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November 1, 2011 11:13:37 PM

Hey guys, putting together a new computer, and i need a graphics solution in the sub-200 dollar range. I dont really care if its single or dual card (but it needs to fit into a 600 watt power supply). Thanks for the help!

PS. If it works out, a solution that was dual card, where one card cost about 100 bucks so i could buy just one half now (kinda tight on monies) would be absolutely amazing.
November 1, 2011 11:31:24 PM

Jucey said:
Hey guys, putting together a new computer, and i need a graphics solution in the sub-200 dollar range. I dont really care if its single or dual card (but it needs to fit into a 600 watt power supply). Thanks for the help!

PS. If it works out, a solution that was dual card, where one card cost about 100 bucks so i could buy just one half now (kinda tight on monies) would be absolutely amazing.



Amd radeon 6950 1GB card
a c 124 ) Power supply
November 1, 2011 11:35:35 PM

You decide:

Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:


$ 155.00 460-768 MB (314/592) $ 0.49 - $ 0.52
$ 155.00 6850 (371/634) $ 0.42 - $ 0.49
$ 170.00 6870 (434/701) $ 0.39 - $ 0.49
$ 210.00 6950 (479/751) $ 0.44 - $ 0.56
$ 240.00 6950 Frozr OC (484/759) $ 0.50 - $ 0.63
$ 205.00 560 Ti (455/792) $ 0.45 - $ 0.52
$ 360.00 6970 (526/825) $ 0.68 - $ 0.87
$ 205.00 560 Ti - 900 Mhz (495/862) $ 0.41 - $ 0.48
$ 350.00 570 (524/873) $ 0.67 - $ 0.80
$ 480.00 580 (616/953) $ 0.78 - $ 1.01
$ 725.00 6990 (762/903) $ 0.95 - $ 1.61
$ 750.00 590 (881/982) $ 0.85 - $ 1.53

As a single crad, the 6870 gives most frames per dollar, when paired in SLI or CF, the 900 MHz 560 Ti
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a c 78 ) Power supply
November 1, 2011 11:40:07 PM

EVGA 01G-P3-1352-KR GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $119.99 and a $15 rebate==$104.99


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

If you wanted a two card solution for about $200 you could consider this one.

EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1461-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $199.99 and a $15 rebate


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

ASUS ENGTX560 DCII OC/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $199.99 and a $20 rebate

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

For a one card solution either of these will do and if by chance your financial situation changes then another one later on would be good.
November 1, 2011 11:44:03 PM

the 6950 is over your price range but is consider the best value for right over 200. it beats the 560ti in almost all games.
November 2, 2011 12:05:12 AM

JackNaylorPE said:
You decide:

Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:


$ 155.00 460-768 MB (314/592) $ 0.49 - $ 0.52
$ 155.00 6850 (371/634) $ 0.42 - $ 0.49
$ 170.00 6870 (434/701) $ 0.39 - $ 0.49
$ 210.00 6950 (479/751) $ 0.44 - $ 0.56
$ 240.00 6950 Frozr OC (484/759) $ 0.50 - $ 0.63
$ 205.00 560 Ti (455/792) $ 0.45 - $ 0.52
$ 360.00 6970 (526/825) $ 0.68 - $ 0.87
$ 205.00 560 Ti - 900 Mhz (495/862) $ 0.41 - $ 0.48
$ 350.00 570 (524/873) $ 0.67 - $ 0.80
$ 480.00 580 (616/953) $ 0.78 - $ 1.01
$ 725.00 6990 (762/903) $ 0.95 - $ 1.61
$ 750.00 590 (881/982) $ 0.85 - $ 1.53

As a single crad, the 6870 gives most frames per dollar, when paired in SLI or CF, the 900 MHz 560 Ti




I hate this as usually low-end video cards give the best Bang for buck. All that matter is what's best in his price range.
November 2, 2011 12:09:14 AM

jdwii said:
I hate this as usually low-end video cards give the best Bang for buck. All that matter is what's best in his price range.


those prices arent too accurate either. you can get a 6970 much cheaper and a 6870 are more expensive then that Before rebate.
November 2, 2011 2:53:16 AM

When you say that low end cards give best bang for the buck, does that mean that getting like a 6770 right now, then running it in crossfire, then eventually 3way crossfire wouldnt be a bad idea?
November 2, 2011 3:12:02 AM

you get diminishing returns once you start adding cards. and there are some driver instability for new games.
i could say get something decent like 6850 or 560 and then add a second card then its not performing up to your expectation.
November 2, 2011 3:41:14 AM

Just any Radeon 6 series starting with the 6850. Any of those cards would work awesome so don't feel obligated to purchase the highest. I'd recommend Asus for your Graphics Card though as they tend to run at a high clock speed. Hope this helps
November 2, 2011 1:47:45 PM

So what i just saw was a 3dguru article that was working with 6770's in crossfire, and it outpreforms a 6850 in most cases, and 6870 in some. I'm kind of thinking ill go with this since it will allow me to do it a chunk at a time (which is nice cause of money problems). Any comments?
November 2, 2011 1:49:55 PM

I wouldn't go crossfire if you don't have to.
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