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Help picking a Graphics card for BF3

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June 24, 2012 8:32:47 PM

What GPU should I pick? My Budget is around $200.

1-EVGA 560- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2-EVGA 560ti- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I know the 560ti is over my price range but after rebate it is.
What is the difference between these- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

3-EVGA 480- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4- Radeon HD 6870-
XFX- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HIS- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5- Radeon HD 6950- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Yet again over price but comes with BF3

Any others I dont have?
Have a AMD Phenom II X4 965 and a SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W but haven't ordered yet.
I may be considering SLi/Crossfire later.

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June 24, 2012 8:56:34 PM

Hi Maxwh2o

Personally, I'd go for the 7850

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

It's very similar to the 6950, but runs cooler and slightly faster.

However the 480 is the most powerful card you have listed, the only downside is uses 230W, compared to the 130W of the 7850.

Wow, I've just read about 10 forum posts on various websites and most point to the less powerfull 7850, people say it does overclock like a champ!
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June 24, 2012 9:00:22 PM

anything less expensive that is a bit to much.
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June 24, 2012 9:03:10 PM

IMO get the 480. It's the best performing card you listed (it's an amazing price/performance deal at $200) and you'll probably want to stick to an Nvidia card if you mainly want to do BF3 - it tends to favor Nvidia cards performance wise.

Also, no point in going crossfire/SLI unless you upgrade your CPU and motherboard and probably your power supply too, so I'd say just stick with a single card.
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June 24, 2012 9:09:31 PM

if i were you,i would go with 7850 SURELY it's not as powerful as the GTX 480 but you won't hear any noise from it which is a great factor for the 7850 :D  + the GTX 480 won't be easy to overclock as the 7850,people reported that they could even Overclock the already Factory Overclocked! Reaching higher Results than the factory oc! so yeah go with ati 7850 you won't regret it :) 

P.s:if you find yourself in a trouble after 2 years or something..you could buy another ATi 7850 and overclock it :)  so you could say 135W +135W=270W but for 2xGTX 480=200+200=400W! + the horrible and horrifying sound that will come from both :lol: 
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June 24, 2012 9:15:59 PM

^^ couple thoughts:
-If this is his first time building a computer, it's not a great idea for him to go chasing big overclocks
-the 7850 is out of his budget
-he shouldn't under any circumstances be putting two GPUs on that old CPU

I agree with your thoughts, I just don't think they fit OP's needs/requests.
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a c 106 U Graphics card
June 24, 2012 9:16:48 PM

if you plan to sli/crossfire, than the 7850 is your only option because all the ones you mentioned require 2 6 pin plugs so if you wanted to sli/crossfire, you would have to change psu.

@ above, the reason why i think the 7850 is plausable is because of the fact that on the 560 ti, hes counting for rebate as well and the 7850 is almost priced the same as a 560ti.
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June 24, 2012 9:37:10 PM

what about a card that is around $200 before rebates? this is my first build and am ok with not sli/crossfire till I get a newer cpu. This is off topic but when will amd come out with new cpu's? is a bulldozer worth it?
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a c 106 U Graphics card
June 24, 2012 9:41:55 PM

Maxwh2o said:
what about a card that is around $200 before rebates? this is my first build and am ok with not sli/crossfire till I get a newer cpu. This is off topic but when will amd come out with new cpu's? is a bulldozer worth it?


AMD trinity wont be released till around october, even so, I dont think the pricing has ever been named yet. Its aimed more at people who want htpcs, as APU's are usually aimed toward people with low end gpus or no gpu at all.
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June 24, 2012 9:50:11 PM

what about a card that is around $200 before rebates?
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a c 106 U Graphics card
June 24, 2012 9:52:41 PM

if its 200 before rebates, the gtx 480 is the best buy in assumption your computer can handle its needs.
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a b U Graphics card
June 24, 2012 10:57:32 PM

@dudewitbow a X4 965 shouldn't bottleneck a GTX 480.


@Op, for a first build, a GTX 480 would go down a treat. I cannot find any 7850's for under 200, and given the 480 is more powerful it really is a no brainer. Plus (If you're into this..) you get Physx as well. That would be the card to go for.
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June 26, 2012 2:30:26 AM

Does the evga gtx 480 not have a warranty?
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