I am going to be building a pc, and well, I am looking for the best possible video card I can get for this build at about 270$. (A little more is fine)
Here are the basic specs:
Quad Core i5-3570K
16 gigs of ram
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
For your budget I would recommend MSI R7850 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Not only it is a PCI Express 3.0 card, but also more powerfull than the GTX 560 Ti 448 Core and this particular model comes with a free game.
Anyway, if you can wait, then wait, because a new card from NVIDIA is going to be released soon (660 Ti) and even if it will be above your budget, other card's prices might drop.
However if you can wait a little longer to purchase Nvidia is supposed to be realeasing the 660 Ti soon which will be a much better card and the rumored price point right now is $299 - just a bit above your budget. That card should trump both of the options I have listed by far - even the reference card.
Comparing relative performance the 7850 is not more powerful than a 560ti 448 core (which reaches GTX 570 performance) now if you factor in VRAM and power consumption then yes the 7850 would be a logical buy.
If your not going to purchase till early next year I would advise on asking for recommendations then instead of now due to price changes and new cards coming out.
And yes the 3570k you plan on purchasing would handle it no problem. No need to get a i7 unless you plan on using heavily threaded applications which no games benefit at this time, the 3570k is by far the better bang for your buck for gaming.
Thank you! I do not plan on buying the pc until early next year. Plenty of time for that card to come down in price. I may be able to get a higher end processor and ram as well by then! Thanks!
Should my i5 be able to handle that? Or do I need to get an i7? This i5 out preforms numerous i7s.
Very Few games benefit from the i7 over the i5 as the i7 just handles multithreading better for the most part and is clocked just a bit higher. The i5 will be sufficient unless you are relying on the system for things like Photoshop, Video Editing, 3d modeling or other very processor intensive tasks as most games now are moving away from multithreading and again moving to massively parrellel processing cores that are on the video card for their performance.