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Can anyone help me pick a graphics card? I'm a complete noob at this.

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January 28, 2012 4:41:22 PM

Hello, my brother gave me his half built computer before he went to college. I checked all of the relevant components and this is what it has:

Corsair ax850w Power supply
Intel 2600k Processor
MSI P67A-GD65 motherboard

I want to put in a good graphics card, but do not know anything about computer components(software is my game). I want to be able to play games at the best resolutions and use animation software, Maya. MSI's 560ti and 570 lines were recommend to me. My budget is $380.

I tried to compare them on MSI's site, but I have no clue about clock speeds, memory interfaces, etc. Any help would be appreciated by this noob, thanks.
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January 28, 2012 6:02:27 PM

Thank your brother, he gave you good parts.
The 850w power supply can run any single graphics card made today.

At the $380 budget point, you are looking at a GTX570, or 6970. Either will fit your motherboard and psu. They are both comparable in performance. Either will drive a single monitor very well in games.

Here is a EVGA GTX570 superclock:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or a comparable card, the sapphire 6970:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I tend to like EVGA for their support which should be rately needed.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
January 28, 2012 6:16:25 PM

AMD is about to release the 7950 very soon so I suggest waiting until then.It may be a card to get but it may also make prices drop for the 6970 and GTX570
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January 28, 2012 6:23:02 PM

OK,since you looking at Maya, the CUDA plug in would be useless w/o an nVidia card......your budget points you to a 570 but just make sure its one of those with the 8 phase VRM's. The reference design uses a 4+2 design which has had a well documented history of burning up.

http://www.overclock.net/t/929152/have-you-killed-a-570...

The gigabyte and MSI models based upon the reference design to be avoided.

See post 552 in the above link for designs known to use the 6+2 phase VRM.

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January 28, 2012 10:05:41 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
OK,since you looking at Maya, the CUDA plug in would be useless w/o an nVidia card......your budget points you to a 570 but just make sure its one of those with the 8 phase VRM's. The reference design uses a 4+2 design which has had a well documented history of burning up.

http://www.overclock.net/t/929152/have-you-killed-a-570...

The gigabyte and MSI models based upon the reference design to be avoided.

See post 552 in the above link for designs known to use the 6+2 phase VRM.


Sorry, but what is an 8-phase VRM?
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January 30, 2012 12:11:14 AM

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January 30, 2012 8:05:02 AM

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