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October 14, 2012 2:49:38 AM

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Memory Express)
Motherboard: Asus P8B75-M/CSM Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($74.13 @ DirectCanada)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.27 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.79 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.69 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Monitor: BenQ GW2250 21.5" Monitor ($119.99 @ Memory Express)
Total: $815.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


That's my build that im planning to buy, Im sure on most of the parts except the video card. I don't know too much about video cards and it would be nice if someone can give me some advice on which video card to pick with a $180 pirce limit. Thanks!
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October 14, 2012 3:44:10 AM

That's about the best card for $170. The HD 7850 would be better at 1920x1080, but it starts at a tad over $200. The HD 6870 is a good card, though and will game great at that rez. You may have to back off a bit on the eye candy on the more graphically demanding games.
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October 14, 2012 3:48:37 AM

clutchc said:
That's about the best card for $170. The HD 7850 would be better at 1920x1080, but it starts at a tad over $200. The HD 6870 is a good card, though and will game great at that rez. You may have to back off a bit on the eye candy on the more graphically demanding games.


What about this card? http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
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October 14, 2012 3:51:16 AM

You can always try getting newegg preferred which allows you to have 6 months no interest on purchases over 250 or 1 year on purchases over 500 and stretch if you can to get a 7850.
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October 14, 2012 3:52:30 AM

You guys hit gold. I thought all the HD 7850s were 2GB cards. Yes, definitly go for either of those HD 7850s.
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October 14, 2012 4:02:51 AM

clutchc said:
You guys hit gold. I thought all the HD 7850s were 2GB cards. Yes, definitly go for either of those HD 7850s.



the 1gb 7850 was in response to fit a gap inbetween the 7770 and the 2gb 7850 to compete against the 650ti. of course, the plan was golden as its more or less the 7850 except less useful if you ever get to the point where you want to crossfire. If you are going single card build, its probably one of the most solid card for price performance at the current moment.
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October 14, 2012 4:04:08 AM

I vote for the Sapphire. I always have had good experiences with them. I just put the 2GB version of that card in a build I have sitting next to me for a client. Nice and quiet too. I've only used 1 Powercolor and had to RMA it, so I can't vouch for them.
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October 14, 2012 4:07:43 AM

Best answer selected by fisz.
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October 14, 2012 4:07:49 AM

I would recommend this one ==> Sapphire
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October 14, 2012 4:08:00 AM

dudewitbow said:
...except less useful if you ever get to the point where you want to crossfire..

What's the issue with Xfire?
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October 14, 2012 4:12:27 AM

clutchc said:
What's the issue with Xfire?



because 2 in crossfire hovers past 7970 performance i would believe, so the limiting factor at that point would be the 1gb vram. 2 gb vram is more than enough for a single screen 1920x1080p setup in all games. 1gb will cover most(99% of titles), but not exactly all. that's the only difference.
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October 14, 2012 4:29:19 AM

fisz said:



That's my build that im planning to buy, Im sure on most of the parts except the video card. I don't know too much about video cards and it would be nice if someone can give me some advice on which video card to pick with a $180 pirce limit. Thanks!





http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/kgjV


$830.62, $15 more than yours but you said you could spend a bit more for the GPU right?

$800.62 after rebates. =)



Better motherboard, GPU, and monitor!
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October 14, 2012 5:01:02 AM

only problem is his power supply he put in his initial build is better. Not only that the 7850 requires min a 500watt so its good that he has a little extra umph in the 650.
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October 14, 2012 5:34:27 AM

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only problem is his power supply he put in his initial build is better. Not only that the 7850 requires min a 500watt so its good that he has a little extra umph in the 650.




The corsair 500w would have no problem at all with his setup.






The 600w corsair is only $8 more...

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October 14, 2012 6:39:16 AM

I just feel its a poor choice to go with the minimum its the same sort of trend that gets people in games to complain because there frames aren't high enough get the minimum if you wish just don't complain.
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