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Looking to upgrade GPU!

Jaegur

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Dec 27, 2013
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First off, I'm sorry that people post these types of threads so much. I've already gone over the VP power list stickied, which led me to my two top choices, but now I would just love some feedback from people that live and breathe these things.


So, I’m shopping around for a new GPU! Actually two, one for my wife and one for myself. We mainly play Blizzard games, but I wouldn't mind trying out BF4 on the PC.

My build, that I’m still putting together from upgraded parts is:

ASUS Sabertooth 990fx motherboard
AMD 8150 FX 8 core processor (black edition)

My price range it seems is between 200-260, and so far I’ve narrowed it down to either:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814202063

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127745


Any opinions on those, or something completely different… I’m open to suggestions! Though I would like to make the purchases tonight, since it seems prices are going up now that Christmas is over.

(Oh, my wife has a amd 6 core, and some other motherboard that I forget.)

OH! Currently we both have HD 5770 cards from about 4 years ago, just so you know what we’ll be coming from.

Thanks for any information!
 

blastingcap

Diamond Member
Sep 16, 2010
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First off, I'm sorry that people post these types of threads so much. I've already gone over the VP power list stickied, which led me to my two top choices, but now I would just love some feedback from people that live and breathe these things.


So, I’m shopping around for a new GPU! Actually two, one for my wife and one for myself. We mainly play Blizzard games, but I wouldn't mind trying out BF4 on the PC.

My build, that I’m still putting together from upgraded parts is:

ASUS Sabertooth 990fx motherboard
AMD 8150 FX 8 core processor (black edition)

My price range it seems is between 200-260, and so far I’ve narrowed it down to either:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814202063

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127745


Any opinions on those, or something completely different… I’m open to suggestions! Though I would like to make the purchases tonight, since it seems prices are going up now that Christmas is over.

(Oh, my wife has a amd 6 core, and some other motherboard that I forget.)

OH! Currently we both have HD 5770 cards from about 4 years ago, just so you know what we’ll be coming from.

Thanks for any information!
Ugh, hard question. :) On one hand you say you play Blizzard games, on the other you go waaaaaaay on the other extreme and say you also want to try BF4.

If you don't actually want BF4, get the second card or even something less powerful like a GTX 660. NVidia cards dominate Blizzard games for some reason. GTX 760 is about 25% faster than R9 270X (aka HD7870) in most games, with the gap widening for stuff like Starcraft II and other Blizzard games. Plus AC4 and Splinter Cell are two solid games that come with that second card.

But if you really want to play BF4, the first card comes with it, and it's $30 after rebate cheaper, though also slower. But will you even notice the speed difference? Probably not in Blizzard games... even a HD7870/R9 270X will be waaaaay more than enough for those games. You might notice a slightly worse framerate for BF4 compared to the the GTX 760, but is it worth $30?

I guess in a roundabout way I'm saying that if you really do want BF4, then get the first card. If not, get the second card or a cheaper one. :)
 
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Morbus

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I faced the same dilemma when I bought my new rig, and I went with a 760 because it's the better card. Less power usage, more bandwidth, higher texel rate the lot. But they are more expensive. I bought mine with a discount for the same price of a 270x, so that helped me. Otherwise I might have just gone for the 770...
 

Jaegur

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Dec 27, 2013
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Thanks guys! I know I'll end up playing WoW more than anything, but that's mainly because my GPU couldn't handle most FPS that I've had to get for the console. I'd love to try it out on my PC though, to see what my naga/nostromo can do in a setting other than WoW or something.

I also saw this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...scrollFullInfo


I have to admit, all these different companies with the same cards out can confuse the hell out of me sometimes.
 

BallaTheFeared

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Nov 15, 2010
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AMD/NVidia make the chips.

They're all the same at chip level, excluding the obvious difference between AMD/Nvidia... What I mean is all R270s are exactly the same chips.

AIB partners make the rest generally, except when using reference boards.

Check several reviews of the cards you're interested in, not all aftermarket cards are created equal.
 

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