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Best Performance for a ~$250 Budget

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within a month.

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Mostly gaming, maybe a bit of internet surfing.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: I have a XFX 7870 in mind, this will be for a new build. Rosewill Hive 550W.

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: CPU: i5-3570k, ASRock Z77 Extreme3, Patriot Gamer 2 Series 2x4GB.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: I have heard a lot of good things about NVIDIA cards, so I would like to hear some things about them.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Just want to see if NVIDIA has any better cards, or if anyone suggests a better manufacturer for the 7870. NO MSI, MSI=DEATH. Unless you can give me a majority of customers that haven't had their card crap out on them.
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    Poltregeist said:
    APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within a month.

    USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Mostly gaming, maybe a bit of internet surfing.

    CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: I have a XFX 7870 in mind, this will be for a new build. Rosewill Hive 550W.

    OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: CPU: i5-3570k, ASRock Z77 Extreme3, Patriot Gamer 2 Series 2x4GB.

    PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

    PARTS PREFERENCES: I have heard a lot of good things about NVIDIA cards, so I would like to hear some things about them.

    OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

    SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

    MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Just want to see if NVIDIA has any better cards, or if anyone suggests a better manufacturer for the 7870. NO MSI, MSI=DEATH. Unless you can give me a majority of customers that haven't had their card crap out on them.


    According to this site, in their "best graphics card for the money" article, the best card for you right now is the HD 7870 or the GTX 660.

    What about this one? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150605&name=Desktop-Graphics-Cards
    for 210 dollars is crazy cheap, and it's a good card.
  2. julianbautista87 said:
    According to this site, in their "best graphics card for the money" article, the best card for you right now is the HD 7870 or the GTX 660.

    What about this one? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150605&name=Desktop-Graphics-Cards
    for 210 dollars is crazy cheap, and it's a good card.


    That's the exact one I have had my eye on, but I wanted a few other options, preferably NVIDIA. And more towards the $250 and slightly above. Maybe a higher end 660 or low end 660 ti?
  3. julianbautista87 said:
    According to this site, in their "best graphics card for the money" article, the best card for you right now is the HD 7870 or the GTX 660.

    What about this one? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150605&name=Desktop-Graphics-Cards
    for 210 dollars is crazy cheap, and it's a good card.


    I second this. Though the 7870 is better for your money if you can find one for $220 (And you often can on newegg).
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