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March 28, 2011 8:43:52 AM

Hi, long time lurker first time poster. I don't know if I'm posting in the right section but can anyone recommend me a good card around $100-150 price range? I'm leaning towards gtx 460 768mb and newegg has MIR deals make these cards around $140. Should I buy the card now or should I wait for april deals?
March 28, 2011 10:51:11 AM

Get HD 6850 or 6870 (if it suits your budget). Second choice GTX 460 768 MB or 1 gb.

By the way get GTX 460 with 1 gb memory.
768 mb also works fine.
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March 28, 2011 2:58:16 PM

From what Ive heard the GTx 550ti 1GB beats the GTX 460 786MB, but the GTX 460 1GB beats the GTX 550ti.

Also, If getting the GTX 460, be sure you have two 6pin power connectors on your PSU.
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a b U Graphics card
March 28, 2011 4:17:13 PM

yeah the gtx 460 768mb and 1 GB beats the 550ti,

the 550ti is an odd ball card price/perf if you ask me I'd rather get a 5770 or a gtx 460 768mb for the money
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a b U Graphics card
March 28, 2011 4:19:51 PM

Whoops, meant to say the GTX 550ti beats the GTX 460 768MB.
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a b U Graphics card
March 28, 2011 4:20:42 PM

^^not from what I've seen generally it goes 550<460 (768mb)<460 (1 GB), how are you concluding the 550 is better than the 768mb gtx 460? also what resolution are you talking about?
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a b U Graphics card
March 28, 2011 4:34:32 PM

From Benchmarks ive seen so far, at the usual 1920 * 1080 and what not.
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a b U Graphics card
March 28, 2011 4:50:03 PM

yummerzzz said:
From Benchmarks ive seen so far, at the usual 1920 * 1080 and what not.


well almost every benchmark that I've seen idicates otherwise, if you do some more research, you should come to the same conclusion
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a b U Graphics card
March 28, 2011 4:51:32 PM

Thanks rolli, 14% slower and more expensive then the 768mb 460 in some cases makes it a bad buy imo, bad price/perf
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a b U Graphics card
March 28, 2011 5:16:12 PM

But if you were upgrading form a lower end Rig, you'd most likely have to buy a new PSU to support it.
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a b U Graphics card
March 28, 2011 5:17:38 PM

yes, but how does that make it better? that is correct but you will likely also have to upgrade a psu on a low end rig to run a 550ti as well so that is a moot point imo
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a b U Graphics card
March 28, 2011 5:18:37 PM

True.
Oh well, btw, how does the PII 955 run?
Im getting it for my first gaming rig.
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a b U Graphics card
March 28, 2011 5:27:43 PM

it runs very well for a single powerful gpu like the 6970 or gtx 570, but when I had crossfire 6870s it seemed to be a contributing factor to some of the microsutter/ min fps I was expiriencing.

The 955 basically clocks to 3.8 out of the box and at that level it can compete with the low end i5-2400k at stock and its a little bit better then the core 2 quads which are a ripoff on a dying platform, overall the 955 is a great budget chip, but if you can afford it the i5 2500k would be a much better buy for the money imo, but in the end a 955 is really all you need for a good gaming rig, there are those extremists that need an i7 980x to properly run quad fire or what have you... in the end the 955 is perfectly powerful for a single powerful modern card up to the gtx 580 or more..
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a b U Graphics card
March 28, 2011 5:33:41 PM

Cool, I'm only getting the GTX 550ti anyway.
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a b U Graphics card
March 28, 2011 5:35:38 PM

oh yeah well with the 955 and the 550ti, the 550ti will be the bottleneck at least and you will have some room to upgrade with the same cpu
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a b U Graphics card
March 28, 2011 5:38:11 PM

The GTX 550ti will bottleneck on the PII 955?
Ive seen GTX 460's on it and they don't seem to....
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a b U Graphics card
March 28, 2011 5:43:35 PM

no im saying that your overall system bottleneck will be the gpu, a 460 would be the bottle neck too, not that it would bottleneck or have reduced performance itself, but rather the gpu will be the limiting factor in your overall performance
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a b U Graphics card
March 28, 2011 5:47:15 PM

Oh, S o I should be getting a better GPU for a system like this?
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a b U Graphics card
March 28, 2011 5:50:20 PM

well you don't have to but I was just putting things in prespective, I feel like my setup id pretty balanced so if you got a gpu on the level of a gtx 570 then I think you too would have a nice balanced system. If anything I would at least go for a gtx 460 1gb or better if you can afford it... and I dont want to hijack the thread from the op so if you want any more info or advice just pm me
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March 28, 2011 10:43:17 PM

jjb8675309 said:
well you don't have to but I was just putting things in prespective, I feel like my setup id pretty balanced so if you got a gpu on the level of a gtx 570 then I think you too would have a nice balanced system. If anything I would at least go for a gtx 460 1gb or better if you can afford it... and I dont want to hijack the thread from the op so if you want any more info or advice just pm me


No worries I dont mind. Anyways I think I'm gonna go with 6850, which of the 2 should I get?

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

or

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

Anyone? Should I buy right now or wait for better deals?

Edit
I want to add 5850

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b U Graphics card
March 28, 2011 11:49:44 PM

I'd get the 5850, its faster overall and the gigabyte model should provide some hefty overclocking room, not a bad deal at all, of course most people say that the 6850s can oc nicely as well but overall the 5850 is the stronger card... in fact it looks like it has a small factory overclock out of the box if you like that kind of thing, overall the gigabyte design is quiet and cool, I used to have a 5870 in that same gigabyte flavor and it was excellent
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a c 1363 U Graphics card
March 29, 2011 12:09:09 AM

I personally would get either of the HD6850 cards but then again the HD5850 card is only $10 more for approx 10% more performance.
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a b U Graphics card
March 29, 2011 12:29:08 AM

Radeon 5870 for $170--that's the best you're gonna get. OC it and you beat a GTX 570.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Otherwise, get a 5770 for $99 after rebate and a second for Crossfire on Black Friday for like $70.

That or a GTX 460 1GB or 5850 if you find either for under $150.
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a b U Graphics card
March 29, 2011 1:50:58 AM

yeah the 5870 for 170 is the best deal in town
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March 29, 2011 5:13:02 AM

Thanks! just bought one 5870
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April 8, 2011 9:41:28 AM

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