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Best non SLI/Crossfire Video Card?

Hello,

It's my first time building a new rig. I'm trying to find the best video card for running current games like SWToR and Arkham City, etc. I definitely cannot afford the GTX 560ti and was looking around the range of $180-200 or below.
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  1. You will probably do nicely with a Radeon 6870 or a REGULAR GTX 560 (not the Ti version). Either will run most games at high or the highest settings. Some might prefer Nvidia or ATI, but honestly I would just find whatever one is the cheapest you can find.
  2. If you can handle rebates and the 10 dollar off promocode you could squeak in one of these. Only 3 eggs though? not sure of the quality. I used an XFX motherboard before though, never had any problems with it.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150523


    Edit- ouch, just read the reviews...might wanna avoid this one actually LOL. I learned my lesson READ FIRST BUDGET SECOND! lol.
  3. Thank you for the fast reply! I don't know if this helps, but I have an i5-2500 (no K) and a 1680x1050 Monitor. Would this change your recommendation?
  4. The 6870 is practically impossible to beat in performance for the price. For 1680x1050 I seriousy doubt any other card comes close.
  5. I agree at your resolution a 6870 is MORE than enough. You can get a good-top quality 6870 instead of the tight budget low cost crap 6950 I listed ! lol.
  6. eyefinity said:
    The 6870 is practically impossible to beat in performance for the price. For 1680x1050 I seriousy doubt any other card comes close.


    In it's price range. Best performance for price overall has to be the GTX460, actually, even now... But I suggest a GTX560, or if that's a bit too much for you, an EVGA GTX460 FTW edition.
  7. I see, thanks for the recommendations again. I've been thinking to get the GTX 460 for a while now but I felt I needed to ask. I will try to go for the Radeon 6870 or GTX 560.
    Thanks again!
  8. FtsArTek said:
    In it's price range. Best performance for price overall has to be the GTX460, actually, even now... But I suggest a GTX560, or if that's a bit too much for you, an EVGA GTX460 FTW edition.


    I actually had this discussion with another poster an hour ago.

    Quote:
    you can get a 6870 and Dirt 3 for less than a gtx 460 now.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161389


    The cheapest 460 gtx is $163 with no free game. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130571

    $13 less, free game, a good 20% faster card.

    There is no contest.
  9. I know this is unrelated, but those Rebate expire at 11/30, do they like offer more after that date?

    Also GTX 460 vs HD 6870?
  10. I would go with the 6870, it has alot of juice to power most modern games. The 6870 is the better choice.
  11. yeah, 6870 is a vert nice card, and if you want to upgrade your monitor in future, it will give you better performance than the gtx 460
  12. Alright. Thanks for the advice!
  13. 6870 is hands-down a faster card.

    If you're building a new rig though, let us help you with all the parts. Start a new thread and fill this out: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice
    Then post a link to that thread here.
  14. rcaladlr said:
    Hello,

    It's my first time building a new rig. I'm trying to find the best video card for running current games like SWToR and Arkham City, etc. I definitely cannot afford the GTX 560ti and was looking around the range of $180-200 or below.



    since you have low budget

    ill recomend a HD6850...it works fine.. i had it for 4-5 months and it ran everything at max details on 1980 X 1080 resolution ...so dont think ull have any problems...and its not that much slower than a 560ti
  15. Just an update. I might end up buying a new monitor. For some reason there are more 1920x1080 monitors available and almost the same price as the 1680x1050 ones. Would the HD 6850/6870 or GTX 460/560 work well with that resolution?
  16. Best answer
    I'm gonna post in the other thread too.

    If you already have a 22" 1680x1050, don't waste your money upgrading to 1920x1080--spend that money on a graphics card. The 1920x1080 monitors have 17.5% more pixels--that means about 15% lower framerates. With a midrange card like yours, that will actually matter.

    I have a 1920x1080 (1080p) monitor at work and a 1680x1050 at home. I don't notice enough of a difference to care between the two--but I would notice the fps difference (if they had comparable gaming cards). That's why I prefer resolutions no higher than 1600x900 on laptops--because anemic laptop graphics cards do better at lower resolutions. Personally, I prefer the shape of 1680x1050--it fits 11x17 construction drawings better.
  17. eyefinity said:
    I actually had this discussion with another poster an hour ago.

    Quote:
    you can get a 6870 and Dirt 3 for less than a gtx 460 now.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161389


    The cheapest 460 gtx is $163 with no free game. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130571

    $13 less, free game, a good 20% faster card.

    There is no contest.


    Hmm. In New Zealand we can get a decent pair of GTX460s for.. give or take... $140-170 bucks, depending on where you get them. So that, at a guess, is at $100 or so USD?
  18. FtsArTek said:
    Hmm. In New Zealand we can get a decent pair of GTX460s for.. give or take... $140-170 bucks, depending on where you get them. So that, at a guess, is at $100 or so USD?
    Are you talking about GTX 460 1GB's, 768MB's, or SE's? Anyhow, GTX 460 1GB's were about $130 when they were nearing the end of production. Now that they're out of production, they are getting inexplicably expensive. I'd say $US130 would be a more reasonable price for them. $163 is pretty ridiculous.
  19. 1GB SC EVGA cards. The FTW editions were only $10 more last time I saw one.
  20. GTX 460's are a better price in NZ.
  21. Hell yeah.
  22. Best answer selected by rcaladlr.
  23. Thanks everyone!
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