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Im new to PC building and am doing my first build. I need help choosing the cheapest graphics card that can handle my requirements. I'd like to find one around $230 or less.
Requirements:
Moderate gaming(Medium-high settings, couple hours a week)
high multi-tasking(multiple programs open i.e photoshop)
Entertainment/Web browsing(smooth web browsing, smooth video playback)
Dual monitors (graphics card that supports dual monitors)

My parts list:
Motherboard:MSI Z87M-G43 micro ATX.$104.99
CPU:Core i5 4670K 3.4GHz....................$189.99
Graphics Card:ASUS GTX 660...............$219.99 <--Is this overkill, or in the ballpark?
Hard Drive:WD 1TB 7200 RPM...............$59.99
SSD:Samsung 120GB.............................$89.99
RAM:CORSAIR 8GB...............................$89.99
Power Supply: CORSAIR 600W.............. $69.99
Case:Corsair Obsidian 350D..................$99.99
Monitor(s):ASUS VX228H 21.5"...............$279.98 <--For 2 monitors
Keyboard/Mouse:Rosewill.......................$30
OS:Windows 7........................................$99?
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  1. Best answer
    750 ti or 750. Unless your like a "gamer" who's gonna game all day err day, you dont need much. and med-high at 1080p is exactly what the 750 ti does best. plus the 750 ti is the quietest and most energy efficient solution your gonna find. and its like 160$
  2. oh and make sure you het a 2Gb card, for the second screen and all.
  3. TheFluffyDog said:
    750 ti or 750. Unless your like a "gamer" who's gonna game all day err day, you dont need much. and med-high at 1080p is exactly what the 750 ti does best. plus the 750 ti is the quietest and most energy efficient solution your gonna find. and its like 160$


    Thanks!
  4. TheFluffyDog said:
    oh and make sure you het a 2Gb card, for the second screen and all.


    Wait, what do you mean exactly?
  5. Teddy G said:
    Im new to PC building and am doing my first build. I need help choosing the cheapest graphics card that can handle my requirements. I'd like to find one around $230 or less.
    Requirements:
    Moderate gaming(Medium-high settings, couple hours a week)
    high multi-tasking(multiple programs open i.e photoshop)
    Entertainment/Web browsing(smooth web browsing, smooth video playback)
    Dual monitors (graphics card that supports dual monitors)

    My parts list:
    Motherboard:MSI Z87M-G43 micro ATX.$104.99
    CPU:Core i5 4670K 3.4GHz....................$189.99
    Graphics Card:ASUS GTX 660...............$219.99 <--Is this overkill, or in the ballpark?
    Hard Drive:WD 1TB 7200 RPM...............$59.99
    SSD:Samsung 120GB.............................$89.99
    RAM:CORSAIR 8GB...............................$89.99
    Power Supply: CORSAIR 600W.............. $69.99
    Case:Corsair Obsidian 350D..................$99.99
    Monitor(s):ASUS VX228H 21.5"...............$279.98 <--For 2 monitors
    Keyboard/Mouse:Rosewill.......................$30
    OS:Windows 7........................................$99?


    That's about right in the ball park, although i would recommend maybe finding a slightly cheaper case, unless of course your attached to it for some reason, and put the extra money into a GTX 760 for just about $30- $40 more. Better bitrate, more cores, and def worth the few extra bucks. also make sure when you buy memory, buy an 8gb kit with 2x4gb sitcks... u need 2 sticks in the slots to enable dual channel, and using only 1 stick cuts your memory speed in half.

    hope this helped, good luck with your first build!
  6. Might as well treat yourself with some decent graphics setting if you have the budget of around $220 for the GPU.
    GTX 760 is more worth for the dollars.
    http://www.ncixus.com/products/?usaffiliateid=1000031504&sku=85679&vpn=GTX760-DC2OC-2GD5&manufacture=ASUS&promoid=1230
    or GTX 750 Ti if you really want to cut down on your GPU, which I don't see why, but alright.
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IDG3PRI
    if you want to stay in the same budget but perform better than GTX 660, then R9 270X
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202050

    Update: BTW, get this PSU instead, is has a better quality
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207013
  7. IDontUnderstand said:
    Might as well treat yourself with some decent graphics setting if you have the budget of around $220 for the GPU.
    GTX 760 is more worth for the dollars.
    http://www.ncixus.com/products/?usaffiliateid=1000031504&sku=85679&vpn=GTX760-DC2OC-2GD5&manufacture=ASUS&promoid=1230
    or GTX 750 Ti if you really want to cut down on your GPU, which I don't see why, but alright.
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IDG3PRI
    if you want to stay in the same budget but perform better than GTX 660, then R9 270X
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202050

    Update: BTW, get this PSU instead, is has a better quality
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207013

    Im trying to my the build as cheap as possible, so if it satisfies my requirements, then its good enough for me. Im not a hardcore PC gamer so graphics arent my top priority. I just need something that makes my PC run smoother.
  8. I see.
    May I ask if you're planning to overclock? If not, you should get i5-4570 or i5-4670 and a H87 motherboard, that will save you about $50-$70.
    You should still upgrade the PSU to the one that I have suggested, it's cheaper and worth the change.
  9. IDontUnderstand said:
    I see.
    May I ask if you're planning to overclock? If not, you should get i5-4570 or i5-4670 and a H87 motherboard, that will save you about $50-$70.
    You should still upgrade the PSU to the one that I have suggested, it's cheaper and worth the change.


    My answer is, maybe. I dont think I will be overclocking right away, but maybe in the future. I know I can make the build cheaper by doing what you suggested, but I feel like I need the wiggle room for the future.
    I will also look into the PSU you suggested.
  10. Just make sure you purchase an aftermarket CPU cooler before you start overclocking.
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