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Having trouble choosing between an ASUS 7850 and an MSI 650 ti Boost

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My primary concerns are:
1) quietness
2) cheapness
3) performance.

I have a pretty ho-hum system (Anti-Procrastinator, below), and I game on a Dell E228WFP monitor (1680x1050 - too cheap to buy a good one). Both the ASUS 7850 (Direct CUII) and the MSI 650 ti Boost are supposed to be pretty darn quiet. With a few more reviews adding confidence to the 650 ti Boost. Performance is about equal in the games I prioritize (SC2 wont' care at all, nor will Rome: Total War, Shogun 2: Total War might, I doubt there will be much difference for Europa Universalis 4, elsewise Skyrim may be played some), with the 7850 probably overclocking a bit better (should I choose to do so - noise).

The particular brands were chosen based on price/cooler rather than any brand loyalty.

The MSI 650 ti Boost costs $145 ($120 after rebate).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127728
The Asus 7850 costs $160 ($140 after rebate), but comes with 2 free games.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121651

Currently I'm leaning slightly towards the MSI 650 ti Boost on the basis of its lower cost. But the free games from the AMD sale (not at all high priority games for me, but still), the potential for overclocking, and possible Mantle benefits are all keeping me uncertain enough that I'm not pulling a trigger.

Used wouldn't be a problem for me either, but there aren't any 650 ti Boosts/660s available in the price range in the OCN marketplace right now. There is a very, very juicy 7850, but it has one of the crappier coolers. Other major options I've discarded include a Sapphire 7950, HIS 7870 (just couldn't quite justify the $200/175 cost, particularly with my resolution) and a 260x (upgraded 7790 - the 7850 and the 650 ti Boost seem to both have an advantage over the 260x from a price/performance standpoint).

I'd be happy to hear your advice/personal experience with noise on the 7850, that sort of thing.
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OP with games like Total war Rome II you need a HD 7950 to play at 60 fps maxed out even at your resolution. Sapphire HD7950 is a very good deal. 925 mhz clocks the cooler is low noise. push it 1 ghz and get HD 7970(925 mhz) perf.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202026
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Thank you, but I'd actually be far more worried about CPU problems with Rome 2: Total War. I've heard you can really reduce the GPU load by simply lowering shadows settings. But I was actually referring to the ORIGINAL Rome: Total War in my post, as that particular Total War game still boasts the best mods ever created for the series. Most notably, Europa Barbarorum.

I've never played a Total War game until mods come out, since the vanilla version of the campaign is usually absolutely horrible. And I have no particular desire or need to play Rome 2: Total War.
    
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@raghu78
Thank you, but I'd actually be far more worried about CPU problems with Rome 2: Total War. I've heard you can really reduce the GPU load by simply lowering shadows settings. But I was actually referring to the ORIGINAL Rome: Total War in my post, as that particular Total War game still boasts the best mods ever created for the series. Most notably, Europa Barbarorum.

I've never played a Total War game until mods come out, since the vanilla version of the campaign is usually absolutely horrible. And I have no particular desire or need to play Rome 2: Total War.

ok. but still you would be doing yourself a disservice by missing out on an awesome deal on a HD 7950. 3GB VRAM is looking to be the minimum as next gen games launch.

if you still want to go for a lower budget card go for the MSI HD 7850 TF3. 900 mhz clocks. good cooler.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127663
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