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I intend to upgrade my current AMD 6850 because I switched to an 1920x1080 monitor (previously 1280x1024).
Which video card would you recommend me to consider ...budget is around 250 Euro

Games are FRP/RPG type (Witcher 2 / 3, Mass Effect 3, Dragon Age, Skyrim, ...) ...FPS very rarely.
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post #2 of 17
which country are you from ? maybe a GTX 760 if you can find one within your budget in your region
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post #3 of 17
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Slovenia.

Yes, 760 GTX are on sale here ...from 220€ and upwards
...I am eyeing the MSI 760GTX Gaming 2GB since it is the quietest of the 760 bunch ...and is around 240-250€ here
however, I am also considering to stratch my budget to around 330€ to cover also the (MSI) 770GTX since 770 will last
me a little bit longer.
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post #4 of 17
what is the pricing on AMD R9 280X cards in your region. if they sell at the normal suggested prices then its worth considering. but if retailers are raising prices to cash in on the mining craze then not worth it . do you have any online shops which you will be buying from ? if you do post the link. can see whats good for your budget
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280X are priced around 300€, while 770 GTX is about the same (MSI cards are slightly pricier).

The shop I intend to buy the card from is: http://www.dinokomp.at (it is in german)

http://www.dinokomp.at/kategorija/computer/komponenten/grafikkarten/
Video card section - on the right side you can select the preferred GPU in the 'Modell GPU'
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post #6 of 17
The 770 is a fantastic card if, like you said, you would stretch your budget. It's pretty much a 680 overclocked rebadge, so it will go head-to-head with the 280x, and thanks to the mining bullcrap, the 770 does it for much cheaper.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125463 == Gigabyte Windforce for $329 usd

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125490 == Gigabyte Windforce for $439 usd

$110 dollars more. Get real, Newegg.

AMD cards at the current state don't make sense over nVidia if you are getting them to game with. Only the 290 and 290x (even at $100 over MSRP) are sort-of worth buying, but just because they are the new fastest Hawaii GPU. So if you aren't looking to get into the upper-high-end, go nVidia.

EDIT: Holy crap, that site has the Royal Queen 280x for 288 euros, and 770s tend to be priced quite higher than that. If you're going to use Dinokomp, that might just be the best deal on their site. I stand corrected.
Edited by hathornd - 1/10/14 at 10:59am
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post #7 of 17
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I am mostly interested in gaming value.

MSI Gaming (with Twin Frozr cooler) is preferred brand since the reviews (on TechPowerUp) describe them as
ultra quied, cool and powerful ....at least that were the reviews for 770GTX, 760GTX and R9 270X, ...280X on the
other hand is not as quiet and also has problems with heat so I am not particulary interested in 280x.
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post #8 of 17
R9 280x if you use a lot of filters like AA and you like the maximum graphics and effects because it has higher vram,soon 2gb wouldnt be enough
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I am mostly interested in gaming value.

MSI Gaming (with Twin Frozr cooler) is preferred brand since the reviews (on TechPowerUp) describe them as
ultra quied, cool and powerful ....at least that were the reviews for 770GTX, 760GTX and R9 270X, ...280X on the
other hand is not as quiet and also has problems with heat so I am not particulary interested in 280x.

I'm not sure where you read that the 280x is hotter than the 770. It is based on Tahiti XTL (a recent change), which isn't a particularly hot GPU thanks to lower power consumption.

http://www.guru3d.com/news_story/amd_to_update_r9_280x_with_tahiti_xtl_based_graphics_card.html <--- November

And anyway, the 7970 wasn't ever really really hot, until you started OCing it and adding voltage. But at stock clocks, it would game great and run cool with a non-ref cooler.
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TechPowerUp MSI 280X Review
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/R9_280X_Gaming/

Asus 280X is significantly cooler, however, it is still our of my comfort zone for noise.
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