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Graphics card for SC2

I'm quite baffled as to what would be the best sub-$150 video card for SC2. I'm not looking to play on the highest settings (though if I could I wouldn't complain ;) ). **Edit: at 1920x1080 most likely

There are just so many forums and charts saying different things that I'm not to sure what is best. I'd prefer to buy from Canada Computer's since their prices seem to be better than most other places, though NCIX isn't bad, either.

The other specs that I've decided on are: i5-3550 Quad-Core 3.3 Ghz; 8GB ram; and 60GB Vertex 3 SSD (along with other things like a case, cpu fan, etc). (Thanks to help from people from my previous post here.)

Any help would be appreciated, and thanks in advance!
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  1. A Radeon 6850 is around the $150 mark. It should run SC2 very well.
  2. Thanks for the input. Do you have any brands which you would reccomend? I've been looking at the HD 6850 and the GTX 550 Ti (since they are both around the same price point), but I don't even know if they are worth it, and if so, from which company.

    l0v3rboi said:
    A Radeon 6850 is around the $150 mark. It should run SC2 very well.
  3. Sapphire is very good for Radeon. EVGA for Nvidia.

    In general though, MSI and XFX make good GPU's.

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/541?vs=539

    Check that GPU comparison out. The Radeon 6850 is the clear winner.
  4. The Radeon 6850 prob is ur best choice to performance and price, the asus 6850 wouldnt be a bad choice either, but for the price the XFX Double D would be wat I'd choose.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150515
  5. I would be spending more on a GPU and not getting a SSD if I were you. SSD's aren't really going to help your gaming experience. You'd be better off with the best GPU you can afford for gaming.
  6. my hd 4850 and c2q i used to have could max out sc2, any gpu around the 150 should easily be able to do this
  7. Most benchmarks I've seen do put the 6850 higher or at par with the 550 Ti. But since the price is similar, I wasn't sure if there would actually be a difference between the two. I'll just stick with the 6850 since a number of you are recommending it; it'll definitely work so I won't have any problems. =)

    l0v3rboi said:
    Sapphire is very good for Radeon. EVGA for Nvidia.

    In general though, MSI and XFX make good GPU's.

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/541?vs=539

    Check that GPU comparison out. The Radeon 6850 is the clear winner.
  8. NCIX has it from Gigabyte, MSI, Sapphire, and XFX for $140-160 (with the XFX being on sale the most, at $140 and a possible $15 mail-in rebate). Edit: there is also one from Asus.

    Aside from the XFX, would you recommend another brand, so that I can compare the two, or would the XFX be your only choice?

    lazyboy947 said:
    The Radeon 6850 prob is ur best choice to performance and price, the asus 6850 wouldnt be a bad choice either, but for the price the XFX Double D would be wat I'd choose.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150515
  9. I was originally going to get a 500GB or 1TB HDD, but the SSD is on sale (for $75, and a possible mail-in rebate of $20). I wouldn't have gotten it if it wasn't for the fact that it is cheaper than a regular HDD, especially since I won't need that much space.

    Also, it's not that I don't have the money to spend more on the GPU, I just don't want to spend that much when I'm not a hardcore gamer. As long as the games run well on medium settings, I'll be happy. But since I'm willing to spend ~$150 for a (semi-)decent card, I'd like to get the best I can, :??: .

    cranked said:
    I would be spending more on a GPU and not getting a SSD if I were you. SSD's aren't really going to help your gaming experience. You'd be better off with the best GPU you can afford for gaming.
  10. I'm likely being far more paranoid than I need to be. It's just that I haven't built a computer in many years, and choosing a graphics card wasn't this confusing back then. :na:

    jasont78 said:
    my hd 4850 and c2q i used to have could max out sc2, any gpu around the 150 should easily be able to do this
  11. I just wanted to thank all of you for your quick replies; you've all been helpful!
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    The asus one has Direct CU (CU being copper) I, which im not sure on experience but might cool better than others, the Direct CU II asus is better because its a non reference card but the only direct cu II u can get is in the 7850 for preformance or the 560 GTX (non TI) for $160 and is similar to the 6870. For the 6850 Id at least stay with Sapphire, XFX, MSI, or ASUS, if price isnt much check the specs for the stock core clock and memory speed.

    Im running a XFX 6770 atm and it runs BF3 at around 30-40 fps on i believe high and WoW at 40+ fps on ultra, and I dont think SC2 is worse than WoW and definetly not BF3 lol so a 6850 should be great for SC2. Im looking to upgrade to the XFX Double D 6870 as soon as I can get some money since its a little better than the 6850 and matters on which u buy can vary from $20-40 difference from the 6850s.

    *Plays on 1920x1080 24inch TV
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