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January 24, 2014 3:33:55 AM

I am buying a new system and and going mad trying to choose a graphics card to put in it.

The spec is:
ZALMAN Z3 Plus Black MIDI ATX Case with Side Window and USB 3.0
400W Desktop Power Supply
MSI B85M-E45 Intel® B85 uATX Motherboard
New 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-4670 Quad Core Processor (3.4GHz, 6MB Cache)
8GB DDR3 1600MHz Memory (2x4GB) Kit
120GB SSD - Solid State Drive
1TB SATA III 6Gb/s, 7200rpm, 64Mb Cache, 8ms Hard Drive
24x DVD Writer (read/write CD & DVD)
Memory Card Reader - (Internal 80 in 1)
5.1 High Definition onboard sound card - 6 Channel Cinema sound
Wireless PCI-E 802.11n Up to 300Mbps (Supports 802.11n/g/b) (Edimax EW-7612PIn)

I can upgrade or downgrade the RAM and processor, as well as play about with some other bits and bobs, but it is the graphics card that is doing my head in!

The options are:
1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT620 GPU - 96 Cores, D-Sub/DVI/HDMI
2GB AMD Radeon R7 240 (320 Streams), D-Sub/DVI-D/HDMI
2GB NVIDIA GeForce GT640 GPU - 384 Cores, D-Sub/ Dual Link DVI-D/ HDMI
2GB AMD Radeon R7 250 OC (384 Streams), D-Sub/DVI-D/HDMI
1GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 GPU - 384 Cores,DVI,mHDMI
2GB AMD Radeon R7 260X Overclocked (896 Streams), D-Sub/DVI-D/HDMI
2GB AMD Radeon R9 270X Gaming (1280 Streams), DVI/HDMI/DPort
2GB AMD Radeon R9 270X HAWK Twin Frozr (1280 Streams), DVI/HDMI/DPort
2GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 760 GPU - 1152 Cores,2 DVI,HDMI,DP

I use the system primarily for playing WoW, browsing, MS Office, and work based stuff. No video editing but a bit of Photoshop every now and again. I'm not looking for the answer to which is the best card, just the card that will do what I need it to do whilst being able to play Wow with decent settings.

Any suggestions to stop my madness very welcome.

Thanks in advance.
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January 24, 2014 3:37:57 AM

Easy as it gets, the 760gtx is the best one here. I'd definitely get that one, hands down.
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January 24, 2014 3:40:25 AM

Depends how much you want to spend. If you have the money for 270X or GTX760, go for it. One thing I would be careful about is the PSU and what SSD you want to get. You need a decent PSU like XFX, Seasonic, Superflower, Corsair, etc and for SSD I would suggest Samsung. I bought dozens and not even once I had a problem with them.
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January 24, 2014 3:43:24 AM

fjaesbog said:
Easy as it gets, the 760gtx is the best one here. I'd definitely get that one, hands down.


It is also four times the price of some of the ones higher up the list! Do I actually need that card to do what I want with the system?
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January 24, 2014 3:51:22 AM

hefox said:
Depends how much you want to spend. If you have the money for 270X or GTX760, go for it. One thing I would be careful about is the PSU and what SSD you want to get. You need a decent PSU like XFX, Seasonic, Superflower, Corsair, etc and for SSD I would suggest Samsung. I bought dozens and not even once I had a problem with them.


Thnaks for the reply.

The PSU has no manufacturere listed against in, it can be upgraded to ones by X-Viper.
The SSD also has no manufacturer listed so can't comment.
I don't really want to spend more than I have to (obvious statemetn) so am just looking for something that will do what I need rather than getting the best card as I won't use all the capabilities.

Is the GTX650 a reasonable buy and how much better, if anything at all, would the 260X or 270X be?
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January 24, 2014 3:55:03 AM

Tallestpurpl said:
fjaesbog said:
Easy as it gets, the 760gtx is the best one here. I'd definitely get that one, hands down.


It is also four times the price of some of the ones higher up the list! Do I actually need that card to do what I want with the system?

No, not really for Wow with Ultra settings 260X is more than enough but GTX760 would give you room for future games.
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January 24, 2014 4:00:30 AM

for gaming your options are the gtx 760 as the best option or the 270x as the runner up. Both of those are going to need a bigger PSU then 400w so you will need to upgrade that. A decent 550w will do just fine, I would recommend any of the following brands Silverstone, XFX, Seasonic, Corsair.
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January 24, 2014 5:08:58 AM

From the answers to date I am getting the impression that, to use it for what I need it for which is general office work, browsing, a bit of Photoshop, and playing WoW, the best compromise of price/requirements would be the R7 260x.

If I decide that I want to play more graphics intensive games in future, or money is no object now, I should get the R9 270X or the GTX760.

Is that a fair summation?

Is the R7 260 much better than the GTX650?
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January 24, 2014 5:16:04 AM

Yes, it's better.
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January 24, 2014 5:38:27 AM

hefox said:
Yes, it's better.


Thanks.
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January 24, 2014 5:48:05 AM

Welcome. You should be careful what PSU you get and ask about the SSD.
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