Graphics Card for Gaming PC


I need a graphics card for graphics intense game such as ARMA2 for under and around $130. Any suggestions?

CPU: Intel i5-3550
PSU: Standard 500W Thermaltake
Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme 4

I MIGHT just be able to get a 600W PSU but only if that would be required for a reccomendation you guys have.
And also my case can fits large cards up to 12 inch incase that is helpful...

Thank you!
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  1. I would recommend you get a cheaper CPU and motherboard, freeing up some cash for a PSU from a reliable brand (like Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, or XFX) and the best possible graphics card.

    Eg. a Core i5-3350P or Core i5-3470, with an Asrock Z75 Pro3 or an even cheaper B75 board.

    A good 500W PSU will handle most graphics cards these days, especially when you're using an energy-efficient Intel CPU.
  2. what's your gaming resolution ( monitor size res ) ?

    what PS is it ? amperage means a lot.

    Arma kills video cards. what do you have now because $130 isn't much for a video card.

    if you can get a 600watt ( to be determined ) what kind of money can you put towards that or is it out of the $130 ?
  3. Best answer
    Here's a set of parts that shouldn't come out any more expensive than what you've picked (plus the $130 budget for graphics):

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $483.96
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-11 07:36 EST-0500)
  4. I second Sakkura's suggestion. Decreasing CPU and motherboard budget in favor of graphics card budget is well worth it.
  5. I think the OP already has the parts in his computer but if not I triple(or whatever its called) sakkura's suggestion.
    For 130 I would look towards the 650ti and stick with the Thermlatake for now. Thermaltake is not the best but as long as you don't have it it near full laod it should be fine.
  6. Best answer selected by Bazerama.
  7. Wow thanks so much for the help everyone!!!
    Especially Sakkura!
    I live in Australia so parts can be hard to get but you Gus have done the hard work and the parts dealer I'm looking at has almost identical prices and all these parts except the motherboard isn't in stock :(
    But I think you guys have helped me so much.
    Thanks for telling me about the "compromise motherboard and CPU for graphics card thing. I think I'm sorted now!
  8. Oh and price is very good! Well within budget!
    Not bad for my 2nd Custom Build :D
  9. I'm glad we were able to help you :).
  10. Oh no
    The shop I was looking at only has the
    Asrock B75 DOS $59
    Asrock B75 R2 $64
    Asrock B75 Pro3 M $70
    And then in that price range has MSI, Asus and G-B motherboards...
    Any suggestions?
    Thanks everyone!
  11. My bad
    Asrock B75M DGS
    Asrock B75M R2
    Asrock B75 PRO3 M
  12. Could you give us a link to that shop?
  13. and then it's all in Parts Pricelist
    Bit hard to get used the organization on that PDF
  15. Hmm, seeing as it's Australian dollars the pricing on my build gets thrown off. How much do you have left for the motherboard? Because the Asrock Z77 Pro3 (almost identical to the Z75 Pro3) seems quite pricey.

    I'd say an MSI B75A-G43 would do well, if it fits the budget.
  16. That motherboard sounds good as it is $70, same as the Asrock Z75 Pro3 you suggested. And as for graphics cards, is the Gigabyte N65 TOC Ti - 2G GTX 650Ti for $190 a good substitute? If not I think I might get the MSI OC 2G GTX 660 for $220, even if it is pricey... Opinions?
  17. Don't get GTX 650 Ti. It's much weaker than GTX 660. GTX 660 is around 50% faster.
  18. Wow thats way better, thanks for the advice.
    PS: Motherboard is $44 cheaper than original so price for Graphics card is OK with me.
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