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How good of a card do i need?

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: A Week Maybe? BUDGET RANGE: $175.00 Max After Rebates

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Youtube, Mediocre Video Editing. Non-Intense Gaming. I play The Sims 2(not 3), Minecraft, Sim City(When its released). No desire to play FPS games. GTA occasionally. Dolphin Emulation is a must.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Building a new system, will have either a CX500 or CX600. I use an HD2400 Pro...

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: i5 3470, 8GB Ram, ASRock Pro4-M Mobo

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I like Newegg...USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: None Really. NVidias drivers are easier to work with..

OVERCLOCKING: Highly Doubt It. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: I dont plan on it.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I have a 1920x1080 (HDMI) and a 1440x900 (DVI). Ive always preferred to play games on the small monitor, but ive never had a system that could run the big monitor.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:...Not obnoxiously loud.

I have right now a 7850 picked out, with 2GB Vram...on Rebate its $150. But i know that 1GB is sufficient for most high end games, assuming your not running multiple monitors. And i don't play any high end games...and i don't plan on it. It seems to me like that card would be completely overkill. Should i go for a 7770 instead? That way i dont have to mess with a rebate, and i have a little extra money...which would be nice.

Thanks.
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  1. get a 7770 or 650ti.
  2. i would tell you to get the 7850 so you can use the 1080p monitor, much better in my opinion, and it will last you much much longer
  3. With what he is doing, I'm pretty sure he could do 1080p with a 7770
  4. the 7850 2GB is substantially better don't hobble your new build, wishing you had filled out the rebate form when your new game stutters or you have to turn the options down
  5. Ok, so the 7850 is like really noticably better in not to demanding games like Minecraft and Sim City 2013?
  6. I see the SAPPHIRE 100355-1GOCL Radeon HD 7850 1GB for $174.99 after $15.00 rebate card, that seems to hit your budget max.
  7. Only high end games will use more than 1GB or memory when MSAA is enabled at high settings like the new game 'Hitman Absolution.'



    If you play light games, a 7770 or 650 Ti will do.

    Benchmark: 7770 vs. 650 Ti - http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/536?vs=680
  8. AMD :

    XFX Core Edition FX-785A-ZNFC Radeon HD 7850 1GB $149.99 after $20.00 rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150617
    The best card.

    Nvidia :

    Galaxy 65IGH8DL7AXX GeForce GTX 650 Ti GC 1GB $139.99 after $10.00 rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162127
    For guys prefer nvdia.
  9. So am i correct in that it goes 7770, 650ti, 7850, worst to best? And whichever one i can afford is kinda what i should go with?

    I have been reading that the PSU requirement on these is majorly exaggerated. Is that correct, and could i get by with a 430 Watt Corsair PSU? Cause i can get one for dirt cheap.
  10. xb2003 said:
    So am i correct in that it goes 7770, 650ti, 7850, worst to best? And whichever one i can afford is kinda what i should go with?

    I have been reading that the PSU requirement on these is majorly exaggerated. Is that correct, and could i get by with a 430 Watt Corsair PSU? Cause i can get one for dirt cheap.


    Get that, it's a quality PSU. Put the extra money in a 7850.
  11. Best answer
    Yes the 430w corsair will do for any of those cards.

    Either go with galaxy 650 ti or the xfx 7850 1GB.
    If you like nvidia better and dont care for perfomance go with 650 ti (has assassins creed 3 for free), if you want more performance for $ go with the 7850 1GB
  12. +1
  13. Well ok. I think the 650ti will be sufficient for me, and i definitely prefer NVidia's drivers. We'll see how i feel tomorrow. Thank You Guys.
  14. Best answer selected by xb2003.
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