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Good Video card for Under $200

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August 16, 2011 3:32:52 AM

I'm looking for a video card to go into my build. I want to get the best from my money.

I would prefer the card to be AMD/Radeon but If I can get a Nvidia better for under $200, I'd gladly go for it.
I'd be using the Video card for Moderate gaming/3D rendering, But I want to get into heavy gaming later.

I'm ordering my parts from, But if theirs another Australian site where I can get the Video Cards
cheaper, That would be great. Thanks!

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a c 214 U Graphics card
August 16, 2011 3:51:39 AM

I would agree with Avo Arrow the 6870 is probably going to be the best for your money.I know that in other countries they make the prices a lot higher so for $190 that's a good deal.

What are your full system specs?(CPU,RAM,etc.)

What is the make/model of your PSU? How many amps are on the +12v/rail(s)?
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August 16, 2011 3:59:44 AM

I will be buying these parts...

AMD Phenom II X6 1055T (Probably upgrade to the 1090T)
ASRock 970 Extreme4 Motherboard
ASUS Radeon HD6670 1GB
G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 (Dual Channel)
Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST31000524AS
Aereon Asroc ASC-620C 620W Power Supply
Aywun Game Series G05 Case

The PSU is 24 pin. & 22A on the 12v rails.
a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2011 4:35:23 AM

I assume the 1090T is useful for video rendering? Otherwise, I'd recommend the Phenom II x3 720BE to be swapped for Bulldozer down the road.

Also, I don't trust that Aereon Asroc ASC-620C. It's only got 444W on the +12V rails. That means it's a 470W PSU, not 620W. I'd stick to Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, Silverstone, or XFX if I didn't have great reviews. Some FSPs are pretty great too.

Oh, 6870 on the graphics, btw.
a c 214 U Graphics card
August 16, 2011 4:56:27 AM

I would have to agree with dalauder that PSU doesn't look very reliable.I would reccomend that you replace that ASAP.It still maybe be able to a support a GPU but it's not clean power.

If you already have a 6670 I would suggest just getting another for Crossfire.You already have a Crossfire capable mobo and a 6670 so I don't see why not.For a moderate gamer a 6670 crossfire is very good.The 6670 crossfire should be faster than a single 6850 and probably will rival a 6870.
August 16, 2011 4:58:17 AM

Ahh, Thats a problem then aye.

Well in that case, swapping to Corsair CX-600 V2 Power Supply would fix up that problem, But assuming the Power supply is fine, Is this a good build?
a c 214 U Graphics card
August 16, 2011 5:55:03 AM

That CX series from Corsair isn't really some of their best products but it will be fine for your needs and is still better than the previous one.

What are the prices for some of the Seasonic PSU's in your region?

Everything looks good but I would suggest swapping out the 1055T for something else.The 1055T is the lowest end 6 core and it isn't a BE.I would suggest going with the Phenom ii x4 955.That way you have around $50 extra to spend on the video card meaning it will last you a while longer.Or you could put it towards a AM3+ CPU since their release date is quite soon(rumored).

Have you decided on a card yet?
a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2011 6:00:29 AM

Have you bought the parts yet?

Honestly, AMD architecture is weak right now. I'd wait wand see what Bulldozer's bringing or go with Sandy Bridge. But you can't beat AMD prices for a hexacore if that's what you need tomorrow and not can't wait a few weeks.

If you're just going with crossfired 6670's, then a single good 500W will do (Corsair CX500 is enough). If you're serious about gaming, you could aim higher than the 6670's though. It's your call. I don't game much myself and two 6670's would do everything I need.
August 16, 2011 11:29:20 PM

No, I have'nt bought the parts yet, But I do need the 6-core because I'll be doing 3D Rendering and High end Video rendering, So those extra cores would be nice to have.

With the Bulldozer, It comes out September 11th? Not sure, if thats true or not, But Its also rumoured with a $250 price tag, So It's pretty much a no unless I go for a lower end Graphics Card. (My limit is $800 AU).

And a 520W PSU is $115, About $30 higher than the 600W Corsair. So unless theres a major difference between the two, The 600W sounds the ideal PSU (Just the fact it has more for cheaper).

And the graphics card, I'm not sure of the real difference between the two once again, But I'll probably go with the 6870, Once again because its cheaper, Unless theirs a major difference I'm most likely going to stick with it.
a c 214 U Graphics card
August 16, 2011 11:32:51 PM

I was hearing $300 but again this is all rumored.

I figured you already had a 6670 which is why I suggested the crossfire.Since you don't I would still reccomend the 6870.