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Hi! It's been a long time since I've upgraded, and I'm working with a budget of about $300. I was hoping I could get a suggestion on which of these cards I'm considering.

First of all, these are my specs:

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Currently, I have A Radeon 5870 with 1GB of VRAM.

I'm looking at these two cards:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127775

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125494

Every review I've found is for older models that don't have 4GB VRAM. These both have 4GB, so I'm wondering which would be unequivocally better?

Thank you in advance!
post #2 of 20
Don't bother getting the 4GB model since the only benefits are seen at ultra hd resolutions on the 760. Just try to find a 770 2GB model or R9 280x for $300
Edited by aznpersuazn - 3/15/14 at 5:33pm
post #3 of 20
Go with a 770gtx
post #4 of 20
I agree with the guy above me. A GTX 760 with 4gb of VRAM does not make sense unless you are planning to SLI them and even then you will likely not see the need for it. I would recommend getting a 2gb GTX 770 as you will see a huge performance jump from a GTX 760 and it is only marginally more expensive. Either of these two would be great options, it just comes down to which company you prefer.

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Even though this is breaking my budget, would this be a good buy?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125462
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Even though this is breaking my budget, would this be a good buy?

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

Only if you are considering moving to a higher resolution monitor. For 1080p, 2gb is more than enough although if you like to play with lower fps and higher graphics settings, it might be a worthwhile investment.
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R9 280X is hitting $350 again & R9 280 is <$300 so I wouldn't call the GTX 770 2GB for $330 or so good value. All of those are going to be overkill unless you are running massive AA or 1440p.

Good value is GTX 760 for $220 - 230 (it's faster than r9 270X that's running $200-220 these days), R9 270 for ~$160 tops (it's heading there, MSRP is $180 ... same as R9 270X but with less power connectors and slower clocks on VRAM).

In order to give better advice you should list what applications or games you plan on running.
Edited by AlphaC - 3/15/14 at 7:23pm
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R9 280X is hitting $350 again & R9 280 is <$300 so I wouldn't call the GTX 770 2GB for $330 or so good value. All of those are going to be overkill unless you are running massive AA or 1440p.

Good value is GTX 760 for $220 - 230 , R9 270 for ~$160 tops (it's heading there, MSRP is $180 ... same as R9 270X but with less power connectors and slower clocks on VRAM).

The reason why I suggested a GTX 770 is because he seems like he does not upgrade his rig that frequently (he's just swapping out a 5870) so a GTX 770 will last him significantly longer than a GTX 760 so although it is overkill now, it will be the better card over the next ~5 years.
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post #9 of 20
I suggest either an R9 280 or 280x.

You can find 280's for ~$300 new, probably cheaper if you look more. 280x's are still kinda expensive but you can find them under $350.

Also, you could go for a 7950 or 7970 off of eBay, considering those are the exact same cards as above but you could pick one up used for much less.
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sapphire-AMD-Radeon-HD-7970-/131139410708?pt=PCC_Video_TV_Cards&hash=item1e88849b14

This was just a quick search, I saw some 7970's going for $250 with no bids... Don't be afraid to buy off eBay, they often favor the buyer more than the seller.
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