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Hey guys, I've been looking at ditching my GTX480. What would you recommend as a solid upgrade? Basically I'm sick of the power requirements, heat, and noise from the 480 so I'd like something much more efficient yet capable. I've got a Corsair 750w PSU and would like to keep costs around $300 if at all possible. I game at 1080p. Was thinking possibly a GTX660??
 

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For $300 I'd highly recommend you go with an AMD Radeon 7950. If you want to stick with Nvidia then you can get the MSI 660 Ti power edition for $300 which is the best 660 Ti.
 

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7950 all the way! Best price/performance ratio atm! I recommend Gigabyte, Asus, MSi or sapphire one
 

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I'm not opposed to AMD/ATI...I've just had good luck with nVidia cards in the past. Typically play BF3, Diablo 3, etc. I'll look at the 7950, thanks!
 

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I went from a GTX480 to a HD7970 Lightning. Could not be happier. 7950 isn't that far behind the 7970 so!
 

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Don't be afraid of AMD, their drivers are just as good as nvidia these days, esp. the 7xxx series. The price to performance ratio is great too!
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Go with this instead:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202006
It's cheaper, a better card and you still get the free games
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I looked at that one actually and I couldn't really tell the difference aside from the cooling. Spec wise they appear the same. Plus no 10% off the Sapphire. Why do you think it's better? I would think that particular card would do a poorer job of pushing warm air out of the case? And be louder?
 

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I looked at that one actually and I couldn't really tell the difference aside from the cooling. Spec wise they appear the same. Plus no 10% off the Sapphire. Why do you think it's better? I would think that particular card would do a poorer job of pushing warm air out of the case? And be louder?
The Sapphire is 9% off (usually $319.99) and it has a dual fan cooling setup which will keep the card cooler. Both use designs very similar to reference so the PCB isn't any different, just the cooling setup.
 

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The Sapphire is 9% off (usually $319.99) and it has a dual fan cooling setup which will keep the card cooler. Both use designs very similar to reference so the PCB isn't any different, just the cooling setup.
Hmm decisions, decisions. Thanks!
 

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the sapphire HD 7950 boost suggested above has a better cooling solution. runs cooler and quieter than the powercolor reference card.
 

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Well I thought about it all day and it was still in stock at Newegg so I pulled the trigger on the Sapphire 7950. The cooling solution seems like it'll be better/quieter. Thanks for all the inputs!
 

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Well I thought about it all day and it was still in stock at Newegg so I pulled the trigger on the Sapphire 7950. The cooling solution seems like it'll be better/quieter. Thanks for all the inputs!
You won't regret it
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