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April 26, 2013 10:07:12 PM

CPU: AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz 125W 8-Core
MOB: GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD
RAM: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2X 4GB) Dual Channel
PS: SeaSonic M12II 750Watts

I found a couple cards I feel are in my price range for now, but I will be upgrading to a much higher priced card in a year or so.

These are the ones I've been looking at:

EVGA GeForce GTX650 Ti Boost 1GB 192Bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

there are no customer ratings on this card as I think it's fairly new.

EVGA GeForce GTX650 Ti 2GB 128Bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

pretty good ratings, but the price at $175 is a bit above what I'd like to spend.

and lastly...

SAPPHIRE 100358L Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

good reviews, recommended from an earlier forum post, but from Aug 2012. the price is what I noticed firstly, as it comes well under my range, which allows me to save some money here. Like I said, I'm going to be upgrading to a better card in a year or so, or at least SLI/CROSSFIRE connecting a 2nd one.

If there are better recommendations than these cards for between $100-150, I'm open to more questions. I would like one that is durable enough in case I decide to double it later on, or just upgrade entirely, something that can run most modern games on medium to max settings with a high FPS.
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April 26, 2013 10:20:23 PM

My vote is for the EVGA 650ti boost. It is the fastest one of the three. I don't advise 2 GPUs, just get 1 good GPU. With that said, a 2GB GPU is more future proof, but 1GB will handle games fine. I went from a 1GB to 2GB GPU, but the 1GB played the same games fast.

Grab a 2GB 560ti boost.
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April 26, 2013 10:20:40 PM

The 650 Ti Boost is your best bet if you cannot afford it get the 7770.
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April 26, 2013 10:25:39 PM

ismaeljrp said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

7850 performs about the same as the 650 ti boost, if you compare to last gen, then they are comparable to a 6950/560ti (O.C.)


Thank you for the first reply.

I like the card fairly well, but the price is a bit higher than I'd like. MIR are kinda unpredictable, and I'd rather spend the money upfront anyway. I should have mentioned that, but if there are good cards with reliable MIRs I'm okay with that. Ultimately I'd prefer to spend under $150 upfront and any MIRs are a bonus, but if this card will last 3+ years, I'd enjoy the Crossfire support it offers.

So...any idea of reliability?
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April 26, 2013 10:31:33 PM

envy14tpe said:
My vote is for the EVGA 650ti boost. It is the fastest one of the three. I don't advise 2 GPUs, just get 1 good GPU. With that said, a 2GB GPU is more future proof, but 1GB will handle games fine. I went from a 1GB to 2GB GPU, but the 1GB played the same games fast.

Grab a 2GB 560ti boost.


This is the only one I could find, and it's refurbished. Looks like a discontinued model, because even tigerdirect doesn't sell it. Seems like a good card though.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 26, 2013 10:38:44 PM

Seems like I found the right card from the start with 650 Ti Boost. I was worried because it has no reviews on newegg, and I'm not exactly looking to be one of the first to buy something untested by actual real world customers.

I like the Sapphire 7850 as well, but I'll keep an eye out for more suggestions.

Thank you. So far it's been a quality recommendations.
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April 26, 2013 10:43:55 PM

gdunning86 said:
ismaeljrp said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

7850 performs about the same as the 650 ti boost, if you compare to last gen, then they are comparable to a 6950/560ti (O.C.)


Thank you for the first reply.

I like the card fairly well, but the price is a bit higher than I'd like. MIR are kinda unpredictable, and I'd rather spend the money upfront anyway. I should have mentioned that, but if there are good cards with reliable MIRs I'm okay with that. Ultimately I'd prefer to spend under $150 upfront and any MIRs are a bonus, but if this card will last 3+ years, I'd enjoy the Crossfire support it offers.

So...any idea of reliability?


Yeh I sometimes feel the same way, in that case the 7790 is roughly 150, the 7770 is a good option. Let me just tell you, I was gaming not too long ago with a backup gpu I have an AMD 5770, and I was playing BF3 on mostly medium-high 0xMSAA, at 1680 x 1050 and it felt really good, single player averaging 25-35 fps, which isn't too bad...the 7770 is supposed to be about 25% faster that the 5770 so I imagine it should play very well until you get the new better card.

If it played BF3 like that imagine other lighter games, super smooth.

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April 26, 2013 10:58:21 PM

ismaeljrp said:
gdunning86 said:
ismaeljrp said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

7850 performs about the same as the 650 ti boost, if you compare to last gen, then they are comparable to a 6950/560ti (O.C.)


Thank you for the first reply.

I like the card fairly well, but the price is a bit higher than I'd like. MIR are kinda unpredictable, and I'd rather spend the money upfront anyway. I should have mentioned that, but if there are good cards with reliable MIRs I'm okay with that. Ultimately I'd prefer to spend under $150 upfront and any MIRs are a bonus, but if this card will last 3+ years, I'd enjoy the Crossfire support it offers.

So...any idea of reliability?


Yeh I sometimes feel the same way, in that case the 7790 is roughly 150, the 7770 is a good option. Let me just tell you, I was gaming not too long ago with a backup gpu I have an AMD 5770, and I was playing BF3 on mostly medium-high 0xMSAA, at 1680 x 1050 and it felt really good, single player averaging 25-35 fps, which isn't too bad...the 7770 is supposed to be about 25% faster that the 5770 so I imagine it should play very well until you get the new better card.

If it played BF3 like that imagine other lighter games, super smooth.



Just checked out this article on tom's front page:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

Seems like the 650 Ti Boost is comparable to the 7790 for about the same price. I guess it all comes down to personal preference and reliability. Since I'm fairly new to graphics card upgrades, I'm looking for reliability.

In your experience, which company seems to come out with the most durable cards both in the heat department and wear on your overall system. I'd like for this card to last at least 3 years, considering I won't know how much I can spend in a year to upgrade completely. I don't expect to be running top end games by April 2014 unless I spend $400+ now, so it's more about consistency.
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April 26, 2013 11:06:14 PM

EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB 192-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It's $170, so a bit above what I'd like to spend, but for the power this card offers, it's a hard choice between that and the 1GB version.

Is the extra GB worth the $20-25?

One reply was that it doesn't right now, but Watch Dogs comes out in November 2013...
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April 26, 2013 11:06:21 PM

Best graphics card: Nvidia Geforce GTX 650 Ti or Nvidia Geforce GTX 650 Ti Boost
By the way, save money and get a 400-500 watt power supply; you don't need a 750 watt to power such a system.
Also, you can also save money on the RAM. 4GB (2X2GB) is already good.
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April 26, 2013 11:06:49 PM

Well, I've used reference Sapphire AMD, and reference HIS AMD, also MSI Hawk 560ti , and now I'm using an AMD from Powercolor. I've never had problems really, I'm a safe overclocker, I don't take it too far just enough so that helps. I would say, if it only uses 1 6-pin power connector or less, you shouldn't have to worry about temps too much. And durability can vary with everyone, it all depends. Just get a card with a decent cooler, i.e. non-reference design, and make sure it has a good lasting warranty, usually they run about 2-3 yrs.

BTW, are those components you listed already parts you own? or are planning to get? ...because if you are planning to get them, then you can make some really good adjustments that will give you better performance for less money.
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April 26, 2013 11:15:31 PM

Amisuta said:
Best graphics card: Nvidia Geforce GTX 650 Ti or Nvidia Geforce GTX 650 Ti Boost
By the way, save money and get a 400-500 watt power supply; you don't need a 750 watt to power such a system.
Also, you can also save money on the RAM. 4GB (2X2GB) is already good.


Thanks for the reply.

As for the power supply, I went with the 750watts to make sure I have the room to upgrade to a high end card or SLI/Crossfire two of them in the future. These cards already require 400watts minimum, and the AMD Vishera 8-Core is at 125 watts. I looked up the requirements for that build and it's around 400watts, but I'd rather be safe running more. I looked at the 600W power supply's but the price difference is so slight, and this one should still be on sale in a couple weeks.

For the RAM, I'm running 4GB now, and sure it's fast, but this PC isn't strictly for gaming, as I run audio production software, and it demands more RAM than my current system can handle safely. I plan on going for an additional 8GB within the next 3 months as well.
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April 26, 2013 11:20:12 PM

ismaeljrp said:
Well, I've used reference Sapphire AMD, and reference HIS AMD, also MSI Hawk 560ti , and now I'm using an AMD from Powercolor. I've never had problems really, I'm a safe overclocker, I don't take it too far just enough so that helps. I would say, if it only uses 1 6-pin power connector or less, you shouldn't have to worry about temps too much. And durability can vary with everyone, it all depends. Just get a card with a decent cooler, i.e. non-reference design, and make sure it has a good lasting warranty, usually they run about 2-3 yrs.

BTW, are those components you listed already parts you own? or are planning to get? ...because if you are planning to get them, then you can make some really good adjustments that will give you better performance for less money.


I'll take a look at the warrenty for each card before I buy it, but that is a good point.

And, yes they are planned for this build. I just purchased the case, and a few cheaper components today, but this will take me about 2 months to afford, and I'm hoping by that point the Vishera and MOB will drop in price. If not, o well, I've planned it out pretty well.

I broke it down to the components that will run a few different MOB/CPU/GPU builds, but I'm pretty sure I want the AMD 8-Core. I've done a lot of research on 4 different combinations, and that is the one I've landed back on consistently.
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April 26, 2013 11:41:10 PM

If real world experience dictates a different build for the MOB/CPU/GPU combination, absolutely let me know. I am purchasing these components in about 2 months, so price will vary in that time, but if the Vishera build is overpriced compared to a different AMD or Intel CPU build, I'm completely open to suggestions.

This rig will have to support high amounts of ram (4 dual channel slots min) due to my personal needs outside of playing games, but so far everyone on here has been very helpful, and I welcome more comments on my future PC.
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April 27, 2013 8:08:38 PM

I think it's a good build, as some may try to sway you towards Intel, but really Intel doesn't have much advantage in gaming at 1080p or below, the GPU will matter much much more. Maybe you can save on the PSU but again, you probably have good reasons for a 750w, although you don't really need that much wattage for that build, a 500-600w good quality psu is good enough, then maybe you can invest in a better GPU.
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April 27, 2013 8:16:56 PM

ismaeljrp said:
I think it's a good build, as some may try to sway you towards Intel, but really Intel doesn't have much advantage in gaming at 1080p or below, the GPU will matter much much more. Maybe you can save on the PSU but again, you probably have good reasons for a 750w, although you don't really need that much wattage for that build, a 500-600w good quality psu is good enough, then maybe you can invest in a better GPU.


I've found the price difference in the SeaSonic 80 Bronze power supplies are so minimal that I went with the higher wattage for future upgrades. I plan on running a lot of USB devices and a firewire audio setup, so the extra 150 is worth $10 for the same quality. Now if there is a big difference between 80 bronze, gold and platinum I'd be open for suggestions for a 600watt PS rated higher.
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April 27, 2013 9:22:31 PM

gdunning86 said:
ismaeljrp said:
I think it's a good build, as some may try to sway you towards Intel, but really Intel doesn't have much advantage in gaming at 1080p or below, the GPU will matter much much more. Maybe you can save on the PSU but again, you probably have good reasons for a 750w, although you don't really need that much wattage for that build, a 500-600w good quality psu is good enough, then maybe you can invest in a better GPU.


I've found the price difference in the SeaSonic 80 Bronze power supplies are so minimal that I went with the higher wattage for future upgrades. I plan on running a lot of USB devices and a firewire audio setup, so the extra 150 is worth $10 for the same quality. Now if there is a big difference between 80 bronze, gold and platinum I'd be open for suggestions for a 600watt PS rated higher.

How about 550W Gold? It's plenty for one GPU. If you want to upgrade it'll be easy to sell a 650ti boost and grab a better GPU in the future.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 27, 2013 9:50:00 PM

envy14tpe said:
gdunning86 said:
ismaeljrp said:
I think it's a good build, as some may try to sway you towards Intel, but really Intel doesn't have much advantage in gaming at 1080p or below, the GPU will matter much much more. Maybe you can save on the PSU but again, you probably have good reasons for a 750w, although you don't really need that much wattage for that build, a 500-600w good quality psu is good enough, then maybe you can invest in a better GPU.


I've found the price difference in the SeaSonic 80 Bronze power supplies are so minimal that I went with the higher wattage for future upgrades. I plan on running a lot of USB devices and a firewire audio setup, so the extra 150 is worth $10 for the same quality. Now if there is a big difference between 80 bronze, gold and platinum I'd be open for suggestions for a 600watt PS rated higher.

How about 550W Gold? It's plenty for one GPU. If you want to upgrade it'll be easy to sell a 650ti boost and grab a better GPU in the future.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Think 550 will run a firewire card/firewire audio setup. It would be a separate modal outside of the computer. Or even a PCIe card? I've never been sure how much wattage my sound card really requires, but recently I upgraded my PSU to an Antez 380 watt green and it completely fixed the issues I'd had. (Store I had custom build it, put in a POS 300watt Logisys PS) so I'm assume the current card can't require anymore than 100watts. I will be upgrading this card sooner than later, preferably to firewire but I worry that the 150watts overage on what this build requires might be maxed out with the sound card.
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April 27, 2013 10:04:18 PM

http://www.thermaltake.outervision.com/Power

According to above, my system needs 407W. (A 660ti is recommended to be 500W or higher) I have a 520W PSU and had no issues. If I added a Sound Blaster, according to the calculator, it increases wattage from 407W to 413W.
Notes about my system: Overclocked, 2 HDDs, SSD, 4 fans, and DVD drive.

According to:
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2012/11/06/amd-fx-8350...
an overclocked 8350 uses 50W more than a 2500k overclocked.

A 650ti boost is very power hungry. Comparable to a 660.

So to be safe you could grab a 600W PSU. This one is 620W:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 27, 2013 10:11:20 PM

envy14tpe said:
http://www.thermaltake.outervision.com/Power

According to above, my system needs 407W. (A 660ti is recommended to be 500W or higher) I have a 520W PSU and had no issues. If I added a Sound Blaster, according to the calculator, it increases wattage from 407W to 413W.
Notes about my system: Overclocked, 2 HDDs, SSD, 4 fans, and DVD drive.

According to:
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2012/11/06/amd-fx-8350...
an overclocked 8350 uses 50W more than a 2500k overclocked.

A 650ti boost is very power hungry. Comparable to a 660.

So to be safe you could grab a 600W PSU. This one is 620W:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thank you for the really good info here. The same model at 750watts is only $10 more. This is why I ended up deciding on the high wattage. At least I know I went a bit higher for a reason. I think I picked the right one off the bat again. Really helps doing your own research before asking people, and having it confirmed gives a boost to confidence that I can put this thing together with less issues in the future.

Thank you again, and thanks to everyone who posted here. This has given me a better start to this build, and my wallet appreciates the time you guys have spent just looking things up and extending your knowledge.

I will always have more questions, and I'm glad you guys are so open to helping out someone very new to this.
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