Hi guys, I'm still in the process of building my new gaming PC, I've got some parts on hand, still waiting for some others to be delivered, but meanwhile I'm still puzzled about which GPU(s) to go for, so your help will be appreciated.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: as soon as possible, though I figure I have about a week or two between now and when I can start really feel the need for one since at the beginning I can just use the iGPU of my processor.
BUDGET RANGE: ~ CAD $150-$250, though I'm willing to top it at $300 if I get a big difference of bang for my buck.
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: mostly for gaming (pre-ordered Diablo III, Skyrim, Minecraft, I'll play some older games on it such as Civilization IV). I also want to record/edit some Let's Play videos, and of course browse web, etc.
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: new build, so no GPU so far. I've purchased an OCZ ZX 750W to be on the safe side/future-proof.
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:
Case: Thermaltake Chaser MK-1, to which I may add more 200mm fans eventually (both for looks and mega air flow)
Mobo: Asus P8Z77-V Pro
CPU cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB 1600
Storage: 1TB HDD + 30GB SSD
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.ca or microbytes.com (as I have a local Microbytes store close-by)
PARTS PREFERENCES: I'm open to suggestions. I want quality and something that will give me good bang for my money.
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (if it comes factory overclocked)
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: my current monitor's max resolution is 1600x900, but I may well upgrade within the next few months and add a better monitor, using my current one as secondary for editing/browsing and such.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I don't want to pay big money for slight improvements in performance, but if it's worth the investment, I'm willing. Oh and one last thought, my whole rig's main color scheme is black and blue, so I'd rather have a cart that at least doesn't clash, but that'll probably come down to manufacturer's preference in the end.
+1 for gtx 480 for being in good price just the fact is that it needs a lot power but that doesnt matter you can pay the bill lol if noise and heat is not an issue for you then its an pretty good buy goodluck. .
gtx480 is better choice but now it's an older technology and require alot of power and making a heavy noise when op put max load on it.. So if the OP can afford it and ready to keep it maintain then i would go with gtx480...
+its an nice card pretty good for its price.
+when oced past the gtx 580 which is way better then hd 7850.
+uses power as it deserves at average not more
+good gaming card
+low in noise
-little bit hotter but thats not so hot so it doesnt matter.
-1 series older tech
hd 7850 cons/pros
+low in noise
+very good overclocker
+when oced can go upto gtx 570 level
+at average price what it deserves
-little bit buggy drivers but as the times goes on it will be fixed.
Thanks! I think I'll go for either the Asus or the Sapphire hd 7850, depending on availability at my local Microbytes. From the reviews, the Asus one seems to be quieter, but it's also more expensive, while the Sapphire still have great reviews (and I've read that my PSU is a bit on the loud side anyway so that might negate the quiet of the Asus card).