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Which one of the 3 GPU's should i buy? need help!

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September 14, 2010 5:34:12 AM

Hello, all three of these graphics cards are the best i can find for my price range 70-100$ or so, and that are able to stay with my 400W power supply, but all of them have their pros and cons performance wise, can anyone give me there best advice into which one i should get? i am a gamer, but not a serious gamer that needs to see the sweat come off another character. any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks!


XFX Core Edition GS250XYSL4 GeForce GTS 250 512MB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Chipset Manufacturer:NVIDIA
Core Clock:680MHz
Stream Processors:128
Effective Memory Clock:2000MHz
DirectX:D irectX 10
HDMI:1 x HDMI
D-SUB:1 x D-SUB
DVI:1 x DVI
I like the effective memory clock of 2000MHz, its a plus, and 128 stream processors is pretty good, and the core clock is not bad too

MSI N240GT-MD1G/D5 GeForce GT 240 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-127-...
Chipset Manufacturer:NVIDIA
Core Clock:550MHz
Stream Processors:96
Effective Memory Clock:3400MHz
DirectX:D irectX 10.1
HDMI:1 x HDMI
D-SUB:1 x D-SUB
DVI:1 x DVI
the effective memory clock is the best on this one out of the 3, least amount of stream processors, but its GDDr5, and 1gb instead of 512 like teh gts 250, and the slowest core clock out of the 3

XFX HD-567X-ZNF3 Radeon HD 5670 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-150-...
Chipset Manufacturer:ATI
Core Clock:775MHz
Stream Processors:400 Stream Processing Units
Effective Memory Clock:1000MHz (4.0Gbps effective)
DirectX:D irectX 11
HDMI:1 x HDMI
DisplayPort:1 x DisplayPort
DVI:1 x DVI
I do like this one the best, highest core clock, most stream processors, 1gb and DDR5, but it has the slowest effective memory clock

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a c 235 U Graphics card
September 14, 2010 5:42:24 AM

in order of performance the cards go

GTS 250
ATI 5670
GT 240

the GTS 250 is easily the better of the three but you need a decent 450w PSU to power it.

if you have a 300w PSU, go with the ATI 5670 or GT 240 if you really like Nvidia.
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September 14, 2010 6:07:11 AM

also i would look at getting a reference gts 450 maybe. dx 11 and 40nm tech. might have to wait a week or so to find one cause they just came out but sounds like a fit to me..... a little over the budget too i guess.... i love my 9800gtx+ so if your ok with dx 9/10 then go with the gts 250 i guess...... unless you want mine? lol
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a b U Graphics card
September 14, 2010 3:49:34 PM

I would wait till the GTS 450's are widely available if i were in your shoes.
NCIX already has alot of them instock they outperform the mentioned cards and only require a 400w psu.

MSI N250GTS Twin Frozr 1G GeForce GTS 250 675MHZ 1Gb GDDR3 2.0GHZ Dual DVI Video Card - $124.39

http://www.ncixus.com/products/?sku=52875&promoid=1015&...

XFX GeForce GTS 250 680MHZ 1GB 2.0GHZ DDR3 PCI-E HDMI DVI VGA Video Card W/ Zalman Fansink -$123.32 after mir
http://www.ncixus.com/products/51350/GS250XZSL4/XFX/
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
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a b U Graphics card
September 14, 2010 4:12:15 PM

Always disliked that, 250+ only gives dx10 support while the lower end 200's supported dx10.1
Go with the 5670, or wait to see how much the 450 is for you.
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September 14, 2010 4:39:30 PM

I do very very much like the GTS 450, how long do you think it will come witha rebate or come down closer to the 100$ range, cause i am considering waiting, but i like how the 250 is only 79.99 after mail in rebate, big ups for me, so i guess it just depends when you all think it will go down into that price range or have a rebate
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a b U Graphics card
September 14, 2010 5:01:44 PM

scoot15638 said:
I do very very much like the GTS 450, how long do you think it will come witha rebate or come down closer to the 100$ range, cause i am considering waiting, but i like how the 250 is only 79.99 after mail in rebate, big ups for me, so i guess it just depends when you all think it will go down into that price range or have a rebate

I would imagine in a couple of months gpu prices will fall with the ATI 6000 series release,Xmas, and don't forget Black Friday deals.
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September 14, 2010 5:08:08 PM

I think this is a sign for me to hold out till black friday deals i guess. maybe my best bet would be to not get this till closer to christmas and do better in college =p
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a b U Graphics card
September 14, 2010 5:19:03 PM

scoot15638 said:
I think this is a sign for me to hold out till black friday deals i guess. maybe my best bet would be to not get this till closer to christmas and do better in college =p


+1 wait for black friday
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September 14, 2010 8:18:22 PM

all ati cards have more steam processors than nvidia's counterparts BUT that doesn't seem to matter
GTX 275 (240 stream processors)
HD4890 (800 stream processors)
people say they're equal

so keep that aside,
personally i would've gone for HD5670 :D 
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a b U Graphics card
September 14, 2010 8:46:59 PM

ct1615 said:
in order of performance the cards go

GTS 250
ATI 5670
GT 240

the GTS 250 is easily the better of the three but you need a decent 450w PSU to power it.

if you have a 300w PSU, go with the ATI 5670 or GT 240 if you really like Nvidia.


+1

GTS 250 is the easy pick performance wise. With a 400W power supply though, it may not work for you. Can you give us any details on your PSU? Specifically Brand and Model would help a lot.

GTS 450: I doubt you'll see price drops in the near term. Considering it was just released like 2-3 days ago @ $130. It's fairly competitive as it's priced now.
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September 14, 2010 9:03:37 PM

I am running a gateway GM5478, power supply is a good one 400W, but i guess the specs on it say it can handle the 450 and 250 no problem, delta electronics Power supply up to 400w, up to 30amps combined, i dunno i might just splurge and get the 450 around christmas when i will have more money from working and from the folks, but i mean if the 250 goes back down in price on newegg so its only 69.99 or cheaper after mail in rebate, i might jump on it and buy it. what do you all think?
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September 14, 2010 9:59:41 PM

i think if you wait for a month that you will have a really hard time finding the 250. its been around in its form for about 3 years and i bet nvidia is dying to kill it off. if i were you just get the 450 on black friday or pick up a used 250 if money is that tight, but i new one in a month...... good luck
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September 19, 2010 7:18:41 PM

actually i want to go with this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MSI N450GTS CYCLONE 1GD5/OC GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
but it does not say anywhere about PSU requirements, i am assuming 400W would be fine tho
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a c 235 U Graphics card
September 19, 2010 7:46:49 PM

scoot15638 said:
actually i want to go with this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MSI N450GTS CYCLONE 1GD5/OC GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
but it does not say anywhere about PSU requirements, i am assuming 400W would be fine tho



a 400w will power it fine, its actually recommended by Nvidia and they always over state power requirements.

the cyclone cooler is very nice, great airflow and little noise
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