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June 9, 2012 4:19:12 PM

There are so many video cards out there on the market today and its hard finding the right one for my needs so i need help
I have $200 or less to spend and i want a GPU that:
1. Can play games like BB3 decently (I know it wont be super but just decently)
2. Has a good power usage(no sense in getting a low range GPU that pulls 200w)

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a b U Graphics card
June 9, 2012 4:26:24 PM

jevano said:
There are so many video cards out there on the market today and its hard finding the right one for my needs so i need help
I have $200 or less to spend and i want a GPU that:
1. Can play games like BB3 decently (I know it wont be super but just decently)
2. Has a good power usage(no sense in getting a low range GPU that pulls 200w)


Your choices under $200 are with a Nvidia 560 GTX or an AMD 6870. Both are very comparable when it comes to performance and power usage (AMD is a tab bit less power). You will have to spend around $250 for the current king of efficient mainstream, the 7850, it outperforms both the 560GTX and the 6870 by a descent margin while using a lot less power.
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a c 125 U Graphics card
June 9, 2012 4:27:12 PM

Hi

Can you list your PC's full system specs (including PSU make and model) and also tell us the resolution you game at?

Thanks.
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a c 182 U Graphics card
June 9, 2012 4:30:25 PM

^ Perhaps if I changed my Avatar back to the Spitfire I could type a little faster?
Please supply some system details: CPU, OS, case type and the Amperage on the +12v rail/s of the powersupply as well as its make and model number and the resolution of your display.
Right now $200 (I'll assume U.S.) gets you a lot of card, certainly enough for BF3 with some eye candy turned on, even at 1080 resolution.
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June 9, 2012 4:35:37 PM

Intel celeron E3300, case i think is a mid tower ATX, Windows 7 x64, RAM 4G, 500W PSU will upgrade to a SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W, also thinking of updating processor to quad core
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a b U Graphics card
June 9, 2012 4:41:34 PM

celeron 3300 at stock speeds will bottleneck anything faster than 6850 or 560SE and since the 560SE is a severely crippled 560ti, I would grab the 6850.

If you are gonna upgrade the cpu, yo will have to shop ebay for used parts, the 775 platform is effectively dead.
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June 9, 2012 4:45:36 PM

I am upgrading my processor at the same time to a Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 Processor 2.66
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a b U Graphics card
June 9, 2012 4:49:51 PM

than ur choices are 560GTX/6870 under $200 or 560ti/6950 a little over $200

The first 2 are a better value and are generally smaller, easier to handle cards.
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June 9, 2012 5:01:02 PM

I am seeing the 560GTX on newegg and amazon and its all over $200
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a b U Graphics card
June 9, 2012 5:04:38 PM

ebay it.. lol i saw some 6870s going for 100..
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June 9, 2012 5:05:45 PM

EBAY ???????.. i dont trust it
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a c 182 U Graphics card
June 9, 2012 5:14:43 PM

I'd suggest you look to the HD6850 one with a factory overclock like this gets close to the 6870 for performance but is less cash.


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

Then put the saved money into a better CPU cooler and overclock the upgraded processor ;) 

Be aware, the motherboard may need an updated BIOS to support the Quad, so check the makers website to ensure compatability before making the purchase.
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June 9, 2012 5:16:56 PM

OK so there are there good version of this graphic card according to one review the Diamond, sapphire and the XFX.......which one would you recommend
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a c 182 U Graphics card
June 9, 2012 5:23:50 PM

Probably the XFX has the better warranty, if that's importaint to you then go for that, otherwise Sapphire are next best, followed by Diamond.
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