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Any GPU better than a 6950 for under $200?

#1ConkerPosted 10/29/2013 4:25:00 PM
I got my Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 Dirt 3 edition for $170 after rebate early last year, and while it is a good card my wife wanted a new PC and is happy with it for the couple games she plays.

Anything for gaming better at 2560x1440 that could be had for that price? Nowadays, I really don't do too heavy of gaming...WoW, SC2, Dota 2 mainly, but I was hoping to play at that res even medium settings Far Cry 3, BF4, and GTA V (if/when it comes).

I can hold off for a couple months but with the newer AMD cards out, I was hoping to find something around $200 now.
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#2QuestofChosenPosted 10/29/2013 4:30:39 PM
The 270x, 7870, and 7850 are all faster than the 6950. The 7850 is a little bit faster and the 7870/270x offer good gains. I would also recommend the 7950, but I'm not seeing any lower than $240 atm.
#3Conker(Topic Creator)Posted 10/29/2013 5:11:15 PM
Is the 270x the new card that is essentially a repackaged 7870?

Any options with 3GB of vram or better at the higher resolution? I'm guessing I'd just have to go up to a 7950 3GB, eh? I suppose I could make that work if it's the best option. Anything from Nvidia that beats it for around $250? (I'll probably wait for a sale or rebate on it to bring it closer to $200 anyways).
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#4KabtheMentatPosted 10/29/2013 5:12:17 PM
For the resolution you have, my guess is that a 3GB card would be needed.
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#5Pal 080Posted 10/29/2013 5:13:23 PM
You might be able to get a 660Ti for about $250, but that's essentially the same as the 7950, not really any better, unless you love PhysX... which I do lol.
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#6QuestofChosenPosted 10/29/2013 5:17:57 PM
Yes, the 270x is a 7870 that has higher clocks.

The gtx 760 matches a non-overclocked 7950, but it only has 2gb vram. 3gb models are about $290, but at that point you are better off getting an AMD card. The cheapest 3gb card is the 7950 which is $250, but sometimes drops to $200-$220. Then you have the 7970/280x which are about $270-300.
#7Conker(Topic Creator)Posted 10/29/2013 6:24:48 PM
Is XFX any good? I've had EVGA and Sapphire before.

How would these cards all compare...7970 be much better? Each has a $30 MIR, plus I have $80 in Amazon rewards credit right now.

7970 - $269 after rebate
http://www.amazon.com/XFX-DisplayPorts-PCI-Express-FX797ATDJC-FX-797A-TDJC/dp/B00BJ6XNW6

7950 - $240 after rebate
http://www.amazon.com/XFX-Double-2XMiniDP-Graphics-FX795ATDKC/dp/B00E0GYN1W

7950 Core for $215 after rebate:
http://www.amazon.com/XFX-DisplayPorts-PCI-Express-FX795ATNFC-FX-795A-TNFC/dp/B0074CCDTS

I like the 280x as well (I know it's essentially a 7970), but there aren't currently any rebates that I can find on them and they run a bit more than the 7970's.
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#8g7g7g7g7Posted 10/29/2013 6:32:11 PM
XFX cards are a mixed bunch, hit and miss, I had 2 XFX 6850's one was garbage, the other was an invincible beast that could handle anything I threw at it. Thats as far as my experience with them goes.
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#9Conker(Topic Creator)Posted 10/29/2013 6:47:53 PM(edited)
EDIT: Oh, nvm, didn't notice Arkham Origins was only with a 770 or higher for the Nvidia deal.

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#10QuestofChosenPosted 10/29/2013 6:52:56 PM
Conker posted...
EDIT: Oh, nvm, didn't notice Arkham Origins was only with a 770 or higher for the Nvidia deal.


Some 770s are now $330. Even though it only has 2gb of VRAM it should do well for medium settings at 1600p. This is at ultra settings: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_770_TF_Gaming/15.html