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August 24, 2011 5:30:22 PM

First, I know this exact question has been asked 1,000 times. The reason I make another thread is that a lot of the links in the other posts are broken, or Newegg has deactivated the product.

I'm looking for the best video card on the market today for ~$100.

Power is not an issue. Heat *is* an issue. It is imperative my PC never shuts down.

I'm currently leaning towards: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Questions: Does the "256-bit" vs "128-bit" matter as much as I think it does? I know the RAM is fairly irrelevant.

Also, why do the nVidia cards (or a lot of cards, for that matter) not list how many "bits" they have? They list amount of "processing units/cores," which Radeon cards never list. What's up with that?

System specs:

i7-960
Sabertooth x58
24 gb tri-channel 1600 RAM
Corsair TX650 V2 650W

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August 24, 2011 5:43:56 PM

for the most part video cards under $100 isnt very hot. i have a 5750 OC to 800/1200 and on full load is about 60C. maybe you need more air intake. and check for dust bunnies...
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August 24, 2011 5:53:14 PM

weezerfan said:
for the most part video cards under $100 isnt very hot. i have a 5750 OC to 800/1200 and on full load is about 60C. maybe you need more air intake. and check for dust bunnies...


I don't have a video card yet. I'm looking to buy one.

And just to be clear, it doesn't have to be under $100, just near it.
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a b U Graphics card
August 24, 2011 6:01:16 PM

Very easy to answer yourself.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-performance-...

It's going to be 5670/6670, neither require a pci-e power cable.

Or even better you can pick up a 5770/6770 for $99 after $20 rebate. So it will be $120 up front.

Since you failed to tell us what cpu or power supply you have, it's hard to recommend one.
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a b U Graphics card
August 24, 2011 6:05:52 PM

It didn't? Maybe you should read it again, it gives you all your options, which I have so nicely listed for you.

However you failed to tell us if you even have a pci-e slot. You also failed to tell us what cpu or psu you have, so nobody can really recommend one over the other.
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August 24, 2011 6:12:56 PM

geekapproved said:
It didn't? Maybe you should read it again, it gives you all your options, which I have so nicely listed for you.

However you failed to tell us if you even have a pci-e slot. You also failed to tell us what cpu or psu you have, so nobody can really recommend one over the other.


It does not give me "all of my options." The GTS 250 is performing on par w/ the HD 4850 for less, and that article does not mention it.

But I'm building a new computer, and have these parts picked out:

i7-960
Sabertooth x58
24 gb tri-channel 1600 RAM
Corsair TX650 V2 650W
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a b U Graphics card
August 24, 2011 6:26:02 PM

Neither does it mention the 4850.

Dude seriously, it lists the BEST CARDS FOR THE MONEY period, which is what you said you wanted to the T. If you don't want the best card for the money, then buy something thats not.

GTS250 is not on par with HD4850, it's a redesigned 8800GT.

If you want the best NVIDIA card for under $100, why didnt you just say so??
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a b U Graphics card
August 24, 2011 6:28:27 PM

24GB of ram and a under $100 video card? ROFL

Why on Earth would you build a new computer on s1366???? And why on Earth would you need 24gb of ram??

You need to do some serious reading, or post the new build form in the new build section so the forum can persuade you not to do something so foolish.
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August 24, 2011 6:37:49 PM

geekapproved said:
24GB of ram and a under $100 video card? ROFL

Why on Earth would you build a new computer on s1366???? And why on Earth would you need 24gb of ram??

You need to do some serious reading, or post the new build form in the new build section so the forum can persuade you not to do something so foolish.


... I think you need to trust that I know my own needs. I have a similar computer built already. If you're going to be this unhelpful, I'd appreciate it if you stopped posting.

Now, please. Would someone be so kind as to answer my questions? :]

Just a clip from my computer right now (also running a ~$100 video card):

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a b U Graphics card
August 24, 2011 6:40:12 PM

Your not getting it. A s1155 2600K would absolutely destroy a i7-960 for a few more dollars. A Z68 motherboard would be cheaper than a X58 motherboard, only requires dual channel ram and will be upgrade able to Intels next gen top of the line cpu, Ivy Bridge next year. You will not be able to upgrade your X58 to Ivy Bridge. It's a dead end. Intel is moving to s2011 to replace s1366. It's a dead platform.

Take my advice, post a new build form in the new build section and everyone on this forum will tell you the exact same thing.

Oh and I answered your question at least 3 times now, your not paying attention. You said "I'm looking for the best video card for $100". I linked you an article called "The best video cards for the money", which breaks it down by price. If you can't figure it out, then I suggest you get someone who can to read the article for you.
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August 24, 2011 6:41:25 PM

geekapproved said:
Your not getting it. A s1155 2600K would absolutely destroy a i7-960 for a few more dollars. You'll save a bunch by getting a z68 motherboard over a X58


I understand that. 8gb RAM sticks are not affordable, and I use every 24 gb that I currently have. Dual channel is not an option.
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a b U Graphics card
August 24, 2011 6:45:59 PM

Really, looks like your only using 12GB, and 8GB sticks being unaffordable is a sad reason to build on a dead platform.

8GB stick prices will come down very soon. Don't be foolish and build another computer on a dead, non upgrade able socket.

The cpu performance alone would negate any ram deficit.

The i7-2600K will absolutely pummel a i7-960 all day long, while using less watts, and it's overclockable to 4.5-5ghz.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/45?vs=287

The i7-965Extreme only wins 1 benchmark against the i7-2600K. It's not even close.

16GB (4x4gb) of dual channel ddr3 1600 ram would be about $60 after rebates, your telling me you can't use that until the 8gb's come down?
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August 24, 2011 7:00:16 PM

I already have all the components apart from the video card.

Could you please answer my questions?
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a b U Graphics card
August 24, 2011 7:04:20 PM

You should have said you already had the parts from the start. sigh.

I answered your question at least 3 times, what part are you not comprehending?

Your question: I want the best video card I can get for $100.

My answer: I linked a article called "The best graphics cards for the money", which lists them by dollar amounts.

If you can't figure it out, I suggest you find someone that can comprehend it for you.
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August 24, 2011 7:05:36 PM

geekapproved said:
You should have said you already had the parts from the start. sigh.

I answered your question at least 3 times, what part are you not comprehending?

Your question: I want the best video card I can get for $100.

My answer: I linked a article called "The best graphics cards for the money", which lists them by dollar amounts.

If you can't figure it out, I suggest you find someone that can comprehend it for you.


Thanks for the condescension, but that was not my only question.

Besides, if I was looking to build a totally new rig, I'd have posted in the appropriate forum. If I was looking to buy a video card, I'd post here.
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a b U Graphics card
August 24, 2011 7:05:54 PM

Just to recap for the slow people.

Best card you can get for under $100: 5670/6670

Best card you can get for under $100 (after rebate): 5770/6770

Best Nvidia card for under $100: GTX460 1GB, if you can find one. Or GTS450, which would get smoked by the AMD choices I listed above.
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August 24, 2011 7:08:08 PM

geekapproved said:
Just to recap for the slow people.

Best card you can get for under $100: 5670/6670

Best card you can get for under $100 (after rebate): 5770/6770

Best Nvidia card for under $100: GTX460 1GB, if you can find one.


Still not answering my other questions.
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a b U Graphics card
August 24, 2011 7:11:18 PM

AMD and Nvidia have completely different architectures, so stream processors and cuda cores and core/mem clocks are irellevent completely.

Your other question can be answer by using this thing called Google. Let me show you how it works.

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=whats+the+difference+between+a+128...
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August 24, 2011 7:12:13 PM

geekapproved said:
AMD and Nvidia have completely different architectures, so stream processors and cuda cores and core/mem clocks are irellevent completely.


Thank you.
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August 24, 2011 7:13:56 PM

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Since they are still in stock, and you're going for the budget approach, perhaps you'd consider the GTX 260 which is still being sold by Newegg? Beyond that GeekApproved is right, I would recommend the Sapphire 6770 which ends up being $100.00. Any of the other options for the same price are less pure performance, so it's up to you.


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

That the one? I'll look up some info on it, thanks.
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August 24, 2011 7:16:03 PM

geekapproved said:
Just to recap for the slow people.

Best card you can get for under $100: 5670/6670

Best card you can get for under $100 (after rebate): 5770/6770

Best Nvidia card for under $100: GTX460 1GB, if you can find one. Or GTS450, which would get smoked by the AMD choices I listed above.


Can you really find GTX 460 1GB for under 100!?!?! That's insane. I'm buying two for my build in a couple weeks and I'm looking at 150 a piece. :o 
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a b U Graphics card
August 24, 2011 7:17:58 PM

shinaynay said:
Can you really find GTX 460 1GB for under 100!?!?! That's insane. I'm buying two for my build in a couple weeks and I'm looking at 150 a piece. :o 


There listed on newegg at $99 but out of stock. They have been replaced by the GTX560.
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August 24, 2011 7:20:18 PM

I wish I lived in the states :( 
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a b U Graphics card
August 24, 2011 7:21:32 PM

rik111 said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That the one? I'll look up some info on it, thanks.


You do NOT want a GTX260.

It's last generation old architecture, runs hot, and uses 300w under load.

Besides thats the old 192sp model, not the 216sp model, which replaced it.
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August 24, 2011 7:26:05 PM

geekapproved said:
You do NOT want a GTX260.

It's last generation old architecture, runs hot, and uses 300w under load.

Besides thats the old 192sp model, not the 216sp model, which replaced it.


So what's the difference in those cards you mentioned? (5670, 6670, 5770, 6770)

I can't tell :o 
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August 24, 2011 7:26:52 PM

geekapproved said:
You do NOT want a GTX260.

It's last generation old architecture, runs hot, and uses 300w under load.

Besides thats the old 192sp model, not the 216sp model, which replaced it.


I agree with what you're saying. 340W is closer to what this specific card uses, though I always blast way over that with my PSU anyways. On average it rises to between 65 and 80 degrees, though that's still healthy for the card. And it is the older generation, but it plays games quite well, especially for the price. I leave that to personal opinion. The card isn't going to break your system, but there are probably better options out there if you can find gtx 460s for that good of a price. Happy hunting.
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a b U Graphics card
August 24, 2011 7:31:21 PM

rik111 said:
So what's the difference in those cards you mentioned? (5670, 6670, 5770, 6770)

I can't tell :o 


The difference is they don't use 300w. They also have been replaced with newer models hat use even less (6670/6770). That's how they were listed on the article from THG "best video cards for the money" that I linked because they perform similiarly and are the same price. (5670/6670, 5770/6770) But the newer models are more efficient.

Anything else you can't figure out that I can help you with?
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August 24, 2011 7:34:07 PM

geekapproved said:
The difference is they don't use 300w. They also have newer models that use even less (6670/6770) That's how they were listed on the article from THG "best video cards for the money" that I linked.

Anything else you can't figure out that I can help you with?


Yes. I'm trying to distinguish between the 4. You said the difference is that they don't use 300w? Which of them use 300w then? I'll avoid that one.
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a b U Graphics card
August 24, 2011 9:26:31 PM

shinaynay said:
Can you really find GTX 460 1GB for under 100!?!?! That's insane. I'm buying two for my build in a couple weeks and I'm looking at 150 a piece. :o 

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This is where you can find a GTX 460 for $110.00USD or a GTX460SE for $90.00USD

http://www.evga.com/products/prodlist.asp?switch=20
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September 3, 2011 12:58:02 AM

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