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1st time, looking for GPU under $200

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
July 28, 2012 7:53:58 AM


BUDGET RANGE: Under $200 after tax/rebates

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (Heroes of Newerth, League of Legends, Starcraft II, Diablo III, WoW, Guild Wars 2), movies, dual screens in the near future.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: PC Power & Cooling MKIII Silencer 600W PSU, no current GPU since we're starting to actually build our rig this weekend.

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Here are the parts we have:

Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4 GHz
Gigabyte GA-z77X-UD3H ATX LGA 1155 Motherboard
Cooler master Hyper 212 Plus
PC Power & Cooling MKIII Silencer 600W PSU
Crucial M4 128 GB SSD
Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3-1600
Coolermaster Storm Scout
Windows 7 Home Prem SP1 64-bit
DVD Writer Model SH-222

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:Microcenter @ Tustin, CA [we live down a few blocks from one so it makes it easy to just go and pick one up]


PARTS PREFERENCES: Doesn't matter. Just looking for the best bang for our money



MONITOR RESOLUTION: Currently set at 1280x768 but it can go up to 1360x768 (19" Samsung LCD) but looking to dual screen in the future.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: As stated before, we're building our first computer [for the girlfriend]. Looking to spend $200 or less on a decent GPU that can handle the games above. Not very knowledgeable on GPUs and seeing as how there are so many, we're turning to the community for help. Let us know if you need any additional information! =]

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a b U Graphics card
July 28, 2012 7:57:36 AM

If you can push your budget to $220, this card will shred any card in this price range and your PSU would be able to handle it fine. (Please folks, sure this card runs a bit warm, but it does not run at nuclear meltdown temperatures.)

You will be able to even play Skyrim and Battlefield 3 on ultra with your current monitor. You will not need to upgrade the card for a good while too. This card from Newegg has free 2 day shipping. ;)
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a c 190 U Graphics card
July 28, 2012 8:17:26 AM

I'm sorta just now realizing there is sort of a gap in the $200 segment.

If the 6950 was $200, it would be perfect.

The 560Ti is like $210 if you want to push it a bit:

And if you're the mail-in-rebate type, this is perfect.

If you are really strict on the price, you can go with the Radeon 6870 or the GTX560:

They both perform the same and have close to the same power draw.
a c 190 U Graphics card
July 28, 2012 7:21:15 PM

Lol I didn't know they brought down the 6950 again. Great price for that sucker.

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a b U Graphics card
July 28, 2012 8:04:38 PM

If you're set on microcenter get or one of these ,

After that consider getting a better monitor, she deserves it ;) 

But if you're not set on microcenter, then the cards others have linked are good (6950, 480, 560 TI, 7850)
July 29, 2012 4:27:06 AM

@ Lycros - Out of those three, I'm guessing the most expensive one would be the better one?
July 30, 2012 4:38:27 PM

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a b U Graphics card
August 2, 2012 2:15:00 AM

m00nlitblade said:
@ Lycros - Out of those three, I'm guessing the most expensive one would be the better one?

Yes, the 560 Ti is the more powerful out of those and is a solid performer.
a c 271 U Graphics card
August 2, 2012 8:39:28 AM

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