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June 29, 2011 9:30:27 PM

Hello. I am in the process of completing a new build and the only thing left to pick is the video card. The build is as follows:

Intel core i5-2500k
8 GB RAM (GSKILL 1600MHz CAS8)
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular PS
2TB HDD

I am looking for something as cheap as possible, as long as it doesn't bottleneck the ^*#% out of the system. The build is not primarily for gaming, but I would like to be able to play some of the older games I used to enjoy like CoD 5 (Call of Duty : World at War). So I guess I am looking for a card that can handle games like that and not bottleneck like crazy.

Budget: As cheap as possible, but no more than $150.

Thanks for any help anyone can provide.
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June 29, 2011 10:22:30 PM

1280 x 1024
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June 29, 2011 10:47:22 PM

the only reason i recommended an nvidia was the fact that they support 3d. i think its a cool feature if u decide to get a 3d projector one day.
if u decide to do some gaming, the graphics i linked u wont fail u even on 1600x900, if u decide to become a bit more hardcore 1920x1080, u can get a second one and sli them up, they are low power connsuming so u can squeeze them in just about maybe with underclocking.
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June 29, 2011 10:49:12 PM

for some reason ati's 5770's consume a lot less power than nvidia, so they are known to be the better option at roughly the same price, but i still like nvidia because of 3d
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June 30, 2011 12:32:00 AM

the HD6000 cards support 3d as well. and the 6770 bluesc linked supports 3d and will play games really well at your resolution.

and with the shipping and taxes on the zotac card its like around what 173 bucks or so. so its questionable. (he mad at me)

good thing about tigerdirect is no taxes (depending what state you live)

heres a good card
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
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June 30, 2011 12:39:25 AM

bigbang said:
the only reason i recommended an nvidia was the fact that they support 3d. i think its a cool feature if u decide to get a 3d projector one day.
if u decide to do some gaming, the graphics i linked u wont fail u even on 1600x900, if u decide to become a bit more hardcore 1920x1080, u can get a second one and sli them up, they are low power connsuming so u can squeeze them in just about maybe with underclocking.

A single overclocked 460 will outperform 2 5770s and consume less power while producing less heat.

The 460 absolutely destroys the 5770 with any form of eyecandy on. For $150 the nvidia card is a much better buy.

AMD 3D support is awful:
http://www.amd.com/us/products/technologies/amd-hd3d/pa...
vs
http://www.nvidia.com/object/3d-vision-requirements.htm...

The GTX 460 for $150 + $7.56 shipping is much better deal than the 6790 at $140. The 6790 is a terrible buy at $140.

When did newegg have taxes for non-CA residents?
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June 30, 2011 1:00:12 AM

browsingtheworld said:

The GTX 460 for $150 + $7.56 shipping is much better deal than the 6790 at $140. The 6790 is a terrible buy at $140.


yes exactly cuz the the 6790 at 140 dollars is the absolute worst thing you can buy. im telling you guys trollingtheworld is legit. he's not a fanboy at all. :sarcastic: 
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June 30, 2011 1:09:35 AM

Considering you can get a GTX 460 768 for $145 shipped, a GTX 460 1GB for $158 shipped and a HD 5850 (the one you linked me) for $161 shipped the 6790 is a pretty poor choice.
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June 30, 2011 1:43:16 AM

Yeah, and the gtx 470 is only X amount more and is X amount better. OP asked for the cheapest possible graphics card that will play COD5 without being crap. He didn't ask for 3d, and he didn't ask for 1080p gaming.

Unless you can find a card that performs as well as the 6770 for less than $100, it is the best option for what the OP is asking for.
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June 30, 2011 1:46:50 AM

bluesc said:
Yeah, and the gtx 470 is only X amount more and is X amount better. OP asked for the cheapest possible graphics card that will play COD5 without being crap. He didn't ask for 3d, and he didn't ask for 1080p gaming.

Unless you can find a card that performs as well as the 6770 for less than $100, it is the best option for what the OP is asking for.

If this is your argument I hope you know the 5670 maxes out COD....

He has a 2500K system. I would think he might later on down line try to play some new games at a higher resolution. Just a hunch.
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June 30, 2011 1:55:31 AM

I wouldn't suggest anything less than a 5/6770 for a rig like that. If the question included "1080p", I would be suggesting the gtx 460 right along with you.
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June 30, 2011 2:30:06 AM

bluesc said:
I wouldn't suggest anything less than a 5/6770 for a rig like that. If the question included "1080p", I would be suggesting the gtx 460 right along with you.

Just like me you're also suggesting what you think would be a better value instead of what is capable of maxing out COD at his resolution. Pot calling the kettle black and making excuses for it.
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June 30, 2011 2:31:27 AM

well according to toms the best card for around 125 is the hd5770/6770 . and they dont really recommend anything around 150 because its a really competetive so they just recommend getting the 6850 since it has great performance and can crossfire really well.
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June 30, 2011 2:35:03 AM

Tom's doesn't shop around nearly as much as other review sites like Anand. They recommending the 6790 when it first came out which was a horrible buy at $150 MSRP. The HD 5770 is worth $100 (some are priced accordingly) considering the GTX 550 Ti is $120. The HD 6790 is still $10-15 more than it should be.
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June 30, 2011 4:44:54 AM

toms and newegg have partnership (i think)
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June 30, 2011 9:05:19 AM

the 6790 never has and never will outperform a gtx460. but back to the sane world, he is happy to play games in low resolution, i suggest going with a light graphics card. i got a gtx460 and half the time i dont even know why i have it. my monitors max resolution is 1490x900 ish, which is weird but theres absolutely no games i cant play on max settings, nor do i get screen jitters after going a bit mad on my mouse (rotating endlessly fast)
so bottomline is, if u go for a 5770 (or its new brother 6770) they are like really low power consuming, essentially 100 watts on load. if u pair two of them they will absolutely destroy a gtx460, and give u performance slightly less than a 6950 2gb, which is like 300 dollars.
on the other hand the gtx550 is slightly more power consuming, and might mean u will need a new psu soon (as psus degrade with time), anything above 150w would mean putting a strain on your psu. 2 gtx550's are also very dominant, slightly more expensive than 5770 if u factor in the psu, but they are awesome, with 3d. again you will have no trouble with either of these cards running any games in the future even, as long as its on 1600x1200
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June 30, 2011 10:35:20 AM

jsanthara said:
1280 x 1024


Your CPU contains IntelĀ® HD Graphics 3000 & you got the right motherboard to enable it. At 1280x1024, you may get decent framerates for COD & other games. You can see the performance for various games in this website:
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-HD-Graphics-3000.379...


So in the meantime, do not buy anything yet. If you decide that the IGP does not meet your requirement, then come back again and consider a discrete video card.

Hope this helps.
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June 30, 2011 2:35:20 PM

nobody listen to browsingtheworld. all of his info is bad (on all of his posts)

get the 5/6770 if you dont plan on upgrading you screen any time soon. if you plan on upgrading to a 1080p screen anytime soon get a better card like the 6850 or 6950
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June 30, 2011 6:07:23 PM

r3xx3r said:
nobody listen to browsingtheworld. all of his info is bad (on all of his posts)

get the 5/6770 if you dont plan on upgrading you screen any time soon. if you plan on upgrading to a 1080p screen anytime soon get a better card like the 6850 or 6950



finally someone agrees. lol

op, all you would really need is the 5770/6770 that will do you good even after you upgrade your monitor. but if you dont plan to upgrade your monitor like at all maybe, then the 5670/6670 will also do.
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June 30, 2011 9:12:47 PM

r3xx3r said:
nobody listen to browsingtheworld. all of his info is bad (on all of his posts)

get the 5/6770 if you dont plan on upgrading you screen any time soon. if you plan on upgrading to a 1080p screen anytime soon get a better card like the 6850 or 6950

So my suggestion for getting a 460 was bad while your suggestion of a 6850 is good. :lol:  :lol:  :lol: 
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June 30, 2011 10:30:07 PM

he just suggested a 6770, and last time i checked thats different to a 6850
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June 30, 2011 10:33:47 PM

I assumed he was going to upgrade his monitor since he has a 2500K with a 1280x1024 monitor and suggested the 460. For the same scenario (upgrading the monitor) this guy suggests a 6850. He said my info (460) is bad and implied his suggestion (6850) was good without any links, benchmarks or any other form of evidence.
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June 30, 2011 11:07:55 PM

The same Tom's that recommended the HD6790 at launch?
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June 30, 2011 11:15:09 PM

6790 has already been launched, or im misunderstanding
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July 1, 2011 7:24:10 AM

All recommendations based on OP will upgrade to a higher resolution monitor is speculative. Until he say he have a monitor other than 1280x1024, I suggest he sticks to his onboard Intel HD graphics 3000. If and when he upgrade to a new resolution, then that is a different story and you can recommend all the higher end video card you want.
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July 1, 2011 7:38:19 AM

randomkid said:
All recommendations based on OP will upgrade to a higher resolution monitor is speculative. Until he say he have a monitor other than 1280x1024, I suggest he sticks to his onboard Intel HD graphics 3000. If and when he upgrade to a new resolution, then that is a different story and you can recommend all the higher end video card you want.

Great suggestion.
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July 1, 2011 8:58:27 AM

no way, he should still find games running smoother on 1280x1024 with a discrete graphics
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July 1, 2011 9:03:41 AM

^Of course. But a discrete card is nice to have for his case & NOT NEED to have. He said as cheap as possible. So what can be cheaper than $0?
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July 1, 2011 12:23:00 PM

ok, there is a huge amount of fps difference between the integrated intel and a discrete gtx550 at 1600x1200. absolutely like 130% increase accross the benches. the difference between a gtx550 and a 6850 is however not that significant, and only noticable for 1900x1200 and above, and comes down to 20-30%
so a gtx550 is a justifiable upgrade for him
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July 1, 2011 6:59:39 PM

i really hate repeating myself so buy the gtx550 ti. gl
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July 1, 2011 7:47:33 PM

bigbang said:
ok, there is a huge amount of fps difference between the integrated intel and a discrete gtx550 at 1600x1200. absolutely like 130% increase accross the benches. the difference between a gtx550 and a 6850 is however not that significant, and only noticable for 1900x1200 and above, and comes down to 20-30%
so a gtx550 is a justifiable upgrade for him

His resolution is 1280x1024.
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July 1, 2011 8:01:44 PM

He could play source games. :ange: 
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July 1, 2011 8:36:39 PM

i recently told someone upgrading from athlon 9750 to XII 955 wouldnt give a significant upgrade
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July 1, 2011 11:55:31 PM

cmon guys, stop fighting. you gonna make the mods mad and are gonna take this off topic and force the mods to close it. then OP isnt gonna get an answer.
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July 2, 2011 1:13:07 AM

so we all ahve to agree on something for it to be an asnwer? im sure he can make a judgement based on our arguements
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July 2, 2011 6:53:56 AM

he can but he wants something as cheap as possible and he isnt primarly gaming. so he can stay with his built in graphics. or get somthing cheap like the 5570/6570 or the 5670. when he does game its on 1280 x 1024. you dont need massive horsepower for that.
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July 2, 2011 12:45:19 PM

he is playing, if u read carefully. he is wants it to handle games and not bottleneck his cpu. and gtx550 is something within his budget that will accomodate that for 3-4 years at least
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July 2, 2011 12:46:40 PM

its obious that his cpu is stil bottlenecked, and thats completely besides the point
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July 2, 2011 12:46:48 PM

will still be*
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