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July 7, 2013 9:04:15 AM

I can go to 200 but more towards 175

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a b U Graphics card
July 7, 2013 9:08:01 AM

I would go with the GTX 650 ti Boost. It's between $150 and $170 depending on the factory OC you pick. If you can stretch the $200 to $220, you can get this:

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

It's a pretty big performance increase over the 650 ti boost.
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a b U Graphics card
July 7, 2013 9:29:08 AM

Agree with both of you, Toms best cards for the money article is a good resource, and it recommends the same thing that Neospiral has said. If you spend the extra 30 bucks though, it will be worth it, the 660 is a great card. I'm seeing Radeon HD7870s for less than 200 now too, and those a great performing cards as well.

MSI is a good brand, they have a good rep, and good support.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Again, another MSI card, same reasons, and this one comes with a free Game and Benchmarking software
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I've never owned an HIS card, but they seem to get great reviews and they have top performing cooling solutions, this is great option for a 7870. I'm seeiing them elsewhere for less sometimes depending on the brand and sales and rebates, keep your eye out and you could find one of these cards for less as well.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a c 373 U Graphics card
July 7, 2013 9:38:36 AM

650 Ti Boost 2 GB is $155 from MSI on newegg .... two of them at $310 beat the way more expensive 680 and 7970 Ghz. Id advise getting a SLI capable MoBo and PSU
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a c 507 U Graphics card
July 7, 2013 9:50:55 AM

My rule of thumb for a balanced gamer is to budget twice the cpu cost for the graphics card. In that respect, your budget is fine.
But, I think I would do things differently.
1. The main reason for a A series amd cpu is that you intend to use the superior graphics. But, since you will be using an even better discrete graphics card, I would look at a FX-4100 or intel i3-3220 For most games, the faster intel cores will prevail.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...
2. If you go the Intel route, a socket 1155motherboard will cost as little as $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel does not need ram faster than 133, so more savings there.
3. The only case maker that includes a psu that I would trust would be Antec.
It appears that the included 500w psu has only 22amps on the +12v rails where the graphics card needs it. The Corsair CX500, by comparison has 38a.
4. I might suggest a Antec 300 illusion case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and a XFX 550w psu:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Whatever you do, DO NOT buy a cheap psu.
Here is a tiered list of psu quality:
http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx
5. With your budget, you may be forced to depend on a conventional hard drive.
But, if at all possible, start with a ssd. It will make everything you do fee so much faster. 120gb will hold the os and a handful of games. With a 240gb, you may never need a hard drive at all. You can always add a hard drive for storage and overflow later.
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July 7, 2013 9:53:51 AM

JackNaylorPE said:
650 Ti Boost 2 GB is $155 from MSI on newegg .... two of them at $310 beat the way more expensive 680 and 7970 Ghz. Id advise getting a SLI capable MoBo and PSU


Will do
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a c 507 U Graphics card
July 7, 2013 10:01:09 AM

Here is my canned rant on dual cards:
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Dual graphics cards vs. a good single card.

a) How good do you really need to be?
A single GTX650/ti or 7770 can give you good performance at 1920 x 1200 in most games.

A single GTX660 or 7850 will give you excellent performance at 1920 x 1200 in most games.
Even 2560 x 1600 will be good with lowered detail.
A single gtx690 is about as good as it gets.

Only if you are looking at triple monitor gaming, then sli/cf will be needed.
Even that is now changing with triple monitor support on top end cards.

b) The costs for a single card are lower.
You require a less expensive motherboard; no need for sli/cf or multiple pci-e slots.
Even a ITX motherboard will do.

Your psu costs are less.
A GTX660 needs a 430w psu, even a GTX680 only needs a 550w psu.
When you add another card to the mix, plan on adding 150-200w to your psu requirements.

Even the strongest GTX690 only needs 620w.

Case cooling becomes more of an issue with dual cards.
That means a more expensive case with more and stronger fans.
You will also look at more noise.

c) Dual cards do not always render their half of the display in sync, causing microstuttering. It is an annoying effect.
The benefit of higher benchmark fps can be offset, particularly with lower tier cards.
Read this: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-stut...

d) dual card support is dependent on the driver. Not all games can benefit from dual cards.

e) cf/sli up front reduces your option to get another card for an upgrade. Not that I suggest you plan for that.
It will often be the case that replacing your current card with a newer gen card will offer a better upgrade path.
The Maxwell and amd 8000 series are due next year.
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