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$150-$200 budget, replacing graphics card that may die soon

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September 5, 2013 11:55:26 PM

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CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.97 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus P5P43TD ATX LGA775 Motherboard
Memory: Kingston 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($48.76 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 2GB Video Card
Case: Cooler Master CM 690 ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: HEC 600W ATX12V Power Supply
Total: $77.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-06 02:53 EDT-0400)

My PC's graphic may be dying soon with artifacts appearing on the screen regularly. As such, i want to find a replacement for gaming. I'm not looking for very high resolution gaming, just non-laggy games. Also, i would like to have a viable graphics card for when i likely will upgrade in a year or so.

Would the gtx 650 TI boost or HD7790 be good choices?
September 6, 2013 1:03:04 AM

u_gonna_squeal_b4_we_cookya said:
The Asus GTX 660 OC version regularly goes on sale for $168 after a big discount and rebate on top of it. I picked one up earlier this year for that much. They do this deal at least once every month - month and a half. If you wait and check their daily deal page often, you might be able to get the 660 for less than the 650ti boost.

In fact...
Right now, it is $173 after a 10% off promo code (EMCXLXT39) and $20 mail in rebate: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Plus you get a free copy of the new Batman game ($50).

I'd jump on this if I were you. 3 more days.


Thanks for the suggestion! Sadly, i dont live in the US so i cant take advantage of this offer since shipping costs are pretty high. :/ 
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September 6, 2013 2:21:47 AM

Get a gtx650Ti Boost,it would serve long.
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September 6, 2013 3:13:25 PM

u_gonna_squeal_b4_we_cookya said:
In that case, between the 650ti boost (192-bit 1GB or 2GB) and the HD 7790 (128-bit 1GB or 2GB) the better choice is the 650ti boost. It has a better processor, it can be upgraded with a 2nd card in SLI in the future (although both the 1GB and 2GB 7790 are x-fire compatible), and the boost sports a 192-bit memory bus which will come in handy if you decide to crank some of the detail settings up. If didn't know already, both cards come in 1GB and 2GB versions. At current prices, though, the difference between a 1GB and 2GB boost is only around $10-$15 USD. If it is the same where you are, I suggest the 2GB boost. It is the best sub-$200 GPU (when the 660 is not on sale) and sub $150 GPU. You aren't going to max everything out but you'll be able to play everything in 1080p and DX11+ when available.


Thank you. You make a very compelling case for the ti boost so i think i'll be getting it then
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