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Building a buget gaming pc, left with Video Card

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November 8, 2011 5:16:21 PM

I got some good deals on some good hardware, but I need one more thing.

Looking for the best video card for $150 - $200.

My specs:
Core i5 2500k ($180)
8 gig pc1600 ram ($54)
Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 Motherboard ($80)
1000w Rosewill modular power supply (yes i know its overkill but it was $140 bucks off - $60)
NZXT H2 Silent Case - got for hot-swap HD & because my wife hates loud computers..($100)
Random SATA DVD-rom ($20)
Other thing($9)
($503 total so far)
I'm saving $100 for a monitor and $800 is my max.

I've looked at 6870's and it seems like they are my best bet on price/performance for sure.

Are there any other options??
November 8, 2011 5:33:31 PM

Hi, quick but important question. What resolution are you going to be using?
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November 8, 2011 5:34:53 PM

most likely 1080p, but i have not bought the monitor yet.
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a b U Graphics card
November 8, 2011 5:41:37 PM

Even at 1280x1024 or lower a 6870 will be fine, people say it's overkill but I call it future-proofing, I got a 5850 at release 2 years ago for only a 1360x768 monitor and I can still play every single game at highest setting without lag, If I had a 1080p monitor
(which the 5850 was recommended for back then, and it's still fine for that) I would've had to get a new card by now if I wanted to stay at highest settings.


If you got the money then why settle for a lower card? Hell I'd get a 6990 if I could knowing it'll last along time till it can't run the newest games. And yes the 6870 is a pretty good bang for the buck.


Edit: dammit, It only had 1 reply when I started typing
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a c 189 U Graphics card
November 8, 2011 5:42:44 PM

I would rather getting 650W quality PSU with >$160 better than "just" $140 1000W junk PSU. No offense, but do not cheap out on PSU, it's the most important thing inside your PC... :) 
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a b U Graphics card
November 8, 2011 6:10:01 PM

nbk4ever said:
The power supply was actually 60 bucks, not 140 :)  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182188&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL110111&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL110111-_-EMC-110111-Index-_-PowerSupplies-_-17182188-L01D 4 eggs isn't bad.

I think I might look into getting the 6950, I didn't realize you could get one that cheap... :) 

seriously is that how you look if a psu is junk or not you look at the eggs?
Please read this
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/410
Here's a good psu database
http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page541.htm

Here's the psu
http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/3566/rosewill_rgd1000_...

Problems with the 12v rails. That's where your gpu will be connected to. That's 900w
Btw Rosewill is Neweggs "In house Brand" you will see lot of eggs everytime on a Rosewill product.

60 bucks might equal the price of 1 psu and 1 gpu.

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a b U Graphics card
November 8, 2011 6:12:52 PM

wa1 said:
I would rather getting 650W quality PSU with >$160 better than "just" $140 1000W junk PSU. No offense, but do not cheap out on PSU, it's the most important thing inside your PC... :) 


From what I've found, the Rosewell 1kW PSU is a decent PSU. Granted, I too would have gotten a smaller more efficient PSU with better voltage regulation and ripple control. This setup will draw maybe 400W peak, so most the time you'll be under the 20% load level so you won't even be at 80% efficiency and most likely closer to 70%.
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a b U Graphics card
November 8, 2011 6:25:33 PM

When you look at a psu and it say @40 there's got to ring bells. Quality brands guarantee their psus @50 degrees.
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