GPU under 200 bucks

Hey looking for a new card for a friend. Hes looking to spend under 200 bucks. Tried to find him mine, GTX 260 but looks like newegg doesnt sell it anymore. He wants to play sc2 on max settings. Did a quick look and found this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130563

thoughts?
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  1. What resolution dos your friend play at ?
    Also what are his system specs(including PSU) ?
  2. gtx 460 is the best choice under 200$,get this one with rebate in 190$.however it will need atleast 500watts psu from a good brand.it is really awesome.
  3. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121375

    Faster card and cheaper to assuming you get the rebate. Asus 5850 DirectCU for $180 after rebate. If you don't want to deal with rebates;

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127500

    MSI 5850 Twin Frozr II for the same(ish) $190 price. And thats counting the free shipping and the no rebate. GTX460 is good, but the 5850 is generally better.
  4. Yea dont know his specs of his computer, it is pretty new but he told his dad he wasnt going to be using it for crazy thingw, so who knows what his dad bought. But i was assuming since it is really new the MOBO def has PCI-E slots, was also worried about the case, since my antec 900 was super tight for my gtx 260. So a normal bought comp the case could be to small. He also lives like 4 hours away, so maybe next time he visits i will tell him to bring his tower.
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    ati ftw! eyefinity much!?

    plus the new nvidia cards seem bland nowadays.


    WTF are you talking about? LOL That's the most opinionated, and least factual statement I've seen in a while.

    The ATI 5850 for $180 to $190 is probably your best bet for under $200 if you want the fastest card possible. For a smaller budget, the GTX 460 1GB is your next best choice. Though I'm kind of an nVidia fan, I can honestly admit the ATI 5850 is faster than the GTX 460.

    And yes, stay away from the GTX 460 "SE" versions as they are literally crippled video cards.
  6. MSI 6850 OC @$173 ($143 AR) after you sign up at the website:

    http://www.mwave.com/mwave/skusearch_v3.asp?scriteria=AA99342&px=DN
  7. My gt240 that I had a while back ran SCII at max 1280x1024 quite nicely. BUt the hd5850s are a good choice.
  8. jerreece said:
    The ATI 5850 for $180 to $190 is probably your best bet for under $200 if you want the fastest card possible. For a smaller budget, the GTX 460 1GB is your next best choice. Though I'm kind of an nVidia fan, I can honestly admit the ATI 5850 is faster than the GTX 460.

    And yes, stay away from the GTX 460 "EE" versions as they are literally crippled video cards.

    I think you mean the SE versions are literally crippled. EE just means External Exhaust.

    Anyone recommending a 5850 is trying to push a card with pitiful DirectX 11 Tesselation performance. A GTX460 is much better in that regard, and a factory overclocked GTX460 beats a 5850 anyway. Also, Starcraft 2 favors Nvidia cards. Stick with the original thought, EVGA GTX460 Superclock.

    This is what a stock GTX460 does in Starcraft 2 vs the 5850:

  9. 17seconds said:
    I think you mean the SE versions are literally crippled. EE just means External Exhaust


    Actually I did mean SE. Thanks for finding my two week old typo! LOL I'll fix that.
  10. jerreece said:
    Actually I did mean SE. Thanks for finding my two week old typo! LOL I'll fix that.

    Man, now I have to check the dates too?

    He probably got a 5850 by now and is chugging along at 15 fps in Starcraft 2, cursing you guys out the whole time.
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