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Good Gaming Graphics cards for 150$

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May 11, 2012 11:59:49 AM

Can someone that knows his stuff about graphics cards (gaming) find me the best one out there for around 150$? i have a pci x16 2.0 slot i dont know if that matters because i heard any x16 will go in is that true? and thanks!
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May 11, 2012 12:13:52 PM

you PCI-E x16 slot is compatible with any PCI-E card out in the market

for $150 out the door check out the nvidia GTX 460 1GB and AMD 6850. both are in the same ballpark and can trade performance wins depending on the game. do some research on which games you like to play and how the cards perform in them.

if you include MIRs which you still need to spend more money on the purchase but you get a check back in 2-4 months, you have the Nvidia GTX 560 (non-ti) and AMD 6870. same advice as above on research.

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May 11, 2012 12:43:15 PM

Any PCI-E (x16) card will go in that PCI-E 2.0 (x16) slot, whether it's 3.0, 2.1, 2.0, 1.0, etc. Here is what I recommend:

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

The 6850 is what I probably suggest you the most, but in case you like NVidia one it is not wrong to get the 460.

Or you can pay a bit more and try to get this:

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

It is just $10 with pretty significant performance upgrade.

Please If you want these I recommend getting a good, decent branded power supply rated at least 450W (430W for 6850), comes with at least 2 6-pin PCI-E connector (1 for 6850) and at least have 32A on the +12V rail (28A for the 6850).
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May 11, 2012 12:45:50 PM

+1 to refillables recco. Personally prefer the 6850 and 6870
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May 11, 2012 12:49:54 PM

refillable said:
Any PCI-E (x16) card will go in that PCI-E 2.0 (x16) slot, whether it's 3.0, 2.1, 2.0, 1.0, etc. Here is what I recommend:

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

The 6850 is what I probably suggest you the most, but in case you like NVidia one it is not wrong to get the 460.

Or you can pay a bit more and try to get this:

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

It is just $10 with pretty significant performance upgrade.

Please If you want these I recommend getting a good, decent branded power supply rated at least 450W (430W for 6850), comes with at least 2 6-pin PCI-E connector (1 for 6850) and at least have 32A on the +12V rail (28A for the 6850).



Agree with the 6870 - That sale price of 159 is a really good price too - Wouldn't be surprised if these are phased out quickly as the 7700s etc come into play. There is barely no difference with speed with the replacement 7700 models, However the hear the 7800 model with the 2 GB is really good with a hefty 270+ price tag. This 6870 is a awesome budget card. Plays almost everything fine on high settings. The only game i can see it struggle with is Battlefield 3 (which is why i haven't purchased that game yet - Next computer build!!)

6870 all the way in this bracket - I have a similar sapphire card and it has no issues. I only recently updated the drivers from 11.2 to 12.3 on a reinstall - Solid card. Getting the 7950 on a new build at some point... Watching the sales :) 
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