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Best Graphics Card for $200?

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October 11, 2011 12:35:26 AM

So, as the title suggests, I am looking for a good GPU at the $200 range. A little over is okay. I was looking at the 6950, but the things people say about AMD, are not the best. I also came across the 460 gtx, but it isn't as powerful as the 6950. Any advice on the best GPU?

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Phenom II X4 CPU @ 2.8 Ghz
8Gb DDR2 RAM
Ga M68M s2p mobo
650 watt psu

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a c 143 U Graphics card
October 11, 2011 1:19:30 AM

what things do they say about AMD ? the GTX 460 is not as powerful as the HD 6950 it's not even comparable with it
the HD 6950 is as strong as a GTX 560 Ti and the HD 6950 1 GB price is $225 after MIR
also what resolution will you be gaming at ?
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October 11, 2011 1:34:51 AM

they have been complaining about noise and heat issues, and just shitty AMD quality.
resolution of my monitor is 1360x768. its a 14 in, but that's really all I want.
I have also been thinking about the 6870, but am not too sure, as it is not as powerful.
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a c 143 U Graphics card
October 11, 2011 1:43:21 AM

it's all depending on your gaming resolution, even a HD 5870 can max out some games on that resolution.
so HD 6850/6870 will be more than enough and max out any game on ultra.

AMD specially in GPUs nowadays is becoming the leader each GPU from nvidia has it's competitor from AMD, GTX 590 = HD 6990 GTX 580 = HD 5970 GTX 570 = HD 6970 all performing the same depending on the game.
noise and heat issues presets in both AMD & nVidia reference designed cards, that's why all the manufactures go with after market coolers and designs to kill this issue. my HD 6950 never go above 70C when in full load and IDLE about 40 C unlike the reference designed ones which get 95C.

I'm not speaking as a fanboy, i'm a fanboy in person, when it comes to performance i recommend the best.
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October 11, 2011 1:50:25 AM

thanks alot! :D D
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October 11, 2011 1:50:33 AM

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October 11, 2011 1:55:21 AM

i would recommend you to buy a MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack, that's what i currently have and i can maxed out almost every game i have on a 1680x1050 resolution, and the overclockablity is just crazy !!! and unlike AMD (that I had before) NVidia use CUDA core which bring a lot of games to the next level
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October 11, 2011 1:58:31 AM

meh, ilysaml said the 6950 was better than the 460 gtx. CUDA? ehh, it's just a different architecture. the 6950 seems to have alot more going for it than the 460.
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October 11, 2011 2:13:03 AM

xsergods said:
i would recommend you to buy a MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack, that's what i currently have and i can maxed out almost every game i have on a 1680x1050 resolution, and the overclockablity is just crazy !!! and unlike AMD (that I had before) NVidia use CUDA core which bring a lot of games to the next level

Both NVIDIA and AMD have two current architectures, and both are rather different internally: GF100 32 core MP and GF104 48 core MP for NVIDIA, VLIW4 and VLIW5 for AMD. do you know the difference ?
AMD has implemented AA (Anti Aliasing) years ago before nVidia and still implements better than nVidia, on a similar way nVidia has Physx while AMD doesn't have.
So, speaking about architecture and options provided by both companies are a waste of time...

the GTX 460 is comparable with HD 6850 depending on the game (generally the GTX 460 is 1% faster)
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/291?vs=313
and for sure HD 6870 beats GTX 460 1 GB
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October 11, 2011 2:47:12 AM

If I had a 14" screen that is 1366x768 I would spend every dime I have getting at least a 1080p monitor in the twenties of inches if I were considering gaming on it.

That being said the best cards from Nvidia and AMD for around $200 are the 560 Ti and 6950 respectively. Both are absolute overkill for your monitor though.

580 ($400) > 6970 ($300) > 570 ($285) > 6950 ($210) > 560 Ti ($195) > 6870 ($160) > 560 ($155) > 6850 ($135)
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October 11, 2011 5:10:27 AM

id rather play at max settings on the smaller monitor then low settings on a bigger one, you can always buy a monitor at a later time, but thats just me :) 
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October 11, 2011 1:44:54 PM

Exactly. As long as I can enjoy my games 14in is fine. I don't have a steady income so un nessecary items arnt needed :p 
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October 11, 2011 6:35:13 PM

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