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Hi guys, as title says. Whats the best card I can buy for $600 or less?, I'm not biased at all between nvidia or amd, but the R9 290 is looking pretty mean...

and how about cards in the $400 range? whats probably the best one I could buy for the money? Thanks thumb.gif
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post #2 of 49
600= 780ti
400= 4gb gtx 770
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Originally Posted by mastertrixter View Post

600= 780ti
400= 4gb gtx 770

u gotta be nuts to pay $400 for a 770. also a 780ti is about $650

Get a R9 290 or 780 ~$400-500
    
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post #4 of 49
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125462

4gb 770, cheapest one on newegg. not a bad price for a 4GB card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125489

a little more than $600 but still a decent price
post #5 of 49
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Originally Posted by mastertrixter View Post

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125462

4gb 770, cheapest one on newegg. not a bad price for a 4GB card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125489

a little more than $600 but still a decent price

Don't buy a 4gb 770 it's completely pointless with 256 bit bottleneck. Buy a 780 instead.
 
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post #6 of 49
definitely buy a 780 over a 770 or 280x

but you not gonna find one for under $400

best card out there for under $400 is the 770 4gb. hands down.
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Here's a decent comparison. http://gpuboss.com/gpus/Radeon-R9-290-vs-GeForce-GTX-780

Almost all of the positive points about the 780 on that site (lower memory clock etc) are made up for by overclocking the 290, and stuff like heat and noise levels are negated with a custom cooler (Tri-X, PCS+ etc). If you don't care about synthetic benchmarks (who the hell uses Passmark?), the 290 is a good option. Stuff like 3dmark has always been purposely skewed towards Intel and Nvidia who write the paychecks for Futuremark. (It's a conspiracy.)

The good thing about the 290 is a vastly higher pixel fill rate from having 64 ROPs as opposed to the 780s 48 ROPs. However, the 290 has 160 TMUs vs the 780s 192, so the 780 has a much higher texture fill rate.

Because of the higher pixel fill rate on the 290, it is more suited to higher resolutions, at 1440p or 4K UHD the 290 and 290X outperform the 780. If you plan on Eyefinity, or anything beyond 1080p on a single display, the 290 is great value for the money.

So, as others have said, it's really between the R9 290 and the 780 as of March 2014. Both have their strong and weak points. If you plan on mining at all, you definitely want AMD. wink.gif
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post #8 of 49
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Originally Posted by neurotix View Post

Here's a decent comparison. http://gpuboss.com/gpus/Radeon-R9-290-vs-GeForce-GTX-780

Almost all of the positive points about the 780 on that site (lower memory clock etc) are made up for by overclocking the 290, and stuff like heat and noise levels are negated with a custom cooler (Tri-X, PCS+ etc). If you don't care about synthetic benchmarks (who the hell uses Passmark?), the 290 is a good option. Stuff like 3dmark has always been purposely skewed towards Intel and Nvidia who write the paychecks for Futuremark. (It's a conspiracy.)

The good thing about the 290 is a vastly higher pixel fill rate from having 64 ROPs as opposed to the 780s 48 ROPs. However, the 290 has 160 TMUs vs the 780s 192, so the 780 has a much higher texture fill rate.

Because of the higher pixel fill rate on the 290, it is more suited to higher resolutions, at 1440p or 4K UHD the 290 and 290X outperform the 780. If you plan on Eyefinity, or anything beyond 1080p on a single display, the 290 is great value for the money.

So, as others have said, it's really between the R9 290 and the 780 as of March 2014. Both have their strong and weak points. If you plan on mining at all, you definitely want AMD. wink.gif

yeah, maybe the 290. I was contemplating to buy a used 290... but chances will have it that its been used for mining... so then I'll question its life left of the card and such lol, my 7870 went out on me from light use
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post #9 of 49
That sucks that your 7870 died. I have a 270X in another rig that's working just fine (it's just a rebranded 7870).

The R9 290 is easily twice as powerful as a single 7870. Twice the ROPs, twice the texture units, twice the shaders and twice the ram. Look at GPU-Z screenshots on Google to see what I mean.

The 780 is a great card too, just in a different way.
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I'd get a cheap card and see what the next gen has to offer but that's just me, I just read "speculation" about gtx 880s coming half of this year.. the thing is with those stuff, you never know !
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