I had my mind set on getting a 6850 due to price constraints, but then I saw this Visiontek 7850 for only $220: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Also, I have a 430 watt psu with only one 6 pin power connector (I do not wish to use molex adapters so please do not mention any cards that require more than one 6 pin).
A 7850 for only $220 almost gave me a heart attack, but I am skeptical about the brand. Why would the price be nearly $50 less than 7850's of different brands?
So is Visiontek reliable?
Or should I just stick with a 6850 and get Battlefield 3 and more RAM ? (I can't get RAM and BF3 with the 7850)
Thanks in advance!
You'd probably be fine buying that card, but I personally would wait for a brand I trust personally (which for me is ASUS, MSI, XFX, or Sapphire on the AMD side of things).
The GTX 660(ti?) is coming out in just a couple weeks, and it should send 7850 prices down. If you can wait a couple weeks, you should have more options in the $200-220 range for the 7850.
The reason it's so much cheaper is that the market is still in flux. It's not necessarily because they're trying to trick you, it's just because things haven't really settled on the pricing of new cards yet (and won't until Nvidia gets their full lineup out).
coming out at the $195 mark, which is even more attractive than the $220 visiontek card.
Thanks for the quick reply. I would like to wait for the 660, but most have estimated the its release to be around August 16. Being a student with school returning the following week, I will probably not have any time to utilize the graphics card. So I am forced to buy a card ASAP. Do you recommend I stretch the budget a little more for a different 7850, or would the 6850 be sufficient at my resolution?
If i remember correctly the Visiontek brand is the brand that AMD owns. So it is there own company making there cards. Which should be good. I've had a Visiontek card before and didn't have any problems with it. It is would be just the basic cooling for the card.