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Thanks for the replies. I realize I have to upgrade my CPU so that's why I'm trying to save up some cash for i5 cpu/mobo combo.

I got my GTX460 for about $150 3 years ago. I'm probably looking to spend about that much. I can stretch my budget to $200 so the 7950 looks promising.

The R9 290 and 290X are way out of my price range.

I'm thinking since I need to the card for BF4, I might get the R9 270 or 270X since that comes with the game itself ($50 dollar value).

OP a HD 7950 is your best bet. get the pcs+ hd 7950 for 236 bucks. excellent cooler. unlocked voltage. average overclocks of 1100 - 1150 mhz. at those clocks you match or exceed HD 7970 Ghz. thumb.gif.

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=PC-7950_OC

you could also wait for the sapphire hd 7950 to come back into stock. sold out as it was selling at an amazing price . 210 bucks thumb.gif

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202026

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7950-review-benchmark,3207-12.html

HD 7950(1195 Mhz) vs GTX 760(1254 mhz)
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/10/21/asus_geforce_gtx_760_directcu_ii_oc_video_card_review/9
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post #12 of 14
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Thanks for the replies. I realize I have to upgrade my CPU so that's why I'm trying to save up some cash for i5 cpu/mobo combo.

I got my GTX460 for about $150 3 years ago. I'm probably looking to spend about that much. I can stretch my budget to $200 so the 7950 looks promising.

The R9 290 and 290X are way out of my price range.

I'm thinking since I need to the card for BF4, I might get the R9 270 or 270X since that comes with the game itself ($50 dollar value).
Any issues with bottlenecking?

Mantle will drastically reduce CPU usage once it's out, but you'll have to wait until December. An OC'd phenom really isn't that bad in the first place though, I just came from one.

If I were you, I'd hunt for a used or new 7950 for $150-$200 (CL is a great place for used cards), keep the phenom, and just turn down a few settings until the BF4 mantle renderer drops.
Edited by brucethemoose - 11/14/13 at 7:42pm
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i would try to stretch my budget up to the cheapest 280x , i think they are better value then 270x
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I would wait for the No-ref 290, as said above it's the best bang for the $ + it has True audio which is built into the card and will take that power draw from your CPU and move it to the card. It will be the wave of the future for audio and for the $400 it's so close to the 780 and 290x you will hardly notice.

I guess I should talk, I just bought the R9 270x Devil from Powercolor but I am going to X-Fire it with my 7870 Devil. Down the road I may sell them and get a 290 once the non- ref cards come out.
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