Best card under 300?

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#1 Edited by Mikedogg05 (740 posts) -

Hey, i was looking at the GIGABYTE GV-N760OC-2GD REV2.0 GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-bit

but i havent bought a card in years and the one i have now is a GTX 460, any suggestions or is this a good card? Will this be able to play the "next-gen" games smoothly for a couple years to come? Also i noticed its a PCI express 3? I'm guessing that won't fit in my PCI express 2 mobo?

Thank you.

#2 Edited by kitty (114198 posts) -

I'd go after the one with 4 GB of vram

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130949

It will fit and work in your PCI Express 2.0 slots. My 7870's work just fine in mine. Your concern should be with the size of your case, and if the card will fit or not. Which it probably should.
As for if you want to play "smoothly" that would also depend on the cpu.

#3 Edited by Importz2k1 (21 posts) -

I'd go after the one with 4 GB of vram

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130949

It will fit and work in your PCI Express 2.0 slots. My 7870's work just fine in mine. Your concern should be with the size of your case, and if the card will fit or not. Which it probably should.

As for if you want to play "smoothly" that would also depend on the cpu.

I agree with the 4GB of vram, I had 2 6950's in crossfire, each with 2GB vram and just switched ti a GTX770Ti with 4 GB, What a difference!

#4 Posted by Mikedogg05 (740 posts) -

Alright I'll probably go with that one. might as well pay 40 bucks more for double the VRAM. Is my "AMD Phenom II x4 3.4ghz" going to slow it down? is it worth getting this card with that or should i be upgrading my CPU?

#5 Edited by Arthas045 (5045 posts) -

Most games now I believe do not even use 2GB of VRAM. I think most are a little above a gig. I always heard 4GB is for multi monitor setups, but I would still jump on one for future proofing. I do not think you will get much of a bottleneck with the processor...

I am not sure of your stance on AMD, but the R9 270X will pretty much get you the same performance for a little cheaper. I think the GTX760 may edge it out slightly, but I wouldn't think it would be a noticable difference.

That and a quarter will buy you nothing...... My thoughts mainly lol

#6 Posted by mastershake575 (8342 posts) -

R9 270X will pretty much get you the same performance for a little cheaper. I think the GTX760 may edge it out slightly, but I wouldn't think it would be a noticable difference.

The gtx760 he listed pretty much matches a stock GTX 670/7970 in terms of the performance (gigabyte 760 is about 20% faster than the 270x which sounds fair for only a $40 premium).

#7 Edited by Mikedogg05 (740 posts) -
#8 Posted by mastershake575 (8342 posts) -

so this EVGA 04G-P4-2768-KR GeForce GTX 760 4GB for $300 or GIGABYTE GV-R927XOC-2GD Radeon R9 270X 2GB for $209. I know the first one will obviously outpreform the second one, but is it worth the 90 dollars? I'd like to save 90 bucks if it will only gain about 5 fps. but if its a huge difference i'd rather pay the 90 extra. Thanks everyone for the help.

Meet in the middle and just get the GTX 760 2GB for like $250-260 (that will get the job done).

In order for games to require a lot of Vram (3GB+) your going to have to be playing at a really high resolution with a lot of AA/AF (AA/AF are advance filtering settings).

Theres not way a 760 is going to be strong enough to game at a high resolution (1440/1600P) with a lot of AA/AF turned on on top of that all while getting good frames (thus getting 4GB is kinda pointless right now and I don't see that changing since the 760 is a midrange card that isn't designed for playing super high resolution/multi monitor while having advanced options turned on).

#9 Edited by Mikedogg05 (740 posts) -

Hmmm, in that case, what card would you recommend getting if im trying to go PC for next-gen, not console, and want to play some new games that come out in 1920x1200. Or can the 760 still pull it off so i can smoothly play next-gen for a while to come? if its REALLY worth it id go up to a $400 budget or so, but if its not going to change much i might as well stay with the 760 and i would be happy with that.

#10 Posted by Arthas045 (5045 posts) -

@Mikedogg05: If that is the case you could bump up to a 770 and run pretty much anything at that resolution... I am not an expert at this stuff, but others will correct if needed.

#11 Posted by Mikedogg05 (740 posts) -

@Mikedogg05: If that is the case you could bump up to a 770 and run pretty much anything at that resolution... I am not an expert at this stuff, but others will correct if needed.

in that case Im going to go with GIGABYTE GV-N770OC-4GD GeForce GTX 770 4GB.

Does that sound like a good choice for the money or does anyone have any other ideas?

Thanks everyone for the help and suggestions.

#12 Posted by insane_metalist (5848 posts) -

@Arthas045 said:

@Mikedogg05: If that is the case you could bump up to a 770 and run pretty much anything at that resolution... I am not an expert at this stuff, but others will correct if needed.

in that case Im going to go with GIGABYTE GV-N770OC-4GD GeForce GTX 770 4GB.

Does that sound like a good choice for the money or does anyone have any other ideas?

Thanks everyone for the help and suggestions.

Go with GTX 770 if you have the money. I have GTX 760 EVGA and it's pretty nice for this price. If I had a bigger budget, I'd go with GTX 770. Both are nice GPUs.

BTW a friend of mine has GTX 770 2GB and has no problems running anything at all. You'd still be cool with a 2GB, just saying.

#13 Posted by PredatorRules (6996 posts) -
#14 Edited by Mikedogg05 (740 posts) -
#15 Edited by PredatorRules (6996 posts) -

@Mikedogg05 said:

@PredatorRules said:

If you go with the GTX760 it's either http://www.msi.com/product/vga/N760-TF-2GD5-OC.html#specification MSI TF or Gigabyte http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4663#sp

Both brands are equal in core clocks and boost as well.

So you don't think its worth it to pay the extra $100 for the 770 and 4gb ram?

4Gb of GDRAM isn't worth it unless you go 3 screens/4k gaming.

If you do have the extra money get it; if you don't and you might have additional PCIe slot in your MOBO i'd say wait a year or so and get another 760 in SLI.

If you didn't know two 760 are faster than one 780

#16 Edited by mastershake575 (8342 posts) -

Hmmm, in that case, what card would you recommend getting if im trying to go PC for next-gen, not console, and want to play some new games that come out in 1920x1200. Or can the 760 still pull it off so i can smoothly play next-gen for a while to come? if its REALLY worth it id go up to a $400 budget or so, but if its not going to change much i might as well stay with the 760 and i would be happy with that.

GTX 760 should pull it off (1920x1200 isn't much higher than 1920x1080 which is the lowend now a days). 1440/1600p (which is 2560x1440 and 2560x1600) are literally 60-100% more pixels than 1200p which is why they require a beefy GPU

I would just get a third party 760 since the GTX 770 is $70-80 more for only a 15% increase (or you can wait for the prices of the 280x to drop back down to $310, right now the price inflated due to the bitcoin fad).