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Need new video card: 200 range

Use to have 8800 gt but it's now broken. There are so many choices for video cards, but I'm just confused with all the different series and brands.

Specs:
E8400 Intel Duo core, 6 gb ram, 23 In Widescreen LED monitor (I dual monitor sometimes), Motherboard: Asus P5K-E (Only PCI-Express 16x [it's not 2.0 like a lot of these cards have]), 750 Watt Power supply.

What I want?
A great video card that is more of a bang for your buck type. My range is around 200. The games I play aren't graphic intensive (Heroes of Newerth, Counter strike) except for battlefield bad company 2.

What I've been looking at?

5770 - Getting decent reviews on newegg, its relatively cheap compared to the other video cards below (150-170 range)

GTX 460- Right in 200 range. However, there's two different kinds 768 mb one (around 170 bucks) or the 1gb one (200 bucks). Is the more ram on the video card that significant? I've been thinking about purchasing this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127510&Tpk=MSI%20GTX%20460%20Cyclone%201GB

5850 - This is more on the high end. I really don't need to pay that much for a video card; however, if it blows gtx 460 and 5770 out of the water performance wise, I don't mind paying a few extra bucks for it.

Any other suggestions would be appreciated. What video card do you guys recommend for my system?
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    xcesswee said:
    Use to have 8800 gt but it's now broken. There are so many choices for video cards, but I'm just confused with all the different series and brands.

    Specs:
    E8400 Intel Duo core, 6 gb ram, 23 In Widescreen LED monitor (I dual monitor sometimes), Motherboard: Asus P5K-E (Only PCI-Express 16x [it's not 2.0 like a lot of these cards have]), 750 Watt Power supply.

    What I want?
    A great video card that is more of a bang for your buck type. My range is around 200. The games I play aren't graphic intensive (Heroes of Newerth, Counter strike) except for battlefield bad company 2.

    What I've been looking at?

    5770 - Getting decent reviews on newegg, its relatively cheap compared to the other video cards below (150-170 range)

    GTX 460- Right in 200 range. However, there's two different kinds 768 mb one (around 170 bucks) or the 1gb one (200 bucks). Is the more ram on the video card that significant? I've been thinking about purchasing this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127510&Tpk=MSI%20GTX%20460%20Cyclone%201GB

    5850 - This is more on the high end. I really don't need to pay that much for a video card; however, if it blows gtx 460 and 5770 out of the water performance wise, I don't mind paying a few extra bucks for it.

    Any other suggestions would be appreciated. What video card do you guys recommend for my system?



    The extra vram on the video card does help.

    Have a look at

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-radeon-hd-6870-radeon-hd-6850,2782.html
    Best Graphics Cards For The Money: November 2010
  2. Thanks for the article. I think my final choices are going to be GTX 460 1gb or the 6850. What do you guys recommend? Also, if you could provide links to a SPECIFIC brand you would buy for each card, I'd greatly appreciate it.
  3. The Asus DirectCU GTX 460 1GB or the DirectCu 6850.
  4. They're both good choices, personally i'd go with the GTX 460 1GB factory overclocked.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125333

    or
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130570

    Giga has a 3 year warranty, EVGA has a 2 year.
  5. xfx 6850

    double lifetime warranty for only $10 more, worth it imo.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150505&Tpk=xfx%206850

    never mind, sold out, I guess I want the only who though it was a good deal :P
  6. Ok i'm definitely getting 6850. Out of these 3 brands, which one would you pick? http://stores.tomshardware.com/search_attrib.php/page_id=5/form_keyword=Radeon+6850/rd=1/st=query
  7. The XFX with a double lifetime warranty if you register it. It makes it much easier in a year or 2 when you sell it.
  8. Yes go with XfX if u can find one for a good price. You can keep this card for a while, and than add another 6850 down the road.

    But Asus and Gigabyte make great 6850s too with 3 year warrantys. Sparkle and visiontek do lifetime warrantys as well.

    Saphire, HiS, and powercolor all come with just 2 year warrantys and unimpressive cooler as compared to gigabyte and asus.
  9. I'd go with the Asus DirectCU, especially if you want to overclock.
  10. Seems like directcu is all sold out; however, i found a really good deal on gigabyte
    http://www.mwave.com/mwave/skusearch_v3.asp?scriteria=AA98813&pagetitle=GIGABYTE%20GV-R685D5-1GD%20Radeon%20HD%206850%201GB%20256-bit%20GDDR5

    My question is how do i have to do anything to get the warranties or is it automatically implied once i purchase?
  11. good price! Good brand with a fantastic cooler.

    Gigabyte is 3 years in NA and Canada, and you only need to register with company's for the lifetime warranty's (or they default to 1 or 2 year), with gigabyte you don't have to register (since they don't offer lifetime).

    good luck!
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