Good choice. $130 is a great price and Sapphire makes nice coolers generally. Be aware that it needs both PCIe connectors since it's 2x6-pin so that limits any expansion you might want (though I'm not sure what, other than GPUs, requires more than the 75W the PCIe slot provides). They're rated for 170W though, so there's a lot of overhead from the second plug. That's the sole benefit of the 270s (not X): the improved architecture makes them a bit more energy efficient so they can run off a single 6-pin connector.
Originally Posted by bombastinator
compared to a $200 270x, yes. The problem with the 7xxx series atm is the idiot miners all read somewhere that 7950 and 7850 are great deals for mining and have driven up the prices to insane levels ($450 for a used 7950, no joke. I'm thinking of selling mine, buying a 280x, and pocketing the profit) That one seems to have escaped the lemming rush.
Wow, really? I've been stalking PCPartPicker for 7800 deals and there are a bunch almost every day. I'd be surprised if the "idiot miners" could take all of the deals. The MSI Twin Frozr that I got went down to $110 after rebate, and I was on the fence. Somebody posted a 5% off promo code, and I went for it. But it was sitting in stock at $110 for a couple weeks while I thought about it, and it took a drop to $99.99 after rebate for it to sell out. GPU mining is dead unless you get free electricity. I just feel bad for the people who look at 6900s and think "hey, this is even better than the 7800s for the same price!" and then pay an extra 50% for electricity usage. I would do it if I were you. That's free money.