Hey Guys! Need help deciding for a budget GPU.
Currently, I have a AMD Radeon HD 5770. Very old, but still manages to run games like DA:I with playable fps. I'm playing Witcher 2 atm but the card is starting to struggle so it's about time I replace it.
My budget is basically $150.
CPU is an i5 2500k with 8gb ram. I have a 650w PSU and I don't know if that's going to be enough. So if I have to replace it, then I can bump the budget up to $200.
I'd like to play newer games like Witcher 3, with decent fps at medium settings. Also would like to test out some mods for it.
Spend $30-$50 more and get a 960 or R9 380. The best thing you can get for $150 is probably a 750ti but those are kind of shit despite what some may tell you.
Your PSU should be fine no matter what you choose.
fuck no. plus your psu is fine for litterally any current card up to and including a 390x or titan x
gtx 950 if you hard on that $150 budget, you MIGHT be able to shwing a 960 for that price.
alternately from amd you might be able to swing a r9 280, 280x or a 380 for that price.
Here's what I'd recommend.
$180 but if you use the rebate you get $20 back.
For 150 an r9 270x or an r9 280
You could probably find a 285 or 280x for 150 somewhere.
I wouldn't recomend a 750ti. They are made for gaming but not like people thought. They are used to let prebuilt 300 watt computers run games. You will be paying 150 for performance between an r7 260 and an r7 260x which are 70 to 80 dollar cards.
seconded on spending ~$40 more to get a R9 380 or nvidia 960. currently best bang for buck card on the market IMO. 650w psu is perfectly fine as long as you don't sli or crossfire.
>$180 but if you use the rebate you get $20 back.
Nice! This looks good. A lot of recommendations for R9 380, so I think I might go with that.
I am guessing that 380x > 280x > 750ti?
I found this R9 380, it's 3gb.
About $10 more for extra 1gb. How would this compare with the one that was linked?
Also, any idea how long a card like this will last before it needs replacing?
Graphics cards are obsolete the moment they're released. How long they'll last you depends entirely on your preferences.
You got ~5 years out of your last graphics card so an R9 380 will probably last you a few years.
It's a pretty good brand so go for it. The 3gb might not do that much, at most it might make it a bit smoother.
>380x > 280x > 750ti
Actually it's more like
380x > 280x > a literal wall of shit > 750ti
used 280x or 7970 or 290, you probably won't find a 290x used in your price range.
your psu will be fine.
not sure why people buy 280's or 380's when the x models exist. the 290 anx 390 somewhat fill a slot but if you're poorfagging it enough to be in 280x territory you shouldn't settle for less.
could luck up on a 770, saw a lot of them going for fire sale prices recently, especially 2GB models.
consider a cheap 670 or 680 if you find one.
just saw a reference 290 for $185 unsold and a listing for a 290 sold at $150, play your cards right and $170 should get you a nice 290. paid $200 for a 290x a while back before the 390x launched.
fuck a 750ti those cards are for faggots who listen to /g/ telling them they should get one for their micro atx case aych tee pee cee or whatever bullshit.
I found a gtx960 for $200 with $20 rebate.
It's more than what I was hoping for. Between the R9 380 and the gtx960, is there a significant difference?
This, 750ti is only good for if you have an extreme PSU restriction
IMO OP should wait until EVGA gets more GTX 960 refurbs, I have one and it's great - cost $160 for the 2GB version (4GB version is placebo because memory bus width)
read this OP.
OP you're also more likely to achieve better performance on AMD afterwards because GCN got better with drivers since 7000 series
also think about a freesync monitor. they got as low as 170$ at the moment if you're interested
get bodied. i installed it yesterday in my brothers computer, went smoothly. it's actually my first time buying an AMD card and since it went smoothly i'll probably start considering high end AMD cards for my own build.
spoken like somebody who never has to pay for electricity
the 750ti pays for itself over the course of a few months considering how hot the 650ti Boost sits at idle
Pascal is like a few months away though you might as well wait to get better deals on current gen at least
>spoken like somebody who never has to pay for electricity
spoken like a poorfag who actually thinks his occasional computer gayman use of electricity compares to the washer, dryer, fridge, freezer, hot water heater, air conditioning....
what temperature do you keep your a/c or heat on? because if you think your gpu drinks a lot of juice you need to re-evaluate your life and take a basic electricity course.
exactly. power draw is only bullshit for newfags who drive the power supply industry, buying bullshit like 500 550 600 watt psu's.
put a 1300 watt psu in my machine and blew a capacitor, didn't even give a fuck. i have no idea why people buy low end psu's, all they do is keep the psu companies in business. buy something higher end and don't buy again for years.
what separates newfags from oldfags with computers is knowing what to spend money on now and what to spend money on later.
Alright, so it looks like I'm between a 380 (x?) and a 960 gtx. I'm just looking around at the different prices with the different specs.
So far I have this 960gtx 4gb at $179 after rebate
And this other rec, 380 2gb at $159 after rebate
And this 380x from Jet. It's a good deal. I've never bought anything from this site before though. Mostly looking at amazon and newegg. How are returns handled on this site?
So far the differences I'm noticing is between the memory. 2gb or 4gb and deciding between amd or nvidia.
Looks pretty even between the 380 and 960, but the 380x has better performance over the others it seems. Jet has the best deal so far I think with the 380x, but if not Jet, then I might go with the 960.
>major change in architecture that is going to make single-card 4k gaming a thing
Would be nice to see how those turn out, but I won't be gaming on a 4k monitor anytime soon.
>If you follow this advice, you'll never end up purchasing anything. Something new is always around the corner.
In fairness, the upcoming pascal and polaris cards are probably going to be the biggest single jump in performance we have ever seen.
i actually checked in crimson and it was at 1040mhz as well,i don't know if AMD does the core/boost clock thing nvidia does but i was surprised to see it with a core clock that high.
I bought from jet all november and december. Free returns with instant print and attach shipping label. I returned an unopened Asus monitor and they credited me back within a couple days. Their customer service (jetheads) are good and respond via email within the same day if not 2-4hrs. Just don't waive the free ship fee on important things and you'll be fine. People have been getting cpu's and gpu's from there a lot because of their coupon codes
fuck a 960, i know they're tempting. fuck them on principle alone.
lol nothing new has been really new in a year or two, but you know that.
been telling people to only buy used or mid range for a while now, force the gpu makers to drop high end gpu prices. the 980 and 980ti are so overvalued it's destined to drop. hdmi2 has a value in and of itself so i can't wait for $200 980 non ti cards and $250 980ti cards. because that's about their real worth, not inflated worth.
fury cards are overvalued as fuck but demand premium for the memory technology bandwidth and amd can't cut them down.
in hindsight amd should not have released HBM and simply released the 390x cards isntead. amd owns the memory bandwidth war but hasn't gained shit from it.
basically the fury line shouldn't even exist and we should have a 395x2 flagship instead.
now this year we will see fury X version 2 and a 700 dollar price tag along with it, instead of a proper 400-500 dollar flagship gpu.
>Mfw I have an Asus 750ti OC'd to hell and back and it runs everything on high settings except for the more demanding shit (blade and soul during big fights, ffxiv, etc.) which still runs smooth at low or medium settings and is most likely held back by the cpu and lack of ssd in some cases.
750ti is far from top tier but they are pretty fucking beastly for the price and psu reqs.
I obviously need to replace the GPU
on my old Mac Pro 1,1.
What would be the "best" GPU that wouldn't be bottlenecked by dem xeons and PCI-e 1.0 too much?
I'm not afraid of slightly older, used cards.
I saw someone put a GTX980 in it on jewtube but that's just a waste...
Thanks in advance.
I'd second to get a 270(X), considering the 370 is actually a 265 and the 950 doesn't really perform better.
Otherwise, saving up for a 380 or 960 might be worth it.
Used cards could be also an option, basically a 7950(280) or something, but beware of the memecoin miners selling you 24/7 overstressed cards.
Nvidia cards should cope better with limited bandwidth, considering the botched memory bus of a 960 still being enough to compete with a 380.
Nonetheless, Pcie v1 still isn't bad at all: