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Choosing the right Graphic Card

BUDGET RANGE: (CAD$ 150-250) (I don't have any rebates, so I guess it's before)

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (Web browsing, Watching Movies, Gaming (not high quality games, more like Call of Duty 4)

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Nothing. I'm building a new PC from nothing.

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBSR


PARTS PREFERENCES: No preferances, I just want the most performant for my money.


MONITOR RESOLUTION: I don't have a monitor.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: So yeah, now you can help me choose the best Video card for my budget, but hey if you have any suggestions for any other parts (as I'm not updating a video card, I'm building a new PC) don't be shy. Also, if you see a reply, please don't simply skip this thread with the thought that my problem has been solved, because I prefer different opinions.

Thank you for your help!
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  1. Due to what you said above, a HD 5770 would be a really good choice. It can run any game out on the market right now, and they do tend to oc well enough if you care to do so. You can nab them for between $90-150, depending on model/vendor and used or new, on ebay, newegg, etc.
  2. this galaxy GTX460 will run cool and quiet and will play most games for years to come.
    it's also a cool 149.99 after the included 40 mail in rebate
  3. HD6870s go for around $200 after rebates, so that would be a good choice right between $150 and $250. Although, if you only play COD 4, a hd4870 would be more than enough.
  4. A 5770 would meet your needs. So would an a Phenom II x2 or Athlon II x3 or x4. Too bad you missed the 5870 for $199 last week. That was by far the best deal.

    You should post a new thread for a new build and we'll rework and optimize the whole thing for your needs and price range. Here's a quick build that is awesome for whatever price range it's at (American dollars, sorry).

    CPU: $140 Phenom II x4 955BE
    Mobo: $90 ASRock 870 Extreme 3
    RAM: $45 Any 1600MHz Cas9 DDR3 4GB (2x2GB)
    HDD: $55 Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
    PSU: $80 Antec EA750 750W (
    Case: $55 Antec 300 Illusion
    DVD: $18 Cheapest DVD Burner
    Graphics: $250 HIS Radeon 6950 2GB (

    Total: $733
    All prices include shipping, I think.

    And the PSU can handle you adding a second 6950 in two years.

    You can save $150 by getting a 5770 instead, $30 on a 600W Corsair PSU (, and $50 on one of the CPUs I mentioned above. I don't think any motherboard downgrade is worth it.

    Total for cheaper build: $503
  5. Okay I looked after your video cards and I know you have chosen a video card for my needs, and are around 150-200, which is great, but I can go up to 250$, so even if I don't need it for my actually usage, I would like you to help me choose a nice one around 250$. The reason is simple. Even I won't need that high performant video card for my acutal usage, you have to know that I won't update my video card for years, so I want a great one today, that will still be performant in the next 3-4 years. Also, I read about video card that the GPU is responsible for most of the performance of a video card, however, I found video cards with the same GPU, but 150-200 dollars in difference. That confuses me, should I invest more on the GPU, for example, get the cheapest video card with the highest GPU possible, or the highest video card with a cheaper GPU? I don't know if you will understand my point, but I have to find a good balance for my 250$.

    Thankh you guys for your help, really appreciated.
  6. Best answer
    By the way, a GPU means Graphics Processing Unit, so I do not understand what you are saying. The best brute power card for $250 is this: If your case is big enough for that monster. For better drivers and stuff, you would go for Nvidia. Like this GTX 560,
  7. For $250 the best card you can get is the GTX 560 Ti since the HD 6950 2gb went back up in price.
  8. Not if you count rebates :).

    But you know, you save $150 getting a 5770 and if you spend that same $150 on a card in two years, it will be much better than a $250 card today. But if you want to spend $250 today, you should get the HD 6950 2GB.
  9. Best answer selected by lolipop12.
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