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Looking for a Video Card

Sorry if this is in the wrong area, I just figured out about this site. (I bolded some of my issues for those tl;dr people)

I am playing the following games at the moment at the lowest graphics settings at 40-60 FPS (So i can play these games well, just with poor graphics)

League of Legends
World of Warcraft
Minecraft

However, I pre-ordered Guild Wars 2, and assumed I could also run that at lowest graphics settings. I was wrong, and can not play the game at all. The game is just completely laggy. Pretty sure I have 1 FPS running it.

I'm almost sure that I have an onboard graphics processor, so I don't actually have a video card, though I can't tell how to figure that out.

So I decided to get a video card, not only to play guild wars 2, but to play ALL my games at pretty high graphics and FPS, including GW2.

Except, I have no clue on where or how to start looking for a card. I tried doing some research but I'm still clueless. I know that I will most like buy my card on newegg.com. Eventually, I found this site and hoped that someone can help me.

I have a 200$ budget, and can save up more if necessary. I want to find a card within a week that can play the above games, specifically GW2, so i can still use it for some part of the summer.

I'm willing to buy anything as long as it will help increase my performance, but I want to know what card will get me the most bang for my purposes and budget.
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  1. On another note, IDK what computer specs I should be posting up (or how to get them for that matter), and buying a new computer is not an option.
    I got my computer I believe a year ago, so it hopefully will not be a problem
  2. all your specs needed particularly CPU, motherboard and PSU
  3. Where do I find my specs to put here?
  4. http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

    download and run that then use it to find CPU, GPU and motherboard make/model
  5. ill be back in 30 minutes to post them
  6. Here is what I found that seems like what you are looking for

  7. Will this get better responses in soem other area in the forums?
  8. For your money, you can't do much better then this - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150563&Tpk=6870

    It even has a free game & $30 rebate.
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    This is a prebuilt HP?

    If $200 is your budget forget the card above your going to need a new PSU as well to power the card.

    GTX560 is just as good as the 6870 and with this rebate it weighs in costing less

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500225
    Thats 174.99 but after rebate its $144.99

    Means we can then get this to power it all

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028

    Thats 69.99 but then $49.99 after rebate

    So after all the mail in rebates that would be $195

    Heres a link showing card rankings so you can see the 560 is as good as the 6870

    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/gaming-graphics-card-review,review-32481-7.html
  10. What are rebates?

    And yes, it's prebuit

    Also, I can save up more money for the card the other person said and the power source if it is necessary. It's only an extra 50$
  11. I looked at the reviews for the power source, and some of them are saying that the power source actually only lasts 2-8 months sometimes, which is not good to hear.
  12. Boxofstuff said:
    I looked at the reviews for the power source, and some of them are saying that the power source actually only lasts 2-8 months sometimes, which is not good to hear.


    Thats a Corsair PSU, one of the most widely trusted brands on the market. That specific model is from its budget line, but still very reliable. Dont be put off by the rare bad reviews or good luck finding anything without them.

    Rebates are a promotional offer that allow you to claim some of the money back that you paid for a product, so $100 product with a $20 rebate will actually only cost you $80 if you can be bothered to mail in for the rebate amount.

    You should probably have posted this in the Hardware section of the forums under Graphics & Displays.
  13. So my plan of action is to get the GTX560 or 6870 and get the Power Source?

    Anything else I should know of?
    What should I mail in for a rebate? Will I always get it?

    How long is Newegg's delivery time on average?
  14. Boxofstuff said:
    So my plan of action is to get the GTX560 or 6870 and get the Power Source?

    Anything else I should know of?
    What should I mail in for a rebate? Will I always get it?

    How long is Newegg's delivery time on average?



    Yes, everyone will get the rebate amount. All you have to do is click the '$xxx after mail-in rebate' link on the product page on Newegg, and then click the 'print rebate' link. It'll take you a to a page telling you what to do.

    Newegg's delivery times depend on what service you chose. After selecting one of the delivery options, you will get an ETA.
  15. I would go with the 560 simply as it costs less if your budget is elastic at all step that up to a 560ti which outperforms the 6870 for about the same price

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500196
    ZOTAC AMP! ZT-50302-10M GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
  16. And about video cards, the same issue with the Power

    25%ish of reviews from each card I've seen has some bad reviews.

    If Im running on this comp without any issues, should I be able to run the cards without an issue?
    In the case that I do end up having issues, what company offers decent customer support for their cards?

    I'm pretty much set on the power supply.

    On another note, there are also issues people have saying they don't get their rebate for months? Does this mean I need to spend the 270$ at first and at some point get the rebates to pay me back later?
  17. Why are you asking for our help if your going to take the word of disgruntled reviews?

    Bottom line is, people are A LOT more likely to write a review if they're not happy with something, compared with if they're content.

    The best (imo) manufacturer of Nvidia cards for support is EVGA, their cards come with a 3 year warranty as standard.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130623
  18. Gallarian said:
    Why are you asking for our help if your going to take the word of disgruntled reviews?

    Bottom line is, people are A LOT more likely to write a review if they're not happy with something, compared with if they're content.

    The best (imo) manufacturer of Nvidia cards for support is EVGA, their cards come with a 3 year warranty as standard.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130623



    ^ +1. EVGA is the standard by which all nVidia cards should be measured.
  19. Alrite, thank you guys very much for taking time to help me.

    Just need to save up a little more :)
  20. Best answer selected by Boxofstuff.
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