Building a buget gaming pc, left with Video Card

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??
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  1. Hi, quick but important question. What resolution are you going to be using?
  2. most likely 1080p, but i have not bought the monitor yet.
  3. At the $150 range you can get a HD6870 after rebate, at the $200 range you can sometimes get a GTX560Ti or a HD6950.

    XFX6950 for $200 after all rebates/discounts - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150523
    GTX560Ti for $195 after all rebates/discounts - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814134131

    Of note, the XFX comes with a lifetime warranty if you register it after purchase.
  4. 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
  5. 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... :)
  6. 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... :)
  7. 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_1000w_modular_power_supply/index.html

    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.
  8. 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%.
  9. When you look at a psu and it say @40 there's got to ring bells. Quality brands guarantee their psus @50 degrees.
  10. XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB is on sale on Newegg for $149.99 plus you get a free Dirt 3 game.

    http://www.logicbuy.com/deals/xfx-radeon-hd-6870-video-card/35213.aspx
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