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New Build: Suggestions for GPU to go with i5/Z77/8GB/550W

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November 30, 2012 3:52:30 PM

I am building a PC for my kids (Gaming, Internet, Schoolwork, Everything) and need help deciding on a GPU.
I will be hooking it up to a single 32" TV/Monitor that is currently 720p, but would like to have 1080p capability for the future.
My current budget is $100-$200 depending on how long I can expect it to function for our needs before upgrading.

I need help narrowing down the wide range of cards I'm looking at. I have an EVGA GTX275 and ASUS mobo in an older PC that I have been very happy with, so I know those brands work well. I don't know anything about Powercolor or HIS.
I want to be able to take advantage of the PCIe 3.0 on this new mobo and I prefer GDDR5 because in my limited computer knowledge I feel that bandwidth is king for future protection.

Here is a sampling from the wide range of cards I'm looking at (and many in between):

-- ASUS HD 7750 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-- EVGA GTX650Ti http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-- Powercolor HD7850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-- EVGA GTX650Ti 2GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-- HIS HD7850- 2GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Immediately

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (WoW, Arkham City, AC3, etc.), 1080p video watching, internet video

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: No GPU yet, 550W 80+ Bronze PSU

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:

-- ASRock Z77 Extreme3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-- Corsair 200R Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-- G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB DDR3 1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-- ENERMAX NAXN 82+ ENP550AWT B 550W ATX12V 80 PLUS BRONZE http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-- Intel i5 CPU
(Looking at 3470 http://www.microcenter.com/product/400664/Core_i5_3470_...
or
3570 http://www.microcenter.com/product/388577/Core_i5_3570K...)

-- SSD

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Any

PARTS PREFERENCES: DX11, Preferrably more than 128 bit & 1GB but depends on performance

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Looking for a card that will run games decently for the next 4+ years with this system, even if it means adding another card down the road

THANKS!
a b U Graphics card
November 30, 2012 4:29:05 PM

Well, as you also might have guessed, the costliest among the choices is certainly the best. HIS HD7850 2GB. And, yes, HIS is better than PowerColor.
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a c 110 U Graphics card
November 30, 2012 6:46:43 PM
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The 660 gtx is a better card overall, get this one : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
And it is at a lower price with rebate.
December 10, 2012 1:20:28 PM

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