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August 10, 2012 2:36:07 AM

My new build works great! Only problem right now is, I'm stuck on integrated graphics. I had to wait until my next paycheck to be able to budget a discrete card in. But now I'm stuck.

I am looking at the $250 price range (so 7850/GTX 570 range)

Going off of the "How to ask" stickied thread...

I want to buy a card this coming week. (Paycheck will probably come to me by Monday)

Usage-wise, I want to be able to max or near-max newer games (Skyrim, Dead Island, BL2 when it comes out) at 1080p. Secondarily I want to be able to record 30fps video at 720p on those same games. (would I be able to get 60fps out of recording?) And of somewhat minor importance, I might end up adding a Bluray drive in the mix, and would like smooth playback of that.

Current GPU/PSU: Intel HD 4000 (i5-3570k) / SeaSonic modular 620W

Other components: i5-3570k on an H77 GIGABYTE mobo, with 8gb of Ripjaws DDR3-1600.

I prefer Newegg for parts.

I don't have much preference brand-wise; this is my first build and I don't know what brands are good or bad.

Overclocking: Maybe. SLI/Xfire: Only if I'm not paying for it. XD (definite no)

Max resolution my monitor displays is 1920x1080. I'd like to be able to max most games at that. I also use a smaller secondary, which I use for productivity, Skype, Spotify, and all the other "background" stuff. That one runs at 1280x1024.

Additional comments: I had my heart set on a Powercolor PCS+ 7850, but now I'm not so sure. I don't get paid very much so I want to keep it around the $250 mark (which is either a 7850 or a GTX 560 Ti/570). It also must have 2 DVI outs.

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These are the cards I have considered:

Powercolor PCS+ 2GB HD 7850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Please, help me choose! I'm sick of integrated graphics! XD
Any and all help is greatly appreciated.
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August 10, 2012 2:46:27 AM

get the powercooler 7850
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a c 196 U Graphics card
August 10, 2012 2:49:43 AM

Well you are correct, the 7850 or the 570 are both good choices. The 570 is going to be a bit quicker but they are both going to be perfect.

The 480 is old and hot, but still fast.
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August 10, 2012 2:52:00 AM

GTX 570 out of those and overclock it.
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August 10, 2012 2:58:29 AM

Really? That actually surprises me (although I am easily surprised).

So the general consensus is the GTX 570, overclock it. And it can handle everything I throw at it (outlined in OP)? Just want to double check.
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a b U Graphics card
August 10, 2012 5:54:16 AM

yes, GTX 570 is still a very decent card put max load as much as you can.
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August 10, 2012 6:02:45 AM

The 570 is obsolete. I would never buy previous generations. They have been replaced. I'd get the 7850.
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a c 196 U Graphics card
August 10, 2012 7:24:27 AM

Except for the fact that the 570 is quicker than the 7850. I would still say go for the 570. The 7850 is a nice card yes, and it uses less power, but fast is fast, and if you aren't extremely frugal in paying your power bill, then the 570 is the way to go.
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August 10, 2012 7:32:46 AM

That Powercolor 7850 is my personal choice and probably what I will buy in the coming weeks, depending on price fluctuations caused by 660. But also consider spending a few more dollars on the heavily price dropping 7870 like this one.

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

$270. $20 rebate. 2 free games. I don't think there is a better deal going on right at this moment.
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August 10, 2012 1:19:55 PM

Jpain said:
Hello

1. If you can wait for 1 or 2 week -> NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 660 Ti 2GB.

http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/4873/nvidia_geforce_g...


That's going to be a bit out of my price range. On the other hand...

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That Powercolor 7850 is my personal choice and probably what I will buy in the coming weeks, depending on price fluctuations caused by 660. But also consider spending a few more dollars on the heavily price dropping 7870 like this one.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814150604

$270. $20 rebate. 2 free games. I don't think there is a better deal going on right at this moment.


That costs exactly the same as the PCS+ 7850. Throw in a rebate and games, it's a done deal. Thanks for sharing that!
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August 10, 2012 1:20:27 PM

Best answer selected by zamboneh.
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August 10, 2012 1:56:35 PM

You're welcome. I am debating buying it myself!
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