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December 15, 2012 2:10:27 PM

So I am upgrading my current graphic card from http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... to something better within the $100-$150 range.

This is what I have my heart set on http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
but there is probably better and I just don't know it.

That is where I seek your guidance! If you have time, could any of you make a suggestion?

Key factors:
  • • 256-bit Memory Interface
  • • 1024 MB Memory (I don't really need 2GB memory because my monitor only supports 1600x900 resolution.)
  • • I would LIKE to take advantage of PhysX for a few games but I hear it doesn't matter because AMD cards do the same thing
  • • = /< $150 ($200 would be pushing it but with the right argument I would change my mind.) Budget does not need to include shipping and taxes.
  • • Would LIKE EVGA but not necessary. (Wife is an NVIDIA fan but my whole system is AMD.)
  • • 650W PSU is what I have and I don't want to upgrade it... yet.

    My setup is as follows:
  • • AMD FX 8120 8-core 3.4 Ghz OC'ed to 4Ghz
  • • 16GB DDR3 AMD Performance Memory
  • • 2x 5200RPM "Green" Sata HDD's
  • • 60GB Samsung SSD
  • • 2x RED LED bars and 4x200mm, 1x140mm RED LED fans
  • • Asus Crosshair V Formula 990 FX Gaming Motherboard

    My current card is a BEAST and I am proud of it for only $65, but after 3 years it's time to move on. I don't know if I left out anything important but I'll check and see in a little bit.
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    a b U Graphics card
    December 15, 2012 3:26:35 PM

    I'd say a new 560 ti for $150 is about right. It puts you at a performance level above cheaper options and below more expensive options, it's a good deal. There isn't really anything else at that price point I would recommend over the 560 ti. If you were willing to jump up another $20 you could get the more powerful 7850 1gb card for $170: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    But if you would prefer to stick with Nvidia, and want to stay at $150, your linked card looks great.
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    December 15, 2012 3:30:28 PM

    well for that price its very good, also id like to know your powersupply before i give you a go for that 560ti, thanks

    what brand and model do u own?
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    December 15, 2012 4:29:51 PM

    560ti is about the best you will get for $150. Bumb it up a few dollars and get a 7850 1gb :) 
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    a b U Graphics card
    December 15, 2012 4:54:31 PM

    well a 560ti for 150$ is not a bad deal at all.
    but.... the cards is old, takes more power, and not good in overclocking.

    here is a card that will beat the 560ti consumes less power and overclock really well!!

    HD7850
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
    for 10$ more u get a really good deal, just go with it
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    December 15, 2012 4:55:48 PM

    i cant say other wise, but its up to him if he wants to pay 30$ more

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    December 15, 2012 4:56:37 PM

    iceclock said:
    well for that price its very good, also id like to know your powersupply before i give you a go for that 560ti, thanks

    what brand and model do u own?


    Took a minute to find the exact PSU I have in my order history.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    With it having +12@54A on the single rail it should be enough to handle the new card. The GTX 560ti uses 110 watts more power than my current one and the Radeon HD 7850 1GB card trumps it with only using 70 watts more than current.

    I look forward to your options!
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    December 15, 2012 5:00:47 PM

    larkspur said:
    I'd say a new 560 ti for $150 is about right. It puts you at a performance level above cheaper options and below more expensive options, it's a good deal. There isn't really anything else at that price point I would recommend over the 560 ti. If you were willing to jump up another $20 you could get the more powerful 7850 1gb card for $170: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    But if you would prefer to stick with Nvidia, and want to stay at $150, your linked card looks great.


    You sir must be a master mind raper or something. Aside from the stripe on this side of this card it matches my Cooler Master Haf-X 942 case. Maybe I can paint over them with some light reactive red paint. I am going to see what my wife thinks of this card. She's gonna freak that it matches though... because... you know that stuff is most important LOL.

    This card is great because it uses 40 watts less power than the GTX 560ti AND is 10% better which falls right in my pricing range perfectly for graphic cards. ($2 for every 1% increase to me is a fair price)
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    December 15, 2012 5:38:08 PM

    thats quite a nice powersupply and seasonic is among the best for quality in psu ;0
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    December 15, 2012 5:59:54 PM

    dauntlessds said:
    Took a minute to find the exact PSU I have in my order history.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    With it having +12@54A on the single rail it should be enough to handle the new card. The GTX 560ti uses 110 watts more power than my current one and the Radeon HD 7850 1GB card trumps it with only using 70 watts more than current.

    I look forward to your options!


    Excellent PSU - agree with others if you can bump up a few $$
    you can get a lot more video card, if not go with the 560ti.
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    December 17, 2012 1:43:39 PM

    Thanks a lot guys!! Since my motherboard can support 3-way SLi or Crossfire, I thought getting two of either of these would be better than one REALLY expensive graphic card. I got this PSU just so that way if I ever COULD afford nicer graphic cards, I wouldn't have to buy a new PSU too. My wife was weary of the PSU too because I had to RMA it twice. Newegg took care of me though and I didn't have to wait long.
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    December 17, 2012 2:10:55 PM

    well, i would not suggest CFX or SLI bcoz for gaming it is not good or useful.
    going with a single powerful card is always better than SLI or CFX.
    go with the 7850. it uses less power and is better than 560ti.
    and SLI is not as good as u think it is bcoz of the drives and optimization issues.
    and just bcoz u have a good PSU and a mobo that will support SLI dosent mean that it is a good idea. and a 560ti SLI will be power hungry too!!(a lot)
    7850 is a better choice
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