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Greetings all

need some quick advice. my friend is looking for a new graphics card (non ATI) for games like BF3, Natural Selection 2, Dota 2 and so on. This is his current setup.

Intel i5 2500
Nvidia 250GTS 256MB
Intel H61 mobo
4GB DDR3 ram
450-500watt PSU (not 100% sure)

My friend is on a tight budget about $150-$160 which is about R1500 in south africa more or less ( in south africa btw)

I saw thinking about the 650GTX since the 650GTX TI is out of his price range. Would the 650GTX be able to play the games i mentioned on medium to high settings at 1280x1024. Just wanna get some more opinions on the matter.

Any help would be appreciated.
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  1. 650 non Ti is a weak card in relation to his i5-2500 CPU

    GTX 650 Ti for $140 at http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=76883&vpn=01G-P4-3650-KR&manufacture=eVGA&promoid=1397
    Price must be close in your country to be competitive with the 7770 and 7850.

    EDIT: Benchmark - 650 vs. 650 Ti - http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/681?vs=680
  2. GTX 650 is good enough! It will perform 30+ FPS in all games in 1280x1024 Mid settings.
    The benchmark up there is of 1920x1080 Ultra setting games. And your friend will not play at that high settings.
  3. the cheapiest 650gtx TI ive seen is the MSI version for about R1900 which is about $210 which is out of his price range. he can only spend about R1500 which is about $167. I suppose i can talk to him about it but hes on a very tight budget.
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    GTX 650 (Non ti) is sufficient for his requirements.
  5. Cromat88 said:
    the cheapiest 650gtx TI ive seen is the MSI version for about R1900 which is about $210 which is out of his price range. he can only spend about R1500 which is about $167. I suppose i can talk to him about it but hes on a very tight budget.

    That is overpriced. I would not recommend buying that. MSI 650 Ti right now is close to $150 like this: http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=76828&vpn=N650ti%20PE%201GD5%2FOC&manufacture=MSI%2FMicroStar&promoid=1373

    And this: $144.99 after $15.00 rebate card - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127704&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

    EDIT: I suggested the 650 Ti because he has a very nice CPU right there, just to balance the system. IMO I don't think the GTX 650 "non" Ti deserves the GTX name :D. It is just underwhelming.
  6. take note that i am from south africa, the prices in america and europe are alot better than they are here in SA. Besides those sites you linked are in america which most probably dont ship internationally and if something goes wrong with the card, my friend will have to send it back to america :( At this point in time my friend just wants something better than his crappy 250gts with 256MB Vram :( ill go with Sumukh_Bhagat on this one.

    Again thanks for the help
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  8. Cromat88 said:
    take note that i am from south africa, the prices in america and europe are alot better than they are here in SA. Besides those sites you linked are in america which most probably dont ship internationally and if something goes wrong with the card, my friend will have to send it back to america :( At this point in time my friend just wants something better than his crappy 250gts with 256MB Vram :( ill go with Sumukh_Bhagat on this one.

    Again thanks for the help

    That's just a suggestion. Like I said, I don't recommend buying the overpriced MSI 650 Ti, if you stated it's price in the first post.
    I would not even thought of the Ti version.
    If an i3 is your friend's CPU.I would not have a problem with a 650.
    I think an i3 + 650 Ti, or an AMD equal card, would be more ideal.

    Cheers! :)
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