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Best budget graphics card?

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August 5, 2012 12:43:05 AM

Hey guys, I'm asking a pretty opinionated and common question, but I plan on buying a graphics card this week. I'm expecting anything between $100-160. It doesn't have to be some enthusiast's graphics card, just capable of playing high-level games. I will be playing at 1920 x 1080, I doubt that 2GB would be worth the upgrade price? In any case, I am looking specifically at the GTX 550 ti and GTX 560. If anyone has any other suggestions or opinions, then thanks for them. Also, if you have one of them, please tell me how it performs for you. I am not looking for the best, just the highest value. Here are the ones I am considering from lowest-highest:

XFX HD 7770 GHz:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA GTX 550 Ti FPB:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA GTX 560 SE:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sapphire Radeon 6850:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA GTX 560:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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August 5, 2012 12:54:32 AM

The GTX560 will be the strongest of those; the GTX550Ti the weakest.
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August 5, 2012 1:03:44 AM

THE GTX 560 non Ti is the best performing card but draws a lot of it. It has performance of a HD 6870 but with higher power consumption. The HD 6870 is cheaper and more power efficient. DOn't buy the hd 7770, instead buy HD 6850 or HD 6870. The rest of the cards are not good
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August 5, 2012 1:11:24 AM

AyuX said:
THE GTX 560 non Ti is the best performing card but draws a lot of it. It has performance of a HD 6870 but with higher power consumption. The HD 6870 is cheaper and more power efficient. DOn't buy the hd 7770, instead buy HD 6850 or HD 6870. The rest of the cards are not good


The 6870 is a nice card, but it is at least $10 more. Also, I question the graphic driver support from AMD. nVIDIA was able to release Planetside 2 drivers within a week or two of the release of the technical test... and I think that I would be more comfortable with them.
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August 5, 2012 1:16:53 AM

And also I am not looking for the BEST, just the highest value.
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August 5, 2012 2:43:02 AM

For 105 after rebate I think the 7770 is a great value
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