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July 19, 2012 5:57:19 PM

I'm upgrading my system and just bought the following parts:

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

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

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

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

This is going into a new case as soon as I save up enough to buy it :) :


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

With this PSU that I already own:

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

Can someone please help me pick out a good - great video card that will fit into this setup nicely? I use my system mostly for gaming, but also do some programming, emails, web surfing etc..

Budget for the new video card is $200 - $250.00

Thanks

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a c 192 U Graphics card
July 19, 2012 6:05:39 PM

Hmmm, if you had not already bought those parts, I (and others) would have suggested that an Intel build would have been considerably stronger for the price. No matter; what's done is done.
With that budget for a video card, look for a HD7850. The PSU is certainly strong enough. If you have a preference for nVidia, then get a GTX560Ti-448; although the HD7850 should generally be stronger and use less power.
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July 19, 2012 6:25:00 PM

I'm gonna second the 7850. I was tossing around the idea of getting a 560 TI for months and ultimately decided the 7580 was more suitable for my price range and build (X4 955 OC @ 3.8).

Sadly the sale on my card just ended (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...), but there are still a couple sub-$250 models.

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

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

Both seem like good fits. Normally I would recommend on possibly holding off for the 660 launch to drop prices, but if memory serves me correctly I believe the 7850 wasn't changed at all by it. Maybe other users can verify?

Also for quick reference here are some benches:

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=547

Unless you are playing BF3, the 7850 is much more compelling.
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a b U Graphics card
July 19, 2012 6:25:15 PM

You could of spent much less money and gotten a better computer, to late now though, like the other guy said a 7850 is the best you can get in your price range. It's a good card and should be good for a long time yet.
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July 19, 2012 6:29:08 PM

Hmm since u have an amd motherboard...the HD 7850 will be a wise choice...or as @jtt283 mentioned the GTX560Ti is a good choice if u want to go nvidia....but be warned AMD/ATI cards usually have many driver related issues(even high ends)..causing loss in performance...nys good luck
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July 19, 2012 8:05:48 PM

I do understand that an Intel build probably would have been a better way to go, but I started down this road having a hard drive issue with my PC, then as I was working on getting that issue fixed I decided to change out the Mobo and ram (currently have 4GB of DDR2 ram which is slow as molasses) and was planning on keeping my current CPU and putting that into the new mobo with the new ram.

I finally decided to build myself a whole new PC and to keep the one I have now that is working great again as a family PC or I might just make it into my server and will finally have the complete home network that I've always wanted.

For the new build all I need now is the case, a new PSU(taking suggestions on that to) and the new graphics card. I'll probably take the new 2TB HDD and put it into the new PC and keep the two WD 500GB HDD's for the old one.

Thanks BTW to those who have given suggestions for a new graphics Card!! You guys here at Tom's are the best!!
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July 19, 2012 8:29:54 PM

Anonymous said:
I'm gonna second the 7850. I was tossing around the idea of getting a 560 TI for months and ultimately decided the 7580 was more suitable for my price range and build (X4 955 OC @ 3.8).

Sadly the sale on my card just ended (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...), but there are still a couple sub-$250 models.

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

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

Both seem like good fits. Normally I would recommend on possibly holding off for the 660 launch to drop prices, but if memory serves me correctly I believe the 7850 wasn't changed at all by it. Maybe other users can verify?

Also for quick reference here are some benches:

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=547

Unless you are playing BF3, the 7850 is much more compelling.



Will those work in my new motherboard? I see that it's 3.0X16 and the motherboard is 2.0X16 so not sure if that will work or if it doesn't matter?
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a b U Graphics card
July 19, 2012 9:34:51 PM

alazeer said:
Will those work in my new motherboard? I see that it's 3.0X16 and the motherboard is 2.0X16 so not sure if that will work or if it doesn't matter?


The PCIe 3.0 vs 2.0 doesn't matter; the 3.0 cards are all compatible with 2.0 slots. (And anyway, 3.0 wouldn't make a performance difference.)

Yes, the 7850 is the dominant card around that price range. It's also a beast of an overclocker.

If you're willing to go slightly higher, the 7870 at $300 is also a good choice. It wasn't at $350, but at $300 it's a significant upgrade. The 660 Ti will likely be an excellent card around $300, too. Wildcard: if you're feeling crazy, you can try to pick up a 480, which is slightly better performance than the 7850 but at way more power usage (seriously, like 100W more). Figure I'd mention it.
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a b U Graphics card
July 19, 2012 9:40:25 PM

7850 is a good bet. If you wait for sales, you might snatch up a cheap 7870 around 280 bucks which is a bit over your budget if you are willing to reach a bit.
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a b U Graphics card
July 19, 2012 10:57:25 PM

Check to make sure your PSU has enough power for the GTX570. The minimum recommended for that card is 550 Watts, which is what you have. If you are planning to overclock your CPU, maybe the videocard too, and if you plan to add more hardware to your computer, the GTX570 may be too much, power consumption wise.
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a b U Graphics card
July 19, 2012 11:06:20 PM

The 570 is also a good choice with the current price slashing. However, I'd be wary going for the 570 if you plan on going above 1080p. For a 2560x1600 or multi-monitor setup, the VRAM on the 7850 (2GB) can make a difference against the 570's (1.25GB). It also matters more in newer games and with higher AA settings. Then again, if you're playing BF3, the 570 might be a better choice because of nvidia's constant advantage on that game. Check out these benchmarks: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=518 My preference is still the 7850 because of the upgrade path, VRAM, overclock potential, and power usage, but the 570 is a totally rational choice. I should point out I also don't play BF3.
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a c 192 U Graphics card
July 20, 2012 3:07:07 AM

I prefer the HD7850 for the lower power use also.
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