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BEST GPU for ~$130, new or used.

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November 23, 2012 1:33:49 PM

Hey Guys! I decided up my budget to $130. So right now I want a GPU that can play med-high settings at 1680x1050. Games like Skyrim, SWTOR, Sims 3, and maybe BF3

Right now I have an 8400GS and it sucks. REALLY BAD. So anything is an upgrade really.

Suggestions? Thanks!

Intel G620 Dual Core
4GB DDR3 RAM
650W OCZ STEALTHXSTREAM
8400gs

Ill upgrade my ram+cpu later, but right now, I must get rid of this lousy card! Thanks!

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a b U Graphics card
November 23, 2012 1:44:25 PM

Get a GTX 650 or 7770.

7770 is a little better.
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November 23, 2012 2:15:42 PM

Oh man, the 7770 looks awesome! I think I found my dream card :D . But it seems like StarCraft favors Nvidia :p P. Will there be any bottleneck in my system?
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a b U Graphics card
November 23, 2012 2:20:06 PM

Look at my sig. The only game that i get Bneck is BF3 where i get 50+ fps sometime 35.

So think of buying a bit higher than me (considering that we both must up the CPU, but i got this bird for 20$ ;)  )

So u will be ok with any card .If u can get ur budget up to a 7850 it would be great
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a b U Graphics card
November 23, 2012 2:20:21 PM

Your CPU will handle it. My 7770 handles SC2 very well, you can play on maxed settings but I lower some of them so it'll more or less stay locked at 60 fps.
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a b U Graphics card
November 23, 2012 2:21:50 PM

I don't think so. The processor should be pretty much in harmony with the GPU most of the time. CPU dependent games like Skyrim might show the weaknesses of the CPU but I can't think of many other games as CPU dependent as that.
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November 23, 2012 2:27:20 PM

Really helpful. One last thing. I can upgrade my ram to 8GB for $30. Should I?
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a b U Graphics card
November 23, 2012 2:32:09 PM

Yes would be good. 8Gb is the recc amount of ram for gaming.

So why not :) 
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November 23, 2012 2:35:45 PM

Sweet. It's a bit over my budget, but hopefully its worth it. Thanks guys
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a b U Graphics card
November 23, 2012 2:59:46 PM

Question: do you only have $130 to spend (as in that's all you can spend, period), or would $130 after rebates be acceptable, too? Because there's a few Black Friday deals you should take a look at:

- Asus GTX 560 for $140 post-rebate (a good bit faster than the 7770)
- PNY GTX 560 ti for $130 post-rebate (quite a bit faster than the 7770)
- EVGA GTX 560 ti for $140 post-rebate (in case PNY doesn't float your boat)

These cards may outclass your Pentium by quite a bit, but you're planning on upgrading that eventually so there's no reason to not get the best card you can (in my opinion).
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November 23, 2012 3:03:53 PM

I'm not very fond of rebates :/  Ive tried it twice, never got it. So I try and stay away from it. I think a 7770 is good enough upgrade from a 8400GS
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a b U Graphics card
November 23, 2012 3:17:46 PM

It should be worth the money, I really like mine and recommend it alot. Upgrading to 8 gigs isn't a really bad idea, but just know you can totally get by on 4. Most games are 32 bit and will use some where from 1-2.5 gigs of RAM. Unless you run lots of things in the background your performance will stay the same. Look at me, I'm running a 32 bit OS with 3.3 gigs and it performs the same as my friend with 8.

This is my GPU too, it's a cheaper one, but it's very cool and very quite. I love MSI cards too. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

...It's sold out now, Tiger Direct might still have them, I like ordering from Tiger Direct.
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a b U Graphics card
November 23, 2012 3:20:41 PM

Yes than get sapphire.7770 its a great idea !
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a b U Graphics card
November 23, 2012 3:35:59 PM

nsahawks7 said:
I'm not very fond of rebates :/  Ive tried it twice, never got it. So I try and stay away from it. I think a 7770 is good enough upgrade from a 8400GS

Hey, I totally understand. I just thought it'd be a disservice to not bring them to your attention. As far as 7770s go, I'd personally go for the Sapphire Vapor-X Edition - not only is it more affordable than most other 7770s right now (for some reason), but it's got the best cooling solution hands down (and supposedly overclocks like a beast!).

And plus it's one of the sexiest cards on the market (I think so, at least).
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November 23, 2012 4:18:47 PM

mousseng said:
Hey, I totally understand. I just thought it'd be a disservice to not bring them to your attention. As far as 7770s go, I'd personally go for the Sapphire Vapor-X Edition - not only is it more affordable than most other 7770s right now (for some reason), but it's got the best cooling solution hands down (and supposedly overclocks like a beast!).

And plus it's one of the sexiest cards on the market (I think so, at least).


Added to my cart! And one last question, I promise. My parents said that they will pitch in $30 and now I am stuck between 2 decisions.

8GB $28 Ram or 320GB HDD $32

My hard drive right now is only 80GB, 50GB usuable and I need an upgrade. Which should I choose? (If I had a decision, I would probably use the extra 30 to get a better GPU, but I only have 10G left on my HDD, so I need an upgrade quick!)
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a b U Graphics card
November 23, 2012 4:28:05 PM

Aha, I'd definitely opt for the hard drive. It's easy to make do with 4GB of RAM, but making do with 80GB of disk space takes lots of effort (I know - my old laptop had a 60GB hard drive and it was my only computing device for several years).
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a b U Graphics card
November 23, 2012 4:46:24 PM

Well you just answered that question yourself, since the upgrade to the HDD is more urgent I would get it. Only 10 GB of free space isn't a lot and it could impact performance.

RAM is less important since you already have 4 GB which is good enough for most needs, even gaming. And you can always add more RAM later on if you get more money along the way. Just make sure your OS is 64-bit if you want to use more than 4 GB of RAM.

The 7770 also gets my vote for the video card, if you have a little more money, the 7850 would be even better of course.
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November 23, 2012 5:42:38 PM

I was thinking the same. But not to get into arguments, I refused to go with a Radeon.
But for your case, jeez, get some harddrives. I already have 4-6 harddrives ranging 250gb to 2tb in my machine.
Hell, I have 3 xbox360s drives and 2x are 320, other is 250.
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November 23, 2012 7:36:18 PM

Thanks all! Just ordered the 7770 and the HDD! Ill update on the performance in about a week or two!
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a b U Graphics card
November 23, 2012 7:44:35 PM

Ill guess it's 5 to 8 times more powerful
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November 23, 2012 8:18:13 PM

GTX 550 Ti. $120 new @ newegg.com
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a b U Graphics card
November 23, 2012 8:22:37 PM

Srsly dont get old gen card.Get 7770/7850 . Best bang for the buck now. Cheaper than nvidia and some perform better
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November 23, 2012 8:22:43 PM

keithmfr said:
GTX 550 Ti. $120 new @ newegg.com


I already ordered :/ . And for $10 more, the 7770 looks like the better deal.
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November 23, 2012 8:27:54 PM

prototype18 said:
Srsly dont get old gen card.Get 7770/7850 . Best bang for the buck now. Cheaper than nvidia and some perform better


Is theSapphire 7770 Ghz Edition Factory OC?
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a b U Graphics card
November 23, 2012 8:39:07 PM

Yes it is. And it will do very good on games. U can check on youtube playing bf3 on ultra with 7770.
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November 23, 2012 8:46:45 PM

Sweet. And I noticed its PCIe 3.0. My motherboard is 2.0 Will it still function correctly?
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a b U Graphics card
November 23, 2012 9:06:36 PM

Sure ;) 

Hope you will be happy !

Good luck !
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a b U Graphics card
November 23, 2012 9:34:40 PM

spentshells said:
that is really decent and he has good reviews too.

If today was my day(it's not) I would snag that up



Yeah I bit the bullet just to see if its really "real" I figure I spend more on a few drink at my local bar so what the heck.
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November 23, 2012 9:53:04 PM

ikaz said:
oh well I was going say if you want a possible gamble you could get this used, 5870 for $26

http://www.ebay.com/itm/PARTS-DELL-ATI-AMD-RADEON-HD587...


Scroll down. It says

NOTE: THIS ITEM FAILED TESTING FOR UNKNOWN REASON AND IS BEING SOLD AS-IS!

MAY HAVE DAMAGE TO PCI OR OTHER COMPONENTS

WAYYYY to good to be true.
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a b U Graphics card
November 23, 2012 10:11:47 PM

Yeah I plan to pop it open and take a look inside.
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November 23, 2012 10:16:16 PM

ikaz said:
Yeah I plan to pop it open and take a look inside.
If you do buy it, tell me if it works?
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November 23, 2012 11:59:41 PM

I found a 5850 for about $120. Would that be a better buy?
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a b U Graphics card
November 24, 2012 12:07:06 AM

Get the 7770. No disccusion !
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December 8, 2012 10:31:17 AM

Sorry about the late reply, but the 7770 came in about 10 days ago and it works amazing. Playing at 1680x1050, I can play Crysis on High and BF3 on High-Ultra(32FPS AVG). Star Wars is running extrememly smooth. This is A HUUUGEEEE upgrade from an 8400GS, I am thinking of OverClocking this bad boy soon!

The 7770 WONT let you down!
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December 8, 2012 1:04:38 PM

nsahawks7 said:
Sorry about the late reply, but the 7770 came in about 10 days ago and it works amazing. Playing at 1680x1050, I can play Crysis on High and BF3 on High-Ultra(32FPS AVG). Star Wars is running extrememly smooth. This is A HUUUGEEEE upgrade from an 8400GS, I am thinking of OverClocking this bad boy soon!

The 7770 WONT let you down!

Haha great to hear ^_^.
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