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Graphics Card Suggestions ~$200

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March 6, 2011 9:56:37 PM

Hey everyone,

I'm looking to upgrade from my XFX 7600GT 256MB 128-bit Graphics Card since it's over 5 years old now and I've been looking at the 5850, 5870, 6850, and the GTX 460. I would like the upgrade to have at least 1GB of RAM @ a minimum of a 256-bit interface. This card will be used primarily for gaming and I may overclock it depending on the stock performance. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on which to get. I'd like to purchase it tonight (3-6-11). I'm looking to spend no more than ~$200. Maybe give or take $20 depending on possible rebates.

Thanks in advance!
Mike
a c 620 U Graphics card
March 6, 2011 10:02:40 PM

Here you go, the fastest and also the quietest GTX 460 they tested at Guru3d.com:

Gigabyte GTX 460 Superoverclock (SOC) $210 ($190 after rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.guru3d.com/article/gigabyte-geforce-gtx-460-...

Quotes:
"From the top of my head I can tell you that this was GeForce GTX 460 card number eighteen that we have tested to date. The overall baseline performance of the GeForce GTX 460 is of course commendable, this particular SOC card comes factory overclocked a good chunk higher, making it the fastest GTX 460 we actually tested. The card as tested today performs roughly at GTX 470 level, and that means it is in fact competing with the Radeon 6850 and sometimes even the 6870."

"It is the fastest factory clocked GTX 460 1024MB model we've spotted on the market to date. If you can find it at the right price, then go for it as we would very much like to recommend it, even if it is for sheer silence and cooling performance alone."
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March 6, 2011 11:24:05 PM

These both seem like really great cards. To be honest, I've never heard of Sparkle. Are they a decent company? Should I expect any issues with the card (aka Are they known to have issues with their GFX Cards?)
I'm kinda stuck between all of em right now - I love Nvidia but if I go with an AMD Mobo and wanna do CrossFire then the ATI/AMD GFX Cards are looking like the better option. Anyone else have any other suggestions?
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March 6, 2011 11:27:19 PM

Do you have a good enough power supply to power these cards?

I would reccomend the 6850 but for $20 more you can get the GTX560.Currently the GTX560 is the best bang for your buck card right now.

6850= $190
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GTX560=$230

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Tat GTX560 is on sale i think,so it won't be $230 forever.I wouldn't normally reccomend Sparkle but it is still a good card and if anything goes wrong with it same as the others you can just return it.
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March 6, 2011 11:44:27 PM

purple stank said:
Do you have a good enough power supply to power these cards?

I would reccomend the 6850 but for $20 more you can get the GTX560.Currently the GTX560 is the best bang for your buck card right now.

6850= $190
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GTX560=$230

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Tat GTX560 is on sale i think,so it won't be $230 forever.I wouldn't normally reccomend Sparkle but it is still a good card and if anything goes wrong with it same as the others you can just return it.


Thanks for your suggestion. I might end up trying a Sparkle. I've currently got a XION 600W Power Supply that I picked up 5 years ago. I know it's time to replace it, but I think it should be fine for a while longer. The model number of it is: XON-600F-14T-201
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March 7, 2011 12:45:33 AM

Yes i would suggest replacing that soon,it's not that great of a PSU to begin with and it's over 5 years old.The GTX560 will push it further than it's been before so thats a big unknown.

Which card were you leaning twards?
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March 7, 2011 2:03:21 AM

That Sparkle 560 is a reference design, which is a pretty good design. Since it is reference, there's really no difference between Sparkle and any other more well known brand.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
March 7, 2011 2:54:44 AM

Well their are those companys that use different parts.Mainly the cheaper parts.
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March 7, 2011 3:01:05 AM

all reference cards are exactly the same i think no matter what brand.
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