Solved Best Graphics Card for my budget...?

January 16, 2014 at 22:34:32
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I am looking to build a $1500 gaming PC.
At first I was thinking of just getting a Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 TI 2GB Overclock Edition, but I realise that I might be able to do better, but I would still like to ask for opinions.

I am looking to pay between $300 and $400 for a video card for this particular build. Any suggestions for good video cards in this price range?
Thanks
(This is all in Australian Dollars ($) if you wanted to know)
This is the build i'm looking at the moment:
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670k
Cooling: Corsair H100i Water Cooling
GPU: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 TI WF2 2GB Overclock Edition
Case: Coolermaster 690 II Advanced USB 3.0 Version with Window Panel
RAM: Corsair XMS3 2x 4GB 1600MHz DDR3
SSD: Intel 120GB (forgot model)
HDD: Seagate 1TB 7200.12RPM SATAIII

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#1
January 17, 2014 at 04:45:16
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I would look to the newer GTX 7** series for your budget. Look at these:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...
http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/h...
The GTX760 and possibly GTX 770 depending on how the exchange rate falls sounds like your best bet (though the GTX 660 TI is not bad in any way, its just not the newest and may or may not be the best for your money right now).
I noticed you did not list your power supply and that can be just as important since a cheap or underpowered power supply can ruin the experience and possibly (in extreme cases) ruin components (expensive ones), I suggest posting your considered power supply make and model for opinion as well.

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#2
January 17, 2014 at 14:49:21
Ok thanks!
I will check those out.
I guess as long as the build is under $1500 then it would be ok to buy a 'better' GPU.
The PSU i'm planning on buying is the Seasonic M12II 750W Modular

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#3
January 17, 2014 at 20:32:35
A bit overkill unless you might someday upgrade the video card or add a second one (SLI), but a quality one.
I personally would go with a quality air cooler rather than the liquid, the better ones are nearly the same cooling capacity but simpler and less to go wrong with.

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#4
January 18, 2014 at 17:18:22
Thanks for the info!
I think i'll still go with the H100i, and I guess I am thinking of doing upgrades in the future, but I could go with the 620W version, which is one step down, and costs $30 less, which is why i chose the 750 W.
Also, the reason for the h100i is that I want a high but stable overclock, and I'm pretty sure an air cooler won't go as high as 4.3-4.5 GHz on the 4770k, but correct me if I am wrong?

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