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Hey guys, I need to find the best video card for about $250 for running high end games without lag/graphic issues. (preferably on the highest graphic settings) It will be running with an intel i5-2500k sandy bridge CPU and 8Gigs of kingston RAM. Any recommendations from cards you have experience with would be much appreciated! (NOTE: if you've seen my other post about the MSI card, that is for a different computer)
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  1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150604

    $280; A little over budget but a lot better than the 7850 which is the best card fir the $250 you want to spend. I suggest spending the extra $30.

    If you cannot over budget yourself by $30 then here is the best card for your budget.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150608
  2. GPU:EVGA 015-P3-1480-KR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130759#top runs hot is a power hog but worth it

    GPU:MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127682#top

    GPU:Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2 GB DDR5 HDMI/DVI-I/Dual Mini DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 11200-00-20G
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007JCNOZK/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DERhttp://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007JCNOZK/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DERhttp://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007JCNOZK/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER
  3. Another thing to consider Look at the non-reference 560 Ti designs, factory OC'd to 900 Mhz. Among them you will find several models that have upgrade dPCB's and beefed up VRMs. The ones w/ 7 phases or more and the special coolers have been known to top 30% overclocks over the reference card speed.


    http://www.pureoverclock.com/review.php?id=1201&page=17

    .And make no mistake about these cards straight beast!
    Some to consider ...




    MSI Hawk (950Mhz - 9 phase VRM)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127578

    Asus DCII Cu TOP (900Mhz - 7 phase VRM)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121425

    Gigabyte OC (900Mhz - 7 phase VRM)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125363

    The R7850's performance is about the same as the 560 Ti 900Mhz but R7850 cost about $10 to $20 more
  4. What PSU do you have because it's important that we know so we can recommend the right card
  5. Thanks for all the responses haha, I'll look into all of em, got a long night of research ahead haha, and for whoever was asking for PSU im running a fatal1ty 750w, ill link it below.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341041&nm_mc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r&cm_mmc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r-_-Power+Supplies-_-OCZ+Technology-_-17341041
  6. GTX 480 is by far the best card for your budget.
  7. frenkinstein said:
    Thanks for all the responses haha, I'll look into all of em, got a long night of research ahead haha, and for whoever was asking for PSU im running a fatal1ty 750w, ill link it below.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341041&nm_mc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r&cm_mmc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r-_-Power+Supplies-_-OCZ+Technology-_-17341041
    Alright not the greatest PSU :na: but it will do with any of the cards i suggested ;)
  8. bigcyco1 said:
    Alright not the greatest PSU :na: but it will do with any of the cards i suggested ;)

    oh is it not a good PSU? i haven't bought it yet so if you have any recommendations for that wattage id be up to hear it, i just heard some good reviews about that one
  9. frenkinstein said:
    oh is it not a good PSU? i haven't bought it yet so if you have any recommendations for that wattage id be up to hear it, i just heard some good reviews about that one
    PC Power & Cooling PPCMK2S750 Silencer Mk II Power Supply - 750W, 80 Plus Silver, 135mm Fan, SLI Ready, CrossFire Ready, Active PFC
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=927377&CatId=2533
  10. I would buy a 7850 if I had $250 to spend. Low power, great performance, good for O/C. And with a 750w PSU you can Crossfire it later if your mobo supports it (650w would work too). I'm not the biggest fan of buying the old gen cards when the 28nm architecture is so good. And it will be supported longer (my 4870s in CF are not getting driver updates any longer)
  11. bigcyco1 said:
    PC Power & Cooling PPCMK2S750 Silencer Mk II Power Supply - 750W, 80 Plus Silver, 135mm Fan, SLI Ready, CrossFire Ready, Active PFC
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=927377&CatId=2533

    That looks like a good PSU, the only problem is it doesn't appear to be modular which is kind of a deal breaker for me :(
  12. OCZ OCZ-ZT750W ZT Series ATX Modular Power Supply - 750W, 80 Plus Bronze, 140mm Fan, Active PFC
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1393382&CatId=5440 it's a good PSU read the review if you like OCZ ZT 750W a "jonnyGURU Recommended".... http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=262
  13. doct3rphil said:
    I would buy a 7850 if I had $250 to spend. Low power, great performance, good for O/C. And with a 750w PSU you can Crossfire it later if your mobo supports it (650w would work too). I'm not the biggest fan of buying the old gen cards when the 28nm architecture is so good. And it will be supported longer (my 4870s in CF are not getting driver updates any longer)


    That's AMD for you. Nvidia still supports drivers for cards that are already 6 years old.
  14. Sunius said:
    That's AMD for you. Nvidia still supports drivers for cards that are already 6 years old.


    What are you talking about? AMD still supports them. All the way back to the HD2000s and older. They just moved them to quarterly +when needed releases, instead of EVERY driver package because there's not much you can do to improve performance on drivers that have been gone through with a fine tooth comb for years. They don't support direct x11, all they need is game updates which they get...

    And they only moved then to quarterly updates when they decided to stop putting out an updated driver EVERY month and put out drivers when there's a larger update or when needed. You know. The way nvidia has been doing it for years....

    Either nvidia's been wrong the whole time and its sad AMD sunk to their level, its good AMD switched, or it doesn't really make a difference. In any case you can't go "that's what you get with AMD" when nvidia does the exact same thing lmao
  15. What about this one? Don't you like it? It's faster than both GTX 560 Ti and HD 7850.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130759
  16. Sunius said:
    What about this one? Don't you like it? It's faster than both GTX 560 Ti and HD 7850.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130759
    they raised the price on it to a crazy amount :(
  17. Oh damn I didn't see :(.
  18. yes that is a good card, but as they said price got jacked and I cant afford it :( any recs on the cards i listed?
  19. frenkinstein said:
    yes that is a good card, but as they said price got jacked and I cant afford it :( any recs on the cards i listed?
    found it somewhere else 199.99 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2148469&CatId=3669 ;)
  20. holy crap haha 33% off? dang XD does that out perform the other cards? i have read reviews of it but haven't seen any demos.
    and for resolution im at 1680 x 1050 but that may change some because my current screen is dying so if i cant fix it ill have to buy a new one
  21. GTX 480 is much more powerful than GTX 560 Ti and it is also quite a bit more powerful than HD 7850.
  22. frenkinstein said:
    none of those are ideal choices in your price range IMO the GTX480/570 are the way to go they both eat a R7850 for breakfast ;)
  23. Even these would also be better choices than any of the cards you were looking at and cost less MSI Hawk (950Mhz - 9 phase VRM)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127578


    Asus DCII Cu TOP (900Mhz - 7 phase VRM)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121425
  24. bigcyco1 said:
    Even these would also be better choices than any of the cards you were looking at and cost less MSI Hawk (950Mhz - 9 phase VRM)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127578


    Asus DCII Cu TOP (900Mhz - 7 phase VRM)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121425


    does the DCII Cu TOP really out perform and XFX radeon HD 7850 2gb? and wont the 1gb vram be limiting in higher end games?
  25. Best answer
    frenkinstein said:
    does the DCII Cu TOP really out perform and XFX radeon HD 7850 2gb? and wont the 1gb vram be limiting in higher end games?

    as long as the resolution of 1080p it won't be limiting anything MSI Hawk (950Mhz - 9 phase VRM) out preforms 7850 for sure
  26. alright after much deliberation and research i think im going with the MSI hawk haha, thanks for the advice guys!
  27. Best answer selected by frenkinstein.
  28. frenkinstein said:
    alright after much deliberation and research i think im going with the MSI hawk haha, thanks for the advice guys!

    Your very welcome!Good choice. ;)
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