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Best graphics card under $300?

Hello, I'm looking to build a new PC for Skyrim and Battlefield 3 coming out this fall, I just want to get your opinions on which card I should pick up, I could probably up my budget to $350 if need be but would prefer not to.

Thanks for all your help!
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  1. Might help to know what the rest of your computer hardware is . If the rest of the system isnt good enough then spending that much could just be a waste .

    But in general have a look at the charts section of this website . The gfx card chart should give you the information you need once you combine that with a trip to newegg
  2. Outlander_04 said:
    Might help to know what the rest of your computer hardware is . If the rest of the system isnt good enough then spending that much could just be a waste .

    But in general have a look at the charts section of this website . The gfx card chart should give you the information you need once you combine that with a trip to newegg


    Well I'm going to build a new PC.

    To give you some perspective my current GPU is an 8800GTS.
  3. LivelyBanter said:
    Well I'm going to build a new PC.

    To give you some perspective my current GPU is an 8800GTS.


    any idea of the resolutions you play at (if you already have the monitor im assuming).
  4. ps3hacker12 said:
    any idea of the resolutions you play at (if you already have the monitor im assuming).


    1920x1080.

    My buddy keeps preaching that a GTX 295 still blows everything else out of the water, even though it's a couple of years old. Does he have a valid point?

    Thank you, I really appreciate all the responses.
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    LivelyBanter said:
    1920x1080.

    My buddy keeps preaching that a GTX 295 still blows everything else out of the water, even though it's a couple of years old. Does he have a valid point?

    Thank you, I really appreciate all the responses.


    no. even a previous generation card beats that:
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/168?vs=158

    it gets beaten by a current generation 560Ti -_-:

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/330
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/168

    and also not to mention it runs hotter, is a worse overclocker and can't do DirectX 11 (its a direct X 10 card) your friend really doesnt know what he is talking about, (no offense.) although the GTX295 is still a great card, it does get beaten by even some mid-high end cards.
  6. That's like saying 'best house under £2,000,000'. Anyway, I'd say you should go with a 6850. Power efficient and fast.
  7. Have a good read through Tom's latest graphics card article... someone already linked it.
  8. If you wanna go for a 6950, at least spend a bit more to get the 2gb version (you'll still stay under $300).
  9. You could probably even crossfire two 6850s for less than $350 (seems like American prices are cheaper for electronic hardware D: ). Two 6850s in crossfire would be a loch ness monster.
  10. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6076195&CatId=3669 Two of these would be much cooler, proabably not the same performance, but still do great I have a single ati 5770 xfx I love it because it's awesome even 2 years after it was made.
  11. If anyone cares I got a GTX 570 for just under $300 :D
  12. LivelyBanter said:
    If anyone cares I got a GTX 570 for just under $300 :D


    cool! hope you enjoy!
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