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Buying new video card, need help

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June 10, 2012 3:47:34 AM

So I originally was running a Nvidea 9800 GT, which was nice for the few years it lasted but since my pc caught fire, I think I need a new one!!

Anyways, I am willing to spend in the $200 range, and I am thinking of getting one that is not Nvidea, however I know nothing about the other brands. Any suggestions?

EDIT: Forgot some info

Getting an AMD Phenom II X4 965

Got a 750W PS

Possibly considering a dual card setup in the future.

My uses will be gaming, 3d model rendering and movies (however I am not going all out on it, just watching them, no bluray stuff. )

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June 10, 2012 9:33:26 AM

Myself, I run a Phenom II x4 965 @ 3.4 with an XFX HD 6950, and I max out every game in my way running very nice framerates. However, my card costed me about £160 after several deals, not sure how much it will be in USD, but it's an awesome set-up.
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a c 291 U Graphics card
June 10, 2012 9:48:21 AM

If you can push your budget to $209.99, I'd strongly suggest getting a GTX 480:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

However, if you cannot, get Zotac AMP! GTX 560 Ti:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Don't get HD 6870 as it's quite a bit slower than GTX 560 Ti. GTX 480 is considerably faster than GTX 560 Ti, but consumes a lot of power and needs two 8-pin power connectors. Does your power supply give that?
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June 10, 2012 2:24:05 PM

Sunius said:
If you can push your budget to $209.99, I'd strongly suggest getting a GTX 480:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

However, if you cannot, get Zotac AMP! GTX 560 Ti:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Don't get HD 6870 as it's quite a bit slower than GTX 560 Ti. GTX 480 is considerably faster than GTX 560 Ti, but consumes a lot of power and needs two 8-pin power connectors. Does your power supply give that?



My PSU does actually support that.


How does the GTX 480 compare to the 7850?
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a c 291 U Graphics card
June 10, 2012 2:25:29 PM

GTX 480 is around 8-10% faster than HD 7850.
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June 10, 2012 2:31:29 PM

Seems to me like the 480 is the best value, is there a Radeon card to compare?
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a c 291 U Graphics card
June 10, 2012 2:32:15 PM

HD 6970.. but it's way more expensive. GTX 480 is a sole winner at this price point as long as you have a power supply that supports it.
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June 10, 2012 2:32:16 PM

Also would 750W be enough to cover my system running a GTX 480?
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a c 291 U Graphics card
June 10, 2012 2:36:15 PM

Which exactly 750 watt unit is it?
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June 10, 2012 2:47:14 PM

Alright I think I am going with the GTX 480, easily the best value and I hear a lot of good things about it performance wise. Thanks!!
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a c 291 U Graphics card
June 10, 2012 2:47:36 PM

Glad to help :) .
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June 10, 2012 4:23:50 PM

It's probably too late now but I would have gone with the 7850. It comes very close to the 480 in performance, runs cooler, uses about 120 less watts and overclocks very very well. If you overclock it even a little it could probably beat the 480 as well as costing you less money overtime in electrical bills.
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a c 291 U Graphics card
June 10, 2012 4:28:11 PM

no way Hd 7850 will beat GTX 480 :lol:  Plus it's way more expensive, really not worth going for it imo..
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a b U Graphics card
June 10, 2012 4:43:20 PM

With the efficiency and OC ability - I would swing to the HD7850.
-Bruce
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a c 106 U Graphics card
June 10, 2012 4:44:21 PM

The 480 will beat the 7850 at stock. The 480 though will consume around 2 times the power than an 7850, so at a future date if you ever one to sli, it would become a problem on your psu. When both are overclocked, the 480 will have a slight edge, but will have an extremely high temperature. if you want to get really technical on the tidbits

7850 Pros:
Lower Power consumption than 480
Lower Temperature than 480
Extreme clocking ability (can clock ~35% clock compared to base clock)
PCI 3.0, and 2gb Vram, which helps on multi screen setups
Supports higher open gl

480 Pros
Stronger stock speed
384 bit memory interface compared to 7850's 256
At the current moment, lower price
CUDA(for coders) and Physx(for people who has a card lying around and use it for minimal fps gain)
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