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May 3, 2012 8:11:35 AM

Hi, im from australia, and was wondering what the best graphics card under $200 is, i was thinking the HD 6870?
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/PowerColor-AMD-ATI-Radeon-HD...

My specs are:
Intel i7-2700K
Intel Z77 Chipset Motherboard
8Gb Dual Channel DDR3-1333 RAM
Western Digital 2Tb 7200rpm 64M Cache SATAIII HD
Samsung SH-222 22X Dual Layer SATA Driver with Nero 10
Widetech 550W Super Silent PSU

Does that seem like a good setup with the HD 6870?

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a c 84 U Graphics card
May 3, 2012 10:11:59 AM

no the hd 6870 is one of the best card of its price it can handle every games at 1080p with high settings with some aa or none and it will be an nice setup including hd 6870 its an good card.:) 

that powercolor one is not that good in cooling and overclocking you should get this one for just $19 above your budget it is an nice card with good cooling and overclocking ability.:) 

check this review for more information:) 

http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-radeon-6870-hawk-revi...
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a c 175 U Graphics card
May 3, 2012 5:10:43 PM

Yes it's decent.But could you see another brands?
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May 3, 2012 9:06:36 PM

Any brand as long as its under $200 or around that price. :) 

I was either thinkin gtx560 or hd 6870, which is better? :) 
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May 3, 2012 9:49:39 PM

550W should be plenty to power any of the graphic cards mentioned assuming he's not going to SLI/Crossfire
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a c 175 U Graphics card
May 4, 2012 3:13:40 AM

yeah true... PSU
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May 4, 2012 4:55:02 AM

How does this psu look?
Thermaltake TR2 Bronze 500W (80 Plus Bronze Certified)
If i do this, my new setup will be:
i5 2500k
HD6870
8gb
1tb

Seem good?
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May 4, 2012 4:56:25 AM

Or a gtx560, will that setup be enough to max or atleast HIGH BF3?
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May 4, 2012 7:06:14 AM

randomkid said:
Go for the 560 that I linked earlier.
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Gigabyte-GeForce-GTX-560-1GB...
And this PSU instead of the thermaltake:
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Corsair-500Watts-ATX-Power-S...

Okay for the GPU, the thing is, my dad wont let me buy a custom built pc, so i have to buy a pre-built, i have picked out this one because my budget is <$925. What do you think i should upgrade on it? like the most important ones? http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Intel-Core-i5-2500K-Unlocked...
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a c 175 U Graphics card
May 4, 2012 7:47:17 AM

Yeah, I see. Very bad then...

If you want overclocking, I recommend you to get an aftermarket CPU cooler. This is one of my favourite:

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

For RAM, How about getting a 1600Mhz RAM? There is not much price difference and there is a performance difference.

6870 Would be nice for your system. But I recommend not getting Powercolor, because in newegg it has bad reviews (the card itself is taken out now, but I remember it's overall rating was 3/5 eggs)

Case, This is a very good case

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

For PSU, CX500 seems good too.
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a c 175 U Graphics card
May 4, 2012 8:14:49 AM

Antec 900
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May 4, 2012 8:17:18 AM

Antec 900 or DF-10 which would be better? I like the look of the DF-10 better, and what upgrades should i do from that page?
like upgrade to z77 or is z68 fine?
Antec Neo eco 620w?
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a b U Graphics card
May 4, 2012 8:19:51 AM

thumpin said:
But look up please, i have to buy a pre-built, and i only have those choices of case. http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Intel-Core-i5-2500K-Unlocked...

To be honest, its not a very good idea. If you get that pre-built, you are stuck with a questionable PSU. If you need to upgrade the graphics card, you have to replace the PSU & end-up doing lots of uninstalling & re-installing anyway. It more work actually than if you actually assemble the PC yourself.

If your Dad is not a techie, then it is tough for you to convince him. But in my experience, buying OEM is regretful not to say wasteful.
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May 4, 2012 8:25:00 AM

Yeah thanks, ive tried to explain to him a million times but it ends up with him saying, your not effing getting one, get to your room, etc. So ive been waiting 3 years, and i really would like a pc.

i5 2500k
ga-z77-d3h
DF-10
GTX560
Antec neo eco 620w

Does that seem good?
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a b U Graphics card
May 4, 2012 8:52:09 AM

By DF-10 do you mean a Dark Fleet Case?
In any case, the processor, mobo, gpu & PSU combo is good. Go for it lest Dad change his mind. :) 
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a c 175 U Graphics card
May 4, 2012 9:16:16 AM

Yeah good man :) .
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May 4, 2012 9:40:40 AM

Okay sweet thanks, one more thing, if i do get a build, how can i get this to be under $860
i5 2500k
gtx560ti
8gb corsair
cm storm enforcer
z77 pro3
Seagate barracuda 500gb
Corsair cx500 or OCZ fatal1ty 550w modular

Thanks :) 
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a b U Graphics card
May 4, 2012 9:47:02 AM

thumpin said:
Okay sweet thanks, one more thing, if i do get a build, how can i get this to be under $860
i5 2500k
gtx560ti
8gb corsair
cm storm enforcer
z77 pro3
Seagate barracuda 500gb
Corsair cx500 or OCZ fatal1ty 550w modular

Thanks :) 

I got the cm enforcer too... :D 
But what do your mean how to get the build under $860. Better if you can put the price per each component so we can tell which is overprice or not for the build.
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May 4, 2012 9:55:06 AM
May 4, 2012 10:15:26 AM

Thanks, but id rather 1600mhz. :) 
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a c 84 U Graphics card
May 4, 2012 10:17:22 AM

ok so you are good to go and for more better airflow if u can get get an antec nine hundred otherwise this coolermaster one is also nice and big in size then that.:) 
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a b U Graphics card
May 4, 2012 10:33:37 AM


The Asus 560Ti is $245 while the MSI 560 (without ti) below:
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
which is only $159. The 560 is enough for 1920x1080 if that's what your are gaming on. So if you take the MSI 560, you bring down the total cost to $821.00 This is way below your $860 target so can still get this PSU Instead of the OCZ (its not modular like the OCZ but how often do your install & uninstall a PC?):
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
and your total will still be just $851.
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May 4, 2012 10:50:25 AM

Yeah but if I drop the 560ti , I wouldn't need a 750 psu and dropping the 560ti would mean a huge loss in performance wouldn't it?
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a b U Graphics card
May 4, 2012 11:03:09 AM

thumpin said:
Yeah but if I drop the 560ti , I wouldn't need a 750 psu and dropping the 560ti would mean a huge loss in performance wouldn't it?

No. I put in the 650W corsair in case your will have the chance to do SLI. ;) 
And no, the 560 certainly does not perform worse than 560 ti. If you look at the Tom's Best Graphics card for the money, the 560 is best at ~$180 ( whereas you get the MSI only at $159). Meanwhile, the 560 ti is best at ~$220 but the Asus is $245. So certainly, the MSI 560 is certainly a better deal.
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May 5, 2012 12:11:34 AM

Will the GTX560 MSI max out bf3, or atleast high?
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a c 175 U Graphics card
May 5, 2012 4:42:40 AM

Not max out... In 1920x1080 I think, it would run BF3 at high with decent FPS.
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May 5, 2012 4:52:11 AM

The monitor i have is an Acer p191w, will it max out on that? its pretty old.
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a c 175 U Graphics card
May 5, 2012 5:37:06 AM

Not sure, maybe... 30fps I guess
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May 5, 2012 6:51:36 AM

Okay sweet, thanks. :) 
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