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I have just built a new rig. I don't game as much as I used to but might start to get back into it. I want the best graphics card I can get that won't be an overkill. I am limited by my PSU and I'd like to spend around $200 (price is loose).
My rig right now is as follows:

i-5 4670k with evo 212 cooler (on the way)
msi z87-g45 mobo
Rosewill modular 450 watt http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0081XXIHK/ref=oh_details_o06_s01_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Corsair Vengance blue 8gb

I have been looking on the forums and reading reviews online for days. I have seen r7 260x does pretty good but has faulty drivers and I've been an Nvidia guy but I don't care about switching. I just need a little help from people with experience.

Thanks
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Well, the good news is anything you buy will be far faster than the 8800GT...

It's a pity the mining craze is going on, else I could've suggested an R9 270X - that seems to be around the greatest card around that area but it's way above MSRP... To counter that, you could step down to an R9 270, which has the advantage of only needing 1 PCIe connector, but those are also being price gouged :/. I think one great idea might be to get a 7870 (the 270X is pretty much a rebrand) so you can just go ahead and OC and have almost all the speed you'd had. There are two here - either one should be a good option.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131546
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150605

On the nVidia side, you could get a 660 Ti. It's by ECS (I don't know how good their warranties are here) and it's a reference model, but it should be pretty much the fastest you can get (not by much though, mind you) new. Also, the rebate makes it a lot cheaper. If you prefer used, for a bit more, but from a "bigger" company, there's this MSI 660 Ti PE I found for just shy of 230, too.

Note that I've also seen 670's go for around 220/230 for sale used, as long as it's not got a waterblock, so if you're willing to wait, that'd probably be your best bet if you want to go used. From what I can tell (I may be wrong here) the 660 Ti is meant to be between the 7870 and 7950, so I think the 7870 option would be the best for you if you want to stay with a new card. Also, you'd said "loose" for the budget, so I don't really know how much you want to move up, so I tried to stick around there. No matter what you buy, though, anything out of all the options will be a really really big performance upgrade haha. Hope that helps smile.gif.
Edited by -iceblade^ - 2/8/14 at 7:55am
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Thanks so much for your help and insight
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In addition it what ice has mentioned, consider the GTX 760 as well. In the states these can be found for ~ $230.
   
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Thanks so much for your help and insight

Glad to help smile.gif.
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In addition it what ice has mentioned, consider the GTX 760 as well. In the states these can be found for ~ $230.

Oh wow yeah I forgot to cover those. Yeah, if you can find one for $230 that's a great deal and hop on it. It's just barely slower than a 670 and can be considered within the same heritage as the 460 (a great bang for buck card) and the 8800GT.
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The GTX 760, is that one going to work with my PSU?
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Originally Posted by trueplaya6984 View Post

The GTX 760, is that one going to work with my PSU?

I'm no PSU expert so you'd be better served asking there, but given you have a gold unit I think you should be okay so long as you don't run any OCs
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The GTX 760, is that one going to work with my PSU?

Youd be fine with a single 760.
   
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Which is your resolution?
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I ended up getting the MSI R9 270 gaming. I got it off amazon for $140 after discount. I thought it was a steal.
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