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Best Gpu for around $100-$130

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January 29, 2012 1:08:08 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Sometime this summer maybe more soon, maybe later Budget: Total $550 MAX. (am at around $410 with hard drive and media disk)
I will be using this mainly for everyday computing and moderate games like minecraft, WoW and might buy a higher graphic demanding game like skyrim or bf3.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY:Going to buy A 500w Psu and dont currently have a gpu. (building a new computer)

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:
I'm going to have these parts:
Cpu: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition (125W) Quad Core Socket AM3
MoBo: Asus M4A78LT-M LE Socket AM3 AMD 760G Chipset
Psu: Topower TOP-500PM Nano Series 500W PSU
RAM: G.SKILL Sniper Series DDR3 1600MHz (PC3-12800) 8GB (2x4GB) Dual Channel Kit (F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: http://www.canadacomputers.com (basically anywhere i can get a good deal for all my choices, so I guess newegg will work too.)

PARTS PREFERENCES: Does not matter, have more knowledge on the AMD HD series though.

OVERCLOCKING: O/C: If its worth it, Sli/Crossfire: probably not

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 21.5"


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I have little knowledge so please explain to me in detail of why you choose that gpu.

If you want the links then I can post them in.

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January 29, 2012 1:23:47 PM

I would run an intel cpu, they tend to do better for gaming, encoding, rendering and lower wattage. Would probally run an i3-2120 per http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o.... Would cost about the same per cpu, but the motherboards tend to run a lil more expensive.

As for sli/xfire, it's not really needed at that resolution. You like eye candy get something with more ram on the gpu/ vid card. I'm currently running a gtx 460 1 gb and it's fine for my needs.

Are you re-using a case / optical / hdd / os?

January 29, 2012 1:28:43 PM

No but i didnt really think you would need them but here they are:

Case: http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=6...

DVD drive: http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=3...

Hard Drive: http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=1....

Os: probably gonna try out Linux, if i don't like it then i'll buy windows 7 64-bit.

How do theese two look?

Cpu: http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4...

MoBo: http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...
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January 29, 2012 1:38:42 PM

As an intro gaming rig, that looks great. If you could swing a lil more for a cpu (like $60 US) , go with i5-2400. 4 cores are usually better than hyper threading. Linus is fun, the only thing i hate is hunting down drivers w/e a new version comes out.

Actually, probally want to go p67 board over a h 61.
January 29, 2012 1:47:06 PM

I guess it's ok, but i wouldn't really invest in a 6670, and do you suggest i pay more now so The parts will last longer in terms of power?
January 29, 2012 11:22:39 PM

Yeah, the 6670 is a little weak. I 'd shoot for a 6850/70, or maybe wait til mid feb for the 7850 from amd. I just built my friend his comp using a 2500k with no vid card. Using the onboard, but he mostly plays LoL and SC2.
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