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Decent graphics card for i5 2400

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May 5, 2012 7:40:28 PM

Hey eveyone!

So in my computer build im using an Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor and i was wondering what would be a good graphics card for around 15-200$
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May 5, 2012 7:47:49 PM

A GTX 560Ti or an AMD 7770 or 6870 , I would say a 6950 but I think it's over $200.
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May 6, 2012 4:58:02 AM

thanks for the advice!
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May 6, 2012 5:20:14 AM

what games you plan to play or what do you use your system for?? that'll help determine which also
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May 6, 2012 5:21:04 AM

hd 6870! best card for the money.
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May 6, 2012 6:31:30 AM

imonlymyself said:
what games you plan to play or what do you use your system for?? that'll help determine which also


I won't be playing many high end games but maybe some Bf3 from time to time

BTW will the Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 work with an Intel Core i5-2500 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor AND MSI Z77A-GD55 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
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May 6, 2012 6:36:00 AM

thx, see that helps, the Nvidia chipsets seem to work and perform better on that game than the radeons, so for sure id choose 560 over 6870
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May 6, 2012 6:38:46 AM

what about the EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB? That kinda fits better in my budget
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May 6, 2012 6:40:30 AM

and to answer your other question i gotta ask, are you thinking of getting a new cpu & motherboard? cuz ur first post u said u had the 2400. if your thinking of uprgrading the cpu and mb also i'd suggest better than those 2, but u gotta let me know what your thinking or planning
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May 6, 2012 6:42:11 AM

if the 550 ti fits ur budget use that, they are nice. the 560 is worth the little bit more you pay, but the 550 ti is best card at that lower budget price
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May 6, 2012 6:43:41 AM

imonlymyself said:
and to answer your other question i gotta ask, are you thinking of getting a new cpu & motherboard? cuz ur first post u said u had the 2400. if your thinking of uprgrading the cpu and mb also i'd suggest better than those 2, but u gotta let me know what your thinking or planning


im actually deciding between the i5 2400 and the i5 2500 because i don't plan on over clocking or anything
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May 6, 2012 6:47:23 AM

u already have the board u listed or needing a board too?
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May 6, 2012 7:03:40 AM

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EVGA GTX 480 $210 on the egg...


Can you expand your reasoning for this card? IIRC the 480s do get pretty hot so thats something to worry about.

However it does perform quite a bit better than a 6870, near a 6970 is what I read somewhere, might be false don't quote me on that at all.

So if you have adequate cooling and don't mind a noise/power/heat trade off for better performance, grab that.
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May 6, 2012 7:09:24 AM

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I own 2 :) 

Noise is not an issue, and the temps in normal gaming for a few hours will see it peak around 85c, as long as your room is not an oven and your case has adequate airflow it will be fine.
A 480 plays BF3 easily at ultra with all the eye candy turned up at 1080p.


u say a 480 plays BF3 at ultra but your set up shows ur running 2 in sli. so did you mean to say your 2 480's run it great in ultra Or have you actually tried just 1 480 on the game in ultra?
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May 6, 2012 7:11:26 AM

imonlymyself said:
ok, i just didnt know if u had these parts or were thinking of them is all. id go with the parts i linked below.

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

i just got that cpu and the Asus board. right outta the box without any of my own tweaking the cpu was running at 3.5 and 4.2 in turbo.



Not so sure i want to go with ivy bridge. I have nothing against it, but everyone i talk to says sandbridge is better and more reliable. Also out of the 2 mother boards you picked, which one do you think is better?
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May 6, 2012 7:20:19 AM

im partial to asus, never had issues with them so id choose asus.
on people that say sandy bridge is better than ivy bridge dunno what they are talking about. read carefully what i write below.

1. if you already have a i7 extreme cpu, 2500k, 2600k 0r 2700k it isnt worth the $220 & $320 to go to the 3570k or 3770k, but if u have anything older than those i listed and your going to upgrade, you upgrade to ivy bridge 3rd gen over 2nd gen. (also the IB takes advantage of the z77 chipset more)

2. people that say the ivy bridge run hotter than the sandy bridge are right, but only half right. follow closely here: a IB running 4.5 will run hotter than a SB at 4.5, but a IB at 4.2ish will perform just as well as the SB and and run near same temps since its not cranked as high. PLUS u know how the old saying goes, "the faster parts/things go the faster they wear out" so a IB running a tad slower getting same performance as the SB is a nice thing all in itself

3. IB has the onboard GPU so if for any reason ur aftermarket gpu craps out ur not completely dead till u get a new gpu.
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May 6, 2012 7:22:27 AM

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My single 480 with a HDPVR.
FPS: 37-90.

My cards are not in SLi as the 2nd is in my AMD rig, for my bro.
He is upgrading to a 7970, so i can get my card back soon ;) 



ok, just checking ;) 
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May 6, 2012 7:25:59 AM

imonlymyself said:
u say a 480 plays BF3 at ultra but your set up shows ur running 2 in sli. so did you mean to say your 2 480's run it great in ultra Or have you actually tried just 1 480 on the game in ultra?


I have no doubt a 480 can play BF3 very nicely, maybe not maxed AA/AF/MSAA/ etc, but still its a really sweet card.

@recon, I see you are using an aftermarket cooler with that 480, is that temp with stock cooling or with the gelids?
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May 6, 2012 7:27:13 AM

imonlymyself said:
im partial to asus, never had issues with them so id choose asus.
on people that say sandy bridge is better than ivy bridge dunno what they are talking about. read carefully what i write below.

1. if you already have a i7 extreme cpu, 2500k, 2600k 0r 2700k it isnt worth the $220 & $320 to go to the 3570k or 3770k, but if u have anything older than those i listed and your going to upgrade, you upgrade to ivy bridge 3rd gen over 2nd gen. (also the IB takes advantage of the z77 chipset more)

2. people that say the ivy bridge run hotter than the sandy bridge are right, but only half right. follow closely here: a IB running 4.5 will run hotter than a SB at 4.5, but a IB at 4.2ish will perform just as well as the SB and and run near same temps since its not cranked as high.

3. IB has the onboard GPU so if for any reason ur aftermarket gpu craps out ur not completely dead till u get a new gpu.



Ok so let's say i got with the Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge, ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 , and the EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB. What kind of power would i need?

My friend recommended me this:

Corsair 750W ATX12V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 6, 2012 7:28:34 AM

cool7141 said:
Not so sure i want to go with ivy bridge. I have nothing against it, but everyone i talk to says sandbridge is better and more reliable. Also out of the 2 mother boards you picked, which one do you think is better?


Another note on things is when you look at benchmarks, they are really running things and ramping them up just to show you the performance they are capable of. Most people playing these games dont really use there systems to the max that benchmark show on every day use
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May 6, 2012 7:33:41 AM

cool7141 said:
Ok so let's say i got with the Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge, ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 , and the EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB. What kind of power would i need?

My friend recommended me this:

Corsair 750W ATX12V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


that is a very nice power supply, i dont have anything against it really except for the same price range you can easily buy a 850 watt power supply. so check into that. anything higher than 850 watt your getting into a whole new much higher price range.

what memory you looking at? and what case? and what cpu cooler?
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May 6, 2012 7:36:36 AM

imonlymyself said:
that is a very nice power supply, i dont have anything against it really except for the same price range you can easily buy a 850 watt power supply. so check into that. anything higher than 850 watt your getting into a whole new much higher price range.

what memory you looking at? and what case? and what cpu cooler?


Memory:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...(Desktop%20Memory)-_-Corsair-_-20233144&AID=10440897&PID=3938566&SID=

Case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...(Computer%20Cases%20-%20ATX%20Form)-_-Corsair-_-11139005&AID=10440897&PID=3938566&SID=

im going to use the stock cpu cooler
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May 6, 2012 7:45:07 AM

ok, that is a nice case. this case is a tad smaller, but its also 100 bones less. best case for $60. just a suggestion if u wanna save money there. ud wanna add 200mm top fan and a 140mm side fan which would bump the $60 case to like $92 range.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

memory is good but for just a few dollars more u can get 2133 and the asus board will run it smoothly. i link entire page so u can choose ur price and latency
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

and stock cooler works ok, but either these 2 are rather cheap and decent upgrades. the 212 evo is just a nwer version of the other 212 with a tad more airflow from fan, i think the heat sinks are the same basically
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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May 6, 2012 7:54:24 AM

im looking for a quiet case, not one with a lot of fans in it. I'm a Youtube Commentator so my PC needs to be as quiet as possible.
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May 6, 2012 7:56:46 AM

imonlymyself said:
ok, that is a nice case. this case is a tad smaller, but its also 100 bones less. best case for $60. just a suggestion if u wanna save money there. ud wanna add 200mm top fan and a 140mm side fan which would bump the $60 case to like $92 range.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

memory is good but for just a few dollars more u can get 2133 and the asus board will run it smoothly. i link entire page so u can choose ur price and latency
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

and stock cooler works ok, but either these 2 are rather cheap and decent upgrades. the 212 evo is just a nwer version of the other 212 with a tad more airflow from fan, i think the heat sinks are the same basically
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I 2nd the 212 evo (it might just be me but I can't seem to get my 212evos fan below 1700 RPMS... ever... and the highest I have ever seen my cpu was 32c, 40 minutes prime95. Tried mucking about in speedfan, went into the bios. Few other things I can't seem to remember right now.)

Mostly just a personal problem and not related at all.

But going from 60c to 5c above delta max load is pretty friggin sweet.

Memory speeds are largely irrelevant. it only shaves off a few nano seconds.
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May 6, 2012 8:01:31 AM

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The 912 will not be intrusive, neither will the 480 ;) .

For recording performance.... the 480 is a no brainer.



yea i might try and save up, I'm not to worried because i mostly play console games and the only thing i play on the pc right now it Minecraft. But i might be switching to pc gaming totally in the future so i want to be prepared.
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May 6, 2012 8:07:14 AM

cool7141 said:
yea i might try and save up, I'm not to worried because i mostly play console games and the only thing i play on the pc right now it Minecraft. But i might be switching to pc gaming totally in the future so i want to be prepared.



Whichever you decide I highly recommend the twin frozr 2 series for quietness (speaking solely from personal experience here)

So I mean check noise benchmark, check performance benchmarks, and find a happy medium.
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May 6, 2012 8:10:52 AM

sapphire hd 6850, sapphire hd 6870, sapphire hd 7850, sapphire hd 7870

msi/asus/evga gtx460, gtx 480, gtx 560ti, gtx 546ti 448, gtx 570, gtx 580
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May 6, 2012 8:11:33 AM

thanks everyone for your help!!! I love this forum :) 
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