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Radeon 7750: Sapphire or Asus? Neither?


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#1 lestatpdh

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 08:01 PM

I just bought a CyberpowerPC (500W PSU) from Walmart and I want to upgrade the graphics card. The only game I play is Civilization; I plan to buy Civ V soon and I'd like to get better graphics on it than the GT 520 will allow.

I was told that a Radeon 7750 would be on the lower end of the mid-grade cards, and I found a couple name brands for $100. Are there any brands I should avoid? The two I found for $100 are Sapphire and Asus. I understand Asus is a good brand, but I haven't heard anything about Sapphire. I'm a little concerned about the Asus because it is overclocked. Doesn't that mean I would have to add special cooling components and monitor the heat levels in my GPU and elsewhere inside my case? I really don't want to deal with that kind of high-maintenance card.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102969
http://www.circuitcity.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2941928&csid=_61

Alternatively, what would be a GeForce card that's comparable to the Radeon 7750? (Or other Radeon suggestions?) It's so hard for me to compare models from the two designers (?) because they offer mostly different spec categories on their websites (linked below). About all I can compare is the memory type and size, and the few GPU clock speeds that are labeled the same.

http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/7000/7750/Pages/radeon-7750.aspx#2
http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gtx-550ti/specifications

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 10:21 PM

they are on the lower end, and I think youd be happy with either the ASUS or the saphire-Ive used both (am currently using both brands) and are very happy with them. My first choice when it comes to video cards is always saphire with ASUS being a close second. As far as NVIDIA, im not really up on their cards, Ive never been all that impressedw ith their price/performance ratio, for example their new EVGA 670s, which are low end are starting at around 400 dollars, 300 more then the saphire 7750, for 1 more gig of ram, and 100 mhz faster GPU and memory speeds. Not impressed with that at all. Even their 560, which is from the previous series, is priced at $120, though spec wise performs below the 7750.

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Primary system: Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3, Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 945, Memory: 16 gigs of Patriot G2 DDR3 1600, Video: AMD Sapphire Nitro R9 380, Storage: 1 WD 500 gig HD, 1 Hitachi 500 gig HD, and Power supply: Coolermaster 750 watt, OS: Windows 10 64 bit. 

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