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I am looking to purchase my first Graphics card. I have a 4-5yr old PC with a i7 processor, 8GB RAM, 460w PSU, and a 1080p 60hz monitor. I am not a huge gamer, but go in spurts where if I find one I like I will play for hours and then not play again for months. I have not made a budget yet, but will say that it will probably be at most $350. I will probably need a new PSU for the bigger cards, so realistically $300 and under. I do not plan to upgrade every year, so I want a card that will last at least 4yrs and still look better than current console games. AMD vs Nvidia does not matter to me. I know what I want, but I want to make sure I am not going overboard with what I actually need.
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 960 4GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card ($304.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($55.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $360.98
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 960 4GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card ($304.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($55.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $360.98
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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Honestly if you're going to get a 960 for 1080p and for $304, I'd rather get the 2Gb version for almost half that price: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487153

Refurbished but you get the 1 year warranty, should be just fine for 1080p 60hz and you save quite a bit for minimal performance loss (If you're able to use the 4 GB at all many times)
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Honestly if you're going to get a 960 for 1080p and for $304, I'd rather get the 2Gb version for almost half that price: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487153

Refurbished but you get the 1 year warranty, should be just fine for 1080p 60hz and you save quite a bit for minimal performance loss (If you're able to use the 4 GB at all many times)

I disagree.

4 Gb of RAM is becoming very relevant these days. For example: I had a GTX 660 Ti FTW+ running GTA V. GTA V has an indicator in the settings menu that shows how much memory your current settings will use. I was at the memory limit way before I started loosing FPS.

I also would never consider refurbished parts for my machines, but that's me.
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For $300 you can obliterate that 960.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131672

Yea, if you want to settle for Powercolor...
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Yea, if you want to settle for Powercolor...
XFX: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150729

The 390 is going to stomp all over the 960 regardless of brand.
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I'd recommend going with either a GTX 970 or the r9 390, depending on the game, they trade spots for which is faster. But going with the step down on either side is only around $50-60 less (Newegg pricing) and the performance difference is huge.

The benchmarks on this review are centered around the price point you're looking at, so this should give you a good idea of how the cards stack up: http://anandtech.com/show/9784/the-amd-radeon-r9-380x-review
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R9 390 is the best bet for around $300. I got my R9 290 for $200 used, and the performance is very similar to the 390.
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390 since its 8GB. Nice to have the extra vRAM for the next 4 years. You might not need it but its better to have.
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SanDisk Ultra II 960GB Toshiba X300 5TB Corsair H100i GTX eVGA Hybrid Water Cooler  
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4x GentleTyphoon AP-15 Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit Philips Brilliance BDM4065UC 4K Razer BlackWidow Chroma  
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eVGA SuperNOVA 750 G3 Define Nano S Logitech G502 Proteus Core PECHAM Gaming Mouse Pad XX-Large 
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Audioengine D1 DAC Mackie CR Series CR3 Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Sennheiser HD 598 
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Sony XB950BT 
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AMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 4.2GHz ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB @ 1200/1500 2x 4GB G.SKILL Ripjaws X DDR3-1600 
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Intel Core i7 3770K @ 4.6GHz ASRock Z77E-ITX eVGA GTX 1080 Ti Hybrid AMD Radeon R9 16GB DDR3-2400MHz  
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
SanDisk Ultra II 960GB Toshiba X300 5TB Corsair H100i GTX eVGA Hybrid Water Cooler  
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
4x GentleTyphoon AP-15 Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit Philips Brilliance BDM4065UC 4K Razer BlackWidow Chroma  
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
eVGA SuperNOVA 750 G3 Define Nano S Logitech G502 Proteus Core PECHAM Gaming Mouse Pad XX-Large 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
Audioengine D1 DAC Mackie CR Series CR3 Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Sennheiser HD 598 
Audio
Sony XB950BT 
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AMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 4.2GHz ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB @ 1200/1500 2x 4GB G.SKILL Ripjaws X DDR3-1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
OCZ Agility 3 60GB WD Caviar Green 1.5TB 2 x Seagate Barracuda 2TB XSPC Raystorm 
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