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September 25, 2012 9:01:03 AM

Hi, So I am trying to make a pc for light gaming and school use and would like to know what you think of this configuration. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... GeIL EVO CORSA Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model GOC316GB1600C10DC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Sentey Extreme Division GS-6000 II Optimus Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... EVGA 02G-P4-2645-KR GeForce GT 640 2GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card with free photoshop 10 elements with evga registration
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W Continuous @40°C,80 PLUS Certified, Single 12V Rail, Active PFC "Compatible with Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu Ray 3D Feature SATA IHBS112-04 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Intel BOXDZ77BH55K LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI, DP, SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard + Intel 9-Panel custom, limited edition Intel Rubik’s cube Free with purchase!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450 + Intel 9-Panel custom, limited edition Intel Rubik’s cube Free with purchase!

I already Have a hard drive with OS installed and a monitor. the total is 780.61 and I want to make sure that all these parts are compatible and are not going to bottle neck each other. And also will the power supply be to much or to little wattage?

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September 25, 2012 9:15:56 AM

As i said it is for light gaming and school work. and the budget is 800.
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September 25, 2012 9:55:40 AM

You don't need 16GB of RAM; 8GB is more than enough.
The intel motherboard is overpriced; you can save $70 by going for a Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you are gaming a more powerful graphics card is a definite must, see if you can fit a 7850 or 7870 into the budget.

You may also want to have another look at cases; that one has a USB 3.0 passthrough cable to the rear panel which looks kind of ugly; get one with an internal header instead.
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September 25, 2012 9:58:19 AM

No... he doesn't state he intends to overclock and his budget doesn't allow for such a motherboard the sabertooth is more for overclocking and it's looks and 5 year warranty not worth it's price anyways imo and it's overkill for OP needs for ram 8gb is more than enough for your intended uses i would suggest any of these brands as their known to be consistently reliable as is Mushkin,kingston,Corsair and one or two others .RAM:G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 25, 2012 10:08:21 AM

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Very good but he said LIGHT GAMING i think a Sabertoosh is an Overkill i mean what is he gonna even do?
a 650 is good

BTW OP
what games do you want to play

Well I am not sure. I just want the ability to for when I do decide to play games. My goal is to have a pc that will last and not be needing a lot of upgrades. I don't think it would be anything like mass effect or the other games like that.
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September 25, 2012 10:12:02 AM

why don't pay 1$ more dollar for better quallity? + more overclock friendly and durable!;)

i only chose it because it's better mobo than what he choes @ same $ :) 

of curse there are many budget mobo's with the same functionality! but not the same capability... ;) 
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September 25, 2012 10:14:18 AM

armand_h said:
why don't pay 1$ more dollar for better quallity? + more overclock friendly and durable!;)

i only chose it because it's better mobo than what he choes @ same $ :) 

of curse there are many budget mobo's with the same functionality! but not the same capability... ;) 

One thing I don't understand is why is the memory you suggested at 8gb total better than the 16Gb I selected for the same price? is the 8GB one better somehow?
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September 25, 2012 10:17:00 AM

armand_h said:
why don't pay 1$ more dollar for better quallity? + more overclock friendly and durable!;)

i only chose it because it's better mobo than what he choes @ same $ :) 

of curse there are many budget mobo's with the same functionality! but not the same capability... ;) 
hmmm... sorry i didn't notice it was same price as the motherboard he picked still he picked a locked cpu so what's the point of getting the sabertooth
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September 25, 2012 10:21:12 AM

because of more bandwidth (1333vs1600) and latency (CL10 vs CL7)
less latency= faster response!
Plus i recommend psu more than 620W! somthing around 700W!
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September 25, 2012 10:25:01 AM

armand_h said:
because of more bandwidth (1333vs1600) and latency (CL10 vs CL7)
less latency= faster response!

OK so now I got:

EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P4-2652-KR GeForce GTX 650 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Mushkin Enhanced Radioactive 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 997006

ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu Ray 3D Feature SATA IHBS112-04 - OEM

Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450

Did I miss anything or is this good?
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September 25, 2012 10:30:59 AM

armand_h said:
because of more bandwidth (1333vs1600) and latency (CL10 vs CL7)
less latency= faster response!
Plus i recommend psu more than 620W! somthing around 700W!

and also both memory options the one you provided and min are 1600 the only thing different is the latency.
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September 25, 2012 10:34:00 AM

as i said PSU blow 650W is a little bit risky!
because it will not run at the same wattage once it was! so if you don't want any trouble buy more powerfull PSU!
trust me,you won't regret it! ;) 
because i had this problem!
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September 25, 2012 10:35:32 AM

lol , i don't know why but i thought it's 1333mhz!)))
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September 25, 2012 10:36:24 AM

armand_h said:
as i said PSU blow 650W is a little bit risky!
because it will not run at the same wattage once it was! so if you don't want any trouble buy more powerfull PSU!
trust me,you won't regret it! ;) 
because i had this problem!

sorry I read the other post for the lower wattage. is there one in particular you would recommend?
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September 25, 2012 10:36:37 AM

armand_h said:
lol , i don't know why but i thought it's 1333mhz!)))

So would you still recommend the one you said?
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September 25, 2012 10:58:54 AM

winterneo said:
RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply, New Version with Build-in LED Fan On/Off Switch
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Is this one good?
No!And i can see your getting confused i am going to get you proof with links to things so you don't need to listen to what some are claiming let's start with the PSU check it out. http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/permalink/323050/323050/... and recommended PSU thread http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/322966-28-list-recomm...
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September 25, 2012 10:58:58 AM

armand_h said:
this is a better option

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

but it's not modular


ok so

Sentey Extreme Division GS-6000 II Optimus Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P4-2652-KR GeForce GTX 650 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS700-PCAAE3-US 700W ATX 12V v2.3 Active PFC Power Supply

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model

GIGABYTE G1.Sniper M3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu Ray 3D Feature SATA IHBS112-04 - OEM

Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450

which goes about $30 over my budget but if this is a good config then that's what I'll do.
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September 25, 2012 11:05:40 AM

bigcyco1 said:
Really please... stop it your not being helpful no offense Tier 4 - Not Recommend for stressful situations. May not be able to put out full rated power above room temperature, and may slightly fail to meet ATX specs. http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/permalink/323050/323050/...

OK so what would you recommend on newegg.com Is the only thing that needs to be different is the PSU or is it the other stuff also?
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September 25, 2012 11:05:52 AM

everything looks good to me!

good gaming rig!;)

play hard, study harder!;)
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September 25, 2012 11:07:30 AM

armand_h said:
everything looks good to me!

good gaming rig!;)

play hard, study harder!;)


What about what the other person said about the PSU. omg this is getting stressful.
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September 25, 2012 11:11:47 AM

bigcyco1 said:
Really please... stop it your not being helpful no offense Tier 4 - Not Recommend for stressful situations. May not be able to put out full rated power above room temperature, and may slightly fail to meet ATX specs. http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/permalink/323050/323050/...


so what do you offer to buy @ ~75$??

raidmax or rosewill or some chinese psu?))

please share your opinion!:) 
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September 25, 2012 11:12:16 AM

winterneo said:
OK so what would you recommend on newegg.com Is the only thing that needs to be different is the PSU or is it the other stuff also?
The PSU and why are you buying a overclocking hardcore gaming motherboard and a cpu that can't be overclocked it doesn't make any sense the build is not balanced give me a few minutes i will do a build for you then post another thread asking if it's good if you don't believe me fair enough ?
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September 25, 2012 11:15:10 AM

bigcyco1 said:
The PSU and why are you buying a overclocking hardcore gaming motherboard and a cpu that can't be overclocked it doesn't make since the build is not balanced give me a few minutes i will do a build for you then post another thread asking if it's good if you don't believe me fair enough ?

fair enough. keep in mind my $800 budget though.
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September 25, 2012 11:31:06 AM

winterneo said:
fair enough. keep in mind my $800 budget though.
o.k. here this video card might be overkill for your uses so you could go cheaper if you want and you can change the case if you don't like it PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8H77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($115.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($247.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($46.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $737.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-25 07:30 EDT-0400)
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September 25, 2012 11:49:08 AM

Best answer selected by winterneo.
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September 25, 2012 11:53:41 AM

total is less than 700$ ;) 
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September 25, 2012 12:09:49 PM

Im considering the 700 watt one that was recommended by armand_h and same with the graphic card. I still have another 2 weeks to decide though.
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September 25, 2012 12:14:02 PM

Big mistake don't buy that psu i can only help you if you let me Please...before you decide post a thread asking about that PSU
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September 25, 2012 12:16:07 PM

I want to make sure that I have enough power to run everything. Also im confused between the two gpu cards because the one the other person recommeneded is superclocked and cheaper than the one you recommended.
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September 25, 2012 12:20:58 PM

winterneo said:
I want to make sure that I have enough power to run everything. Also im confused between the two gpu cards because the one the other person recommeneded is superclocked and cheaper than the one you recommended.
The one i posted is a much better card is why please read this it's Toms Hardware monthly best bang for buck video card recommendations http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=w...
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September 25, 2012 12:22:54 PM

bigcyco1 said:
The one i posted is a much better card is why please read this it's Toms Hardware monthly best bang for buck video card recommendations http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=w...

So your sure the power supply and graphic card will be sufficient? Also will they be able to support the bluray player I have listed. can the GPU support 3d playback?
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September 25, 2012 12:23:41 PM

7870 is more powerfull than GTX 650! but price is more than twice!
what is your monitor max res? if it's not 1080p then you dont need that VGA!
if you want to upgrade it in future then 7870 is good choice!;)
and this is another option:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 25, 2012 12:25:52 PM

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Core Speed MHz: 800
Memory Speed MHz: 800 (1600 effective)
DirectX/Shader Model: DX 11/SM 5.0
Max TDP: 66 W

We're still sad that the Radeon HD 5670 was discontinued. Although it's true that the Radeon HD 6670 DDR3 has a more capable GPU featuring a 25 MHz-faster core clock, four more texture units, and 80 additional shader cores, the 5670 wields more than two times the memory bandwidth thanks to its 1 GHz GDDR5 subsystem.

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Max TDP: 55 W

The Radeon HD 7750 is the fastest graphics card you can get right now that doesn't require an auxiliary power input; it draws all that it needs from a 16-lane PCIe slot. If you're upgrading an older machine with limited power supply capacity, that's an attractive point to consider.

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Memory Bus: 128-bit
Core Speed MHz: 1000
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DirectX/Shader Model: DX 11.1/SM 5.0
Max TDP: 80 W

The Radeon HD 7770 can now be found for $125, which is significantly lower than the over-ambitious $160 AMD wanted for the card when it launched (it's even more affordable than Nvidia's GeForce GTX 560 SE).

At least as powerful as the end-of-lifed Radeon HD 6790, this newer card uses only half the power to get its job done. Now that we see a price we like, the 7770 deserves a full recommendation.

Read our full review of AMD's Radeon HD 7770 for more information on the card and its accompanying architecture.
GeForce GTX 560 SE

Good 1920x1200 performance in most games, some with lowered detail
GeForce GTX 560 SE
Codename: GF114
Process: 40 nm
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Texture Units: 48
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Memory Bus: 192-bit
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Max TDP: 150 W

Armed with a crippled version of the GF114 GPU used in Nvidia's GeForce GTX 560 and GTX 560 Ti, the 560 SE delivers performance similar to the company's now-defunct GeForce GTX 460 192-bit card at a lower price point. It also stands up against AMD's similarly-priced Radeon HD 7770, though the AMD board's power consumption is much more conservative. This card is getting harder to find, and we expect it to be displaced by new Kepler-based options in the near future.
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Good 1920x1200 performance in most games
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Memory Bus: 256-bit
Core Speed MHz: 775
Memory Speed MHz: 1000 (4000 effective)
DirectX/Shader Model: DX 11/SM 5.0
Max TDP: 127 W

AMD's Radeon HD 6850 proved to be a worthy adversary against the 256-bit GeForce GTX 460. Unfortunately, those competing boards from Nvidia were phased out not too long ago, leaving AMD's offering as our sole recommendation at this price point. It seems that the Radeon HD 6850 is also being end-of-lifed, based on the low stock we've seen recently.

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Best PCIe Card For ~$170: Tie
Radeon HD 6870 (Check Prices)

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Radeon HD 6870
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Process: 40 nm
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Memory Bus: 256-bit
Core Speed MHz: 900
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DirectX/Shader Model: DX 11/SM 5.0
Max TDP: 151 W

At a price comparable to Nvidia's GeForce GTX 560, the Radeon HD 6870 also manages to offer compelling performance. Although this card is based on AMD's older VLIW5 architecture and uses more power at idle than the GeForce GTX 560, it's the more energy-friendly option in a taxing first-person shooter.

Read our full review of AMD's Radeon HD 6870 for more information on this card and its accompanying architecture.
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Great 1920x1200 performance in most games
GeForce GTX 560
Codename: GF114
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Max TDP: 160 W

The GeForce GTX 560 is essentially a highly overclocked GeForce GTX 460, and it competes with the Radeon HD 6870. Both options introduce impressive game performance that we simply haven't seen before under the $200 price point.

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Radeon HD 7850
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Memory Bus: 256-bit
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DirectX/Shader Model: DX 11.1/SM 5
Max TDP: 130 W

AMD's Radeon HD 7850 offers performance similar to the GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448-core and GeForce GTX 570, but at a lower $210 price point.

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Radeon HD 7870
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Memory Bus: 256-bit
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The Radeon HD 7870 sets a new standard for what we expect from a sub-$300 GPU. With performance comparable to the GeForce GTX 580 and kissing the heels of AMD's own Radeon HD 7950, this card represents one of the best enthusiast-oriented values we've seen in recent memory.

Read our full review of AMD's Radeon HD 7800 series for more information on the card and its accompanying architecture.
Honorable Mention:
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Exceptional 1920x1200 performance, Good 2560x1600 performance
2 x Radeon HD 6850 in CrossFire
Codename: RV970 "Barts"
Process: 40 nm
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Texture Units: 96 (2 x 48)
ROPs: 64 (2 x 32)
Memory Bus: 256-bit
Core Speed MHz: 775
Memory Speed MHz: 1000 (4000 effective)
DirectX/Shader Model: DX 11/SM 5.0
Max TDP: 254 W (2 x 127 W)

We already know that two Radeon HD 6850s in CrossFire are fast. However, based on our exploration of micro-stuttering, there's a fair chance that enthusiasts sensitive to this phenomenon might not be satisfied with the way a pair of these cards behave. If you already know this doesn't affect you, then you're in the clear.

Read our full review of AMD's Radeon HD 6850 for more information on the card and its accompanying architecture.
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Exceptional 1920x1200 performance, Good 2560x1600 performance
Radeon HD 7950
Codename: Tahiti
Process: 28 nm
Universal Shaders: 1792
Texture Units: 112
ROPs: 32
Memory Bus: 384-bit
Core Speed MHz: 800
Memory Speed MHz: 1250 (5000 effective)
DirectX/Shader Model: DX 11.1/SM 5
Max TDP: 200 W

Upon its release, AMD's Radeon HD 7950 was overpriced compared to the Radeon HD 7970, and it performed too much like the less-expensive Radeon HD 7870. After a sequence of much-needed price cuts, though, this card is a much more interesting option at $330.

Keep an eye out for the Boost Edition cards, which include a different BIOS with a higher base clock, a boosted operating state, and higher power consumption. Or, if you grab a reference-class 7950, you should have the opportunity to flash a Boost Edition firmware to it yourself.

Read our full review of AMD's Radeon HD 7950 for more information on the card and its accompanying architecture.
Honorable Mention:
2 x Radeon HD 6870 in CrossFire (Check Prices)

Exceptional 1920x1200 performance, Great 2560x1600 performance
2 x Radeon HD 6870 in CrossFire
Codename: RV970 "Barts"
Process: 40 nm
Universal Shaders: 2240 (2 x 1120)
Texture Units: 112 (2 x 56)
ROPs: 64 (2 x 32)
Memory Bus: 256-bit
Core Speed MHz: 900
Memory Speed MHz: 1100 (4200 effective)
DirectX/Shader Model: DX 11/SM 5.0
Max TDP: 302 W (2 x 151 W)

Two Radeon HD 6870 cards in CrossFire and two GeForce GTX 560 cards in SLI are very powerful, capable combinations. Just keep in mind that, if you plan to employ resolutions above 1920x1080 with anti-aliasing enabled, you should consider boards with more than 1 GB of RAM.

Bear in mind, though, that this isn't a full recommendation, either. The Radeon HD 6870s remain honorable mentions in light of the findings in Micro-Stuttering And GPU Scaling In CrossFire And SLI.

Read our full review of AMD's Radeon HD 6870 for more information on the card and its accompanying architecture.
Honorable Mention:
2x GeForce GTX 560 in SLI (Check Prices)

Exceptional 1920x1200 performance, Great 2560x1600 performance
2x GeForce GTX 560 in SLI
Codename: GF114
Process: 40 nm
Universal Shaders: 672 (2 x 336)
Texture Units: 112 (2 x 56)
ROPs: 64 (2 x 32)
Memory Bus: 256-bit
Core/Shader Speed MHz: 810 / 1620
Memory Speed MHz: 1002 (4008 effective)
DirectX/Shader Model: DX 11/SM 5
Max TDP: 320 W (2 x 160 W)

The GeForce GTX 560 is essentially a highly overclocked GeForce GTX 460, and two in SLI provide good competition for a dual Radeon HD 6870 CrossFire setup.

Read our full review of Nvidia's GeForce GTX 560 for more information on the card and its accompanying architecture.

Best PCIe Card For ~$380:
GeForce GTX 670 (Check Prices)

Great 2560x1600 performance
GeForce GTX 670
Codename: GK104
Process: 28 nm
Universal Shaders: 1344
Texture Units: 112
ROPs: 32
Memory Bus: 256-bit
Core Speed MHz: 915
Memory Speed MHz: 1502 (6006 effective)
DirectX/Shader Model: DX 11/SM 5
Max TDP:
170 W

The GeForce GTX 670 serves up performance somewhere between the Radeon HD 7950 and 7970 for around $380. That's an impressive feat considering that AMD's flagship was selling for $550 a couple of months ago. Moreover, we've seen Nvidia's second-fastest single-GPU board in stock and available for purchase ever since it was introduced. That's something AMD cannot claim.

Read our full review of Nvidia's GeForce GTX 670 for more information on the card and its accompanying architecture.
Best PCIe Card For ~$430:

Radeon HD 7970 (Check Prices)

Great 2560x1600 performance
Radeon HD 7970
Codename: Tahiti
Process: 28 nm
Universal Shaders: 2048
Texture Units: 128
ROPs: 32
Memory Bus: 384-bit
Core Speed MHz: 925
Memory Speed MHz: 1375 (5500 effective)
DirectX/Shader Model: DX 11.1/SM 5
Max TDP:
250 W

AMD's recent driver improvements had a big impact on performance, helping make a case for a price premium over Nvidia's GeForce GTX 670. As it settles in around $430, we think the vanilla Radeon HD 7970 deserves some love.

Now, you might be able to find a Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition card on sale for something similar. If so, we'd recommend grabbing it. But where most of the GHz Edition cards are sitting (up closer to $470), we'd recommend skipping those boards. The reference model is already pretty overclockable, meaning you can coax much of that performance out of the cheaper card anyway.

We also don't think paying $500 or more for a GeForce GTX 680 makes much sense. As a result, the Radeon HD 7970 finally earns a place on our list.

Read our full preview of AMD's Radeon HD 7970 for more information on the card and its accompanying architecture.
Honorable Mentions over $400:
Assorted Multi-Card Configurations

The GTX 670 delivers such impressive performance under $400 that we find it hard to recommend higher-performing (but sometimes-inconsistent) multi-card configurations for more money. We'll call out some of the most promising options, though, especially for folks with one of these cards already installed: two Radeon HD 7850s in CrossFire for $410, two Radeon HD 7870s in CrossFire for $520, and finally, two GeForce GTX 670s in SLI for $760.
Best PCIe Card For ~$1050:
GeForce GTX 690

Excellent 2560x1600 performance
GeForce GTX 690
Codename: 2 x GK104
Process: 28 nm
Universal Shaders: 3072 (2 x 1536)
Texture Units: 256 (2 x 128)
ROPs: 64 (2 x 32)
Memory Bus: 256-bit
Core Speed MHz: 915
Memory Speed MHz: 1502 (6008 effective)
DirectX/Shader Model: DX 11/SM 5
Max TDP:
300 W

Nvidia's GeForce GTX 690 is the fastest graphics card in the world. It's essentially two GeForce GTX 680 cards on a single PCB, with a slightly lower core clock and a 300 W TDP. The company sets this card's MSRP right around $1000, which is two times higher than a single GeForce GTX 680. That's not a bad deal if you were planning to go with a pair of GTX 680s in SLI anyway.

The 690's availability has improved since last month, and the card can now be found for $1050 without too much trouble.

Read our full review of Nvidia's GeForce GTX 690 for more information on the card and its accompanying architecture.
What about this other card that’s not on the list? How do I know if it’s a good deal or not?

This will happen. In fact, it’s guaranteed to happen, because inventory levels and prices change quickly. So how do you know if that card you’ve got your eye on is a good buy in its price range?

Here is a resource to help you judge if a card is a good buy or not. The graphics card hierarchy chart groups graphics cards with similar overall performance levels into tiers. The top tier contains the highest-performing cards available and performance decreases as you go down the tiers from there.

You can use this hierarchy to compare the pricing between two cards, to see which one is a better deal, and also to determine if an upgrade is worthwhile. I don’t recommend upgrading your graphics card unless the replacement card is at least three tiers higher. Otherwise, the upgrade is somewhat parallel and you may not notice a worthwhile difference in performance.

At the request of readers, I have added mobile graphics and integrated chipsets to the hierarchy chart. I want to make it clear that there is very little performance data available for these graphics solutions. While the discrete video cards in the chart are placed in tiers based on a lot of information, many of the mobile and integrated devices in the chart are guesstimates based on their specifications. At worst, I don’t think they’re more than one tier away from their actual performance, but this is something to keep in mind when considering mobile graphics chipsets.
Graphics Card Hierarchy Chart
GeForce Radeon Intel
Discrete: GTX 690


Discrete: GTX 590, GTX 680 Discrete: HD 6990, HD 7970 GHz Ed.

Discrete: GTX 670
Discrete: HD 7970
Discrete: GTX 580, 660 Ti
Discrete: HD 5970, HD 7870, HD 7950

Discrete: GTX 295, GTX 480, GTX 570
Go (mobile): 680M
Discrete: HD 4870 X2, HD 6970, HD 7850
Mobility: 7970M

Discrete: GTX 470, GTX 560 Ti, GTX 560 Ti 448 Core Discrete: HD 4850 X2, HD 5870, HD 6950
Mobility: 7950M

Discrete: GTX 560
Go (mobile): 580M
Discrete: HD 5850, HD 6870
Mobility: 6990M

Discrete: 9800 GX2, GTX 285, GTX 460 256-bit, GTX 465
Go (mobile): 675M
Discrete: HD 6850
Mobility: 6900M

Discrete: GTX 260, GTX 275, GTX 280, GTX 460 192-bit, GTX 460 SE, GTX 550 Ti, GTX 560 SE
Go (mobile): 570M, 670M
Discrete: HD 4870, HD 5770, HD 4890, HD 5830, HD 6770, HD 6790, HD 7770
Mobility: HD 5870, 6800M

Discrete: 8800 Ultra, 9800 GTX, 9800 GTX+, GTS 250, GTS 450
Go (mobile): 560M, 660M
Discrete: HD 3870 X2, HD 4850, HD 5750, HD 6750, HD 7750
Mobility: HD 4850, HD 5850, 7870M

Discrete: 8800 GTX, 8800 GTS 512 MB, GT 545 (GDDR5)
Go (mobile): GTX 280M, GTX 285M, 555M (GDDR5)
Discrete: HD 4770
Mobility: HD 4860, 7770M, 7850M

Discrete: 8800 GT 512 MB, 9800 GT, GT 545 (DDR3), GT 640 (DDR3)
Go (mobile): 9800M GTX, GTX 260M (112), GTS 360M (GDDR5), 555M (DDR3)
Discrete: HD 4830, HD 5670, HD 6670 (GDDR5)
Mobility: HD 5770, HD 5750, 6600M/6700M (GDDR5), 7750M

Discrete: 8800 GTS 640 MB, 9600 GT, GT 240 (GDDR5)
Go (mobile): 9800M GTS, GTX 160M
Discrete: HD 2900 XT, HD 3870, HD 5570 (GDDR5), HD 6570 (GDDR5)
Mobility: 6500M (GDDR5), 6600M/6700M (DDR3), 7730M

Discrete: 8800 GS, 9600 GSO, GT 240 (DDR3)
Go (mobile): GTX 260M (96), GTS 150M, GTS 360M (DDR3)
Discrete: HD 3850 512 MB, HD 4670, HD 5570 (DDR3), HD 6570 (DDR3), HD 6670 (DDR3)
Mobility: HD 3870, HD 5730, HD 5650, 6500M (DDR3)

Discrete: 8800 GT 256 MB, 8800 GTS 320 MB, GT 440 GDDR5
Go (mobile): 8800M Discrete: HD 2900 PRO, HD 3850 256 MB, 5550 (GDDR5)
Mobility: HD 3850
Discrete: 7950 GX2, GT 440 DDR3
Discrete: X1950 XTX, HD 4650 (DDR3), 5550 (DDR3)
Discrete: 7800 GTX 512, 7900 GTO, 7900 GTX, GT 430, GT 530
Go (mobile): 550M
Discrete: X1900 XT, X1950 XT, X1900 XTX
Discrete: 7800 GTX, 7900 GT, 7950 G, GT 220 (DDR3)
Go (mobile): 525M, 540M
Discrete: X1800 XT, X1900 AIW, X1900 GT, X1950 PRO, HD 2900 GT, HD 5550 (DDR2)

Discrete: 7800 GT, 7900 GS, 8600 GTS, 9500 GT (GDDR3), GT 220 (DDR2)
Go (mobile): 7950 GTX
Discrete: X1800 XL, X1950 GT, HD 4650 (DDR2), HD 6450
Mobility: X1800 XT, HD 4650, HD 5165, 6400M
Integrated: 6620G, 6550D

Discrete: 6800 Ultra, 7600 GT, 7800 GS, 8600 GS, 8600 GT (GDDR3), 9500 GT (DDR2)
Go (mobile): 7800 GTX, 7900 GTX Discrete: X800 XT (& PE), X850 XT (& PE), X1650 XT, X1800 GTO, HD 2600 XT, HD 3650 (DDR3), HD 3670
Mobility: X1900, 3670
Integrated: 6520G, 6530D
Integrated: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Discrete: 6800 GT, 6800 GS (PCIe), 8600 GT (DDR2), GT 520
Go (mobile): 7800, Go 7900 GS, 520M, 520MX
Discrete: X800 XL, X800 GTO2/GTO16, HD 2600 PRO, HD 3650 (DDR2),
Mobility: X800 XT, HD 2600 XT, 3650
Integrated: 6410D, 6480G

Discrete: 6800 GS (AGP)
Go (mobile): 6800 Ultra, 7600 GT, 8600M GT, 8700M GT, 410M Discrete: X800 GTO 256 MB, X800 PRO, X850 PRO, X1650 GT
Mobility: HD 2600
Integrated: 6370D, 6380G

Discrete: 6800, 7300 GT GDDR3, 7600 GS, 8600M GS
Go (mobile): 6800, 7700
Discrete: X800, X800 GTO 128 MB, X1600 XT, X1650 PRO
Mobility: X1800, HD 5145, HD 5470 (GDDR5), HD 5450,
Discrete: 6600 GT, 6800LE, 6800 XT, 7300 GT (DDR2), 8500 GT, 9400 GT
Go (mobile): 7600 (128-bit)
Discrete: 9800 XT, X700 PRO, X800 GT, X800 SE, X1300 XT, X1600 PRO, HD 2400 XT, HD 4350, HD 4550, HD 5450
Mobility: X800, 3470, HD 5470 (DDR3), HD 5430, 6300M
Integrated: HD 6310, HD 6320
Integrated: Intel HD Graphics 3000
Discrete: FX 5900, FX 5900 Ultra, FX 5950 Ultra, 6600 (128-bit)
Go (mobile): 6800 (128-bit)
Integrated: 9300, 9400 Discrete: 9700, 9700 PRO, 9800, 9800 PRO, X700, X1300 PRO, X1550, HD 2400 PRO
Mobility: X1450, X1600, X1700, 2400 XT, X2500, 3450
Integrated: HD 3200, HD 3300, HD 4200, HD 4250, HD 4290, HD 6250, HD 6290
Discrete: FX 5800 Ultra, FX 5900 XT
Go (mobile): 6600, Go 7600 (64-bit)
Discrete: 9500 PRO, 9600 XT, 9800 PRO (128-bit), X600 XT, X1050 (128-bit)
Mobility: 9800, X700, X1350, X1400, X2300, HD 2400 Integrated: Intel HD Graphics (Core i5-6x1), 2000
Discrete: 4 Ti 4600, 4 Ti 4800, FX 5700 Ultra, 6200, 8300, 8400 G, G 210, G 310
Go (mobile): 315M
Discrete: 9600 PRO, 9800 LE, X600 PRO, HD 2300
Mobility: 9700 (128-bit), X600, X1300
Integrated: Xpress 1250 Integrated: Intel HD Graphics (Core i3 5x0, Core i5-6x0)
Discrete: 4 Ti4200, 4 Ti4400, 4 Ti4800 SE, FX 5600 Ultra, FX 5700, 6600 (64-bit), 7300 GS, 8400M GS, 9300M G, 9300M GS Discrete: 9500, 9550, 9600, X300, X1050 (64-bit)
Mobility: 9600
Integrated: Intel HD Graphics (Pentium G)
Discrete: 3 Ti500, FX 5200 Ultra, FX 5600, FX 5700 LE, 6200 TC, 6600 LE, 7200 GS, 7300 LE
Go (mobile): 5700, 8200M, 9200M GS, 9100
Integrated: 8200, 8300
Discrete: 8500, 9100, 9000 PRO, 9600 LE, X300 SE, X1150
Mobility 9700 (64-bit) Integrated: GMA X4500
Discrete: 3, 3 Ti200, FX 5200 (128-bit), FX 5500,
Go (mobile): 5600, 6200, 6400, 7200, 7300, 7400 (64-bit) Discrete: 9000, 9200, 9250
Mobility: 9600 (64-bit), X300
Discrete: FX 5200 (64 bit)
Go (mobile): 7200, 7400 (32-bit)
Integrated: 6100, 6150, 7025, 7050
Discrete: 9200 SE
Integrated: Xpress 200M, Xpress 1000, Xpress 1150 Integrated: GMA X3000, X3100, X3500
Discrete: 2 GTS, 4 MX 440, 2 Ultra, 2 Ti, 2 Ti 200 Discrete: 7500 Integrated: GMA 3000, 3100
Discrete: 256, 2 MX 200, 4 MX 420, 2 MX 400 Discrete: SDR, LE, DDR, 7000, 7200 Integrated: GMA 500, 900, 950
Discrete: Nvidia TNT Discrete: Rage 128 Discrete: Intel 740
Summary

There you have it folks; the best cards for the money this month. Now all that’s left to do is to find and purchase them.

Don’t worry too much about which brand you choose, because all of the cards out there are close to Nvidia’s and ATI’s reference designs. Just pay attention to price, warranty, and the manufacturer’s reputation for honoring the warranty if something goes wrong.

Also remember that the stores don’t follow this list. Things will change over the course of the month and you’ll probably have to adapt your buying strategy to deal with fluctuating prices. Good luck!
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September 25, 2012 12:26:27 PM

720p but I want to upgrade soon.
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September 25, 2012 12:28:53 PM

Ok I only read like the first 3 lines of that. :sleep:  I just need someone to tell me what to buy, and I don't care about every little detail. I need something with 3d playback capabilities.
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September 25, 2012 12:31:55 PM

i can verify bigcyco1's post. you definitly dont need 600+ watts for a single GPU system. armand_h is giving you bad advice.

of course GPUs support 3d playback or blu-rays
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September 25, 2012 12:34:35 PM

TheBigTroll said:
i can verify bigcyco1's post. you definitly dont need 600+ watts for a single GPU system. armand_h is giving you bad advice.

of course GPUs support 3d playback or blu-rays

Well is the
ASUS HD7850-DC2-2GD5-V2 Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
good for my system because I like the price tag and it seems to be the same as the other one recommended.
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September 25, 2012 12:35:24 PM

winterneo said:
So your sure the power supply and graphic card will be sufficient? Also will they be able to support the bluray player I have listed. can the GPU support 3d playback?
What video card are you getting i half to know in order to tell you the right Power supply
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September 25, 2012 12:37:33 PM

winterneo said:
Well is the
ASUS HD7850-DC2-2GD5-V2 Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
good for my system because I like the price tag and it seems to be the same as the other one recommended.
It's not as good but yes it's a good card ;) 
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