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Building a new computer need ideas on a GPU

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July 19, 2010 1:21:27 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next week.

TOTAL BUDGE RANGE: $100-$200 on a GPU and $700-$800 for the entire computer

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Starcraft 2, Diablo 3 whenever it comes out (basically something that will be able to play futures releases that aren't too graphic intensive) Movies-HD 720p

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Building from scratch

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Considering Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I mainly use newegg but I am open to other cheaper and trustworthy alternatives

PARTS PREFERENCES: No preferences

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Currently using and AGP monitor Native resolution 1280x1024. Planning on buying another monitor in the future (less than one year) for a dual monitor setup

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Debating whether I should get the gtx460 or the 9800gtx+. I am not too familiar with overclocking but I heard that it can reduce the lifetime of the unit however, I am not willing to volt mod my computer.
a c 153 U Graphics card
July 19, 2010 1:36:03 AM

At a low resolution like that you will be using more CPU then GPU power, you picked a decent CPU though, so that shouldn't be a problem. However having a higher resolution monitor will result in better benchmarking and the such...

There is NO comparison between the 9800GTX+ and the GTX460. The 9800GTX+ is a powerful card but its old technology. At 200 dollars your best bet is the GTX460 by far.

Do you need help picking out all the other parts? Motherboard, PSU, HDD, and the such?
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a c 376 U Graphics card
July 19, 2010 1:53:17 AM

You say "Movies-HD1080p" How are you going to pull that off on a 1280x1024 monitor? Are you also connecting the card to an HDTV? If so will you be gaming on it? What resolution are you playing to get when you buy a new monitor?
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a c 235 U Graphics card
July 19, 2010 2:56:15 AM

$100-200 is a big range. the 9800GTX+ (aka GTS 250) is more then enough to max out "Starcraft 2, Diablo 3...futures releases that aren't too graphic intensive" at 1280x1024.

if you are willing to spend $200, the GTX 460 is the more powerful card and a great bargain for its price range performance.

for around $160 you could look at the ATI 5770, it offers performance in-between the GTS250 & GTX460. At $170+ though, it becomes too close in price to the GTX460 not go with the Nvidia model.
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July 19, 2010 3:01:24 AM

Helltech said:
At a low resolution like that you will be using more CPU then GPU power, you picked a decent CPU though, so that shouldn't be a problem. However having a higher resolution monitor will result in better benchmarking and the such...

There is NO comparison between the 9800GTX+ and the GTX460. The 9800GTX+ is a powerful card but its old technology. At 200 dollars your best bet is the GTX460 by far.

Do you need help picking out all the other parts? Motherboard, PSU, HDD, and the such?


The GTX460 sounds like a good choice and there are a lot of reviews recommending the upgrade.

I would like some help picking out a motherboard and PSU but I am not really concerned about a hard drive. I'm considering a GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and a CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V/EPS12V for a PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168....
However, I am a bit confused on how to choose a good motherboard.

jyjjy said:
You say "Movies-HD1080p" How are you going to pull that off on a 1280x1024 monitor? Are you also connecting the card to an HDTV? If so will you be gaming on it? What resolution are you playing to get when you buy a new monitor?


I am planning on playing at resolutions of 1280x1024 and better. The monitor was given to me from a friend and I will probably have to stick with it until I can afford a better alternative. I'm not sure if I fully understand your question. I plan to play on a 20-25 inch desktop monitor so I don't think I will be connecting the card to an HDTV.
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July 19, 2010 3:16:05 AM

linearity_86 said:

I am planning on playing at resolutions of 1280x1024 and better. The monitor was given to me from a friend and I will probably have to stick with it until I can afford a better alternative. I'm not sure if I fully understand your question. I plan to play on a 20-25 inch desktop monitor so I don't think I will be connecting the card to an HDTV.


He saying, if you plan to watch movies in 1080 HD, your going to need a higher resolution monitor then what you have.
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July 19, 2010 3:31:52 AM

Yes. 1080p is 1920x1080 which is much higher than your current monitor. You will still be able to watch the movies but they wont be displayed at their full resolution.
For gaming at your current resolution an HD5770 should be fantastic. Here is one for $145 with free shipping;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
That price is only good for the weekend so get it now.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
July 19, 2010 3:36:01 AM

I would recommend this motherboard instead;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It has 6g/s SATA while the board you linked is 3g/s and the second PCIE slot operates at x8 which is better if you ever want to add a second HD5770. FYI two HD5770s in crossfire will give you performance similar to an HD5870.
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July 26, 2010 1:59:30 AM

Best answer selected by linearity_86.
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