Desktop gpu

I am upgrading an old pc for gaming. A really old one that it even has a disket card. I already bought a MoBo (Gigabyte GA78LMT-S2P) and the CPU (AMD II X2 270 3.4GHz Regor). All I need is a GPU that could play Battlefield 3, Borderlands 2 and League of Legends. My budget is between 130$-163$. Plz help me pick one gpu.
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  1. Here's a good place to start:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107.html

    Depending on resolution and settings you plan to use, that CPU could hold you back a bit since it only has 2 cores and no L3 cache memory.
  2. well, for that price you wont get AMAZING cards, but you will be able to game nonetheless (just on lowered settings)

    I just did a quick newegg search, here are some that came up...

    Within your budget we have...
    650ti 1GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130839

    7770 GHz ed.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102968

    if you're willing to spend just a little more....
    7850
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202004

    If you have more than 1 monitor
    650ti 2GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130841

    Overall, the 7850 is probably going to be the best card. if you can stretch your budget go for it. it is also pretty overclockable (if you want to)

    All of the cards I listed also have the highest factory clocks if you don't want to OC.

    Also, the guy above me with the link to the hierarchy is a good thing to look at too.
  3. I want it to play smoothly with an acceptable resolution
  4. Besides that, the resolution is 1280x1024
  5. That resolution will not really test any decent midrange GPU. It will tend to shift more work towards the CPU which will not be good in your case. Is this the maximum resolution of your monitor?
  6. for that resolution a 7750 is more than enough
  7. Does resolution affect the gpu performance?
  8. allen47 said:
    Does resolution affect the gpu performance?


    Of course it does. The higher the res, the more pixels need to be rendered, the harder the GPU works, especially if you switch on features such as anti-aliasing.
  9. Herr_Koos said:
    That resolution will not really test any decent midrange GPU. It will tend to shift more work towards the CPU which will not be good in your case. Is this the maximum resolution of your monitor?

    Yes...
  10. In that case a $130+ card is a bit of a waste, unless you plan to get a bigger screen later.
  11. So, what you mean is there's no GPU that could play Battlefield 3,Borderlands2 and league of legends with a 1280x1024 res monitor? If so, what monitor res do you recommend?
  12. No, what I am saying is that pretty much ANY modern GPU can do it. If you look at the link I sent you, even the $65 HD6670 provides playable fps at 1680x1050. A $130 GPU would be complete overkill if you only plan to game at 1280x1024.

    Problem is, as soon as you go higher resolution, the rest of the system, specifically the CPU, could hold you back with modern games. Battlefield 3 is quite hardware-intensive at higher settings. See this review:

    http://www.techspot.com/review/458-battlefield-3-performance/
  13. Oh! I get it. I'll just buy the HD 6670 and it is still able to play the game smoothly. If I want to buy a $130 gpu, I should buy another high res monitor.
  14. I used the 6670 as an example; you could probably aim a little bit higher than that.
  15. Radeon HD 7770 or the 7750
  16. If you have a good quality power supply capable of handling a discrete GPU card, you can grab the 7770. Otherwise I would go for the 7750 since it does not require an external power connection.
  17. I'll just do a new topic
  18. Computer Resolution: 1280x1024
    CPU: AMD Athlon II X2 270 3.4GHz Regor
    MoBo: Gigabyte GA78LMT-S2P
    PSU: 500W
    Budget: $80-$120
    Games that I want to play are Battlefield 3, Bordrlands 2, League of Legends, Heroes of Newerth and NFS Hot Pursuit.
    The budget is to low because of the res of the monitor. Someone said that it would be a waste if I spent $130 for a graphic cards that I will only play games at a decent resolution.
  19. A 7770 is probably your best bet. if that doesn't fit the budget, get a 7750. Don't expect any miracles in BF3 at ultra even at that resolution though.
  20. I think 7750 is good enough for u ..
    the problem is ur processor seems will bottleneck the GPU to have the best performance ~
  21. This next topics has been merged by Mousemonkey
    Graphics for my old PC
  22. BF3 isn't really much to me. Borderlands 2 and League of Legends is already enough for me but the 7750 still could play BF3, right?
  23. Herr_Koos said:
    If you have a good quality power supply capable of handling a discrete GPU card, you can grab the 7770. Otherwise I would go for the 7750 since it does not require an external power connection.

    If I buy a $130 GPU and play it with a 1280x1024 res monitor and collect some money first to buy a high res monitor, would that work?
  24. That's one option yes.
  25. My MoBo has ATI Hybrid CrossFireX... Should I go for it?
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