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Best GPU to go with the rest of my First CPU build?

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September 24, 2012 2:06:05 PM

I just built my first pc and the only thing that I really have left to add is the Graphics card. What would be the best card to go with the rest of the components that I have in the system. I don't really plan on overclocking but I would like to have a good frame rate on most current games. I have my cpu info in the description if you need anything else to give me ideas just let me know. Any ideas are appreciated.

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September 24, 2012 2:13:01 PM

I may go with a top of the line in a few months but in the mean time what card is the best bang for your buck...
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September 24, 2012 2:15:02 PM

Sorry I left that off it is a K series so it is unlocked
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a b U Graphics card
September 24, 2012 2:30:07 PM

ok then
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September 24, 2012 2:48:11 PM

Ok here are the specs

Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower 
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB WIFI Motherboard
Intel i7- 3770K Processor
Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-750W PSU
OCZ Vertex 4 128GB SSD
WD 2 TB HD
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM
LG BD/DVD Burner
LG DVD Burner
Win 7 Home Premium

as for budget I was thinking (for now) around 250ish
In a year or so I may buy top of the line...
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September 24, 2012 2:58:53 PM

The MSI Radeon HD 7870 HAWK is the MSI Lightning's smaller brother. It uses the company's signature Twin Frozr II dual-fan cooler. MSI has also increased the clock speeds of the HD 7870 HAWK to 1100 MHz GPU and 1200 MHz memory.$250ish
MSI R7870 HAWK Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition
Free sleeping dogs game w/ purchase, limited offer http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 24, 2012 3:01:40 PM

Wait for a bit then get Asus GTX 670 DC2. It's a beautiful beast and has the best cooling. I got one and its worth the money. I've OCd mine to 1200MHz/6200MHz and the temps don't go beyond 58 right now and still whisper quiet. I intend to get a second one on Black Friday.
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September 24, 2012 3:06:50 PM

I just built a similar system to yours. Went with the 7870 at a great price.
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September 24, 2012 3:20:58 PM

You don't have a Microcenter in your neck of the woods? I was able to pick up a 3770k for about $269.99. Can get a systemboard at the same time from them and get up to a $100 off the price. Their prices on somethings are cheaper then Newegg's prices at times. Another option is to downgrade down to the 3570k processor. It goes for about $189 at Microcenter. It just does not have Hyper-threading. Could use the money saved towards your Video card.
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September 24, 2012 3:23:46 PM

At that price, you have two choices: HD 7870 or GTX 660. Whichever company you like better - they are about equal, the Radeon performing better in some games, and the Geforce in others.

I'd choose an overclocked GTX 660 for about $250 (with shipping), but that's my preference.
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September 24, 2012 3:37:53 PM

It looks like 660's tend to run about 30-50 $ more than the 7870 if they are comparable I may try out a 7870.
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September 24, 2012 3:40:22 PM

the 7870 is slightly better than the 660 in most games other than bf3 and a few other games that favour the nvidia cards.

not to mention the xfx 7870 at 229.99 after MIR at us.ncix is cheaper than the 660
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September 24, 2012 3:48:35 PM

It maybe sad but I may choose the 660 just for borderlands 2
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September 24, 2012 3:57:11 PM

There's nothing sad about it, it's actually a good deal :) .
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September 24, 2012 4:01:06 PM

well the amd cards have sleeping dogs and dirt showdown
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September 24, 2012 4:08:22 PM

I am not to sure about the 660 i have not looked into them yet but i have done my homework on the 660 TI and TH results are skewed versus other websites. I don't know what happened, but other sites consistently have the GTX 660 Ti beating a 7950 at 1920 resolution.
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_660_Ti_Power...
http://www.anandtech.com/show/6159/the-geforce-gtx-660-...
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/09/17/asus_geforce_...
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"As it stands, AMD’s position correctly reflects their performance; the GTX 660 Ti is a solid and relatively consistent 10-15% faster than the 7870, while the 7950 is anywhere between a bit faster to a bit slower depending on what benchmarks you favor. Of course when talking about the 7950 the “anything but equal” maxim still applies here, if not more so than with the GTX 670. The GTX 660 Ti is anywhere 50% ahead of the 7950 and 25% behind it, and everywhere in between."
http://www.anandtech.com/show/6159/the-geforce-gtx-660-... An explanation of the memory bus, which is not an issue at 1080 resolution:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/6159/the-geforce-gtx-660-...


A review exploring the impact of the bus width on actual gaming performance:
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/08/27/nvidia_geforc... OC reviews:
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-geforce-gtx-660-ti-po...
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September 24, 2012 9:21:44 PM

Best answer selected by Jboi0403.
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