Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 – $329 (out of stock, $349 in stock)
The GeForce GTX 970 is the cheaper and far better value brother of the GTX 980, at $329 MSRP it provides the best value in gaming graphics cards right now and continues to sell so well that virtually no retailers can keep all models in stock. And if the retailers can keep them in stock, its only because the cards are vastly overpriced. There are GTX 970 cards selling for over $400 simply because demand has been so high and if you look for the cards that are $329 they are either not in stock yet or in such short quantities that they will be soon. The reason for this is because the GTX 970 delivers a majority of the GTX 980’s performance at almost half the price ($329 vs $549). The GTX 970 is only about 10-15% slower than the GTX 980 but costs around 40% less, which makes the GTX 970 a complete and utter steal in most cases. If you want to play at higher resolutions, however, you may be better off with a 290X because the 290X is actually selling for around $329 while many GTX 970’s are selling for more. If you are looking to get a GTX 970 though, you should be conscious of the brand and clock speeds as they vary wildly, but realistically almost all of the vendors currently selling GTX 970’s are pretty solid graphics card manufacturers. EVGA’s GTX 970 is $349 while if you wait a few days you can get Zotac’s for $329.