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I'm thinking of getting my brother a new card to update his GTX 460 765mb
I believe his CPU is a AMD Phenom X965
The budget is about $250.
And we're looking at these

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125418
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127662
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121649
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127681
post #2 of 14
My vote goes to one of the MSIs, both types of cards are usually pretty good overclockers (not a guarantee of course) and the support from MSI is great as well.
post #3 of 14
For $250 you should not be getting a 7870 Vanilla or GHZ. You should be getting the Tahiti LE one (Sapphire 7870 XT or Powercolor PCS+ MYST Edition if you are using watercooling or Dwood bracket).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202024

( which is the same as http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graphics-11199-20-20G/dp/B00AWKYB1M/ )

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=78372&vpn=AX7870%202GBD5-2DHPPV3E&manufacture=Others&promoid=1292

The regular and GHZ edition 7870 can be found for sub $220, sometimes as low as $200-210.
Edited by AlphaC - 2/1/13 at 5:59pm
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post #4 of 14
I bought the msi 7870 oc ghz card about a month ago.. Great card. Runs cool. If you can get the 7870 le (tahiti) card instead get 1 of those. More power for right at the same price. If not my vote is for the msi
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For $250 you should not be getting a 7870 Vanilla or GHZ. You should be getting the Tahiti LE one (Sapphire 7870 XT or Powercolor PCS+ MYST Edition if you are using watercooling or Dwood bracket).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202024

well said. the Sapphire HD 7870 XT with Tahiti LE chip is the best card at around USD 250. the Tahiti LE has 1536 stream processors compared to 1280 on the regular HD 7870 (Pitcairn chip). the 256 bit memory is also faster at 6 Ghz (192 Gb/s) compared to 5 Ghz (160 Gb/s) on HD 7870 (Pitcairn).

The Tahiti LE runs at 975 Mhz boost. at stock its 8 - 10% faster than HD 7870 . at the same clock its 10 - 12% faster. overclocked to 1.2 Ghz Tahiti LE almost performs like a HD 7970(925 Mhz)

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Club_3D/HD_7870_jokerCard_Tahiti_LE/31.html

HD 7870 - 53.8
club3d HD 7870 Tahiti LE - 59.2
club3d HD 7870 Tahiti LE(1210 mhz) - 69.8
HD 7970(925 Mhz) - 71.8

definitely the better option. the dual x cooler on the sapphire is excellent. add to it to 2 upcoming AAA games bioshock infinite and tombraider thumb.gif
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Go with the MSI GHz edition 7870. Overclocks like a champ and temps are really good with the twin frozr cooler.
     
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post #7 of 14
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Think the Sapphire XFT seems like the best bang for the buck.
Thanks for the idea.
post #8 of 14
Powercolor PCS+ MYST Edition a good value also.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131484
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So if I want to overclock it.
Is MSI Afterburner good, or the Sapphire one?
And is there a tool like Nvidia Inspector to force AO and other effect on AMD card?
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