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Best Graphics Cards for $200 budget

Hey all,

I currently looking for the best GPU for Gaming/video editing for under $180. What would be the recommended Card? Also I plan on OC this rig.
I have a mircocenter near by too

Thanks in Advance

My Build:
CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor
Motherboard: Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z ATX AM3+ Motherboard
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Case: Rosewill THOR V2 ATX Full Tower Case
Power Supply: OCZ Fatal1ty 1000W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
I plan on getting WD 1TB drive and H100i cooling soon
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  1. definitely the HD 7870

    one of the best value Cards

    it would be better if you get the GHz Edition which has higher clock speed than the basic one :

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r78702gd5toc

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-111991920g

    (both are GHz Edition )

    this one would be a good option too ( better )
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/powercolor-video-card-ax78702gbd52dhppv2e

    HD 7870 XT edition has more performance than the basic on & the Ghz Edition
    check the benchmarks : http://gpuboss.com/gpus/Radeon-HD-7870-XT-vs-Radeon-HD-7870
  2. Yeah I like the HIS IceQ cooler design myself
  3. Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $199.99
  4. patrick47018 said:
    Yeah I like the HIS IceQ cooler design myself


    +1 :) , i have the IceQ x Version !! it's awesome design & Awesome Temps ( idle 28 full load 58 )
  5. I was going to get the 7950 IceQ but it was sold out so I got the IceQX2 and it is really good too
  6. If you've not already bought those parts, a 500W-550W PSU is a comfortable size for a HD7870, including the XT version. Use the difference to get the PRO version of the Samsung 840; the plain vanilla one was dinged very hard by HardOCP for poor [write] performance.
  7. The Powercolor 7870 Myst Edition is also a great card http://www.amazon.com/PowerColor-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-AX7870-2GBD5-2DHPPV3E/dp/B00AO35AXU

    The Myst is a great overclocker and is better than any other 7870, it can run with the 7950's. Here is some benchmarks and a review

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/tahiti-le-7870-7930-benchmark,3401-3.html
  8. Onus said:
    If you've not already bought those parts, a 500W-550W PSU is a comfortable size for a HD7870, including the XT version. Use the difference to get the PRO version of the Samsung 840; the plain vanilla one was dinged very hard by HardOCP for poor [write] performance.


    I havent brought the SDD (from NCIX)yet was planning on doing that tomorrow
    thanks for heads up
  9. Tom's Hardware recommends the GTX 660 as their "Best Graphics Card for the Money" at the $200 price range.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-4.html

    The 7870 is not one of their recommended cards, mainly because the GTX 760 is a much better deal at only $250. The Nvidia cards are offering a free game, Splinter Cell Blacklist, while the 7870's free game bundles have expired.

    Microcenter has the MSI GTX 660 Twin Frozr for $199 after rebate and it comes with a free copy of Splinter Cell Blacklist. The 7870's at Microcenter are considerably more expensive than $200, even with rebates.
    http://www.microcenter.com/product/403002/N660_TF_2GD5-OC_NVIDIA_GeForce_GTX_660_Twin_Frozr_III_Overclocked_2048MB_GDDR5_PCIe_30_x16_Video_Card
  10. KareemGT said:
    definitely the HD 7870

    one of the best value Cards

    it would be better if you get the GHz Edition which has higher clock speed than the basic one :

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r78702gd5toc

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-111991920g

    (both are GHz Edition )

    this one would be a good option too ( better )
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/powercolor-video-card-ax78702gbd52dhppv2e

    HD 7870 XT edition has more performance than the basic on & the Ghz Edition
    check the benchmarks : http://gpuboss.com/gpus/Radeon-HD-7870-XT-vs-Radeon-HD-7870


    patrick47018 said:


    I read that HIS 7870 get overheated under stress, is this true?
  11. Tyro125 said:
    KareemGT said:
    definitely the HD 7870

    one of the best value Cards

    it would be better if you get the GHz Edition which has higher clock speed than the basic one :

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r78702gd5toc

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-111991920g

    (both are GHz Edition )

    this one would be a good option too ( better )
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/powercolor-video-card-ax78702gbd52dhppv2e

    HD 7870 XT edition has more performance than the basic on & the Ghz Edition
    check the benchmarks : http://gpuboss.com/gpus/Radeon-HD-7870-XT-vs-Radeon-HD-7870


    patrick47018 said:


    I read that HIS 7870 get overheated under stress, is this true?


    am using this model : http://www.hardware.fr/medias/photos_news/00/39/IMG0039666_1.jpg

    temps : idle 28 . Full load ( max ) : 58~59
  12. I just noticed that your budget is $180, so your cheaper option would be the GTX 650 Ti Boost, also one of Tom's Hardware's "Best Graphics Cards for the Money". Microcenter has the MSI GTX 650 Ti Boost Twin Frozr for $165 after rebate and several other options for under $180. No free games though.
    http://www.microcenter.com/product/412908/N650TI_TF_2G5-OCBE_NVIDIA_GeForce_GTX_650_Ti_Boost_Twin_Frozr_2048MB_GDDR5_PCIe_30_x16_Video_Card
  13. Best answer
  14. patrick47018 said:


    I was looking at that few days ago I like the spec on it, only thing i worry about is the temps that it has during full load.
  15. 17seconds said:
    I just noticed that your budget is $180, so your cheaper option would be the GTX 650 Ti Boost, also one of Tom's Hardware's "Best Graphics Cards for the Money". Microcenter has the MSI GTX 650 Ti Boost Twin Frozr for $165 after rebate and several other options for under $180. No free games though.
    http://www.microcenter.com/product/412908/N650TI_TF_2G5-OCBE_NVIDIA_GeForce_GTX_650_Ti_Boost_Twin_Frozr_2048MB_GDDR5_PCIe_30_x16_Video_Card


    patrick47018 said:


    still it over my budget :(
  16. Well if you could save up a little more I believe it would be worth the bit extra
  17. Thanks for all the Answers!!!! This has really help me out
  18. patrick47018 said:
    Well if you could save up a little more I believe it would be worth the bit extra


    I will try to find so good deals/coupon on this card,
    btw you think i should have a 120mm fan facing this card to help with temp?

    Thanks for the feed back
  19. If your case needs better air flow then you could add some fans
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