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    Default which GPU to upgrade to?

    so my 7850 is reaching the end of its life. most games i play im unable to get the nice settings anymore and some games (looking at you unity) wont even run well.

    my budget is around 170 which is $260 but different gpus may be cheaper over there.

    the two cards im looking at are the:

    GTX 960

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    i hear the radeons more powerful, and its more cheaper in england and has 3gb of memory.

    what can you guys suggest?

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    R9 280X all the way. 3gigs vram and a 380bit interface vs 2gigs and a 128bit with nearly the same clock speeds. honestly 2 gigs at 7ghz on a 128bit interface sounds like a serious bottleneck to me.

    however, it does depend upon the games you wanna run and what card they're optimized for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feckless. View Post
    R9 280X all the way. 3gigs vram and a 380bit interface vs 2gigs and a 128bit with nearly the same clock speeds. honestly 2 gigs at 7ghz on a 128bit interface sounds like a serious bottleneck to me.

    however, it does depend upon the games you wanna run and what card they're optimized for.
    gta v

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    assassins creed unity

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strike View Post
    gta v

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    i'm pretty sure those games are optimized for nvidia cards but i'm not too sure they'll run to well on the 960 with that interface bandwidth.

    however, here's a benchmark with the 960: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6cnn0NJRM8

    and here's a benchmark with the 280x: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOPxnuENPMI

    personally i'd go for the 280x if these are the only cards you're considering purchasing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feckless. View Post
    i'm pretty sure those games are optimized for nvidia cards but i'm not too sure they'll run to well on the 960 with that interface bandwidth.

    however, here's a benchmark with the 960: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6cnn0NJRM8

    and here's a benchmark with the 280x: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOPxnuENPMI

    personally i'd go for the 280x if these are the only cards you're considering purchasing.
    I also remember the witcher. apparently thats got really high reccomended specs and im wanting to be able to run that really well. Thanks for the help though ill look into them.

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    Update: got payrise.

    I should be able to afford the radeon r9 290x / 290 or with a stretch the gtz 970 but thats like 150 over budget.

    Problem is my power supply is 500 watt.

    What do

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    if you've got a supply by seasonic, corsair, coolermaster, or any top of the line brand that's 80+ gold, you'll be fine.

    my guess is that it'll draw around 325 watts max.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feckless. View Post
    if you've got a supply by seasonic, corsair, coolermaster, or any top of the line brand that's 80+ gold, you'll be fine.

    my guess is that it'll draw around 325 watts max.
    corsair 500w you sure it will survive using the radeon r9 290x ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strike View Post
    corsair 500w you sure it will survive using the radeon r9 290x ?
    i looked up some benchmarks and stats on it, and from what ive gathered, when maxed out on 2560x1600 it'll use around 300-350 watts.

    you can do some research yourself, but this is just the conclusion that i've come to.

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    Bought a 970 LOL

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