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August 1, 2012 3:48:10 PM

I have built a new computer and i need advice on getting a video card. I have a 1929 x 1080 monitor and i want to be able to have a card that will last at least a year. i prefer nvidia although radeon will do too and my budget is $250. I plan on playing Star Trek online and Railworks 3.

System specs:
i5 3570k
APEVIA ATX-CB700W
ASRock Z77 Extreme4
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe 60 gb

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a b U Graphics card
August 1, 2012 3:50:18 PM

you can get a gtx 560 ti with it's insane overclocking potential for $210 right now on newegg, and that's disregarding the rebates. That's the best value in that area of the market in my opinion.
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a c 185 U Graphics card
August 1, 2012 4:38:39 PM

Look at the non-reference 560 Ti designs, factory OC'd to 900 Mhz. Among them you will find several models that have upgrade dPCB's and beefed up VRMs. The ones w/ 7 phases or more and the special coolers have been known to top 30% overclocks over the reference card speed.


http://www.pureoverclock.com/review.php?id=1201&page=17


.And make no mistake about these cards straight beast!
Some to consider ...




MSI Hawk (950Mhz - 9 phase VRM) $244.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Asus DCII Cu TOP (900Mhz - 7 phase VRM) $239.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Gigabyte OC (900Mhz - 7 phase VRM) $229.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


The R7850's performance is about the same as the 560 Ti 900Mhz but R7850 cost about $10 to $20 more
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August 1, 2012 5:21:47 PM

you might want to wait for GTX 660TI which is rumored to be released this august.
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a b U Graphics card
August 1, 2012 5:33:03 PM

And yes if you aren't worried about temperatures the gtx 480 is an option. The gtx 660 ti is probably going to be at the $300 price point but it will be a good option.
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a b U Graphics card
August 1, 2012 5:59:00 PM

najirion said:
you might want to wait for GTX 660TI which is rumored to be released this august.


His budget is $250 not $300, I 660ti is going to perform above the gtx 580 so if the OP can wait a few weeks and chip in another $50 it would be a much better purchase, for $219 the gtx 480 is the best performance option.
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August 1, 2012 7:34:25 PM

HD 7870 for $259 is by far the best price/performance you can get right now. If you need to be under $250, the 7850 is still a better option. It overclocks to speeds upwards of a GTX570 easy.
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a c 185 U Graphics card
August 1, 2012 7:38:51 PM

Yeah best option would be 7870 if you can afford it otherwise the 480 is better than a 7850
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August 1, 2012 8:00:10 PM

HANDS down... Find a GTX 480....
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August 1, 2012 8:45:34 PM

Tier6k is correct.

hd 7850 is under $250 and i believe the best choice given your $ limit. It also is great on power (130 watts) and heat.

hd 7870 is around $280 and is better. It will come down if you can wait. Link below gives a basic benchmark and also has cost data. It's handy when comparing gpu's.

http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html

GL
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a c 185 U Graphics card
August 1, 2012 8:49:06 PM

IMO the 7850 sucks for the price i had one was not impressed at all get a 7870 or GTX 480 trust me.
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August 2, 2012 1:41:19 AM

Just asking, what is the best GPU for $180?
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a c 185 U Graphics card
August 2, 2012 2:29:20 AM

trainmaster2000 said:
Just asking, what is the best GPU for $180?
Well if you can find a 560 TI that would be best at 180 if not you really are going to half to get a weak card something like a 6850 or 6870 :( 
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a b U Graphics card
August 2, 2012 3:52:06 AM

I'd buy that open box gtx 560 ti hawk in a heartbeat, that is considerably more value than a 7850 or a 7870.
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