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Hey guys :)

I'm looking at moving my gaming towards the computer platform. I have minimum experience on anything to do with a computer, so my brother is giving me his current one. I have spoken to him, and all he can tell me is that it has a 500W power supply, and some sort of 3.3ghz processor, definitely nothing higher than an i3 he said.

I am looking at these two sites as they are local:
http://gamedude.com.au/
http://www.umart.com.au/newindex2.phtml?bid=5

But I will be happy to buy elsewhere if you recommend that.

I'm willing to spend around $220 AUD, or if there is a GPU that is substantially better, I will pay a bit more, but nothing over $300 please.


Also, just another question. I have read a lot of threads, and a lot of them recommend the 560Ti, but with this, I have seen many different models? For example:
http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gtx-560ti
http://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/NVIDIA_Series/ENGTX560_Ti_DCII_TOP2DI1GD5/

So I was wondering what the difference between these are?

I'm very sorry for my amateurness, hahaha. But thanks for your help in advance :)
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    There isn't a difference between the cards, because the first one doesn't exist. Nvidia defines a reference specification for its cards and manufactures the chip itself. Vendors like Asus buy the main gpu chip and create variants on the reference card with different cooling solutions and overclocking capabilities. You usually have to buy a vendor's version of the card, but sometimes nvidia produces reference boards for oem partners like Dell.
    If you're buying a gpu at the $200 range the gtx 560 ti, gtx 480, and gtx 570 are the usual recommendations. The gtx 480 will be too power hungry for your power supply and the gtx 570 is usually much more expensive so you're stuck with the gtx 560 ti really in my opinion.
  2. Msy is a better store imo.
    http://www.msy.com.au/Parts/PARTS.pdf

    A sapphire hd7850 for $265 will be substantially better than the gtx560ti, gtx 570 and it would even trade blows with the gtx 480 specially if overclocked. The card is cool and draws a lot less power than the other cards in that range.

    http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=248&bid=5&sid=94625 the msi one is good too for $255
  3. i would use cpu-z and gpu-z first and see what kind of system you have. hopefully it has pci video card. also you want to find out how much ram is in the pc. for a gaming pc you want it to have 4g of ram. also ask if your bro has the restore cd for the pc. your better off if there nothing on it you want to go a clean wipe and then install your games on a fresh system.
  4. shamsmu as per this chart (thanks to Sunius for posting it in a similar thread):

    the 7850 sits between the 560 ti and the 480, and the 570 usually beats the 480. Sure they'll all "trade blows" back and forth but between a $210 gtx 560 ti and a $255 7850 you're paying 22% more for 9% more performance.
  5. kevin83 said:
    shamsmu as per this chart (thanks to Sunius for posting it in a similar thread):
    http://tpucdn.com/reviews/AMD/HD_7850_HD_7870/images/perfrel.gif
    the 7850 sits between the 560 ti and the 480, and the 570 usually beats the 480. Sure they'll all "trade blows" back and forth but between a $210 gtx 560 ti and a $255 7850 you're paying 22% more for 9% more performance.


    Yes you are correct. however. the hd7850 is a crazy overclocker and it easily hits the 1200mhz mark. I have personally witnessed it beating a gtx580 in battlefield 3 mp gameplay.
  6. Thanks a heap for your help, and to kevin83 for clarifying that to me, I feel much more intelligent finding that out, hahaha.

    I ended up going with this:
    http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1&gid=3&sgid=1160&pid=1472&psn&lid=1

    Thanks a heap for your help guys :)
  7. Best answer selected by razar-matt.
  8. nice choice of gpu, be sure to overclock that thing.
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