What graphics card should I get for around $200?

I will be playing BF3 mainly and have a 620w psu.

I was looking at a evga gtx 480 and a SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6950 2GB but the price went up. any ideas?
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  1. What is the exact model of your PSU?

    I know for a fact a GTX480 won't be able to run on your PSU lol...those things are power hungry monsters.
  2. SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151095
  3. bigcyco1 said:


    I stand corrected :)
  4. You can check this page out here http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-480,2585-15.html and it shows what kind of wattage those things can pull.
  5. You should be able to get a amd hd6870 for less than $200. I have one and it is has no problem with the highest settings on bf3 and has continued to surprise me since I got it. The big problem is (and maybe its just my sapphire board) this card is really loud. A great contender is the Nvidia 560. I understand wanting a 480 but the 560 is better suited for tessellation than the previous generation of cards, at least I believe this is the case. I would definitely recommend a 560 or a 560 ti if you can afford it.
  6. what do you think of the 6950?
  7. bigcyco1 said:
    You can check this page out here http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-480,2585-15.html and it shows what kind of wattage those things can pull.


    I remember looking at one of those charts some time ago on a -coughs- other more different site. Either I was seeing things or the charts were way off :lol: now those are looking more realistic.

    Anyway back on topic...

    A 6950 would be a good choice if you can find it for a decent price...however a 480 is $211 at the moment on Amazon... http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-GTX480-Graphics-015-P3-1480-KR/dp/B004EHWMP6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1341967264&sr=8-1&keywords=gtx+480
  8. Maxwh2o said:
    SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151095
    That will run a 480 no problem ;)
  9. mocchan said:
    I remember looking at one of those charts some time ago on a -coughs- other more different site. Either I was seeing things or the charts were way off :lol: now those are looking more realistic.
    :lol: the 480 is a power hog no doubt
  10. what do you think of the 6950?
  11. The 480 is great but I tend to shy away from purchasing products that are more than 1 generation old. I would get a decently clocked 560ti or a 6950.
  12. Maxwh2o said:
    what do you think of the 6950?

    6950 for what price if it's 250 i think that's a rip off when you could buy a 570 for that price
  13. bigcyco1 said:
    6950 for what price if it's 250 i think that's a rip off when you could buy a 570 for that price


    +1 :lol:
  14. ok say the budget goes up to $250 what would you pick now?
  15. 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) this one will mop the floor with a 7850
    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
  16. Maxwh2o said:
    ok say the budget goes up to $250 what would you pick now?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127682 :D
  17. Just look at that card reminds me of a song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDrvvZt5Ymk&feature=related :lol:
  18. bigcyco1 said:
    Just look at that card reminds me of a song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDrvvZt5Ymk&feature=related :lol:

    Omg :lol: that's hilarious and nostalgic at the same time :kaola:
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