<$250 budget

Approximate Purchase Date: Late July to Early August

Budget: $150~$250 before rebate

Usage: Gaming, movies, hw. Games: LoL, D3, Borderlands2, and Black Ops 2.

PSU: No GPU for now but, PSU is OCZ ZT Series 650W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Bronze

Other specs: intel i5 3570k. asrock z77 extreme4, G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory.

Sites: newegg, shoprunners or free shipping. or anywhere cheapest.

Preferences: None.

Overclocking: Maybe. SLI or CrossfirexL: Maybe.

Monitor Res: 1920x1080

Comments: Long warranty if available. doesn't eat up too much power, runs cool.
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  1. For under $250

    MSI 7850
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127663

    Runs cool, Doesn't eat too much power, Warranty is 3 years.
  2. I would recommend the radeon 7850. It's the ideal card for 1920x1080 as it runs everything at max settings with reasonable fps.
  3. This will outperform a 7850 and is really good price:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127682

    And this is coming from an AMD graphics fanboi!

    EDIT: I suppose with the games you're playing it doesn't matter much between the two because both cards will max them out.

    The 7850 would use less power and run cooler. You could also easily CF-X them in the future with that PSU.
  4. stickg1 said:
    This will outperform a 7850 and is really good price:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127682

    And this is coming from an AMD graphics fanboi!

    EDIT: I suppose with the games you're playing it doesn't matter much between the two because both cards will max them out.

    The 7850 would use less power and run cooler. You could also easily CF-X them in the future with that PSU.


    That is a good deal
  5. oohoohpickme said:
    Approximate Purchase Date: Late July to Early August

    Budget: $150~$250 before rebate

    Usage: Gaming, movies, hw. Games: LoL, D3, Borderlands2, and Black Ops 2.

    PSU: No GPU for now but, PSU is OCZ ZT Series 650W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Bronze

    Other specs: intel i5 3570k. asrock z77 extreme4, G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory.

    Sites: newegg, shoprunners or free shipping. or anywhere cheapest.

    Preferences: None.

    Overclocking: Maybe. SLI or CrossfirexL: Maybe.

    Monitor Res: 1920x1080

    Comments: Long warranty if available. doesn't eat up too much power, runs cool.


    Gtx 480 $ 219 right now, and it beats all the other cards listed in performance !

    If you turn up the speed of this card it won't get too hot and not that loud.
  6. oohoohpickme said:
    Okay well, what do you guys think about GTX 560 TI.


    The 560ti isn't as good as the other cards mentioned, but if you can find for one $200 I would say it's a good buy.

    Something like this would be good but for $15 more you can get a gtx570.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127594
  7. oohoohpickme said:
    Hmm... is there much difference of performance, power consumption and temp with
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127682
    and
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127663


    Yes, this isn't the most accurate benchmark tool but it's pretty good for reference. It's not accurate because they use stock or reference models of the cards instead of the Board Partners (MSI, XFX, Sapphire, EVGA, etc.) aftermarket versions. You'll see in this comparison that the 7850 is better in Crysis and Metro but the rest of the games go for the 570. The 570 does consume a lot more power (still be fine with your PSU) and because of more power consumption and both having relatively the same thermal design the gtx570 would run a little hotter but would not be a problem with a well ventilated case.

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=518
  8. oohoohpickme said:


    Yes, there is a big power difference

    ~100 Watts (Add ~10-15 Watts for overclocked cards): 7850, ~60C
    ~300 Watts (Add ~10-15 Watts for overclocked cards): GTX 570 ~80C

    The cards temps will be lower with different coolers like MSI.

    Also someone mentioned a GTX 480, although a very strong card, it runs hot and consumes a lot more power than the ones I compared here.
  9. So I guess I'll be going with a Radeon HD 7850.
    Out of all these brands, which should I go with..
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709%20600286767%20600298542%20600029796%20600007782&IsNodeId=1&name=2GB
    I'd prefer quiet, cool, and one that will last.
  10. It would be either the ASUS DC2 or MSI Twin Frozr.

    If money is a concern get the MSI Twin Frozr, it's price and performance is quite great, and the Twin Frozr series is a good cooler, it's a bit louder than the ASUS DC2.
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