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October 7, 2013 6:30:30 PM

I'm looking to build a budget gaming rig, $500 or less. I'm looking at a lot of recommended builds, and most of them include graphics cards w/ ~1gb of dedicated graphics memory. Is that enough? And how much more beneficial is having a 2gb card instead?
I plan on playing FFXIV, and probably WoW.

Also, while looking at video cards, I noticed that some of them appeared to be exactly identical except they ad different manufactures, like ASUS or EVGA.
a b U Graphics card
October 7, 2013 6:34:14 PM

I would go with the 2GB.

It helps with stuff like Anti-Aliasing. MSAA in particular eats up alot of memory.
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a b U Graphics card
October 7, 2013 6:35:18 PM

On a 7850 or 650 ti, I would pay an extra $15 for 2 GB. On cards below this, I wouldn't pay more than $5 more.

The cards are reference cards, meaning that they use a stock cooler.
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October 7, 2013 6:56:10 PM

So you would recommend:

EVGA GeForce GTX 650 2048MB GDDR5 DVI mHDMI Graphics Card 02G-P4-2651-KR for ~140.00

Over:

EVGA GeForce GTX 650 1024MB GDDR5 DVI mHDMI Graphics Card 01G-P4-2650-KR for ~109.00

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a b U Graphics card
October 7, 2013 7:03:02 PM

hortino said:
So you would recommend:

EVGA GeForce GTX 650 2048MB GDDR5 DVI mHDMI Graphics Card 02G-P4-2651-KR for ~140.00

Over:

EVGA GeForce GTX 650 1024MB GDDR5 DVI mHDMI Graphics Card 01G-P4-2650-KR for ~109.00



The 2GB version.

BUT, I would recommend this card instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Way better for same price.
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October 7, 2013 7:22:09 PM

Well this is what I've picked out, it's very preliminary on picked based on cost and limited familiarity with computer components. (By limited, I mean I've read a few articles.)

Processor:
Intel Core i5-4430 Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.0 GHz 6 MB Cache LGA 1150 - BX80646I54430
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CO8T9VC/ref=ox_sc_a...
~$187

Graphics Card:
EVGA GeForce GTX 650 1024MB GDDR5 DVI mHDMI Graphics Card 01G-P4-2650-KR
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00966IU4M/ref=ox_sc_a...
~$109

Memory:
Corsair Vengeance Blue 8 GB (2X4 GB) PC3-12800 1600mHz DDR3 240-Pin SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004QBUL1C/ref=ox_sc_a...
~$79

Motherboard:
MSI Computer Corp. Motherboard Micro ATX DDR3 1333 LGA 1150 Motherboards B85M-P33
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004QBUL1C/ref=ox_sc_a...
~$65

PSU:
Corsair Builder Series CX 600 Watt ATX/EPS 80 PLUS (CX600)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0092ML0OC/ref=ox_sc_a...
~$58

Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 - Mid Tower Computer Case with All-Black Interior and Windowed Side Panel
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BCXF6KS/ref=ox_sc_a...
~$47

Hard drive:
WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache - WD10EZEX
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BCXF6KS/ref=ox_sc_a...
~$65

Then the cheapest dvd drive I could find. ~$22

For a grand total of, $673.25, free shipping.

As you can see this set up is about $170 over my desired budget.

I mentioned that I'd like to be able to run FFXIV on ATLEAST high settings, around 35fps.

I could probably manage $100ish over budget but I'd really like to spend as close to $500 as possible and still attain the benchmark mentioned above.

Any tips where I could cut some corners w/o losing too much in the way of performance?
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October 7, 2013 7:22:48 PM

Also, I need to buy an OS, so tack on another $100 or so.
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October 7, 2013 7:43:24 PM

Grrr.. Also just thought about a network card.

Any idea how much one of those runs? Preferably wifi/bt capability.
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a b U Graphics card
October 8, 2013 3:21:34 PM

hortino said:
So you would recommend:

EVGA GeForce GTX 650 2048MB GDDR5 DVI mHDMI Graphics Card 02G-P4-2651-KR for ~140.00

Over:

EVGA GeForce GTX 650 1024MB GDDR5 DVI mHDMI Graphics Card 01G-P4-2650-KR for ~109.00



No i wouldn't.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6359/the-nvidia-geforce-g...

As much as it's nice to have the extra GB of VRAM, you're really just wasting your money.

I would recommend a 7850 for the same price by the way.
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