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Best Graphics Card for FX-6350 under $100. Radeon HD 7770?

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December 10, 2013 12:33:58 PM

My friend is builing a budget gaming build with an FX-6350. We've picked out all the parts except the graphics card. His budget is $100. He's not overclocking. His current monitor is 1440x900 native resolution, but he is going to upgrade to a 1920x1080 res monitor in the future. My pick for his card is this:

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

1. Is a 1GB 7770 the best GPU I can get at this price point? I know on this budget sacrifices will have to be made for high frames (like anti-aliasing), but I just want to know if this GPU can run games like Skyrim, Diablo 3, WoW, etc. with high frames at 1920x1080 res. The benchmarks for the 7770 seem well within standards with anti-aliasing off, but I was unsure on the how a 1GB 7770 card would handle the 1920x1080 res

2. Any other suggestions for GPUs that suit his needs that are frequently as this price point? I'm not sure he wants to wait too long for the perfect deal to come along, but some tend to come along more than others, and was wondering if there was any valuable buyer insight there.

Ram: 8GB (2x4)
PSU: 550w Bronze

Thanks in advance for any feedback!
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December 10, 2013 12:49:41 PM

I think he's really looking to stay in at below $100, the 7790's shipping pushes it higher than that but I'll ask if he thinks he wants to go for that. There was a 7850 2GB for $99 on Black Friday, but that ship has sailed...

Will the 7770 and 7790 meet standards anyway?
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December 10, 2013 1:00:48 PM

I haven't heard of the R7 chipset before... how does it differ from the HDs?
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December 10, 2013 1:05:24 PM

same toilet, new fuzzy seat cover.

btw - I would also say 7790, even if it goes $5 over budget after shipping. deals can be found!
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a c 79 U Graphics card
December 10, 2013 1:09:59 PM

the 250 is quite good for the price mate.

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December 10, 2013 1:13:46 PM

Hmm ok, what kind of performance gain are we talking about moving from a 7770 to a 7790? I guess I could compare benchmarks for frames, but when it comes to resolution performance that's more of a 1GB vs 2GB debate right?
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December 10, 2013 1:14:43 PM

Is the 250 a new chipset line? an older one? I'm interested I just don't know much about it!
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December 10, 2013 1:19:23 PM

its new and performs decently sir.

also 1gb is good because the card is not fast enought to utilise more than 1gigabyte of videomemory.

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1856/pg10/his-rad...

seems a decent card and just as good as the 7790 but this cards lowerpriced because its on sale :D 

will play any game u trow at it tho

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a c 79 U Graphics card
December 10, 2013 1:24:38 PM

u still need to pay 120$ upfront tho.

so we are back to the 100$ budget issue.

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December 10, 2013 1:26:48 PM

iceclock said:
its new and performs decently sir.

also 1gb is good because the card is not fast enought to utilise more than 1gigabyte of videomemory.

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1856/pg10/his-rad...

seems a decent card and just as good as the 7790 but this cards lowerpriced because its on sale :D 

will play any game u trow at it tho



Niiiice! Man if that's true that might change everything heh. Let me run some of these by my friend and see what he thinks. Still feeling uneasy about taking a 1GB to 1920x1080 res... seems like some sources say that more games are requiring 2GB these days to perform (and in the future...), but at this price point you say the cards aren't fast enough to run 2GB anyway, so it wouldn't help here? Bit of a pickle...
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December 10, 2013 1:27:29 PM

iceclock said:
u still need to pay 120$ upfront tho.

so we are back to the 100$ budget issue.



i had to pay $120 up front for each of my two 7790s, but each had a $40 mail-in rebate, so... that kinda pays for fuel next month.
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December 10, 2013 1:28:45 PM


Go with the FX-6300 instead of the FX-6350 ... put the extra $30 toward the video card.

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December 10, 2013 1:38:15 PM

no it wouldnt, also wisecrackers recommandation makes sense use 30$ extra to get a 7850 2gb or something would help.

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a c 79 U Graphics card
December 11, 2013 7:02:20 AM

Cool. Hard to find a sub 100$ with shipping card yar
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December 12, 2013 9:44:42 AM

The FX-6350 was already purchased. It was a Black Friday deal where it was the same price as the FX-6300, and since he isn't overclocking, he already purchased it.
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a c 79 U Graphics card
December 12, 2013 10:54:54 AM

so whats ur budget for a gpu now?

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a c 79 U Graphics card
December 12, 2013 11:42:44 AM

its a good card, except 9$ over his budget :p 

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December 12, 2013 11:49:10 AM

Still $100 if 1 GB is not going to hinder his 1920x1080 performance. He seems more interested in waiting and saving up a little more money for a 2GB though for futureproofing, which made me consider your great point that some of the low end GPU we've been looking at aren't fast enough to utilize 2GB anyway. So I guess my new question now is:

At what chipset/models DO they become fast enough to utilize the 2GB they can provide?

If I know at what level 2GB can actually be utilized, I can give him an estimate on how much that chipset/model will cost, and then he can decide if he wants to pick one of the 1GBs mentioned here or save up and modify his budget for a future 2GB.
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December 12, 2013 11:50:17 AM

well, I hope he's able to kick in the extra $9 just to get $20 back down the road. it's FREE SHIPPING too... on a supposedly great card. IT'S JUST NINE BUCKS!
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a c 79 U Graphics card
December 12, 2013 11:57:20 AM

honestly hes gonna need more than 200$ for a decent 2 gig card, so if he can wait for a while cool if not 1 gig will do.

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December 12, 2013 12:02:05 PM

giantbucket said:
this is the card for you! ASUS 7790 $90 after rebates http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

oddly enough, I also bought an FX-6350 when it was on a great sale, and I'm dropping in two of the above 7790s.


giantbucket said:
well, I hope he's able to kick in the extra $9 just to get $20 back down the road. it's FREE SHIPPING too... on a supposedly great card. IT'S JUST NINE BUCKS!


I saw this earlier today! Some iffy reviews on Newegg though... He may push that $9 if I bring it to his attention, but like I said it would be nice to know at what level the cards actually start to be fast enough to utilize the 2GB, find out how much they usually cost, pitch that to him for a future budget, and then le thim decide if that's more than he wants to spend on a GPU and go with one of these 1GB ones or of he wants to wait it out.

Thanks again for all the feedback and response, I wish I could pick more than one answer, everybody's helped in different ways.

Any ideas about which chipsets are the least expensive that are fats enough to actually support the 2GB vram?
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December 12, 2013 12:02:50 PM

I'm guessing a GTX660 would be where a 2G memory card starts to make sense, and those are $175-plus around here (might be a bit lower in the USA, I'm in Canada)
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December 12, 2013 12:05:05 PM

Is a 2GB 7850 fast enough to utilize the 2GB? Or is it just a gimmick with this chipset.
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a c 79 U Graphics card
December 12, 2013 12:06:29 PM

not even, even my 250$ 760 is barely fast enought to utilize the 2 gigs

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December 12, 2013 12:51:03 PM

honestly the 670s and up can start utilizing more than 2 gigs, on amd side that be 7950+

before that its not even worth it.

i can garantee u it wont utilize the full 2 gigs the 7800s series.

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December 13, 2013 2:39:25 PM

Tests of some game titles have shown a marked difference between 1GB models and 2GB models in both the hd7850 and the gtx650ti(not even the boost version, just the normal ti version). Pretty much everything current above those cards has 2GB or more of video ram. Hope this helps.
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a c 79 U Graphics card
December 13, 2013 3:34:39 PM

anything under the 660ti to be honest cant utilize the full 2 gigs been proven before.


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December 15, 2013 7:15:42 PM

I'm not talking about making full use of 2GB. I'm talking about running into limitations on a 1GB card and how a 2GB version of the same card can eliminate those limitations in several instances.
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a b U Graphics card
December 15, 2013 7:23:09 PM

unlike your mobo's RAM, you can't really add VRAM if you're worried you don't have enough. if the price difference isn't massive or if you can offset it elsewhere in the build, then get the 2GB version if you'll feel more at ease. heck, that's what i would do, even if it turns out that teh GPU only really needs 1.2GB for whatever games you'd be playing.

all else being equal - what's the $$ difference in the cards you're looking at, 1GB versus 2GB?
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a c 79 U Graphics card
December 15, 2013 7:55:11 PM

We'll if. U can afford a 2 gig card and it can utilize 2 gigs why not. But even if the card has 2 gigs of VRAM and isn't fast enought it will lag and perform just the same as the 1 gig variant. So if u choose a 2 gig model make shur it can utilize it.
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December 15, 2013 7:55:53 PM

why are you guys arguing with how much RAM a gpu needs? the dude'll be playing at 1440x900.
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December 27, 2013 9:05:13 AM

wh3resmycar said:
why are you guys arguing with how much RAM a gpu needs? the dude'll be playing at 1440x900.




read the original post a little closer. in the first paragraph the op says the friend building this has a 1440x900 screen CURRENTLY, but will upgrade to a 1080p panel "in the future". They are looking for a card with 1080p gaming in mind.

They actually mention the future target resolution again, specifying "high" settings in certain games. None of the games listed are particularly demanding at 1080p, but there is also an "etc"(who knows what games those are?).
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