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What is the best Graphics Card for $100-$200

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July 20, 2012 2:56:08 PM

My PC configs:

Processor : Intel Core i7 950

RAM : 12 GB

Motherboard : MSI 1366 ATX Motherboard X58 PRO

HardDrive : Hitachi HDS721010CLA332 ATA Device 931 GB

Monitor: ViewSonic VT2430 24-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV (1400x900 resolution for games)

I'm looking for the best graphics card anywhere from $100-$200 (before or AR I don't care) for playing games in my 1400x900 resolution, my current graphics card isn't satisfactory for me and I'd like to get a new one. I want to be able to play games such as Battlefield 3, Resident Evil 5, APB: Reloaded, and newer games possibly in medium to high quality if possible. I've heard that the Geforce GTX 480 might be a good choice but I am unsure as to what to get. Looking to get one some time this year. Thank you in advance :D 

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July 20, 2012 3:19:14 PM

What is your power supply unit? GTX 480 for under $200 is a sick deal, I'd take it without second thoughts before the price rises again. It's much faster than $260 HD 7850.
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July 20, 2012 4:33:27 PM

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What's your PSU?
It's necessary for us to know that before we make any suggestions for you.
But for a maximum of $200, here's a few that I'd take in to consideration.

GTX 560 Ti -448
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HD 7850 (if you're willing to spend a few extra bucks for a bit more performance)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But at that resolution, either of those cards would be more than enough.
July 20, 2012 5:56:29 PM

Thank you to all who answered, and to answer about the power supply I'd have to take a look. Also, from what you guys have showed me the GTX 560 Ti and Radeon HD 7850 look good, but you say I should get the gtx 480 if it were cheaper than $200?
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July 20, 2012 6:03:39 PM

The 480 is a very good card provided you have the power to run it. However, I don't think I have seen it for under $200. For that matter, the 560 Ti-448 core and the 7850 are also over $200. You basically have the 560 Ti and the 6950. Both are good cards; I'd pick depending on which games you want to play:

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/547?vs=510

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July 20, 2012 6:11:42 PM
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1Dan1 said:
Thank you to all who answered, and to answer about the power supply I'd have to take a look. Also, from what you guys have showed me the GTX 560 Ti and Radeon HD 7850 look good, but you say I should get the gtx 480 if it were cheaper than $200?


Have a look at this performance chart:



Any sane mind will agree that if you can get GTX 480 cheaper, it's worth going for it. It's a very strong card, but needs a lot of power to run.
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July 20, 2012 7:46:09 PM

motorneuron said:
The 480 is a very good card provided you have the power to run it. However, I don't think I have seen it for under $200. For that matter, the 560 Ti-448 core and the 7850 are also over $200. You basically have the 560 Ti and the 6950. Both are good cards; I'd pick depending on which games you want to play:

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/547?vs=510


I have seen it on Newegg go from 210$ to 199$ to 220$ and bounce around those figures. Pretty slick deal, the most power you can get at that price range, though the 7850 has gone down and is now a good choice as well because it OC's like a monster.

If you get the GTX 480 make sure you have at least 600 watts from a good company (Corsair/Antec/Seasonic/XFX). You may be able to get by with 550, but I would give myself some breathing room.
July 21, 2012 2:10:47 AM

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July 21, 2012 2:12:02 AM

Now, with all this helpfull information I believe my power supply might not be enough. Right now I believe I have a 500 watt power supply, in order to have one of these graphics cards what is the right ammount of wattage I'll need from my power supply?
July 21, 2012 3:13:00 AM

What is the power supply brand and model? If not, do you know the number of amps under 12 V (on the side of the power supply)?

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July 21, 2012 12:03:18 PM

motorneuron said:
The 480 is a very good card provided you have the power to run it. However, I don't think I have seen it for under $200. For that matter, the 560 Ti-448 core and the 7850 are also over $200. You basically have the 560 Ti and the 6950. Both are good cards; I'd pick depending on which games you want to play:

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/547?vs=510

Well as I stated, I would like to play Battlefield 3, Resident Evil 5, APB: Reloaded. I'd also like to play Counter Strike: GO, GTA IV, L.A. Noire, and newer games really.
Anonymous
April 12, 2013 1:29:46 AM

Get the ASUS Radeon hd 7850 (HD7850_DC2_2GD5_V2). Selling around 189.9$ at amd.com.
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