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Hey guys, I'm still beating myself up for missing a 200 deal for the EVGA SC GTX 670. My GTX 470 is struggling to play my more demanding games at 1440p and its looking to be time for an update

I have seen how inflated prices are for the newest Radeon (fricking miners) line and how NVidia continues to price gouge so I am reaching for a value driven solution

I started looking at the GTX 670 but then saw the performance compared to a 280X and a GTX 770 and I was wondering for a $350 budget, is R9 280X the best I can do at the moment
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Your resolution would benefit from more VRAM. The 280X made by Club 3D was for sale yesterday for $299. (I almost bought it) Sold out but keep an eye out for prices dropping. Otherwise, the 770 in 4gb might do the trick too but they're typically expensive...nearly $400.

Depending on what you play and preferred settings/FPS, you might be better off saving up a bit more and moving to a 780.
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Well, at the moment Both Nvidia and AMD prices are inflated.
AMD is up due to mining.
Nvidia is up because they're Nvidia.
I wouldn't suggest buying a 770 or 280x for 350$.
Wait for one of them to go on sale (a r9 280x actually went on sale on Tiger direct for 300$, but went out of stock).
AMD is typically the better option due to them being cheaper with the downfall of some performance (but well worth the price difference).
Nvidia is the way to go right now sadly.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127741
MSI 2gb 770 for 330$

http://www.ncixus.com/products/?sku=84874&vpn=GTX770-DC2OC-2GD5&manufacture=ASUS&promoid=1230
Asus 2gb 770 for 350$

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125504
Gigabyte 2gb 770 for 330$

http://www.ncixus.com/products/?sku=84735&vpn=02G-P4-2774-KR&manufacture=eVGA&promoid=1230
EVGA 2gb 770 350$

I would personally suggest the Asus, MSI or EVGA.
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Best bang for buck....
Well, in all honesty, that is going to be a dual card solution. Is that an option for you or do you want to stay single card?
Are you willing to look and purchase off the marketplace here or do you want to stick new? Your other option is buying refurbished. If you want nVidia, you can look at EVGA's B-stock, or grab off newegg for a few $$ more.

Up to you.
Personally, I would say look for SLI 660/660ti. You can find it for that money in the market and the performance is actually very good.

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If you want to try and hold off for a few months for the next generation, you could also look at going SLI on the card you have now.
You should be able to find one in the $85 range.
I realize SLI uses more heat, blah blah blah. I have used single and dual card setups for a number of years. Bang for buck is dual cards.
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i play Bioshock Infinite, COH 2, Saints Row 4, XCOM, (GTA V if it comes out), Arkham Origins, Witcher 2

Is 2GB enough for 1440p?
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Originally Posted by shlunky View Post

Best bang for buck....
Well, in all honesty, that is going to be a dual card solution. Is that an option for you or do you want to stay single card?
Are you willing to look and purchase off the marketplace here or do you want to stick new? Your other option is buying refurbished. If you want nVidia, you can look at EVGA's B-stock, or grab off newegg for a few $$ more.

Up to you.
Personally, I would say look for SLI 660/660ti. You can find it for that money in the market and the performance is actually very good.

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If you want to try and hold off for a few months for the next generation, you could also look at going SLI on the card you have now.
You should be able to find one in the $85 range.
I realize SLI uses more heat, blah blah blah. I have used single and dual card setups for a number of years. Bang for buck is dual cards.

I suppose I don't mind dual cards. I know its more headache though but you can always sell them off. Yeah I guess I'm okay with dual. Ofcourse I much rather prefer single card since its less Microstututtering and hassle with overclocking. And no I have not problem buying used as long as it's stable. The 470 I'm using I bough on the OCN marketplace
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i play Bioshock Infinite, COH 2, Saints Row 4, XCOM, (GTA V if it comes out), Arkham Origins, Witcher 2

Is 2GB enough for 1440p?

You may not be able to turn all the textures up, but a 2gb card would be able to play most of those games just fine, as long as it has the GPU power.
In all honesty, if you can spare a few dollars more from the $350, you can get a very good used 780 on the market place here (in the $400 range), and that would do wonderfully at 1440p.

You have many options, up to you if you want to go dual/single card setup. From there it is easier to point you in a direction of best options.

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Edit: posting at the same time... Okay, I will look and see what I can find for you.
    
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You can get a R9 280 for $290 on newegg atm. Best bang for buck atm.
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PowerCooler 280X TurboDuo OC+ BF4 $329. thumb.gif

1030Mhz Boost clock/ 1500Mhz memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131533

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its been a while since I used AMD cards (had a HD 5970 that would BSOD occassionally). Have CFX drivers improved?

Between last generation Gefore and Radeon cards and the current generation, are their new tech that warrant getting the newer over the older 7XXX and 6XX?
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