 ghz edition. Ghz edition cards are typically binned higher than their non ghz counterparts and overclock better. The 7870 loves to be overclocked and is a beast of a card for the price.
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The dc2 ghz edition. Ghz edition cards are typically binned higher than their non ghz counterparts and overclock better. The 7870 loves to be overclocked and is a beast of a card for the price.
I heard the Tahiti LE Cards are better?
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for me Asus 7870. better cooling, low power consumption and you can overclock it to 1100MHz core, 1450MHz memory easily on stock voltage.
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for me Asus 7870. better cooling, low power consumption and you can overclock it to 1100MHz core, 1450MHz memory easily on stock voltage.
Is it worth the extra $40 to get the 7870 over the 7850
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post #6 of 52
The Tahiti version is the best of those from my understanding. Yes the 7870 are good cards but if you buy a ghz edition do not automatically expect it to clock much further. Its the luck of the silicon lottery. Some people achieve high clocks for example such as 1250 core and above with vcore tweaking but not all.

I own 2 x gigabyte 7870 which I run in crossfire, they are the fastest 7870 out of the box I believe at 1100 MHz and mine will only clock another 50mhz on the core but I don't need to touch voltage.

They are great performing cards but if you could afford it I think the 7950 would be the choice today for the maximum $/perfomance
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I may be wrong but I thought that all 7870 were tahiti le based?
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post #8 of 52
If you can push that budget a little higher you could snag a 7950 which is more than enough power. A 660Ti is plenty powerful too and near your range...

7950 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161400

660Ti - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133466
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Originally Posted by Hatfieco View Post

I may be wrong but I thought that all 7870 were tahiti le based?

Yes im thinking of that new model recently released which is closer to the 7950 in performance but cant for the life of me remember the name lol, google here I come
post #10 of 52
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Is it worth the extra $40 to get the 7870 over the 7850
yep. my previous card was the 7870 and now i have the GTX 660 Ti. they perform about the same based on my tests and i was able to overclock the 7870 to 1100/1450MHz without touching the voltage. and i gained 6-10fps on most games i played.
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