I am building my first PC and am just learning of different things to look for when buying a graphics card and such on these threads. So I have a few questions. First is what to look for specifically when buying/browsing for a graphics card. I have looked at some benchmarks such as
So for 19% increased price you get 8.75% faster card.
That's still not the whole story. The power consumption of HD 7850 is less than the power consumption of GTX 560 Ti.
That's 96W vs 159W. So GTX 560 Ti uses 63W more, which means 0.063 kWh more an hour. I personally pay $0.16 per kWh, so it would take me $40/($0.16/kWh * 0.063 kWh/h) ~= 4000 gaming hours to make them cost equal. That's around 2 years if you play 6 hours a day.
How does the GTX 480 fair in this? I had seen some posts in here saying it runs better then the 7870? Also if i end up with more money after picking everything out I would invest more in the video card. SO if i had $300 what should I get?
Thanks! So budget wise how much should I put towards my GPU. I have $1000 to spend (this $1000 does not include monitor or HDD as i already have). Sorry guys for asking so many questions and kinda bouncing around topic. =/
The 900 Mhz 560 Ti for the easy win @ $210 .... upgraded PCB's and beefier VRM's give performance at 570 levels (In SLI, just 11 fps or 1.2 % difference) at much lower costs....$0.42 per frame as single card.....$0.49 per frame in SLI
Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:
For your first PC build, may I suggest a CPU with built-in graphics, such as the i5-2500k? This will save you money, and you can always add a discrete graphics card later as your usage and needs become better defined.
Not quite sure why people are suggesting 2 generation old cards, even if the performance is close to last generation cards. Harder to find an upgrade path down the road cause they wont be on sale at Newegg forever, and buying used stuff always has its own issues and concerns. Newer, cooler and more power bill friendly is what the newer generation of cards offers at competitive prices. Not poopooing on anyones suggestions, just oesnt make sense to me to put 3 yr old tech into a new PC.
@sunis i really like the build so far question is if i chould get a better video card cause i will have more money to spend off what you listed might make some changes so only ($50) more left on the video card "upgrade" also thank you all for helping me it has been a great learning experience and ots of help. =)
@recon-uk so you are saying the 480 is better then the 570? If so what is better than the 480?