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That's kind of an in between number, your looking at GTX 660, AMD 270 open box/265 new at that price.  None are great gaming options imo.  I stick to Nvidia based cards gaming wise they will have less fluky problems (Nvidia drivers are superior), but I think any of those cards would be fine for light MadVR.  I would throw a little more money at it and bump up to the GTX 760 to get the 256bit memory bus on a Nvidia card.

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That's kind of an in between number, your looking at GTX 660, AMD 270 open box/265 new at that price.  None are great gaming options imo.  I stick to Nvidia based cards gaming wise they will have less fluky problems (Nvidia drivers are superior), but I think any of those cards would be fine for light MadVR.  I would throw a little more money at it and bump up to the GTX 760 to get the 256bit memory bus on a Nvidia card.

Going to have to disagree the gtx660 is an awesome card that can run pretty much everything at 1080p maxed out. I use 1 in my htpc and 2 in sli in my gaming computer with 3 monitors. Another to look at bang for buck might be the gtx 750ti.
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Going to have to disagree the gtx660 is an awesome card that can run pretty much everything at 1080p maxed out. I use 1 in my htpc and 2 in sli in my gaming computer with 3 monitors. Another to look at bang for buck might be the gtx 750ti.

 

Your idea of maxed out and acceptable frame rates are likely different.  If 20-30ish fps, or a few settings below max are OK perhaps.  Maxed/ultra settings w/ high AA/AF with most titles? No thanks.  I'll leave the frame rate dips at the store with you. :)   I'll take the 760 in the long run any day for $50 more dollars.

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What card is acceptable for gaming is incredibly subjective. What games to you play? What frame rates are acceptable? Do you need to max out settings? How long until you plan on upgrading again? Just look the games you play the most, and then look up video cards reviews to see what frame rates different cards get on those games.

The same can probably be said for MadVR, depending on what kind of videos you play and what setting you want in MadVR.
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Your idea of maxed out and acceptable frame rates are likely different.  If 20-30ish fps, or a few settings below max are OK perhaps.  Maxed/ultra settings w/ high AA/AF with most titles? No thanks.  I'll leave the frame rate dips at the store with you. smile.gif   I'll take the 760 in the long run any day for $50 more dollars.
I would too for 50 bucks, it just depends on what deals he can find. Above 1080p a better card would matter more too. As an example I play battlefield 4 all settings maxed 45 to 50 fps. As lockdown did check reviews for games you like and find best bang for buck.
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Not just R9 270X but "MSI R9 270X GAMING 2G". Perhaps the quietest card of R9 270X.
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Just a warning for the msi card, I've had one since December or so, and it already had a fan that was starting to seize on it.  The card is quiet, yes, but they accomplished this by taking the same fan electric motor and throwing 95mm fan heads on it instead of 75mm fan heads, and even those fans were problematic.  I didn't really want to RMA my card back in so soon so I managed to get some oil into it and it seems to be working fine now, but just keep an eye on the card if you get it (or an ear in this case).

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Any $200 GPU will own madVR.
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Not just R9 270X but "MSI R9 270X GAMING 2G". Perhaps the quietest card of R9 270X.

How about the next step up ? 280x ?

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Yup, the next step up is 280X, then 290X, obviously. smile.gif 280X is pretty capable that can do what 290X can do (assuming level 4 is very close to level 5 for 780p contents) and a lot cheaper than 290X. With the default settings of madVR (except for luma scaling). But noise is always a problem. Water cooling is recommended for 280X / 290X.

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