hey everyone, this is my first build and i am having the most trouble picking out a video card. this build is pretty much a budget gaming pc since i dont want to spend much, but i dont mind spending a mid range amount for a good video card that will last me a while. i was interested in the r9 270x. i am not a hardcore gamer, mostly mmos, but i would like to have a decent rig that can play most games nicely if i wanted to. so i pretty much am looking for a decent card. as of right now i know what my cpu and motherboard will be
asus m5a97 r2
ill also have an ssd for windows 8 and a hdd for programs and applications.
The 270x is a great option if you're on a budget and what decent performance still. A slightly better value is the 7870 Ghz edition. They are the predecessor to the 270x. The 270x is a littloe easier to find these days, but the 7870 is almost as good for a lower price. The 270x runs most modern games at at least high settings with solid frame-rates. It would be my first choice for a budget PC.
thank you quakeemz, i think i will go with the 270. i mostly will just be playing mmo games. is a corsair 650w rm series a good enough power supply to run it?
I'd opt for the 270x over the 270. It will be better for not much more money...
with that said, 650w is MORE than enough to run this build. You could drop it to 550w just so you're not using up too much unnecessary power.