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June 27, 2012 9:43:19 PM

Hey guys im almost buying my final part for my new setup, the Graphics card and i dont want to spend over $250 US Dollars. What you guys would recommend?

I was thinking of:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

What you would tell me to buy?

More about : gpu card 250

a b U Graphics card
June 27, 2012 9:47:04 PM

Yeah, that's pretty much the best out there for that price right now.
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June 27, 2012 9:56:24 PM

which one is better?
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June 27, 2012 10:21:03 PM

ok make my life easier, whichone would be the best buy?
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June 27, 2012 10:21:25 PM

from 570 448 480 and 7850
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June 27, 2012 10:46:01 PM

is the msi 570 posted above has a good cooling system?
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June 27, 2012 11:34:24 PM

also, anyi=one has any other opinions?
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June 27, 2012 11:58:08 PM

So whichone you guys would say its the best? I just want to spend my money on the best...
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June 28, 2012 12:59:09 AM

What i did wrong :S ?
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a b U Graphics card
June 28, 2012 1:01:13 AM

Well, all those options are good. It just depends on what games, what resolution, and how big your power supply is. In the future you could run 2 7850s on a QUALITY 500w PSU. The 480 and 570 are faster though.
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a c 91 U Graphics card
June 28, 2012 1:01:25 AM



lol, pwned

@OP, all of the cards recommended above are good. make a decision yourself, you won't be disappointed. we can't think for you, it's your money, your computer, and your time spent gaming on it
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a c 91 U Graphics card
June 28, 2012 1:02:34 AM

stickg1 said:
Well, all those options are good. It just depends on what games, what resolution, and how big your power supply is. In the future you could run 2 7850s on a QUALITY 500w PSU. The 480 and 570 are faster though.


seriously? xfire on 500w o.O link me a source/elaborate or it didn't happen. I'm honestly curious
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a c 91 U Graphics card
June 28, 2012 1:08:24 AM

babernet_1 said:
The 570 is a bit faster than the 7850 but costs over 250 EXCEPT for this one!

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

The 480 is slower

Keep in mind speed changes depending on which game is played, computer hardware, etc.

You were spanked for the helloooo post.


I've seen a 480 run past a 580... don't tell me it's slower than a 570...

*sits back and waits for recon-uk to upload a video :) 
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June 28, 2012 1:23:28 AM

lol sorry for the post :/  I have an tx 650w psu 3570k processor and ill use it for games like battlefield
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a b U Graphics card
June 28, 2012 1:36:35 AM

vmem said:
seriously? xfire on 500w o.O link me a source/elaborate or it didn't happen. I'm honestly curious


An entire system with a HD7850 uses <275w. Less than 175w of that is the card itself. Keep in mind that the 7850 only uses 1 6pin PCIe connector. Therefore, with his 3570 which is a 77w chip, but lets say he draws 95w with it, unless he has 13 HDDs 5 optical drives and 20 fans, he has power to spare. I admit it would be cutting it close, and it would have to be a silver or gold to be on the safe side, but it is possible.
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a c 91 U Graphics card
June 28, 2012 1:43:38 AM

stickg1 said:
An entire system with a HD7850 uses <275w. Less than 175w of that is the card itself. Keep in mind that the 7850 only uses 1 6pin PCIe connector. Therefore, with his 3570 which is a 77w chip, but lets say he draws 95w with it, unless he has 13 HDDs 5 optical drives and 20 fans, he has power to spare. I admit it would be cutting it close, and it would have to be a silver or gold to be on the safe side, but it is possible.


hmm, you're right, he'd be running ~420W or so raw. thanks for the tip bud! will remember this for the future :) 
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June 28, 2012 1:47:28 AM

stickg1 said:
An entire system with a HD7850 uses <275w. Less than 175w of that is the card itself. Keep in mind that the 7850 only uses 1 6pin PCIe connector. Therefore, with his 3570 which is a 77w chip, but lets say he draws 95w with it, unless he has 13 HDDs 5 optical drives and 20 fans, he has power to spare. I admit it would be cutting it close, and it would have to be a silver or gold to be on the safe side, but it is possible.

Ill be using and 1tb hdd and 1 120gb ssd and one optical drive, two sticks of ram, and 4 fans..........Can you explain the last part: "I admit it would be cutting it close, and it would have to be a silver or gold to be on the safe side, but it is possible." What you mean with that? Which one should i use by your sayings?
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June 28, 2012 2:00:24 AM

itsmenando said:
Ill be using and 1tb hdd and 1 120gb ssd and one optical drive, two sticks of ram, and 4 fans..........Can you explain the last part: "I admit it would be cutting it close, and it would have to be a silver or gold to be on the safe side, but it is possible." What you mean with that? Which one should i use by your sayings?


you're in the clear for a single 7850. we were discussing the possibility of running TWO 7850s on your power supply

the silver or gold refer to 80+ power efficiency ratings
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June 28, 2012 2:02:40 AM

ok,so i cant run 2 of those?
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June 28, 2012 2:04:07 AM

the amd 7850
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a b U Graphics card
June 28, 2012 2:13:17 AM

You have a 650w power supply you could run one or two with ease
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June 28, 2012 2:19:40 AM

okay, so with the specs i have said and for games like battlefield which will be the way to go?
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a b U Graphics card
June 28, 2012 2:26:02 AM

Congrats on teh Expertness, Recon.

I say HD 7850 or GTX 570 depending on what amount of VRAM you think you'll need. Will you be playing at 1080p or 1200p with Ultra settings and antialiasing? Or mods? The 2GB VRAM on the HD 7850 is tempting, especially knowing how high a good GCN card can overclock...
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June 28, 2012 2:30:44 AM

actually my monitor is 1080p but iwould like using ultra and anti aliasing


can you explain a bit of VRAM i dont understand that
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a b U Graphics card
June 28, 2012 2:33:53 AM

570 is better for BF3
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June 28, 2012 2:37:22 AM

btw i wont be playing just bf3, maybe some diablo 3, arma2 dayZ, and alot of games....
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a b U Graphics card
June 28, 2012 2:43:57 AM

Eh, just go for the 570, then. Get it quick - I doubt a great card like that will last long at $250.
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June 28, 2012 3:05:53 AM

Well, i dont think i cant get it any "quick", i dont have the money atm

So i think ill have to go with the 7850...
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a b U Graphics card
June 28, 2012 3:25:11 AM

7850 is the most efficient graphics card at 250$ and it support DX11.1
480 isnt an option because it need 300w power but 7850 need mere 130W
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June 28, 2012 3:28:12 AM

oxford373 said:
7850 is the most efficient graphics card at 250$ and its support DX11.1
480 isnt an option
480 need 300w power but 7850 need mere 130W


you repeated 480 2 times,,,
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a b U Graphics card
June 28, 2012 3:41:58 AM

just buy 7850 that is my recomendation
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a c 109 U Graphics card
June 28, 2012 4:04:55 AM

If you want to play BF3, the GTX 480 and 570 are the ways to go. The 480 is the best choice ATM because of it's low price!
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a c 91 U Graphics card
June 28, 2012 4:14:03 AM

itsmenando said:
btw i wont be playing just bf3, maybe some diablo 3, arma2 dayZ, and alot of games....


bf3 is one of the most demanding games out on the market atm. the other games you mention are all FAR less demanding than bf3. long story short, if a card plays bf3 well, chances are it can handle anything else you throw at it (at least in the current market).

anyway, the 480 typically gets my recommendation, the 7850's your safe and conservative choice (due to the 480's power draw and heat issues with insufficient cooling)
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June 28, 2012 4:26:35 AM

okay but willthe 7850 hold bf3 good?
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a c 91 U Graphics card
June 28, 2012 5:08:21 AM

@aqualipt, we can discuss this elsewhere. I'll find an appropriate place and start a new thread and pm you with the link :) 

@OP I apologize for somewhat hijacking your thread. anyway, here's tom's review on the 7850. as you can see, it holds bf3 just fine under 1080p :) 

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7870-revi...
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June 28, 2012 5:09:48 AM

what OP means? by the way i think its me, if its me i dont really mind...
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June 28, 2012 5:11:01 AM

the 7850 doesnt appear on those charts

Edit: I saw it know sorry
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a c 91 U Graphics card
June 28, 2012 5:13:58 AM

itsmenando said:
what OP means? by the way i think its me, if its me i dont really mind...


OP=opening poster. or you :) 
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a c 91 U Graphics card
June 28, 2012 5:15:58 AM

itsmenando said:
the 7850 doesnt appear on those charts

Edit: I saw it know sorry


the middle chart's the one you want to pay attention to, where the 7850 is pulling 54 frames per second on high settings at 1980x1080p. keep in mind that's stock clocks. if you overclock your card a little, I'm sure it can average 60fps :D 
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June 28, 2012 5:17:24 AM

what do you think i can run battlefield on ultra overclocking a bit?

Also can yoou find a chart with the 480 in?
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June 28, 2012 5:28:58 AM

itsmenando said:
what do you think i can run battlefield on ultra overclocking a bit?

Also can yoou find a chart with the 480 in?
I think you can i will ask my son tomorrow hes asleep right now but he has 480 and would know :)  I wouldn't OC the 480 though not with the stock cooler you need to replace it with this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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