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June 8, 2013 9:03:59 PM

I am looking for a low budget Graphic Card with 1 GB memory [or 2 GB]
My motherboard has 2 PCIe 2.0 slots, I have see that a lot of cards use PCIe 2.1 or PCIe 3.0 - I am not sure if they will work in my PCIe 2.0 slot or not?
and I am not sure which would be better - AMD Radeon or Nvidia GeForce ?

My main interest is gaming and while I do some online play, the games I play online or more like Dawn of the Dragon and Dragon Fable [I might try some others with better graphics, tho]
My offline gaming are
RPGs [Morrowind, Oblivion, Kingdoms of Amalur Reckoning and Fate]
Space Exploration Games [Master of Orion, Galactic Civilizations, and Endless Space]
Civilization 3, and 4 [Would like to try Civ 5

I am more concerned with Game Play than I am with graphics at the highest setting

I am looking at spending upto about $100 or so [less would be good as I only make about $8 per Hr]

So I am Looking for a Good inexpensive Video Card [and while my Monitor can not handle higher than 1600x900, who knows what the future will bring]

More about : low budget graphic card memory

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June 8, 2013 9:10:37 PM

Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition -

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r7770pmd1gd...

Much recommended for your budget. You can not get anything better than this. Usually this card retails for about $110 but after rebate its $80 from newegg. :) 

With this card you can play all modern games from "medium - high" quality.
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June 8, 2013 9:12:11 PM

luckiest charm said:
Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition -

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r7770pmd1gd...

Much recommended for your budget. You can not get anything better than this. Usually this card retails for about $110 but after rebate its $80 from newegg. :) 

With this card you can play all modern games from "medium - high" quality.


Thats what i recomended.....
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June 8, 2013 9:15:17 PM

firo40 said:
luckiest charm said:
Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition -

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r7770pmd1gd...

Much recommended for your budget. You can not get anything better than this. Usually this card retails for about $110 but after rebate its $80 from newegg. :) 

With this card you can play all modern games from "medium - high" quality.


Thats what i recomended.....


Sorry mate, I posted just about 30 seconds after you, so didn't saw your post.
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June 8, 2013 9:25:25 PM

no matter what pci-e version you have .they all are backwards compatible so if you have a pci-e 2.0*16 then you'll be absolutely fine with all its above versions .and if we talk about graphics card of mid range then currently AMD has taken the lead so if you are buying a card in 150$-100$ or below range then amd's graphic cards will give you best price =performance ratio .i also think that a radeon hd 7770 will be the best deal for you and you also get far cry 3 and 3d mark with this card .go with this card ....if you're less in budget then buy this card and sell the game and 3dmark software you get with this card to get some money back .good luck ...
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June 8, 2013 9:51:22 PM

luckiest charm said:
Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition -

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r7770pmd1gd...

Much recommended for your budget. You can not get anything better than this. Usually this card retails for about $110 but after rebate its $80 from newegg. :) 

With this card you can play all modern games from "medium - high" quality.



NewEgg.com says that is a PCI Express 3.0 x16 - Will it work in a PCI Express 2.0 x16 Slot?
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June 8, 2013 10:39:51 PM

Yeah it will work .. :) 
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June 8, 2013 10:42:27 PM

Yeah it will work fine. If you want to go cheaper or lower power consumption you can go with the 7750.

But the 7770 will last longer before you need to upgrade.
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June 8, 2013 10:43:55 PM

HD 7750 is BS.

7770 is far far better than it. And since it is available for so low price, I doubt he should go for 7750.
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June 8, 2013 10:46:32 PM

luckiest charm said:
HD 7750 is BS.



Unless they have a tiny PSU!
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June 8, 2013 10:51:19 PM

smeezekitty said:
luckiest charm said:
HD 7750 is BS.



Unless they have a tiny PSU!


Hopefully its going to be higher than 450W .. Otherwise 7750. But seriously, if 7770 is available for that price, its not wise to go for 7750. Hopefully he would have a good PSU.
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June 8, 2013 10:53:43 PM

hd 7770 will be ur best bet but if u can increase ur budget a bit more u can get a hd 7790 it is way better
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June 8, 2013 10:56:20 PM

starhunter5 said:
I am looking at spending upto about $100 or so [less would be good as I only make about $8 per Hr]


I guess not. $100 is his maximum budget. He is wishing for something even lesser than that. 7790 might prove to be too much on his budget.
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June 9, 2013 7:19:31 AM

My Computer can handle the Watts needed:
Intel Core i5-2500K - 3.30 GHz [3.70 GHz]
Corsair Vengeance Desktop Memory Module 4 GB, PC3-12800 [2x]
Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5\" HD
Lite-On IHAS124-04 Internal DVD Writer
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 [750 watts] V2 Power Supply
Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Benq ET-0008 G2000WD LCD Monitor [Max Display: 1600x900]

as for the budget, that is a ballpark figure as I still have to save the money [may have a bonus coming in july - do not know yet]
Thanks for the help
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June 9, 2013 8:13:37 AM

starhunter5 said:
My Computer can handle the Watts needed:
Intel Core i5-2500K - 3.30 GHz [3.70 GHz]
Corsair Vengeance Desktop Memory Module 4 GB, PC3-12800 [2x]
Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5\" HD
Lite-On IHAS124-04 Internal DVD Writer
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 [750 watts] V2 Power Supply
Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Benq ET-0008 G2000WD LCD Monitor [Max Display: 1600x900]

Oh my!
Your system deserves a GTX670 or Radeon 7970 LOL

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June 9, 2013 8:21:25 AM

smeezekitty said:

Oh my!
Your system deserves a GTX670 or Radeon 7970 LOL



seriously does. man.. spent all that cash on good stuff and skimped on the gpu... kills me when i see that.

yes, your psu is more then enough for pretty much any gpu you stuff onto the motherboard.
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June 9, 2013 8:40:50 AM

HD 7770 best bang for the buck dude for that price. You will get more out of it than any other $100 card

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June 9, 2013 9:20:41 AM

smeezekitty said:
starhunter5 said:
My Computer can handle the Watts needed:
Intel Core i5-2500K - 3.30 GHz [3.70 GHz]
Corsair Vengeance Desktop Memory Module 4 GB, PC3-12800 [2x]
Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5\" HD
Lite-On IHAS124-04 Internal DVD Writer
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 [750 watts] V2 Power Supply
Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Benq ET-0008 G2000WD LCD Monitor [Max Display: 1600x900]

Oh my!
Your system deserves a GTX670 or Radeon 7970 LOL



Roflmao .. You have done very similar mistake as me. :D 
I too chose the best CPU out there at my time, and almost everything top notch, but skipped on GPU coz I didn't realized its need at that time. :/ 

Man there is not a single GPU made on earth which will bottleneck a 2500K. Take my word for that!
I would HIGHLY recommend waiting for a while, for a month or two, and buy a GTX 770 for that rig! Don't go for BS cards right now or you would be left lamenting like me. My card is slightly powerful than you, and I know how it works.
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June 9, 2013 4:52:34 PM

smeezekitty said:
starhunter5 said:
My Computer can handle the Watts needed:
Intel Core i5-2500K - 3.30 GHz [3.70 GHz]
Corsair Vengeance Desktop Memory Module 4 GB, PC3-12800 [2x]
Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5\" HD
Lite-On IHAS124-04 Internal DVD Writer
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 [750 watts] V2 Power Supply
Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Benq ET-0008 G2000WD LCD Monitor [Max Display: 1600x900]

Oh my!
Your system deserves a GTX670 or Radeon 7970 LOL


While the system may deserve it, my problem is being able to afford it
since I built this system I now work at walmart and make about $8 per hr, and we may get a bonus in june or july, but it is by no means a certain that we will. and I have other things that I need to do with the money. I am just hoping that I can get a Graphic Card with this money. [I also need a CPU cooler even before the Graphic Card]
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June 9, 2013 4:55:35 PM

luckiest charm said:
smeezekitty said:
starhunter5 said:
My Computer can handle the Watts needed:
Intel Core i5-2500K - 3.30 GHz [3.70 GHz]
Corsair Vengeance Desktop Memory Module 4 GB, PC3-12800 [2x]
Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5\" HD
Lite-On IHAS124-04 Internal DVD Writer
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 [750 watts] V2 Power Supply
Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Benq ET-0008 G2000WD LCD Monitor [Max Display: 1600x900]

Oh my!
Your system deserves a GTX670 or Radeon 7970 LOL



Roflmao .. You have done very similar mistake as me. :D 
I too chose the best CPU out there at my time, and almost everything top notch, but skipped on GPU coz I didn't realized its need at that time. :/ 

Man there is not a single GPU made on earth which will bottleneck a 2500K. Take my word for that!
I would HIGHLY recommend waiting for a while, for a month or two, and buy a GTX 770 for that rig! Don't go for BS cards right now or you would be left lamenting like me. My card is slightly powerful than you, and I know how it works.


This was no mistake, after I put the basic system together, I had to change jobs and I am just now getting back to the point where I can consider getting a Graphic Card.
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June 9, 2013 5:33:49 PM

HD 7770 mate.

I would suggest waiting for a month or two more though. But depends on you. :) 
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June 10, 2013 7:33:17 PM

luckiest charm said:HD 7770 mate.

I would suggest waiting for a month or two more though. But depends on you.  

Well, I will not have the money until next month at the earliest
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June 10, 2013 10:28:58 PM

Are you kidding? Those are theoretical. Benchmarks vary by a very big margin and GTX 550 Ti is way too old. Why are you recommending that card??

@OP - Then going for HD 7770 is the best option. It is not a weak card by any means and really packs in a punch!
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June 10, 2013 11:02:10 PM

luckiest charm said:
Are you kidding? Those are theoretical. Benchmarks vary by a very big margin and GTX 550 Ti is way too old. Why are you recommending that card??

@OP - Then going for HD 7770 is the best option. It is not a weak card by any means and really packs in a punch!


hd 6850 is also of the same price as hd 7770 and hd 6850 performs much faster about 55% much faster than the hd 7770 so go for the hd 6850 zero
u wont regret it
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June 10, 2013 11:02:10 PM

luckiest charm said:
Are you kidding? Those are theoretical. Benchmarks vary by a very big margin and GTX 550 Ti is way too old. Why are you recommending that card??

@OP - Then going for HD 7770 is the best option. It is not a weak card by any means and really packs in a punch!


hd 6850 is also of the same price as hd 7770 and hd 6850 performs much faster about 55% much faster than the hd 7770 so go for the hd 6850 zero
u wont regret it
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June 10, 2013 11:11:43 PM

Do NOT look at hwcompare stuff!
That is theoretical and does not relate to benchmarks in any possible way.

I myself have HD 6850.

HD 7770 is a newer card, it produces less heat and costs less power too.

You want to compare the two cards? here you go! Do so in benchmarks -

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/536?vs=539

I some games HD 6850 is better while in some games 7770 is better.
In the same way HD 7850 is better than HD 6850.

Also, FYI, HD 6850 costs $140.

@OP - Please be cautious with this guy's advises. He has not got enough knowledge with video cards.
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June 10, 2013 11:16:01 PM

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Do NOT look at hwcompare stuff!
That is theoretical and does not relate to benchmarks in any possible way.

I myself have HD 6850.

HD 7770 is a newer card, it produces less heat and costs less power too.

You want to compare the two cards? here you go! Do so in benchmarks -

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/536?vs=539

I some games HD 6850 is better while in some games 7770 is better.
In the same way HD 7850 is better than HD 6850.

Also, FYI, HD 6850 costs $140.

@OP - Please be cautious with this guy's advises. He has not got enough knowledge with video cards.

dont lie i have tested it myself and benchmarked the both cards and u should believe what u see hd 6850 outperforms hd 7770 but with 2-3fps with every game.buts its coslty though
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June 10, 2013 11:20:15 PM

Benchmarks are in front of you. Where is your 55% performance improvement? You have tested it right?

You are showing theoretical benchmarks but here practical benchmarks are required. Which render HD 6850 obsolete because it costs 50% more than HD 7770. Oh yes, 6850 is now discontinued too. :) 
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June 10, 2013 11:23:33 PM

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Benchmarks are in front of you. Where is your 55% performance improvement? You have tested it right?

You are showing theoretical benchmarks but here practical benchmarks are required. Which render HD 6850 obsolete because it costs 50% more than HD 7770. Oh yes, 6850 is now discontinued too. :) 


its faster in aa 55%
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June 10, 2013 11:23:33 PM

luckiest charm said:
Benchmarks are in front of you. Where is your 55% performance improvement? You have tested it right?

You are showing theoretical benchmarks but here practical benchmarks are required. Which render HD 6850 obsolete because it costs 50% more than HD 7770. Oh yes, 6850 is now discontinued too. :) 


its faster in aa 55%
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June 10, 2013 11:23:33 PM

luckiest charm said:
Benchmarks are in front of you. Where is your 55% performance improvement? You have tested it right?

You are showing theoretical benchmarks but here practical benchmarks are required. Which render HD 6850 obsolete because it costs 50% more than HD 7770. Oh yes, 6850 is now discontinued too. :) 


its faster in aa 55%
in ur anandtech we can see that see it can outperform hd 7770 in most games so what it does have a more power consumption but its better.
also i am getting hd6850 at rs.8500 which rs.200 more costlier than hd 7770 and its is 5$ more in us currency

rest is star hunter wish.
go with ur choice.
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June 10, 2013 11:40:47 PM

luckiest charm said:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/536?vs=539

Last post here. Benchmarks in various games are on this website and Anandtech is one of the trusted ones.


hey lucky charm i have got a xfx r6670 2gb ddr3 core edition but still i can play battlefield 1600*900 at high settings.tell me how?
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June 10, 2013 11:40:47 PM

luckiest charm said:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/536?vs=539

Last post here. Benchmarks in various games are on this website and Anandtech is one of the trusted ones.


hey lucky charm i have got a xfx r6670 2gb ddr3 core edition but still i can play battlefield 1600*900 at high settings.tell me how?
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June 11, 2013 12:54:38 AM

A good CPU? Try to play maxed out at 1920 x 1080 and record FPS with FRAPS. Normally people call 30 FPS playable and you won't see any lags until it gets lower than that.

See if you are getting constant 60 FPS +
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June 12, 2013 6:46:35 AM

luckiest charm said:
Do NOT look at hwcompare stuff!
That is theoretical and does not relate to benchmarks in any possible way.

I myself have HD 6850.

HD 7770 is a newer card, it produces less heat and costs less power too.

You want to compare the two cards? here you go! Do so in benchmarks -

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/536?vs=539

I some games HD 6850 is better while in some games 7770 is better.
In the same way HD 7850 is better than HD 6850.

Also, FYI, HD 6850 costs $140.

@OP - Please be cautious with this guy's advises. He has not got enough knowledge with video cards.


Thank You for the Link to the site, it is a very useful tool in deciding which card to go with.
as for what hemantgta says he talks a lot but I do not hear his words [paraphrase from star trek] -
ie. he says a lot but has nothing to back it up with, you give advice and have evidence [with website Link] to back up what what you say.
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June 12, 2013 7:03:29 AM

HemanGta be trolling. i think i remember him talking some other poor guy into buying a new PSU for a low end card simply because his monitor was flickering.. That poor kid upgraded his PSU from a 550w to a 750w for no reason at all. Luckiest charm is right. The HD7770 would be your best option or the GTX550ti
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June 12, 2013 9:46:05 AM

haider95 said:
HemanGta be trolling. i think i remember him talking some other poor guy into buying a new PSU for a low end card simply because his monitor was flickering.. That poor kid upgraded his PSU from a 550w to a 750w for no reason at all. Luckiest charm is right. The HD7770 would be your best option or the GTX550ti


who the hell are u f**k talking this sh@t
u dont prick ur finger in the end of the form.
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June 12, 2013 9:48:50 AM

haider95 said:
HemanGta be trolling. i think i remember him talking some other poor guy into buying a new PSU for a low end card simply because his monitor was flickering.. That poor kid upgraded his PSU from a 550w to a 750w for no reason at all. Luckiest charm is right. The HD7770 would be your best option or the GTX550ti


Roflamo .. Upgrading PSU for monitor flickering? He should have tried different cables instead of that.
I had my monitor flickering yesterday and a simple restart fixed that.
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June 12, 2013 9:58:20 AM

luckiest charm said:
haider95 said:
HemanGta be trolling. i think i remember him talking some other poor guy into buying a new PSU for a low end card simply because his monitor was flickering.. That poor kid upgraded his PSU from a 550w to a 750w for no reason at all. Luckiest charm is right. The HD7770 would be your best option or the GTX550ti


Roflamo .. Upgrading PSU for monitor flickering? He should have tried different cables instead of that.
I had my monitor flickering yesterday and a simple restart fixed that.

WHAT IS THE LINK OF THAT FORM

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June 12, 2013 9:58:20 AM

luckiest charm said:
haider95 said:
HemanGta be trolling. i think i remember him talking some other poor guy into buying a new PSU for a low end card simply because his monitor was flickering.. That poor kid upgraded his PSU from a 550w to a 750w for no reason at all. Luckiest charm is right. The HD7770 would be your best option or the GTX550ti


Roflamo .. Upgrading PSU for monitor flickering? He should have tried different cables instead of that.
I had my monitor flickering yesterday and a simple restart fixed that.

WHAT IS THE LINK OF THAT FORM

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June 12, 2013 9:58:20 AM

luckiest charm said:
haider95 said:
HemanGta be trolling. i think i remember him talking some other poor guy into buying a new PSU for a low end card simply because his monitor was flickering.. That poor kid upgraded his PSU from a 550w to a 750w for no reason at all. Luckiest charm is right. The HD7770 would be your best option or the GTX550ti


Roflamo .. Upgrading PSU for monitor flickering? He should have tried different cables instead of that.
I had my monitor flickering yesterday and a simple restart fixed that.

WHAT IS THE LINK OF THAT FORM

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June 12, 2013 11:36:18 AM

You are one of the biggest post hunters of all time. Do not double (or triple) post to the limit people would feel that it is intentional and is a way of getting higher post counts by saying same thing again and again instead of posting valuable and varied informative posts.

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Usually monitor flickering can be taken care of by following methods -

1) Re connecting cords.
2) Replacing slots on video card if it supports.
3) Replacing connection type.
4) Re inserting video card in PCIE slot and re connecting PCIE Power Connectors.
5) Restarting system.
6) Connecting monitor to onboard video card from PCIE one if available to identify the problem causing component.

All these steps should fix the flickering problem easily in most cases. Still if it doesn't work -

Borrowing friend's monitor to see if its problem in monitor or CPU and then taking faulty unit (after all of above things) to technicians / company to get it replaced if still under warranty.

Changing PSU is kind of unwise thing if he has not got sort of dual SLI config of two powerful cards with that power supply and is encountering that issue all of a sudden after months of normal usage.
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June 12, 2013 11:55:11 AM


Last time I had monitor flickering it was a failing monitor. I could be many things though.

The triple post might be accidental though, tomshardware seems to have plenty of bugs.
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June 12, 2013 10:25:18 PM

smeezekitty said:

Last time I had monitor flickering it was a failing monitor. I could be many things though.

The triple post might be accidental though, tomshardware seems to have plenty of bugs.


That triple / double post is everywhere on the forums just by him. His every single post is done twice. Which is kind of annoying. If you calculate things on post counter he has done around 25 posts and they list 60.
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June 12, 2013 10:43:23 PM

Great rig minus the card but if your patient at the very least get either a Nvidia 660 or a AMD 7870 Its about twice your budget but honestly if you spend $100 now on a weaker GPU thats an extra $100 you could of put towards a better GPU.
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June 13, 2013 2:23:57 AM

luckiest charm said:
smeezekitty said:

Last time I had monitor flickering it was a failing monitor. I could be many things though.

The triple post might be accidental though, tomshardware seems to have plenty of bugs.


That triple / double post is everywhere on the forums just by him. His every single post is done twice. Which is kind of annoying. If you calculate things on post counter he has done around 25 posts and they list 60.


hey luck charm its the problem with my mouse button . its double clicks every thing .
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