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Posted · Original PosterOP

Simple question, and I apologize if this has been answered anywhere else. I've been lurking for a while, and couldn't quite find what I'm looking for exactly.

I'm looking for a budget-ish GPU. I'm thinking about $200 USD. What's the best GPU to purchase for great performance now, and good long term performance?

Thanks in advance.

EDIT: Willing to mention, I'm willing to spend a bit more if it's in my best interest.

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980 Ti

Else - in your budget - R9 380 would be the best option beating the 960 by 15% on average.
Keep in mind - 960 doesn't work properly with DX12 so long-term is not a thing with it


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Simple question, and I apologize if this has been answered anywhere else. I've been lurking for a while, and couldn't quite find what I'm looking for exactly.

I'm looking for a budget-ish GPU. I'm thinking about $200 USD. What's the best GPU to purchase for great performance now, and good long term performance?

Thanks in advance.

a used 770 would be the best for that price or if you can find a used 970 for that price


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980 Ti

Else - in your budget - R9 380 would be the best option beating the 960 by 15% on average.

Keep in mind - 960 doesn't work properly with DX12 so long-term is not a thing with it

you dont need dx12 to run games

at least not for another decade


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Simple question, and I apologize if this has been answered anywhere else. I've been lurking for a while, and couldn't quite find what I'm looking for exactly.

I'm looking for a budget-ish GPU. I'm thinking about $200 USD. What's the best GPU to purchase for great performance now, and good long term performance?

Thanks in advance.

follow your threads and welcome to the forum. the best gpu for that range in nvidia is the 960 2gb. but i would strongly recommend the r9 380 


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you dont need dx12 to run games

at least not for another decade

Ashes beta is out in a month or two, Deus Ex mankind divided is out in febuary - those are DX12 and judging from how things are going, a 380 would be 30-40% more powerful than a 960 in those. Look at battlefront, a 960 is almost 20 fps behind a 380.


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Eh, try get a used one for that price range ($200)


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The 980ti for sure, possibly the 980 depending on budget as it beats the 390x but costs more and is beaten by the Fury but is cheaper. the 970 and 960 are not worth it performance wise over their AMD counterparts (unless you reallllllly want shadowplay or some other nvidia nonsense) and im not sure about the 950 i dont know whether it beats the AMD counterpart.

 

EDIT: didnt see the price range, for that price pick up a r9 380 over a 960 ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202149 i would recommend sapphire cards if you go AMD)


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Ashes beta is out in a month or two, Deus Ex mankind divided is out in febuary - those are DX12 and judging from how things are going, a 380 would be 30-40% more powerful than a 960 in those. Look at battlefront, a 960 is almost 20 fps behind a 380.

we still have games that use dx9,10 which still runs fine, DX 12 is a want not a NEED

 

as for OP a 380 has more performance but a 960 has GeForce experience and features so.... its up to you

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The 980ti for sure, possibly the 980 depending on budget as it beats the 390x but costs more and is beaten by the Fury but is cheaper. the 970 and 960 are not worth it performance wise over their AMD counterparts (unless you reallllllly want shadowplay or some other nvidia nonsense) and im not sure about the 950 i dont know whether it beats the AMD counterpart.

950 and 270X are neck and neck in DX11 - DX12 gives the 270X a nice boost

 

we still have games that use dx9,10 which still runs fine, DX 12 is a want not a NEED

 

as for OP a 380 has more performance but a 960 has GeForce experience and features so.... its up to you

Thing is - he wants longevity - a 380 offers it with proper DX12 support.


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If you can find a GTX 770, then that

 

if not, maybe a used 970 or new 960 SSC?


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Posted · Original PosterOP

Woah, thanks for all the replies so far guys -- 

The reason I was originally going to look at an Nvidia card is the drivers. I've always had issues with AMD software. 

My history with AMD/ATI cards are as follows:

 

* An ancient Radeon 5850
* Mac Pro (2013) FirePro GPUs

On both of these cards, I have had issues with my desktop wallpapers turning black, explorer windows looking incorrect, and mouse cursor corruption with dual monitor setups. This persisted across multiple windows installs, and countless driver versions.

Has AMD fixes these issues with newer cards/driver releases?

I'm not too concerned with DX12, as I think by the time it's really needed I'll be looking for another upgrade anyways.

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Woah, thanks for all the replies so far guys -- 

The reason I was originally going to look at an Nvidia card is the drivers. I've always had issues with AMD software. 

My history with AMD/ATI cards are as follows:

 

* An ancient Radeon 5850

* Mac Pro (2013) FirePro GPUs

On both of these cards, I have had issues with my desktop wallpapers turning black, explorer windows looking incorrect, and mouse cursor corruption with dual monitor setups. This persisted across multiple windows installs, and countless driver versions.

Has AMD fixes these issues with newer cards/driver releases?

I'm not too concerned with DX12, as I think by the time it's really needed I'll be looking for another upgrade anyways.

Those are horror stories from 2008-2009. Have long since been fixed. AMD's drivers have been stable for the past 3 years without issue.


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If you an find a used 770 it is better than a 960 and probably cheaper if you can find a good deal on one! but if you want a new card get a r9 380 they beat the 960 by around 10-15%

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Those are horror stories from 2008-2009. Have long since been fixed. AMD's drivers have been stable for the past 3 years without issue.

I had these issues recently on my Mac Pro 2013 with Windows 8.1 pro 64 bit, and Windows 10 64 bit. So apparently that GPU is still having driver issues.

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The 980ti for sure, possibly the 980 depending on budget as it beats the 390x but costs more and is beaten by the Fury but is cheaper. the 970 and 960 are not worth it performance wise over their AMD counterparts (unless you reallllllly want shadowplay or some other nvidia nonsense) and im not sure about the 950 i dont know whether it beats the AMD counterpart.

 

EDIT: didnt see the price range, for that price pick up a r9 380 over a 960 ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202149 i would recommend sapphire cards if you go AMD)

well the 950's current rival is the 270x

 

Those are horror stories from 2008-2009. Have long since been fixed. AMD's drivers have been stable for the past 3 years without issue.

he did say mac pro 2013 with firepro gpu so i wouldn't say its from 2008-2009 since it was happening to high past the times


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Why does it have to be nvidia? An r9 380 would be the best choice for your budget. Otherwise the best nvidia has to offer in that range would be a 960, unless you are willing to purchase a second hand card in which case prices can vary wildly.


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you dont need dx12 to run games

at least not for another decade

dx11 kicked dx9 out of the house 3 years after its introduction

have a feeling dx12 is gonna be the same


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I had these issues recently on my Mac Pro 2013 with Windows 8.1 pro 64 bit, and Windows 10 64 bit. So apparently that GPU is still having driver issues.

 

well the 950's current rival is the 270x

 

he did say mac pro 2013 with firepro gpu so i wouldn't say its from 2008-2009 since it was happening to high past the times

FirePros I cannot speak about - but those aren't your typical gaming cards.


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Why does it have to be nvidia? An r9 380 would be the best choice for your budget. Otherwise the best nvidia has to offer in that range would be a 960, unless you are willing to purchase a second hand card in which case prices can vary wildly.

Driver problems in the past is why it has to be nvidia. I was stuck with the nightmare that was the 5850 for years, and I'm still having issues with my FirePro GPU in a Mac Pro 2013. 

I don't want to get stuck with driver issues, and I've never had a driver issue with an Nvidia GPU.

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Driver problems in the past is why it has to be nvidia. I was stuck with the nightmare that was the 5850 for years, and I'm still having issues with my FirePro GPU in a Mac Pro 2013. 

I don't want to get stuck with driver issues, and I've never had a driver issue with an Nvidia GPU.

What drivers are you using at the moment? I've not had a issue in 4 years of using AMD's desktop GPUs from my 5670 to my current 7950 (280)


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FirePros I cannot speak about - but those aren't your typical gaming cards.

well aren't they like with nvidia quadros where you can mod the bios and turn them into their gaming card equivalent


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well aren't they like with nvidia quadros where you can mod the bios and turn them into their gaming card equivalent

Haven't really heard anything about Firepros honestly - people don't talk about them ._.


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Driver problems in the past is why it has to be nvidia. I was stuck with the nightmare that was the 5850 for years, and I'm still having issues with my FirePro GPU in a Mac Pro 2013.

I don't want to get stuck with driver issues, and I've never had a driver issue with an Nvidia GPU.

You're speaking like NVidia GPU drivers are perfect..

I have a 7970. Second GPU ever. My AMD drivers have never crashed EVER, my 570 (updated) drivers crashed regularly.

AMD's drivers are top-notch now in my opinion, you won't have any problems. If you want $200 GPUs, get the 380. My friend regrets his 960, since even though it was $250 at launch it kind of lags in today's games at 1080p. 380, WAY better performance for your dollar.

Don't buy a 960.

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