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June 6, 2012 10:01:54 PM

So I am building my first computer and have reached the point where I need to pick a graphics card. My price range for said card is around 230$ to 280$. For the Graphics Card I would like to know which ones are the best in my price range.
Here are some of the options I was looking at:

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6950 11188-22-20G Video Card (OC Edition) -246$
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 01G-P3-1561-AR Video Card -235$
ASUS Radeon HD 7850 HD7850-DC2-2GD5 Video Card -280$
EVGA GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 012-P3-1570-AR Video Card - 290$

I am open to suggestions outside of these, and any help would be greatly appreciated. Here's the rest of my build if that helps at all.

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...

ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


APEVIA ATX-CB700W 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply - OEM

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

Western Digital Caviar Green WD7500AARX 750GB IntelliPower SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor



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June 6, 2012 10:20:59 PM

Imo, the 7850 or the 6950 would be the better choice, personally I have an XFX HD 6950 2GB and it is awesome. Love it to pieces - has no problems in ANY games out atm. But then again neither will any of those cards.

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a b U Graphics card
June 6, 2012 10:24:52 PM
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The 7850 is probably your best choice. It's a great overclocker, in part because by default it runs very cool with low power usage. Are you in the US? I'd consider this one, which is $250: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The 6950 is a good card, but given the availability of the 7850, which is newer, cooler, and less power-hungry (and more OCable), the 7850 seems better. Their performance is very comparable, slight edge the 7850 anyway. The same would go for the 560 Ti.

The 570 would also be a reasonable choice, as would a (gulp) 480, which isn't on your list.

Compared to the 570, the 7850 has more VRAM, which helps more at higher resolutions and (maybe) for future games. Their performance is different, since they're from different designs and different generations, but roughly comparable at stock clocks: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=518

The difference may be that the 7850 is more power- and temperature-efficient, and that it's more OCable. It also may benefit from driver upgrades in the future.

The 480 is inefficient and runs hot and loud. But it has good performance numbers--about the same as a 570: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/309?vs=306 The difference is it's old, hot, and loud. But it's also a lot cheaper (~$220 now). I'd still go with the 7850 though.
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June 6, 2012 10:26:54 PM

k, thank you
both the replies were very helpful
June 6, 2012 10:30:43 PM

Personally I would go with the 570.

A lot of the time it will surpass the others on your list and it will come with EVGA's 3 year warranty, which is great.

If nothing else, NVIDIA over AMD any day of the week ;) 
June 6, 2012 10:34:06 PM

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a b U Graphics card
June 6, 2012 10:42:07 PM

@recon-uk, yeah, we had a similar discussion in another thread. The 480 would be a totally reasonable choice too. But I prefer the 7850 for efficiency. Though I don't own a 480 (I know you do based on your many video uploads :p  ), I guess I'd also be nervous about OCing something that runs so hot in the first place. Likewise for getting a dual card setup in the future as an upgrade path. And finally, I do think that the "old" means a tiny bit--driver updates are more likely for the newer cards. None of these are definitive reasons not to get the 480. But I still prefer the 7850. It's not much more expensive, the performance is very comparable, and you'll save the money in electricity bills.

edit: oh yeah, you get a little more VRAM too with the 7850, not that 1.5 GB vs 2 GB really matters though. Maybe more relevant for SLI/crossfire, since if you're bothering to SLI/crossfire, you're probably going higher-res, where the VRAM matters more.
a b U Graphics card
June 6, 2012 10:44:47 PM

APEVIA ATX-CB700W 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply - OEM

DO NOT GET THAT PSU!!!
Spend more & get a good psu - let us know how much you can spare - $89 will get you a good psu.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $59 after rebate!!!
-Bruce
June 6, 2012 11:59:42 PM

dish_moose said:
APEVIA ATX-CB700W 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply - OEM

DO NOT GET THAT PSU!!!
Spend more & get a good psu - let us know how much you can spare - $89 will get you a good psu.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $59 after rebate!!!
-Bruce



Just out of curiosity, what's so bad about the Apevia one. The reviews seemed pretty good.
I could afford the one you listed though. I am trying to keep the total price around or below 1,350$. I am currently over that at 1,380$ :) . That's everything, including tax and windows.

I was planning to buy the hard drive when it goes on sale, which should give me a bit more flexibility when it comes to upgrading a few of the parts. I'm also considering getting a cheaper motherboard; the Sabertooth seems really nice, sturdy, and dependable, but is also is kind of expensive at 239$. I think my other option to free up some money is to downgrade the monitor a little bit.

I'm fine if I go a little bit over, though the total price is going to need to be below 1,400$. Thanks for the help so far, I've never really done something like this before and I'm a little lost.
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