I am going to move the 7850 in my gaming build into my HTPC, so I need a new card for my gaming build and I could use some help making the choice. The move doesn't have to happen until early January, so I have some time (comon Cyber Monday deals!).
I currently game on a 1080p TV and don't have any plans to upgrade to 1600p, 4K or multiple monitors. I like all the eye candy turned up and my frames delivered at a rock steady 60 frames per second. I'm currently playing Star Wars: The Old Republic, but I tend to enjoy single player FPS (no BF4 or COD for me) and 3rd person action games. Since I only game at 1080p, I don't think anything more than 2gb is needed - please correct me if I am wrong.
My budget is up to $400, though I'd like to spend less than $350. So, my question is, what card should I get to max out games at 1080p for the next few years? OR should I save the cash, and just get a cheap card for the HTPC? I'll point out that I've never felt my 7850 was underpowered for anything I've thrown at it.
I'm not partial to NVIDIA or AMD, but I was looking at a GTX 760 or 770 since the 280X is largely out of stock at Newegg. Either this EVGA 760 for about $250
or this EVGA 770 for about $312 AR
. Even if the 280X were in stock, its only $12 cheaper than the 770 and doesn't come with any games (the games are just gravy, but all else being equal, they are nice).
I guess the basic questions are: (1) Is the 760 or 770 the better bet for a bit of future-proofing without excessive overkill; (2) is there any current game, or one in the pipeline, that would be likely to tax the 760 at 1080p; and (3) even if the 770 is overkill, would the $60 extra spent on it be worth it and maybe get me another year out of the card?
EDIT: Other question(s): (1) What about Mantle? Is it a legit enough development to swing in favor of an AMD card?
Gaming: i5-3570k/Z77/212 Evo/Corsair 500R/16GB 1600 CL8/GB GTX 760-2GB/840 250gb, EVO 500gb, SG 3tb/Tachyon 650w/Win10
HTPC: i3 3225/H77/8gb g.skill 1.25v/1+2TB HDD/Asus BR/Silverstone GD05B/Antec 380w/Win10