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Hello everyone,

I always found keeping informed regarding graphics cards to be quite tricky, especially since I only look into them come each upgrade.

I am wondering, what cards (if any) from the past few generations could work out better value than buying a new ATI 7870/Nvida 660ish.

Any particularly monster overclocking cards to keep an eye out for?

There is a very real risk of me not actually enjoying any of todays game and whatever card I use getting wasted, hence trying to find a bargain.

Any suggestions are most welcome!
 

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Well, early fermi cards like the 460/470/480 can overclock quite high if you have the correct cooling for them, putting them within mere percentage points of high end 500 series Nvidia cards and the AMD equivalents. They can also be found for real cheap these days. In fact, I'm getting rid of mine now, I was only planning to sell it for $120 or so.
 

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Usually there are some great second hand options but the current generation is actually very good value for money. The GTX 400 and radeon 5000 lines are to old and slow to be real contenders for the 7870.

The GTX 570 and GTX 580 aren't bad but aren't optimal due to the limited vram and still surprisingly high second hand prices. The only IMO real options to the 7870 are the 6950(unlocked) or the 6970. Even then the 7870 is a very nice card so unless you get a good deal on the 6970 its not really worth it.

That is not to say older cards aren't good or worth the money. They just don't stand on the same performance line as the 7870.
 

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There's 2GB versions of the hd6950 unlocked/HD 6970 ... if you can find them less than $160 , they may be better value than the HD7870

At $100 or so, the HD6870 2GB is also good because for that money the HD 7750/HD7770 isn't faster (more efficient though) and only comes with 1GB 128-bit VRAM.

The older GTX 570s were going for $160 or so , but have less than 2GB VRAM. The reason they won't get cheaper is Kepler has crap compute (and no double precision floating point) so anyone who didn't upgrade kept their GTX 500 series.

Best bet is to buy a Tahiti LE HD 7870 XT (based off HD7950/HD7970 Tahiti) and then sell the games for $50-70, resulting in a net cost of $170 or so.

edit: there's also the EVGA GTX 570 2.5GB (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130687 , http://www.microcenter.com/product/373304/025-P3-1579-AR_NVIDIA_GeForce_GTX_570_HD_2560MB_GDDR5_PCIe_20_x16_Video_Card), but it's unlikely you'll find it sub $200
 

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Thank you for the well thought out input guys. it gives me a lot to go on.

I will have to try and monitor ebay somehow
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I have been waiting for the Sapphire 7870 XT (LE Tahiti thingy) to drop in price but no joy so far. At the right price I would snap one up.

Here in the UK it works out at around $302 (£200) before you try and and sell the games.
 
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