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Which graphics card fits for this new build?

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November 25, 2011 3:47:58 AM

I'm building a new gaming computer and I'm not sure what I should do with the video card. I will mostly use it for gaming, like Skyrim and BF3 for now. I also should mention that I usually play on 1600x1200, and I don't expect to be able to play on ultra settings, but I would like the card to last a few years.

These are the new parts I'll be buying:

i7-2700k
Intel Desktop Board DP67BG Extreme series
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
NZXT Source 210 S210-001 Black case

These parts I'm going to recycle from my old computer:

Lite on DVD drive
640 gig Western Digital HDD
700w OZC gamerstream power supply

Now for the video card, I currently have a Radeon 4870 512mb card. I was thinking of upgrading, and I don't want to spend much more than 200.00 US for it. I have been looking at the Radeon 6870, Radeon 6950, and GTX 560 ti. The deals I've seen so far have the 6870 around 150, the 6950 around 200-220, and the GTX 560 between 180-200. Should I hold on to the 4870 a while longer, or jump on these holiday deals? I've read the radeon 7000 series is coming out in december, so I don't know whether to expect new iterations of these cards, what Nvidia's plans are, or if any of them will drop in price. I'm largely ignorant of video cards so any advice will be appreciated, thanks.





Here is some more info per the forum suggestions:

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a few weeks hopefully, unless its worth it to wait

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming is the most demanding use

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, PS, HDD, case

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: reputable sites

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: Doesn't matter

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200)

Additional Comments: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC)

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November 25, 2011 5:44:06 AM

For gaming you don't need an i7. Replace it with a i5-2500k and use the money you saved to buy a nicer video card.
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November 25, 2011 5:50:35 AM

Yep. RaptorHunter speaks true.
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November 25, 2011 7:10:54 AM

+1 for downgrade your proc to 2500k

I would choose these GPU types:
HD6850, HD6870 or HD6950 (budget dependent)
GTX560 or GTX560Ti (budget dependent)

HD6970, GTX570, GTX580 and so on are more expensive, usually I do not aim for this class but it is still your choice.

Lower than HD6850/GTX560 is a no for gamers

Brands:
ASUS, Gigabyte, Shappire, XFX, MSI, HIS, EVGA, Club3D, Sparkle, Zotac



Other suggestion:
I would get Corsair, Tagan, Silverstone, Antec, Enermax or Seasonic better than OCZ for my PSU :) 
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November 25, 2011 11:18:21 AM

The only reason I would get the 2700k is because it is part of the intel retail edge deal; it will cost 254 for the cpu and mobo combined. It sounds like any of the graphics card options are good; thanks for the advice.
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December 5, 2011 1:45:32 PM

Best answer selected by hoch721.
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