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GTX 560 ti or Radeon HD 7850?

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March 8, 2012 5:54:33 PM

The 7850 looks really nice for only $30 more. Better fps, uses less electricity, and stays cooler. Should i go with nvidia or amd because nvidia seems to have a little bit better software. I really dont know much because this is my first computer build and i primarily play games on ps3.

Here is some benchmarks. Do you think benchmarks will get better once more driver are out?
http://hothardware.com/Reviews/AMD-Radeon-HD-7870-and-7...
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_7850_HD_7870/
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7870-revi...

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a b U Graphics card
March 8, 2012 6:03:50 PM

7850 will run better after new driver updates.
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a c 226 U Graphics card
March 8, 2012 6:34:57 PM

Well ya can't actually buy a 7850 .... AFAIK, they won't be available for another month about which time I expect we'll see the 650 / 660. I never buy cards between January and June because I don't like the risk w/ 1st gen hardware, last year's is being faded out,the new non-refernce designs haven't been released as yet and the driver bugaboos are still running rampant.

Unless I misinterpreted the THG article, there will not be a single "reference" 7850 released. That tells me that every vendor has an issue or 2 with the base reference design and their fortunes will be better served with beefed up models.

So yes, if ya get 560 Ti's now, you might have some buyer's remorse a few months down the road, but I don't see ya escaping that with a "1st on the shelves" version of the 7850 or 650/660. If ya gonna wait, I'd wait till Memorial Day weekend (May 31)
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March 8, 2012 6:36:00 PM

Wait a few weeks for the new Nvidia series. It will likely (we hope) be good and it will probably effect prices on current cards.
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March 8, 2012 8:18:35 PM

Is new hardware right off the shelf really that bad?
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a b U Graphics card
March 8, 2012 8:27:01 PM

@OP

if you have a gpu now then wait for the 78XX to roll around maybe even wait a little longer for a decent aftermarket model from ASUS or MSI, etc. personally I think those models will likley represent great performance/dollar. By that time some of the kepler offerings should be available.

Bottom line is wait 2-3 months and you will be happier with your purchase. The 560ti is a great card too, but you may want to wait it out a little longer for an overall better deal
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March 8, 2012 8:36:56 PM

my situation is that i want to buy a computer within the next month, the family laptop is not doing well. Im only going to be using it for two years then buy a new one. Its a family computer. Im going to be using it for a little gaming until im out of high school in two years. so i really dont care about kelper. Just straight up which is going to be better and is going to last longer.
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a b U Graphics card
March 9, 2012 12:39:16 AM

ROFLMAO
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a b U Graphics card
March 9, 2012 12:49:06 AM

The GPUs you linked do not fit into a laptop. These are desktop gpus.
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March 9, 2012 12:51:48 AM

No i know. im buying a new desktop because the laptop is going out.
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a b U Graphics card
March 9, 2012 12:58:33 AM

If you really don't care about Kepler, as mentioned go with the AMD card. However, when Kepler comes out, all the prices on older architecture cards, as well as the current generation of AMD cards are likely going to change based on where Kepler ends up falling in the price-to-performance stack of things. Why would you not want to wait a month or so to see if you budget would allow a better card than either of those you've listed? What are the other components you are selecting for you computer?
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a b U Graphics card
March 9, 2012 1:24:03 AM

Wait for kepler you are in no rush are you...so you can wait few more weeks can you.
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March 9, 2012 2:15:54 AM

For $1165 including shipping. My Mom decided we were going to buy online and ordering off of cyberpowerpc.com She doesnt want to mess with building one.

Azza Toledo 301
i5-2400
GigaByte Z68AP-D3 Intel Z68 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard
Corsair 8GB Ram
Radeon HD 7850 or gtx 560 ti
Corsair CMPSU-850TXV2
500GB HDD
LG UH12LS28K 12X Blu-Ray Player & DVDRW Combo Drive
Asus Xonar DG
Asus VS247H-P LCD
Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

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a b U Graphics card
March 9, 2012 3:20:19 AM

Here is a link to the Tom's Hardware benchs on the 7850 with at 560ti in the line up. Several pages to them, but it's pretty clear that the 7850 has an edge over thee 560ti on the majority of their tests.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7870-revi...
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a b U Graphics card
March 10, 2012 8:12:44 PM

That machine is a horrible ripoff, people with half a brain will know that building is easy and you get a lot more for your money

A 1k build not even with a 2500k? I couldve squeezed that into a 650 dollar build...

I strongly urge you not to buy that prebuilt
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March 10, 2012 8:23:22 PM

Explain to your mom that you save tons of $ per year going with building your own and it is a great experience for you. Also explain how that prebuilt sucks. :p 
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March 11, 2012 6:05:56 AM

Whats your recommended build for $1200 with Asus VS247H-P LCD included. I really like that monitor. It cant go over $1200.
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March 11, 2012 6:48:18 AM

I can't give description on why, but I can tell you good components.

i5-2500k
Radeon 6950
Crucial M4 128GB SSD
Crucial 2x4gb RAM 1600MHz
Corsair TX650W PSU
HAF 912
ASRock Extreme3 Gen3
Your monitor
Masscool thermal paste
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a b U Graphics card
March 11, 2012 8:32:06 PM

Using the case and monitor you came requested, this is what i came up with. This is a bit better GPU also.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Azza Toledo 301 $64.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Asus Monitor you asked for $189.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... EVGA GTX 570 $314.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Corsair Enthusiast 650w PSU $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Corsair 8GB RAM Kit (2x4GB) $47.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3(R2.0) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Intel i5 2500k CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Windows 7 64bit OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler

Total: $1,177.91 with free shipping.

Note that you are limited to x4 on the second PCIe slot on this motherboard, so i would consider a slight upgrade to this if you want to CrossFire or SLI down the road. You could also change the case out for for the 912 suggested by Azeem (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...), but i personally feel 2 120mm fans for cooling is a little on the weak side.

Hope this helps!

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March 12, 2012 6:47:40 PM

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a c 271 U Graphics card
March 12, 2012 9:22:30 PM

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