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What video card for my low budget?

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April 7, 2012 8:24:40 PM

I am Building a new system

CPU: i5 2500k
MoBo: asrock exteme3 gen3
Memory: gskill 1600 8g
psu: corsair tx750 v2

and i am now at the picking a video card phase, and I'm leaning towards nvidia just cause they seem, as i have read, to be just a better built and supported (drivers) card
I can only talk my wife into eatting ramen for so much longer, so my budget is 150 - 200 max.
I would easily consider a cheeper card in sli (150 wouldn't be total budget so double but not anytime soon) as i hope to run 2 cards anyway but i need something that can hold me for a bit, 6 months i hope its sooner, till i can buy another. I need to paint some rooms and buy some new furniture for her. I got to build a new rig and she gets to redo some rooms =).
Just want someone to point me in the right direction. I am hoping to buy a new 1080p monitor, nothing fancy, a $150-$160 model and hoping to game at the highest level i can at 1080p. I don't play Battelfield 3 or shooters at all, but I do play anything i can get my hands on, but i was since it is graphically demanding, using BF3 as a reference point. If any other info is needed let me know, any advice would help. Thanks

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April 7, 2012 8:32:01 PM

+1 to rolli59.

GTX 560Ti is the best card in the market for every dollar you spend per performance in its range of series.
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April 7, 2012 8:33:15 PM

The 560 ti is just a little high, and im not sure they will be affordable/available when i can get a second one towards the end of this year
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April 7, 2012 8:36:44 PM

Ok so if i was to push my budget like that, what brand, refrence desgin or soming like the msi twin frozer? Im so new to this stuff I just want to game the best i can on my budget and try my hand at overclocking stuff. Plus i was worried about runing sli or crossfire on my psu, i bought a bigger one for that reason but im not sure its big enuff now
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April 7, 2012 8:39:20 PM

go over to spoofee.com. see if they still have the coupon code and rebate for the 6870. $129 after rebate. Best deal on the net right now.
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April 7, 2012 8:54:58 PM

I was concerned about the micro shuttering ( i don't know what that is) that the 6870 has in crossfire, as i said before, I WILL be adding a second card because good enough just isn't how i roll *bam*
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April 7, 2012 9:05:49 PM

560 or 560 Ti and if your planning on doing SLI than you can also just go with the 560 as would be cheaper and they rock in SLI.
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April 7, 2012 9:08:00 PM

how would one 560 do for right now, for say in skyrim or civ5, maybe even half life 3 bahahaha. So how would it do in maybe BF3
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April 7, 2012 9:15:50 PM

and one 560 is right at my high price range I was hoping that prices would of droped and the 600 series would of caused that by now
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April 7, 2012 9:16:17 PM

One 560 in BF3 would get you a mixture ofHigh/Ultra settings with no MSAA if you get a non OC 560 then overclock the card. Your looking for 900mhz or better stock card or overclock when running BF3 with one card. When I only had one 560 I had it clocked at 930mhz for BF3.

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April 7, 2012 9:20:53 PM

well as i am coming from a ps3, is that going to be on par with the kind of graphics i have seen in good looking games like uncharted? like say i loved skyrim and played the bugged up ps3 version and the i play on pc with a 560, am i going to max out my graphic and is it going to blow me away, or will it look the same? also im wanting to buy 2 cards so i can avoid the NEED to pick up a ps4, whenever that is, and make it more of a want
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