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November 1, 2012 5:36:18 PM

Hello, I'm building a new pc, and I have kind of a tight budget, since I'm not an adult yet (17 years). So basically I bought what has best performance for a low price. I got a AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE CPU, an ASrock 970 pro3 motherboard, 4 gb of ram (will get 4gb more later) and a Corsair 500cx 500 w PSU. Now, I had an old pc, and it had a Geforce GT 440 GT 2 gb card and a HDD I could use. But I'm not really satisfied on the GPU, so I want a new one.

I want some advice on what would run really well on this system, I was looking at a Geforce 550GTX TI card... But I'm open to ATI cards as well, I just want to know what would be good for my system for a low price. (200 $) or lower. I live in EU so the prices are higher sometimes. Thanks!

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November 1, 2012 5:37:47 PM

PS. Oh and I play on a 1650x1080 monitor.
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November 1, 2012 6:13:57 PM

snakehelah said:
Hello, I'm building a new pc, and I have kind of a tight budget, since I'm not an adult yet (17 years). So basically I bought what has best performance for a low price. I got a AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE CPU, an ASrock 970 pro3 motherboard, 4 gb of ram (will get 4gb more later) and a Corsair 500cx 500 w PSU. Now, I had an old pc, and it had a Geforce GT 440 GT 2 gb card and a HDD I could use. But I'm not really satisfied on the GPU, so I want a new one.

I want some advice on what would run really well on this system, I was looking at a Geforce 550GTX TI card... But I'm open to ATI cards as well, I just want to know what would be good for my system for a low price. (200 $) or lower. I live in EU so the prices are higher sometimes. Thanks!

DO NOT GET A 550TI! It is the worst bang/buck ever! Go for a 7870. Best price/performance by far.
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November 1, 2012 6:27:13 PM

CaptainTom said:
DO NOT GET A 550TI! It is the worst bang/buck ever! Go for a 7870. Best price/performance by far.

Except it costs 100 dollars more than I said my budget would be. It would be better for me to get a 560GTX , 200 bucks and It's simillar performance..
November 1, 2012 6:27:46 PM

snakehelah said:
Hello, I'm building a new pc, and I have kind of a tight budget, since I'm not an adult yet (17 years). So basically I bought what has best performance for a low price. I got a AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE CPU, an ASrock 970 pro3 motherboard, 4 gb of ram (will get 4gb more later) and a Corsair 500cx 500 w PSU. Now, I had an old pc, and it had a Geforce GT 440 GT 2 gb card and a HDD I could use. But I'm not really satisfied on the GPU, so I want a new one.

I want some advice on what would run really well on this system, I was looking at a Geforce 550GTX TI card... But I'm open to ATI cards as well, I just want to know what would be good for my system for a low price. (200 $) or lower. I live in EU so the prices are higher sometimes. Thanks!

Get something like the AMD 7850 or 7870. They're at a decent price and you can overclock them nicely.
November 1, 2012 6:31:04 PM

snakehelah said:
Except it costs 100 dollars more than I said my budget would be. It would be better for me to get a 560GTX , 200 bucks and It's simillar performance..

The 7870 yields better performance than the 560 and can overclock way better than the 560. The 560 would get killed by the 7870 oc'ed. But that's not the point. You want a good performing for a low price. I would recommend the 560 on your budget though lol. What games do you want to play as well. If we know what games your playing we can recommend better for you.
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November 1, 2012 6:34:29 PM

snakehelah said:
Hello, I'm building a new pc, and I have kind of a tight budget, since I'm not an adult yet (17 years). So basically I bought what has best performance for a low price. I got a AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE CPU, an ASrock 970 pro3 motherboard, 4 gb of ram (will get 4gb more later) and a Corsair 500cx 500 w PSU. Now, I had an old pc, and it had a Geforce GT 440 GT 2 gb card and a HDD I could use. But I'm not really satisfied on the GPU, so I want a new one.

I want some advice on what would run really well on this system, I was looking at a Geforce 550GTX TI card... But I'm open to ATI cards as well, I just want to know what would be good for my system for a low price. (200 $) or lower. I live in EU so the prices are higher sometimes. Thanks!


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

185 after rebate + free Farcry 3 game.
November 1, 2012 7:03:15 PM

yarmock said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

185 after rebate + free Farcry 3 game.

Sorry, but I already mentioned that I live in EU and I can't buy from here. I would totally buy it if it were 200$ here. However it costs something around 300$ (eu prices) Not to mention many reviews stating lots of crashes and failures.
November 1, 2012 7:07:51 PM

snakehelah said:
Sorry, but I already mentioned that I live in EU and I can't buy from here. I would totally buy it if it were 200$ here. However it costs something around 300$ (eu prices) Not to mention many reviews stating lots of crashes and failures.

Sapphire is one of the most reliable brands out there. And there are bound to be problems with a few cards here and there, there are alot of them made after all.
November 1, 2012 7:10:05 PM

Try the 7850, which should be in your budget. I think it's the best graphics card in its price segment.
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November 1, 2012 8:28:23 PM

snakehelah said:
Except it costs 100 dollars more than I said my budget would be. It would be better for me to get a 560GTX , 200 bucks and It's simillar performance..


You should stop looking at old cards and look at the 7xxx series. No old card beats any current 7xxx in price/performance. What does the 7750 and 7850 1GB cost for you?
November 1, 2012 8:49:41 PM

CaptainTom said:
You should stop looking at old cards and look at the 7xxx series. No old card beats any current 7xxx in price/performance. What does the 7750 and 7850 1GB cost for you?

I don't understand. How is the 7750 in ANY way better than the 560GTX ?? I could of course go for the 7850 http://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/AMD_Series/HD7850DC1... this one, which in my currency to dollars is ~ 230 $
November 1, 2012 8:56:27 PM

snakehelah said:
I don't understand. How is the 7750 in ANY way better than the 560GTX ?? I could of course go for the 7850 http://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/AMD_Series/HD7850DC1... this one, which in my currency to dollars is ~ 230 $

It's not. But in it's tier it is. But go for the 7850 1 gig.
November 1, 2012 9:12:42 PM

Limerick said:
It's not. But in it's tier it is. But go for the 7850 1 gig.

Thanks for the answer. But I have some questions.
The specs on the asus website state the HD7850 needs PCI Express 3.0... My MB Has 2x PCIe 2.0 slots. Does that mean it won't work or if it will it will be slower? Or What?
Also, what are the differences between the 7750 7850 - because the price difference is 2 times higher for the 7850. Thanks.
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November 1, 2012 9:26:04 PM

The 7870 is a great bang for the buck. And if you wan't to crossfire in the future it's a fairly nice upgrade path. If you into overclocking you can also overclock a 7870 to match the performance of a 7950. And if you get the 7870 GET A 2GB
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November 2, 2012 1:58:01 AM

snakehelah said:
I don't understand. How is the 7750 in ANY way better than the 560GTX ?? I could of course go for the 7850 http://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/AMD_Series/HD7850DC1... this one, which in my currency to dollars is ~ 230 $


It's far better than a 550TI and costs less. You said you are trying to save money, I listed the two cheap cards that give you value for money...
November 2, 2012 2:09:19 AM

snakehelah said:
Thanks for the answer. But I have some questions.
The specs on the asus website state the HD7850 needs PCI Express 3.0... My MB Has 2x PCIe 2.0 slots. Does that mean it won't work or if it will it will be slower? Or What?
Also, what are the differences between the 7750 7850 - because the price difference is 2 times higher for the 7850. Thanks.



PCI-E is fully backwards compatible, and tests have found that even the fastest graphics cards get no bottleneck from PCI-E 2.0 and only about ~8% bottleneck with PCI-E 1.0.
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November 2, 2012 2:25:16 AM

rambisco said:
PCI-E is fully backwards compatible, and tests have found that even the fastest graphics cards get no bottleneck from PCI-E 2.0 and only about ~8% bottleneck with PCI-E 1.0.


Hell I am crossfiring with one slot at x1 and I still get double scaling in Metro:2033...
November 2, 2012 10:20:55 AM

Well I will most likely wait a few more months (maybe till Christmas) to save up some more money for a HD 7850. Maybe If I'm lucky I will get a nice Christmas deal in some stores... Thanks guys.
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