New Video Card Time!
AlexDeGruven Wut?Meechigan Icrontian
So I have been granted the opportunity to buy a new video card as this year's Father's Day present. As such I'm looking for something around the $200 range (there is some wiggle room available).
What I have:
990FX motherboard with a 6-core FX (can't remember the full designation).
eVGA modular 750W PSU
XFX Radeon 6870.
I don't think cooling or power would be an issue for anything that will run on that motherboard outside of the realm of insanity.
I plan to stick with AMD outside of any mega-compelling reason to go nVidia.
or if you have to the 280 line is right in your price point. 280 will be within budget and the 280x is over a bit.
I love my GTX 970. low temps, quiet, and sips on energy
I noticed the 3XX cards are out now, too. Looks like a 380 would fit in my budget.
@Thrax can you chime in about what's new in the 300 series?
Fury and Fury X are new ASICs. The other 300 Series parts are new revisions/steppings of chips we've been making for a while, now at higher performance and lower power than their equivalent predecessors.
The 380 is killer price/performance imo.. One of my favorite parts in the new stack.
Make sure NOT to get the 2GB model if you get a 380.
If you get a R9 380 definitely spend the 10% or so extra to get a model that sports 4 GB of GDDR5. I have found the 2GB that I have on my R9285 to be a choke point on a few titles event at 1080P. Nobody wants to knock their texture slider back over $20.
So I'm probably going to buy from Amazon because I have some credits there. Piling up my current credits and calling it a $220 for out of pocket. I have finalized my budget at around the $250.
Current best candidate: http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-DL-DVI-I-DL-DVI-D-Graphics-11242-07-20G/dp/B00ZGL8D5M/ref=pd_sim_sbs_147_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=0HNKY407BTN0NWSWPZ48
The Nitro is a nice lineup from Sapphire. Getting good reviews. Can't really go wrong.
I'm also considering this one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ZFND0RM/ref=br_prlt_grdDy_pdt-11?ie=UTF8&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-3&pf_rd_r=1X650H76YA5BZCVMCBHF&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=2107299262&pf_rd_i=11166464011
Well crap. The XFX card I'm looking at says 750W, but I'm currently running 650W (double-checked when I got home this weekend).
The PSU estimates are extremely conservative to accommodate junk shit PSUs that users might have. Use a PSU wattage calculator.
Yeah, I did some more digging and it looks like I'm well in the clear. I don't have much other than the CPU and GPU.
Ordereded today. I'll find out on Wednesday night if I need to upgrade anything else.