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September 2, 2011 9:52:35 PM

Hi everyone. I am about to build my first pc and want to consult everyone on the forums about choosing the right Graphics card. I play SC2 occasionally, watch movies, and hope to purchase/play BF3 once it is released.

So far my setup consists of:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($123.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot G Series Sector 5 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 750GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master CM690 II Advanced ATX Mid Tower Case ($87.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 650W ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7260S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)

I want to keep my budget to ~$250, which probably means SRI and Crossfire are out of the question. I've done some research and it seems that the GTX 560ti, and 6950 models are pretty good candidates for that price range. Does this sound right? and if so/not, what are some some suggestions for a GPU?

Thanks!


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September 2, 2011 10:25:11 PM

If you look on Newegg.com you will see a big section of video cards.
Evga Ds Superclocked 01g-P3-1567-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1 gb 900 mhz. $259.99
Evga Superclocked 02g-P3-1469-KR-GeForce GTX 560 2 gb 850 mhz. $244.99
The extra gb helps out here on this last one although it's not a Ti.
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September 2, 2011 11:02:10 PM

If I were you, I would grab a GTX 560 ti, the hd6950 is also good if you aren't afraid of unlocking.
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September 2, 2011 11:11:00 PM

Yeah, just depends on if you like nvidia or ATI.......the 560ti and 6950 are both good cards.
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September 2, 2011 11:31:11 PM

Would either of the two be overkill for my needs? I'll be playing games, but not frequently. This computer will mostly be used to watch movies and work on spreadsheets.

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September 2, 2011 11:34:46 PM

wingchan said:
Would either of the two be overkill for my needs? I'll be playing games, but not frequently. This computer will mostly be used to watch movies and work on spreadsheets.

No, BF3 will requiare a lot.
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