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EVGA GTX 650 Ti or Power Color 7850

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December 16, 2012 10:29:24 PM

First of all, I know that the 7850 is clearly a more powerful card.. But Im reconsidering the 650 Ti because of the brand, eVGA is the best IMO, whereas I've read some bad reviews about Power Color cards.

I just wanna ask, if you guys were to choose, would you go for the 650 Ti (considering it's from eVGA) or would you still go for the 7850 even though it's from a lesser known/credible(?) manufacturer?

P.S.
I am from the Philippines, so please don't recommend me to get something from newegg or tigerdirect, asides from the fact that they don't ship here in our country, the shipping cost would almost double the price if ever I buy online.

Here in our country, the GTX 650 Ti costs about 170$ while the 7850 costs around 200$

Thanks :) 


Here are my PC Specs by the way:
Intel Core i3-2100
ASUS P8Z77V-LK
G.Skill Ripjaws X (4x2 GB) - Planning to upgrade to Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 2x4gb
Deep Cool Ice Blade Pro
FSP Epsilon 600w 80+
Cooler Master K380 PC Chassis

My native resolution is 1600 x 1200
a c 106 U Graphics card
December 16, 2012 10:35:59 PM

both cards are efficient and wont get hot, so brand wise wouldn't hurt. power color, although not the most popular brand, its a brand that's working its way up(being one of the few brands to have a 7990 model of their own)
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a b U Graphics card
December 16, 2012 10:36:37 PM

7850. Easy choice.

They're not in the same category at all, so worst case is you can't overclock the 7850 and it's still faster than a heavily overclocked 650ti.
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December 16, 2012 10:40:32 PM

Thanks guys, is it okay if i just get the Standard (non Factory OC) version of the 7850?

I really want to get the Sapphire 7850 which is factory OC'ed but it cost about 50$ more :p 
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a c 106 U Graphics card
December 17, 2012 12:09:51 AM

dont buy the factory oc versions(especially in a different country). AMD cards in general are very underclocked, and its easy for a user to overclock it slightly
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a b U Graphics card
December 17, 2012 12:23:55 AM

7850 no questions
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December 17, 2012 2:11:56 AM

I just found a eVGA 2gb SSC version.. Should I get it over the 7850?

I've read some very good reviews about the Super Super Clocked Version of the 650 Ti.
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a b U Graphics card
December 17, 2012 2:16:32 AM

Im still stuck on the 7850
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December 17, 2012 2:19:09 AM

simmons33 said:
Im still stuck on the 7850


According to benchmarks the 650 Ti 2gb SSC version matches (and even outperforms) 7850 :p 
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December 17, 2012 2:23:49 AM

archvince said:
According to benchmarks the 650 Ti 2gb SSC version matches (and even outperforms) 7850 :p 


Remember, you can overclock the powercolor 7850, then it will destroy the gtx 650 ti ssc
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a c 106 U Graphics card
December 17, 2012 2:25:29 AM

archvince said:
According to benchmarks the 650 Ti 2gb SSC version matches (and even outperforms) 7850 :p 



I'd still doubt it. the 650ti in general can only stay in the territory of around a gtx 560 in performance. the 7850 has the performance of a 570 at stock. extra vram doesnt increase performance except in games that will utilize it, which is only a handful. the reason why the 7850 is such of grewat value for budget gamers at the moment is that there is more or less an extreme performance gap between what was the 7770 and the 7850(the gap used to be 100$ in difference, now its 50$, but the cards itself hasnt changed, so there is still that gap in existence)
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December 17, 2012 2:31:21 AM

On the contrary, I really wanna go for the 7850. And based on what you guys told me, looks like that is the direction I am more inclined to. Im just having doubts on Power Color :p 

Looks like im gonna have to save up a bit more and just get a Sapphire 7850
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a b U Graphics card
December 17, 2012 2:37:42 AM

7850 2gb easy, as they are two different tiers of cards, but if you really want an nvidia card, then get a 660ti, but you will pay a lot more for it.
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December 17, 2012 2:44:16 AM

combine1237 said:
7850 2gb easy, as they are two different tiers of cards, but if you really want an nvidia card, then get a 660ti, but you will pay a lot more for it.


I really wanted to get the MSI 660 Twin Frozr III, however, it is too much for my budget. I am already waaay beyond my original budget. Looks like 7850 it is :) 
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a b U Graphics card
December 17, 2012 3:25:47 AM

can u get any other brand? or maybe just a reference card? what other choices do u have?
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December 17, 2012 7:43:10 PM

My choices are either Power Color 7850, Sapphire 7850, or eVGA GTX 650 Ti SSC. Im also considering getting the 7870 before, but it's price is already close to the GTX 660. :p 
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a b U Graphics card
December 18, 2012 1:52:47 AM

Sapphire 7850 is nice. and fastest too.
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December 18, 2012 2:40:59 AM

Unfortunately the store i was gonna buy it from ran out of stocks of the 7850. Im left with the ASUS GTX 660 Non Ti or the Sapphire 7870 OC Ed. Which one would be better?
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December 18, 2012 3:07:33 AM

they are both around 245$

The GTX 660 does look nice but it's only 192 bit while the sapphire 7870 Ghz Edition is 256 bit
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a b U Graphics card
December 18, 2012 3:11:43 AM

yeah the 7870 is better than the 660, and if they r the same price 7870 is the way to go....

i guess u finally found your GPU!!!!!!!
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December 18, 2012 3:27:25 AM

Best answer selected by archvince.
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December 18, 2012 3:28:14 AM

Yes, finally after almost a month of asking/researching :p 

Although I did go waaay beyond my original budget, but atleast this will hopefully be worth it
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a b U Graphics card
December 18, 2012 3:37:49 AM

trust me it will :) 
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a b U Graphics card
December 18, 2012 5:21:18 AM

http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/7000/78...
just as it says it only needs "one 6pin power connector", so it dosent require too much power,
and with 75W and a minimum of 500W PSU.
and your PSU has that!
it has 1 6pin and 1 6+2pin connectors.
u will use the 1 6 pin connector with your 7870.
and if u ever need to OC the 7870 no need to rethink the power supply
u've got plenty of it.

HAPPY GAMING :D 
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December 18, 2012 8:49:15 AM

Thank you very much sir! You made my day :D 
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