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Best video card for under $200

i'm looking for a video card that will run wow, skyrim, and sc 2 on ultra settings. I would also like it to be able to handle diablo 3 when it's released. the max i would like to spend is $200.

system specs
i5 2500
8gb hyper x ddr3
60gb agiliity 3 ssd
750gb sata 2 7200 rpm
600w ocz modXstream-pro
50" 1080p tv
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  2. $200 usd. when are the new nvidea cards set to release?
  3. nice102 said:
    $200 usd. when are the new nvidea cards set to release?

    No exact release date yet.
    The higher end cards costing well above $200 will release first from what it seems, and mid- and low-range cards will release after.
  4. Today....the 6870 is the best "bang for the buck" card ya can get for under $200 at just $0.37 per frame.... I'd urge ya to stretch ya budget a bit )7.5%) more to $215. The 900 Mhz 560 Ti gives ya a 14% improvement over the 6870 in single card config but in SLI ($430) its 862 fps beats the ($450) 580' 616 fps by 40%, the ($480) 7950 603 fp by 43% and the $560 7970's 675 fps by 28%.

    Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:

    $ 160.00 6870 (434/701) $ 0.37 - $ 0.46
    $ 215.00 560 Ti - 900 Mhz (495/862) $ 0.43 - $ 0.50
    $ 450.00 580 (616/953) $ 0.73 - $ 0.94
    $ 480.00 7950 (603/NG) $ 0.80 - ERR
    $ 560.00 7970 (675/NG) $ 0.83 - ERR

    And yes the factory overclocked version are different cards than the reference models w/ oversize coolers, beefed up PCB's with extra phases on the VRM's for extra overclock ability. But everything will start changing in a week or so as the 78xx and new keplers arrive.
  5. andrewcarr said:


    agreed on the 560Ti. normally I'm partial to AMD cards for this budget range, but yeah, you can't beat that deal on the 560ti
  6. I am hearing bad things about the Zotac cards so I don't know if it's worth paying 20 dollars less for something that will burn up shortly after purchase. I am a bit scared moving to ATI as it has been years since my last ATI card and I get a bit nervous as it was nothing but problems for me but clearly the 6870 seems to be the best price wise.
  7. In which case it is defective and will be replaced by the manufacturer. Lemons happen everywhere.
  8. Where have you heard bad things about Zotac cards? Yes the 6870 is good but for under $200 the 560Ti is better.
  9. at this moment I agree with the 560ti. 6870 is also a good alternative if you need to spend a little less. Also this may be hear say, but since D3 is a major point for you I have heard Blizzard games work better with Nvidia cards. Not a fanboy remark (I own 2x 6950s in CFX) but it is something to look into.
  10. I would lean towards the GTX 560 but that is mainly because I'm an nvidia fan boy XD
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