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I want to spend somewhere around $150, give or take a few bucks, and need some advice. I have heard good things about Sapphire cards, but I have never had one, and always used NVIDIA. I am definitely up for a change, NVIDIA hasn't exactly blown me away.
Anyway, the point is... What should I get? I will be doing very minimal gaming, mainly just basic use.
FYI, it is going to go into a new desktop with Haswell CPU if it makes a difference.
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I would get a 650ti boost or if you can find a 7850 with the same money
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I would get a 650ti boost or if you can find a 7850 with the same money

^this . . .

http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-GeForce-PCI-Express-Graphics-GV-N65TOC-2GI/dp/B009L946II/ref=sr_1_6?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1368406310&sr=1-6&keywords=gtx+ti

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Do you use applications that have CUDA acceleration?

If yes, go NVIDIA. If no, buy AMD. smile.gif

http://www.overclock.net/t/1390637/msi-gtx-650ti-boost-1gb-114-99

^ The deal currently going on the GTX 650 Ti Boost 1GB should be way more than enough for you, I'd recommend a ASUS NVIDIA GTX 650-E or AMD HD7750 if you don't want to plug in a power connector.

The way it currently stands at stock speeds is
~$50 HD 6670
~$80 GT 640
~ $90-100 HD 7750 1GB
~ $110 GTX 650 1GB
~$105 HD 7770 1GB
~ $130HD 7790
~$120 GTX 650 Ti
~$150 HD7850 1GB
~$150 GTX 650 Ti Boost 1GB



source: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_650_Ti_Boost_TF_Gaming/26.html

@ rdr09 that is non BOOST
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GTX 650Ti Boost, easily faster than the HD7850.
 
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I want to spend somewhere around $150, give or take a few bucks, and need some advice. I have heard good things about Sapphire cards, but I have never had one, and always used NVIDIA. I am definitely up for a change, NVIDIA hasn't exactly blown me away.
Anyway, the point is... What should I get? I will be doing very minimal gaming, mainly just basic use.
FYI, it is going to go into a new desktop with Haswell CPU if it makes a difference.

I believe that MSI's GTX 650 Ti BOOST 1GB @ $118 AR $25 would likely be your most cost-effective solution in that price bracket.
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I believe that MSI's GTX 650 Ti BOOST 1GB @ $118 AR $25 would likely be your most cost-effective solution in that price bracket.

Agreed. I almost want to get that over my 7870XT I just ordered....if it didn't already ship I would've cancelled already.
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Thanks for the input, in what situations would 2 GB be necessary?
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Do you use applications that have CUDA acceleration?

If yes, go NVIDIA. If no, buy AMD. smile.gif

http://www.overclock.net/t/1390637/msi-gtx-650ti-boost-1gb-114-99

^ The deal currently going on the GTX 650 Ti Boost 1GB should be way more than enough for you, I'd recommend a ASUS NVIDIA GTX 650-E or AMD HD7750 if you don't want to plug in a power connector.

The way it currently stands at stock speeds is
~$50 HD 6670
~$80 GT 640
~ $90-100 HD 7750 1GB
~ $110 GTX 650 1GB
~$105 HD 7770 1GB
~ $130HD 7790
~$120 GTX 650 Ti
~$150 HD7850 1GB
~$150 GTX 650 Ti Boost 1GB

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source: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_650_Ti_Boost_TF_Gaming/26.html

@ rdr09 that is non BOOST

it comes oc almost as much as a boost edition. that 2GB will help in games like Skyrim. The boost 1GB might keep op from playing in High settings.
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