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What graphics card should I get for around $200?

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July 11, 2012 12:23:41 AM

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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a b U Graphics card
July 11, 2012 12:33:29 AM

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.
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July 11, 2012 12:38:54 AM

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.
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July 11, 2012 12:39:03 AM

what do you think of the 6950?
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a b U Graphics card
July 11, 2012 12:39:11 AM

bigcyco1 said:
You can check this page out here http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-480,258... 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-...
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July 11, 2012 12:41:36 AM

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
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July 11, 2012 12:42:18 AM

what do you think of the 6950?
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July 11, 2012 12:44:23 AM

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.
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July 11, 2012 12:45:21 AM

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
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a b U Graphics card
July 11, 2012 12:46:29 AM

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: 
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July 11, 2012 12:47:51 AM

ok say the budget goes up to $250 what would you pick now?
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July 11, 2012 12:50:10 AM

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=N82E168...


Asus DCII Cu TOP (900Mhz - 7 phase VRM)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Gigabyte OC (900Mhz - 7 phase VRM)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


The R7850's performance is about the same as the 560 Ti 900Mhz but R7850 cost about $10 to $20 more

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