Help me choose a GPU

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week hopefully within the next few days. BUDGET RANGE: Hopefully under the $250 mark willing to go a little more should I need to. I don't have much to spend at the moment so I'm willing to get a fairly cheap card and upgrade it later on.

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming probably, mainly games like WoW however I may buy somemore current games in the future like BF3, COD, GW2 etc.. Will probably start using video editing/photoshop etc. soon too.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: New build so haven't selected GPU yet. Current Powersupply I've selected is Corsair TX-750 CMPSU-750TXv2 Enthusiast Series (750Watt)

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: CPU I've selected is Intel Core i5 3570K and mobo is Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H. My case is Guardian 921 RB (http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/crafted_series/guardian_921_rb) I already have bought the case so this is 100% what I am using, it comes with fans however I am willing to buy some extra cooling gear should I need to, however I doubt that would be necessary.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Prefer to buy from Australian websites like http://www.lmc.com.au however if there is a good deal I can buy from Amazon etc. as long as it ships to Australia cheaply.

PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference as long as it's a good card.

OVERCLOCKING: Open to the idea don't know much about it though. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No idea what this means sorry.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680 x 1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I don't need amazing game performance as long as it's playable and I can do video editing and other stuff fairly quickly it's fine.

Thanks for your help.
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  1. SLI/Crossfire is when you have multiple graphics cards running in tandem for extra performance. SLI is Nvidia cards, Crossfire is AMD.

    Sapphire HD7850. $270
    http://www.lmc.com.au/products/Graphics_Card/Sapphire/579820/Sapphire_AMD_Radeon_HD7850_Over_Clock_2GB_DDR5_PCI-Express_3.0_[11200-14-41G]
    That will max out most games (with exceptions of Crysis 2 and other heavy hitters), especially at that resolution. Great overclocker as well.

    You can find the card cheaper at PC Case Gear though.
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1373&products_id=21182
  2. The 7850 is the best at that price point, make sure the 2GB GDDR5 version though...
  3. Am i seeing those prices right they look like highway robbery to me mate maybe because i am in u.s. i guess would explain it hmmm...that's really bad
  4. didn't mention how much ram you have. I'd look at at least 8 for the photoshop.. the cards, right on with the 2gig suggestion. i have the 6950. works fine at 1900 res.

    here's a couple of the cheaper ones.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102987

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131464

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162085
  5. ^

    Remember that newegg doesn't ship to Australia.
  6. swifty_morgan said:
    didn't mention how much ram you have. I'd look at at least 8 for the photoshop.. the cards, right on with the 2gig suggestion. i have the 6950. works fine at 1900 res.

    here's a couple of the cheaper ones.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102987

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131464

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162085
    Hes in different state those are no good for him look at the pricing over in his area my god poor guy :( edit never checked if there a newegg over there my bad lol
  7. Yep, the AMD price cut hasn't even hit over here in Australia.
    Generally prices are somewhat similar, but on some components (PSU's and Graphics cards are most common) the price difference can be astounding. Thats not even taking into account that the $AUS is typically lower than the $US

    Gigabyte GTX670 OC
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1387&products_id=20209
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125423
    $60 difference

    Corsair SP120 fans, dual pack
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9_1406&products_id=20516
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181027
    $20 difference (almost double the price)

    Though occasionally I have seen some HDD's go cheaper here than an the US. Must be because they are manufactured closer than the US (though I bet if you trace it back, I bet most computer components are made in the Asia region).
  8. Sunius said:
    ^

    Remember that newegg doesn't ship to Australia.


    I know that, I do live in Australia and wish Newegg did ship here :lol:
    I was just using the Newegg link to show the price difference between two respected online retailers in the US and Australia.
  9. http://www.lmc.com.au/products/580087/CMPSU-800GSv2

    I suggest this PSU if u haven't buy it yet (to save a few bucks, it is more than enough anyway), and one of these 3 GPUs, the best that you can afford:

    GTX 560:
    http://www.lmc.com.au/products/Graphics_Card/Asus/578356/ASUS_nVidia_GeForce_GTX560_1GB_-_ENGTX560DC2DI1GD5

    HD 7850 Sapphire (3 years warranty):
    http://www.lmc.com.au/products/Graphics_Card/Sapphire/579820/Sapphire_AMD_Radeon_HD7850_Over_Clock_2GB_DDR5_PCI-Express_3.0_[11200-14-41G]

    HD 7850 Gigabyte (higher core clock):
    http://www.lmc.com.au/products/Graphics_Card/Gigabyte/578787/Gigabyte_AMD_Radeon_HD7850_2GB_GDDR5_PCI-Express2.1_[R785OC-2GD]

    EDIT: Seeing that you don't use 1080p res, as well as that 7850 prices are kept high, GTX 560 will cover u perfectly.

    EDIT2: Actually, in this resolution an HD 7770 would work well if u don't want to play on ultra high settings. I don't know about video editing though, I believe that should be enough

    http://www.lmc.com.au/products/Graphics_Card/Sapphire/578637/Sapphire_AMD_Radeon_HD7770_1GB_-_11201-02-41G (cheaper)

    http://www.lmc.com.au/products/Graphics_Card/Asus/579546/ASUS_AMD_ATI_HD7770_1GB_-_HD7770-DC-1GD5 (3 years warranty)
  10. manofchalk said:
    Yep, the AMD price cut hasn't even hit over here in Australia.
    Generally prices are somewhat similar, but on some components (PSU's and Graphics cards are most common) the price difference can be astounding. Thats not even taking into account that the $AUS is typically lower than the $US

    Gigabyte GTX670 OC
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1387&products_id=20209
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125423

    Corsair SP120 fans, dual pack
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9_1406&products_id=20516
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181027

    Though occasionally I have seen some HDD's go cheaper here than an the US. Must be because they are manufactured closer than the US (though I bet if you trace it back, I bet most computer components are made in the Asia region).
    Yeah i remember helping a guy last week he had a seasonic psu in his build costing $350.00 or more i forget but it sells here for $199.99 i talked him into getting better GPU he had picked a 7850 1000W PSU for it lol anyway i got him to get 670 and a solid 750W silverstone PSU ;)
  11. manofchalk said:
    I know that, I do live in Australia and wish Newegg did ship here :lol:
    I was just using the Newegg link to show the price difference between two respected online retailers in the US and Australia.
    It looks like the Silverstone PSU would be best bang for buck in your area am i right or no i only looked on three sites :na:
  12. Silverstone are almost like dark horse here, but unfortunately have been exposed.
    When I got my Silverstone Strider 750W, it was $130. Which for a quality 750W 80+ Silver (almost Gold according to reviews) fully modular unit is great value down here.
    But I think now PC Case Gear and Umart have gotten wise to the fact its undercutting their inflated Corsair and Seasonic units and the price has been rising on that model ever since. Its now $150
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15_995&products_id=15350
  13. manofchalk said:
    Silverstone are almost like dark horse here, but unfortunately have been exposed.
    When I got my Silverstone Strider 750W, it was $130. Which for a quality 750W 80+ Silver (almost Gold according to reviews) fully modular unit is great value down here.
    But I think now PC Case Gear and Umart have gotten wise to the fact its undercutting their inflated Corsair and Seasonic units and the price has been rising on that model ever since. Its now $150
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15_995&products_id=15350
    lol that's the one i got him to switch to it was only 169.00 compared to his $396.00 one i found the thread in my emails lol that's how i know the pricing now
  14. manofchalk said:
    I know that, I do live in Australia and wish Newegg did ship here :lol:
    I was just using the Newegg link to show the price difference between two respected online retailers in the US and Australia.


    That reply was meant for swifty morgan :(
  15. the cards listed were just suggestions. if you can't look around in your own area, well, too bad for you.
  16. If you're sticking with video editing, i would suggest getting a Radeon Card. Somewhere from 7750-7850 would probably be best for the price range.

    Another suggestion is for you to get a 16:9 aspect ratio monitor since you're in video editing. I don't know any movie that comes out now a days without running at 16:9 (1080). Game industry runs mostly at 16:10 resolution so 1200. Just a heads up if you're curious.
  17. ^

    Why would video editing benefit from radeon card?
  18. Sunius said:
    ^

    Why would video editing benefit from radeon card?


    Radeon cards have much better OpenCL performance, so if your editing software can use it, Radeon cards are a good option.
    But Adobe (as far as I'm aware) doesn't support it, only Nvidia CUDA.

    Depends what software you are using essentially.
  19. Nvidia if you are 99% of the time just gaming, there are plenty Physx games that utilize the full potential of Kepler. I would say if you want to do anything else like use OpenCL applications, transcoding, WPA/WEP Cracking, RAR Cracking, Bitcoin Mining etc get AMD card
  20. manofchalk said:
    Radeon cards have much better OpenCL performance, so if your editing software can use it, Radeon cards are a good option.
    But Adobe (as far as I'm aware) doesn't support it, only Nvidia CUDA.

    Depends what software you are using essentially.



    That's what I think as well... :)
  21. The thing i find really Annoying is some of the noobs on this forum that think they are not running at the mouth about VSync Now to get to the facts some will say VSync is a gimmick then when you prove their wrong http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=5&ved=0CFQQFjAE&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hardocp.com%2Farticle%2F2012%2F04%2F16%2Fnvidia_adaptive_vsync_technology_review%2F&ei=OoBOUKzRKcytygHbyIH4BQ&usg=AFQjCNFnMBV02tYCqT35i6CbD2axvgywCQ&sig2=CWXoItXbi2YP6yqcivEbtQ&cad=rja they will claim still not many games support it wait....just a minute ago it was a gimmick now it's not and not many games support it lol then when you prove that is wrong as well comes the enjoyment of telling them your dismissed retard have a great noob day lol i am so mean.
  22. I pretty much like Addaptive VSync as well. It's a very good technology - before they added it with my GTX 560 Ti on games that I hover around 60 fps (50-70) had to choose whether I wanted screen tearing or stuttery gameplay. With adaptive VSync, I can get rid of both :P.
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