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March 27, 2013 6:47:04 AM

Hey i am new to tom's hardware and i am wondering on which of these two cards should i get: the 650 ti boost 2gb or the 7850 2gb.
The 650 ti boost costs 170 euro while the 7850 costs 220 euro(it also comes with the never settle bundle.
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March 27, 2013 7:11:22 AM

Then defo get the 650ti boost it will murder all modern games at that res.
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March 27, 2013 7:34:55 AM

The resolution is good for a 650ti. If it were 1920x1080 then i'd say 7850.

You will smoke those games.
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March 27, 2013 7:41:38 AM

envy14tpe said:
The resolution is good for a 650ti. If it were 1920x1080 then i'd say 7850.

You will smoke those games.


one more question will the gtx 650 ti boost be bottlenceked by a intel ivy bridge g2020 2.9 ghz
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March 27, 2013 7:46:41 AM

david cassar said:
envy14tpe said:
The resolution is good for a 650ti. If it were 1920x1080 then i'd say 7850.

You will smoke those games.


one more question will the gtx 650 ti boost be bottlenceked by a intel ivy bridge g2020 2.9 ghz


You just made things tougher to say. You have a dual core CPU, but the decision (bottlenecking or not) comes down to what games you want to play. If you said Battlefield 3 then yes. If you want WoW or SimCity then you'd be safe.
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March 27, 2013 8:04:21 AM

envy14tpe said:
david cassar said:
envy14tpe said:
The resolution is good for a 650ti. If it were 1920x1080 then i'd say 7850.

You will smoke those games.


one more question will the gtx 650 ti boost be bottlenceked by a intel ivy bridge g2020 2.9 ghz


You just made things tougher to say. You have a dual core CPU, but the decision (bottlenecking or not) comes down to what games you want to play. If you said Battlefield 3 then yes. If you want WoW or SimCity then you'd be safe.

I will be playing games like far cry 3, skyrim, l4d2
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March 27, 2013 9:03:18 AM

envy14tpe said:
david cassar said:
envy14tpe said:
The resolution is good for a 650ti. If it were 1920x1080 then i'd say 7850.

You will smoke those games.


one more question will the gtx 650 ti boost be bottlenceked by a intel ivy bridge g2020 2.9 ghz


You just made things tougher to say. You have a dual core CPU, but the decision (bottlenecking or not) comes down to what games you want to play. If you said Battlefield 3 then yes. If you want WoW or SimCity then you'd be safe.


so should i spend an extra 60 euro and get a phenom ii x4 965 instead
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March 27, 2013 11:09:34 AM

Hang on. A Phenom x4 would require a new motherboard AND cpu. ($150+)

You should try to get a i3 (AMD is for overclockers- but they are great) and then add a 650ti boost.

I have played Skyrim and Far Cry 3..they are GPU intensive....meaning you gotta spend a lot on your GPU for High settings. My CPU (i5 quad core) runs low on those games compared to BF3.

What is your motherboard?
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March 27, 2013 11:58:17 AM

envy14tpe said:
Hang on. A Phenom x4 would require a new motherboard AND cpu. ($150+)

You should try to get a i3 (AMD is for overclockers- but they are great) and then add a 650ti boost.

I have played Skyrim and Far Cry 3..they are GPU intensive....meaning you gotta spend a lot on your GPU for High settings. My CPU (i5 quad core) runs low on those games compared to BF3.
it is an asus p8b75-m lx
What is your motherboard?


my mobo is a asus p8b75-m lx
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March 27, 2013 12:26:19 PM

david cassar said:
envy14tpe said:
Hang on. A Phenom x4 would require a new motherboard AND cpu. ($150+)

You should try to get a i3 (AMD is for overclockers- but they are great) and then add a 650ti boost.

I have played Skyrim and Far Cry 3..they are GPU intensive....meaning you gotta spend a lot on your GPU for High settings. My CPU (i5 quad core) runs low on those games compared to BF3.
it is an asus p8b75-m lx
What is your motherboard?


my mobo is a asus p8b75-m lx

So...you can only use Intel chips, not AMD chips on it.
If you wanted a Phenom X4 then you would have to buy a new motherboard too.

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March 28, 2013 12:50:23 AM

envy14tpe said:
david cassar said:
envy14tpe said:
Hang on. A Phenom x4 would require a new motherboard AND cpu. ($150+)

You should try to get a i3 (AMD is for overclockers- but they are great) and then add a 650ti boost.

I have played Skyrim and Far Cry 3..they are GPU intensive....meaning you gotta spend a lot on your GPU for High settings. My CPU (i5 quad core) runs low on those games compared to BF3.
it is an asus p8b75-m lx
What is your motherboard?


my mobo is a asus p8b75-m lx

So...you can only use Intel chips, not AMD chips on it.
If you wanted a Phenom X4 then you would have to buy a new motherboard too.



yea, i'm sorry for the mixup.
Tom's hardware did a very similar build to this. Their $500 build had a g850 and a 7850.
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March 28, 2013 2:11:57 AM

id say stick to your pentium dual core for now. i too have a pentium sandy bridge and far cry 3 and skyrim did not lag much at all on my setup. so just get a new gpu for now
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March 28, 2013 3:52:18 AM

mohit9206 said:
id say stick to your pentium dual core for now. i too have a pentium sandy bridge and far cry 3 and skyrim did not lag much at all on my setup. so just get a new gpu for now


ok then in the future i guess i will get an i5 and a decent cooler
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March 28, 2013 4:29:36 AM

david cassar said:
mohit9206 said:
id say stick to your pentium dual core for now. i too have a pentium sandy bridge and far cry 3 and skyrim did not lag much at all on my setup. so just get a new gpu for now


ok then in the future i guess i will get an i5 and a decent cooler

Far Cry 3 isn't tough on my quad i5. However, it pushes the GPU a lot. No game heats up my GPU more than Far Cry 3. You'll be ok with a 7850 for now, but maybe next year you might want to upgrade to an i5 quad core.

BTW, Dead Island is another great game to try out and it isn't too tough on the CPU.

The comment about a Tom's $500 build: The G850 handled games better than I would have expected.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/budget-gaming-do-it...
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March 28, 2013 4:39:53 AM


Right now, the Radeon HD
7850 2GB offers equivalent performance
per dollar to the GeForce GTX 650 Ti
It consumes less power, as well,
which makes it easier to cool quietly.
Last, but not least, it comes with a much
more tantalizing game bundle: Tomb
Raider and BioShock Infinite . Given
those factors alone, the Radeon looks like
the better choice
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March 28, 2013 4:58:02 AM

Both of those cards are total overkill for 1280x1024, get the 650 Boost and put the $50 saving towards a better monitor.
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March 28, 2013 5:20:20 AM

willzzz said:
Both of those cards are total overkill for 1280x1024, get the 650 Boost and put the $50 saving towards a better monitor.


yea i think i will get the 7850 and sell maybe two of the games(it comes with bioschock,tomb raider and sleeping dogs.
This is going to be my final build
Cpu: intel g2020 ivy bridge @ 2.9 ghz
Motherboard: asus p8b75-m lx
Gpu: Xfx core edition hd 7850 2gb
Ram: 8gb kingston ram
Psu: ocz corestream 500w
Is this a decent build
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March 28, 2013 5:26:02 AM

The CPU might be a bit weak for some modern games, is there any way you can stretch to an i3?
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March 28, 2013 5:31:37 AM

willzzz said:
The CPU might be a bit weak for some modern games, is there any way you can stretch to an i3?


the i3 would cost me like 80 more
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March 28, 2013 5:43:25 AM

the i3 is not worth extra 80. either save up for an i5 or stay with pentium
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March 28, 2013 10:22:04 AM

If were comparing similar cards then were comparing the 650Ti Boost 1Gb to the 7850 1GB. In which the 7850 costs 180$ and the 650Ti w/Boost costs 150$. So how in the world could anyone recommend a 7850 when the 650Ti has better performance PLUS it's 30$ cheaper. Not to mention you can get a 650Ti boost 2GB for less than a 7850 1GB. Come on now people. Think about it a bit.
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March 28, 2013 10:41:58 AM

ericjohn004 said:
If were comparing similar cards then were comparing the 650Ti Boost 1Gb to the 7850 1GB. In which the 7850 costs 180$ and the 650Ti w/Boost costs 150$. So how in the world could anyone recommend a 7850 when the 650Ti has better performance PLUS it's 30$ cheaper. Not to mention you can get a 650Ti boost 2GB for less than a 7850 1GB. Come on now people. Think about it a bit.


I know but the 7850 where i come from comes with 3 free games which i can sell two of them and get some money back and also it overclocks really good
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April 6, 2013 4:45:54 PM

david cassar said:
ericjohn004 said:
If were comparing similar cards then were comparing the 650Ti Boost 1Gb to the 7850 1GB. In which the 7850 costs 180$ and the 650Ti w/Boost costs 150$. So how in the world could anyone recommend a 7850 when the 650Ti has better performance PLUS it's 30$ cheaper. Not to mention you can get a 650Ti boost 2GB for less than a 7850 1GB. Come on now people. Think about it a bit.


I know but the 7850 where i come from comes with 3 free games which i can sell two of them and get some money back and also it overclocks really good


Yeah, IF your interested in the 2 free games you get then it might make sense. But I think the 650Ti Boost also offers some free stuff with it.

If you like 3D gaming and you like PhysX and you like having driver updates once a month sometimes, then you'll want to go with Nvidia. If you don't game in 3D, don't care about PhysX, and don't mind sometimes going a while without an update, and you like some free games AMD offers, go with AMD. Although AMD did get better with the updates they still aren't as good as Nvidia. And sometimes this will put you not getting the best performance from your card until your done playing the game.

The day before Bioshock Infinate came out I had a driver update for it. And because of this I know I'm getting the best performance in this game I could get..

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April 6, 2013 10:02:09 PM

If you don't care about free games but want a killer card.
This Asus 660 is on sale for $169. Awesome deal and it is faster than a 650 Ti Boost and 7850.
http://techreport.com/news/24623/deal-of-the-week-a-gtx...

Crap. Me thinks your in Europe. nevermind. Sucks, but the US always gets the best deals.
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April 7, 2013 12:29:18 AM

envy14tpe said:
If you don't care about free games but want a killer card.
This Asus 660 is on sale for $169. Awesome deal and it is faster than a 650 Ti Boost and 7850.
http://techreport.com/news/24623/deal-of-the-week-a-gtx...

Crap. Me thinks your in Europe. nevermind. Sucks, but the US always gets the best deals.


Surprisingly i got bioshock infinite for free as a gift so i guess i will save the money and get the boost.
Can i get it from amazon.com global? If i can it would cost around 138 euro.
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April 7, 2013 4:11:40 AM

david cassar said:
envy14tpe said:
If you don't care about free games but want a killer card.
This Asus 660 is on sale for $169. Awesome deal and it is faster than a 650 Ti Boost and 7850.
http://techreport.com/news/24623/deal-of-the-week-a-gtx...

Crap. Me thinks your in Europe. nevermind. Sucks, but the US always gets the best deals.


Surprisingly i got bioshock infinite for free as a gift so i guess i will save the money and get the boost.
Can i get it from amazon.com global? If i can it would cost around 138 euro.


I don't know. Never bought from Amazon while abroad.
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April 7, 2013 6:47:59 AM

envy14tpe said:
david cassar said:
envy14tpe said:
If you don't care about free games but want a killer card.
This Asus 660 is on sale for $169. Awesome deal and it is faster than a 650 Ti Boost and 7850.
http://techreport.com/news/24623/deal-of-the-week-a-gtx...

Crap. Me thinks your in Europe. nevermind. Sucks, but the US always gets the best deals.


Surprisingly i got bioshock infinite for free as a gift so i guess i will save the money and get the boost.
Can i get it from amazon.com global? If i can it would cost around 138 euro.


I don't know. Never bought from Amazon while abroad.


here is the link : http://www.amazon.com/MSI-DisplayPort-N650Ti-2GD5-OC-BE...
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April 7, 2013 6:55:03 AM

What country do you want to ship to?
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April 7, 2013 8:34:41 AM

envy14tpe said:
What country do you want to ship to?


Malta
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April 7, 2013 8:47:24 AM

order from Europe. Probably cheaper.
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April 7, 2013 9:11:58 AM

envy14tpe said:
order from Europe. Probably cheaper.


I found a gainward gtx 650 ti boost (single fan) is this good
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April 7, 2013 11:38:49 AM

david cassar said:
envy14tpe said:
order from Europe. Probably cheaper.


I found a gainward gtx 650 ti boost (single fan) is this good

I've never seen any reviews about this 650 ti by Gaiward. It is not in the US market, so I can't comment.
I think it is a small company and I would not feel good about their quality. I would pick a big company and
make sure it has a good warranty.
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