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October 25, 2012 4:27:28 AM

As there are so many options as well as specifications for games, I am looking for my first video card and I need suggestions and reasons why to choose one over the other. I'm looking to play FPS and RPG's mainly. I'm currently looking to buy Skyrim, Dishonored and Border lands 2 for PC. Obviously, I plan on getting into PC gaming and would also consider future games for PC. My budget will allow for up to $500, but I'm trying to stay around $300. I would like to run maximum settings at 1920x1080 or 1080p, I do believe, on a 27inch monitor.

Nvidia or AMD, preference doesn't matter and I am not biased between the two, yet. My current build includes as follows:
Cooler master HAF 922 case
8GB DDR3 1600 (2x4gb)
Corsair 750w PSU 80+ bronze
Intel i5-3550 CPU
Gigabyte Z77-D3H MOBO with crossfire support.
Asus 27' monitor 1920x1080

Any advice would be great. Thanks a lot on advance.
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October 25, 2012 4:36:31 AM

hd 7850
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October 25, 2012 4:39:15 AM

A radeon 7850 will fit your needs perfectly, and is below your budget.

For your build, may I suggest getting a 500w psu, and an H77 chipset motherboard. You build will not go above 400w power usage, so 500w will be safe. You can save some money by getting an H77 motherboard since you are not overclocking.

Another thing you may wish to consider is your monitor size. 27 inches is an awkward size. It's too big for a desk, but too small as a TV, so unless you have a setup that puts your monitor at an appropriate distance, I would recommend either upsizing or downsizing. You should get a monitor that will fit in your entire field of vision. If you are playing on a desk, somewhere around 21-23 inches is ideal.
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October 25, 2012 4:52:46 AM

Chairman Ray said:
A radeon 7850 will fit your needs perfectly, and is below your budget.

For your build, may I suggest getting a 500w psu, and an H77 chipset motherboard. You build will not go above 400w power usage, so 500w will be safe. You can save some money by getting an H77 motherboard since you are not overclocking.

Another thing you may wish to consider is your monitor size. 27 inches is an awkward size. It's too big for a desk, but too small as a TV, so unless you have a setup that puts your monitor at an appropriate distance, I would recommend either upsizing or downsizing. You should get a monitor that will fit in your entire field of vision. If you are playing on a desk, somewhere around 21-23 inches is ideal.


I really do appreciate your input. The above build I listed is what I currently have and I decided to put off on a video card until later and its that time to buy one. Surprisingly to you , I suppose, the 27 inch monitor is great for my setup. I don't have a very large area to deal with it, but it is comfortable to me to game on. I blindedly bought some parts out of impulse. It worked, it was in my budget, so I bought it. Now I've gained more information and wished I had bought some different parts.

Now the 7850 will run everything on max, correct? Would you recommend an nvidia card over AMD for any reason?
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October 25, 2012 4:54:05 AM

well hd 7850 and gtx 660 has the same performce
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October 25, 2012 4:58:48 AM

skitz9417 said:
well hd 7850 and gtx 660 has the same performce
You mean the 7870 and 660 are very close to same performance ;) 
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October 25, 2012 5:00:16 AM

It's not going to run all games on max you need a 670 or 7970 to do that
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October 25, 2012 5:06:08 AM

So for future use and since I have a crossfire supported MOBO, would you go ahead and buy a higher class GPU, or buy a midrange such as the 7850 or 7870 and crossfire later on?
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November 4, 2012 1:25:46 AM

Best answer selected by jrmurph3.
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November 4, 2012 1:25:49 AM

Thanks everyone for advice. I went out and found a EVGA 660ti superclocked card. Runs great and plays what I want at max specs with 60fps and 1920x1080 res. Well, minus the high PhysX settings which seem to be pretty hard on even the 680 models.
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