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Best Graphics card for around $200

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April 1, 2009 7:29:06 AM

I'm leaning toward GeForce, but if anyone has any suggestion, I would really appreciate it. Thank You

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a b U Graphics card
April 1, 2009 8:02:38 AM

Id lean towards the HD4870 though the GTX 260 216 isn't a terrible choice.
a b U Graphics card
April 1, 2009 8:33:52 AM

Well its upto you...
Both the GTX 260 core 216 and the 4870 1GB are very good..Either of those will give you high performance...
But WAIT for few more days. BOth ATI and Nvidia are set to launch new cards...So you will be able to get a very good deal then...
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April 1, 2009 9:27:33 AM

I agree with gkay09.Bothe the 4870 and GTX260 are good performers for around 200.But as stated by gkay,wait a couple weeks and you may get the card for even less.I actually have bothe those cards and am quite happy with the performance of them.I have 4 different systems.

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a b U Graphics card
April 1, 2009 12:35:40 PM

+1 to most

both the GTX260-216 and the HD4870 1GB would be good choices
April 1, 2009 4:24:40 PM

How will Crysis look with those cards, what kind of settings could I run of those?
April 2, 2009 10:28:53 PM

there all pretty much the same but id go with SAPPHIRE they have the best reputation
April 3, 2009 1:14:18 AM

So, between the MSI N260GTX-T2D896-OCv2 GTX 260 and the SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit , which would be the best?
April 3, 2009 1:27:18 AM

they are about as even as you can get, each one trades off being better than the other depending on which game your playing. So my advice...flip a coin or pick the one you think looks better lol thats about all i can tell you
April 3, 2009 2:35:21 AM

Are there any better though for the price or around the same price?
April 3, 2009 12:25:18 PM

no those two cards are equally the best at the under $200 price point
April 3, 2009 6:24:17 PM

GTX 260.
April 4, 2009 12:17:45 AM

I might just get the MSI N260GTX-T2D896-OCv2 GTX 260, especially since it comes with Far Cry 2
a b U Graphics card
April 4, 2009 12:35:12 AM

Wait!

Don't buy any 260 or 4870 at $200 now. If you really want an Nvidia, wait 1-2 weeks and see how the 275gtx pans out. If the benchmarks are reliable, and the 275gtx can be found in stock then it will probably be the card you want.

You could also buy a 4890 now for very close to $200-$220 (prices will drop every day), and that is well worth paying the extra for compared to the 260 or 4870.
April 4, 2009 2:28:11 AM

I guess I'll wait a week or two, that's a good suggestion. Now I need to get a processor, I'm leading toward the Intel Core 2 duo E8500, what does everybody think?
April 4, 2009 3:43:14 AM

what motherboard do u have?
April 4, 2009 3:50:57 AM

I don't have one yet, any suggestions
April 4, 2009 4:03:03 AM

so ur building a new computer....u should have said that, whats ur overall budget? ill put together a build for you if u want.
April 4, 2009 4:06:23 AM

around $800, I already have the case and Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit, I would definitely appreciate your help
April 4, 2009 4:08:27 AM

do u need a monitor, keyboard or mouse?
April 4, 2009 4:10:38 AM

no, I also don't need any drives
April 4, 2009 4:12:55 AM

so u basically need a motherboard, processor, memory, and video card for $800?
April 4, 2009 4:22:49 AM

$700 would be better if possible since I just bought the case and Vista.
April 4, 2009 4:44:55 AM

Well heres what i came up with.....

Processor: ($220) Intel Core2 Quad Q9400 2.66GHz
Motherboard: ($160) EVGA 123-YW-E175-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI FTW
Memory (x2): ($50) G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066
Video Card: ($190) MSI N260GTX-T2D896-OCv2 GeForce GTX 260 896MB

Total: $678.50 including shipping

if u still want to spend less than that u could go with a dual-core rather than quad-core and u could go with 4GB of ram rather than 8GB, but thats up to you. Let me know if u need any other suggestions.

One more thing, if you want to save money without sacrificing performance you could go with an AMD/ATI based build, let me know if that would be something u want to consider. IMO u should go with amd/ati but thats just my personal preference.
April 4, 2009 5:35:07 AM

You want the Quad-core instead of the dual-core. You can overclock if you want 3 GHz.

If you are getting some more case fans, then you should look at CFM and dBA. DBa is how loud the fans are, and CFM is how much air the fan is moving.

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

They push a lot more air and are just about as quiet as the ones you thought of. Plus they are the same price.
April 4, 2009 5:39:48 AM

but there is only one fan for 9.99, I'd be afraid to overclock , because I've never done that, I'd be afraid that I'd ruin it.
April 4, 2009 5:47:13 AM

offspringfan23 said:
but there is only one fan for 9.99


Ahhh, you got me! lol
Alright, so its $10 more......
April 4, 2009 5:49:49 AM

offspringfan23 said:
I'd be afraid to overclock , because I've never done that, I'd be afraid that I'd ruin it.


Its perfectly alright to be afraid. Its a very scary thing for a first timer. The forums here are a great place to ask for help though: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/240001-29-howto-overc...
April 4, 2009 6:01:12 AM

i would stick with the quad-core i suggested, its much better than the dual-core
April 4, 2009 6:10:52 AM

Is it going to be slower than the one I showed since it has 2.66GHz instead of 3.16GHz, sorry, I'm kind of a noob when it comes to this stuff. On some of the reviews I've seen they say the duo is better than quad right now since games don't take advantage of the quad.
April 4, 2009 4:09:46 PM

offspringfan23 said:
Is it going to be slower than the one I showed since it has 2.66GHz instead of 3.16GHz, sorry, I'm kind of a noob when it comes to this stuff. On some of the reviews I've seen they say the duo is better than quad right now since games don't take advantage of the quad.


There are going to be new games that take definite advantage of quad-cores. A quad is going to be more future proof.
April 4, 2009 4:31:54 PM

Alright that sounds good, but would AMD be better?
a b U Graphics card
April 4, 2009 5:30:13 PM

For gaming, get a good dual core. If you're going to do some significant overclocking, then get a quad core.
April 4, 2009 6:14:04 PM

offspringfan23 said:
Alright that sounds good, but would AMD be better?


ur going to get very mixed opinions about this, i personally think AMD is better because they are cheaper. With intel ur paying for the brand, but then again this is just my opinion, lots of people think intel is more reliable than AMD and maybe it is but who knows.
April 4, 2009 6:30:39 PM

offspringfan23 said:
Alright that sounds good, but would AMD be better?


Performance-wise, no.
If you wanted to have a AMD processor, you might as well go with the Dragon platform...completely.
April 4, 2009 8:48:29 PM

so many choices, what do you mean a dragon platform?
April 5, 2009 5:12:30 AM

offspringfan23 said:
so many choices, what do you mean a dragon platform?


The Dragon platform is a Phenom II processor, a 790GX motherboard, and a 4800 series graphics card. (the RAM doesnt matter)
Honestly, it is a cheaper alternative to what lasoski suggested. It is supposed to get very good gaming performance as well.

Here is a example of what a Dragon platform would look like:
Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

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

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

Altogether, with 578.15 with shipping.
And thats with a quad-core CPU, DDR3 memory, a nice motherboard, and a really nice video card. Wow!
April 6, 2009 1:21:09 AM

offspringfan23 said:
I was browsing newegg and I found this puppy:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It sounds amazing, what do you guys think?


the cpu i just built for myself has that processor and a Antec PSU similar to the one u suggested, both are great and i highly recommend them.
April 6, 2009 2:49:21 AM

Thanks, I think I'm going with those
April 6, 2009 3:56:39 AM

That is a nice PSU. Its a recommended brand (or at least one that I would recommend).
That is a great CPU. It can overclock well, despite already being at 2.8GHz, and it is quad-core.
April 6, 2009 8:46:39 PM

I just purchased the PSU and CPU, now I hae to get a motherboard graphics card and some fans
April 6, 2009 10:37:23 PM

Anybody know of a great hard drive with at least 500gb that would work well with what I have so far?
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