What's the best graphics card for my system?

Hi: I'm thinking of getting this card:
AMD Radeon HD 7850 OEM - 2 GB GDDR5 - PCI-Express 3.0 (AMD-HD7850) for $215.

Could I get a better card for this price? Is an AMD card a good option for my Intel processor?

I'll play shooters such as far cry 3...

I'll welcome any advice, please keep to the point, avoid irrelevant answers.

Motherboard: ASROCK Z68 PRO3-M
Processor: Intel core i5 3450 3.1Ghz
RAM: 2 modules of 4GB DDR3 /1600 KINGSTOM HYPERX KHX1600C9D381/4G
Hard disk: Western Digital 1TB SATA 3
Box: thermaltake V4 black
PSU 700W 3GO Energy PS700SX
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  1. You can get a 7870 for that price :

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202010 (although not recommended cause of the black screen problems).

    Or a 660 gtx (recommended) :

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500270

    The psu though is from an unknown brand, meaning it's not a reliable one.
  2. Thanks for your answer: by the way...I'll be using 1680x1050 resolution at least for the time being, in the future I may get a fullHd monitor but I don't intend to go any further.
  3. The 7870 cost about the SAME, and it has better graphics.

    The Gigabyte 7870 that I linked below is 230 u$S, but it comes with Triple Windforce! And it would make the card never go higher than 60°C Just Amazing! Fits perfect with an i5 and with your resolution preferences :D
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125418

    btw, CPU and graphics card are totally different, having one from AMD and one form intel will never make the difference keep that in mind.
  4. A 7850 can be over clocked very easily, basically making it a stock 7870, and for less money.

    My 7850 cost me $189 from NewEgg. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161405

    Also, I suggest you first get a different PSU as someone above said. You risk A LOT trying to game with a powerful video card and a cheapo power supply. If the investment you have made in your computer means ANYTHING to you, get a decent PSU.

    I can not stress that enough.

    Go for Corsair, SeaSonic, or Antec. There's a few other good ones, but those stand out in terms of quality and reliability in my opinion. Good luck!
  5. I agree with MaXimus421
    I didn't noticed the cheap PSU, with the 189$ of the 7850, you can also buy a decent PSU with the difference of the card I suggested
    Just like this Antec 450W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371045

    That way for your budget you get a nice card and a great PSU too.
  6. Why do you say my PSU is bad?, just because it's not a known brand?...I mean, a manufacturer can make good components even if it's small. I purchased it from a PC repair shop and I think the owner is a reliable technician, I told him I wanted a good PSU to add a good graphic card and he sold me this one.
    Here're some specs in the box for this PSU:
    ENERGY PS700SX
    12cm sleeve fan
    20+4 pin connector
    TC Temperature Control
    4xSATA connectors
    4xIDE connectors
    1xPCI 6pin connector
    P4+P4 Passive PFC
  7. A psu with 700w that comes with a single 6-pin pcie connector and only 4 sata and without any certification of efficiency is not a good one, and it's missing one important detail the +12v rail(s) with the respective amperage.
    That being said, it doesn't mean it can power a 7850 or a 660 gtx, those cards are lower power demanding for its performance.
    If you want to keep the psu, i advice you to go with a 660 gtx or the 7850.
    If you can find a 660 gtx bellow 215$ get it. it's better than the 7850.

    The zotac 660 gtx on newegg(currently out of stock) or the asus 660 gtx in ncix :

    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=76367&vpn=GTX660-DC2O-2GD5&manufacture=ASUS&promoid=1285
  8. The lowest priced GTX 660 I've found is PNY GeForce GTX 660 XLR8 Edition OC - 2 GB GDDR5 - PCI-Express 3.0
    http://www.pixmania.com/es/es/12821060/art/pny/geforce-gtx-660-xlr8-edit.html
    ...there's another MSI GeForce GTX 660 OC - 2 GB GDDR5 - PCI Express 3.0 (N660-2GD5/OC) for 12 more dollars.

    I'm in Spain

    Thanks for your answers
  9. djangoringo: I've ordered the PNY GeForce GTX 660 XLR8 Edition OC - 2 GB

    Thanks for your advice :)
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