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$200-$300 GPU Last piece of my puzzle

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May 8, 2012 5:56:10 PM

CPU: I5-3570K
MB: BioStar TZ77XE4 Newegg combo $374.98
RAM: CPU: GSkill 8GB $41.99
Case: Corsair 300R $75.84
PS: OCZ Modxstream Pro 700W $89.99 with $30 rebate
Cooler: Cooler 212 EVO $34.95
OS: Win 7 OEM 64bit $99.99
HDD: Crucial 256GB M4 SSD $216.11

This is what I have on order already and need advice on a video card. I wanted to stay with Nvidia since I mainly play Blizzard games and I read Nvidia works best with them.

Was ordering an Nvidia GTX 480 yesterday for $209 but price jumped up to $299 today. Any help on the best deal in my price range?

Thanks!!
a b U Graphics card
May 8, 2012 6:35:49 PM

I know you said you wanted a nvidia card, but at that price range you want to look at a 7850, which is as low as $240 on newegg:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or for $20 more you can get a nice Gigabyte cooler:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It will out preform a 560ti on WoW and unless you want to hit the $300 cap you won't get better performance from nvidia, which you'd want a 570 for.

WoW results for the 7850/7870 cards: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7870-revi...
May 8, 2012 7:04:22 PM

The 480 has dropped again to $239 and it is supposed to be comparable to a 570. Do you think the 7850 will outperform the 480 on WoW and D3?

Thanks!!
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a b U Graphics card
May 8, 2012 7:09:46 PM

I'd give the edge to the 480 by a bit.
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a c 117 U Graphics card
May 8, 2012 7:13:55 PM

there are folks around these parts that would state OC'd 480 is the best price/performance.

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a b U Graphics card
May 8, 2012 7:14:19 PM
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For WoW specificaly, and no other games, the 480 will do a bit better.

If you are going to play other games then they will be quite comparable, with the 7850 being able to OC quite a bit (not that the 480 can't, but it will just be even louder and harder on power). The 7850 is also going to be quieter, cooler and will use quite a bit less power. I'd personally still stick with the 7850, unless you're playing only WoW..
a b U Graphics card
May 8, 2012 7:15:50 PM


aicom said:
I'd give the edge to the 480 by a bit.


And probably 100w+

HD7850 is simply a more modern card with greater potential moving forward.


May 8, 2012 7:17:16 PM

Keep in mind the GTX480 is around 2 years old at this point and it's a power hungry, loud hot card. Be prepared to deal with the thermals if you get one.
a b U Graphics card
May 8, 2012 7:18:43 PM

Yup, the 7850 is the card I'd pick if it were me, but you might be losing a few FPS (5-10 max) vs the 480 since those games are very nice to Nvidia's architecture.
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a c 117 U Graphics card
May 8, 2012 7:21:39 PM

may i KINDLY remind future posters:
gtechman said:

I wanted to stay with Nvidia since I mainly play Blizzard games and I read Nvidia works best with them.

thank you, that is all.
a b U Graphics card
May 8, 2012 7:23:06 PM

In that case, there isn't even a question. The 480 IS the card to get. The only potential competition was on the AMD side.
May 8, 2012 7:50:09 PM

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