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Should i buy a gpu?

running on intel motherboard graphics but ive been wanting a nice cheap gpu (around 150-170) but i dont need one that is max graphics on every game just one that can handle any game i can throw at it , ive been suggested a gtx 560 fermi or an 6870 which are both expensive so i wanna double chek before i buy

running under a 500w corsair
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  1. what cpu do you have? and a 6870 would be a great card to purchase it can run bf3 on high at 1680x1050 easily....also what resolution is your monitor?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948

    this is within your budget..its a great gpu
  2. drums101 said:
    what cpu do you have? and a 6870 would be a great card to purchase it can run bf3 on high at 1680x1050 easily....also what resolution is your monitor?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948

    this is within your budget..its a great gpu

    i am running an intel core i3 2120 3.0 ghz (sandy bridge) and my screen is at 1920x1080 resolution right now
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    for your budget range I would definitely suggest a 6870....at 1080p the cpu will not bottleneck the gpu so you will be good. you would def be able to play bf3 (one of the more demanding games out) at 1080p with above 30fps with that card with everything on high
  4. drums101 said:
    for your budget range I would definitely suggest a 6870....at 1080p the cpu will not bottleneck the gpu so you will be good. you would def be able to play bf3 (one of the more demanding games out) at 1080p with above 30fps with that card with everything on high


    this is referring to single player bf3, right?
  5. drums101 said:
    for your budget range I would definitely suggest a 6870....at 1080p the cpu will not bottleneck the gpu so you will be good. you would def be able to play bf3 (one of the more demanding games out) at 1080p with above 30fps with that card with everything on high

    should i be concerned with power (plan on upgrading to 800w in future) or the gpu temp? my psu has one fan facing the bottom and would the gpu spitting out hot air overheat stuff? f.y.i. i have a rosewill challenger case with three fans ( one bottom front, one top of comp, and one in the top back or comp) also what is a normal gpu temp for reference? thanks :pt1cable:
  6. you wont need 800 watts with this set up by any means...maybe 500-600
  7. no your psu would be plenty for that gpu/cpu combo...and the gpu wont pump out soo much heat that its gonna cause your other components to over heat but it will cause your case temps to go up a little bit....nothing to be concerned about as long as your case cooling is decent...to find temps of the 6870 for reference do a google search of 6870 review and you will find all kinds of temps
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  9. drums101 said:
    for your budget range I would definitely suggest a 6870....at 1080p the cpu will not bottleneck the gpu so you will be good. you would def be able to play bf3 (one of the more demanding games out) at 1080p with above 30fps with that card with everything on high

    ok thanks for the input and im happy to say ive just ordered my saphire 6870 from newegg :)

    hopefully all goes well and thank you for helping
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