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Budget card decision

hi guys im building a budget system i just dont know what gpu to go with.
Zotac GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB, or
Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 7770 1GB
Thanks
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  1. Can you please post your specs so may be I can help you with the best one to pick up?
  2. Commandermadi said:
    Can you please post your specs so may be I can help you with the best one to pick up?

    mobo: asrock 970 extreme 3
    cpu: amd fx 8120 3.1GHz
    Ram: 4 x 4GB Kingston ram at 1600
    thanks
  3. also im running a 450w psu
  4. How much are you willing "at maximum" to pay for your GPU? below 200? 200? 300? 400? or more?
  5. Commandermadi said:
    How much are you willing "at maximum" to pay for your GPU? below 200? 200? 300? 400? or more?

    max $180
  6. Best answer
    GTX560 Ti is massively more powerful than the 7770. Make sure also you don't confuse it with the GTX650 Ti, which is a lot less powerful (though still better than the 7770).
  7. If 180 is your maximum, then you can't buy the GTX 560ti 1GB as its above that. However, you can go with the 7770 but its much worse than the GTX 560ti. If you want something that performs in between, go for the GTX 650ti then :)
  8. sam_p_lay said:
    GTX560 Ti is massively more powerful than the 7770. Make sure also you don't confuse it with the GTX650 Ti, which is a lot less powerful (though still better than the 7770).


    lol here we go again mate, GMTA :)
  9. Commandermadi said:
    If 180 is your maximum, then you can't buy the GTX 560ti 1GB as its above that. However, you can go with the 7770 but its much worse than the GTX 560ti. If you want something that performs in between, go for the GTX 650ti then :)


    OP lists the GTX560 Ti in his original post, so I guess he's found one at that price?
  10. Commandermadi said:
    lol here we go again mate, GMTA :)


    I just learnt the meaning of GMTA :-D
  11. sam_p_lay said:
    GTX560 Ti is massively more powerful than the 7770. Make sure also you don't confuse it with the GTX650 Ti, which is a lot less powerful (though still better than the 7770).

    i think i should go for the 560 ti. does zotac make quality gpus though?
  12. LazyBonez23 said:
    i think i should go for the 560 ti. does zotac make quality gpus though?


    The GPU is always made by nVidia, Zotac just manufacture the board and the other components. I wasn't sure about them when they first appeared a few years ago, but I think they're quality - tend to get good reviews. They're not a super cheap brand like Palit.
  13. Did you find A new GTX 560ti under 180? Can you link it to me please?
  14. sam_p_lay said:
    The GPU is always made by nVidia, Zotac just manufacture the board and the other components. I wasn't sure about them when they first appeared a few years ago, but I think they're quality - tend to get good reviews. They're not a super cheap brand like Palit.

    thanks, just wanna know would a 450w psu be able to handle this build with the 560ti?
  15. Commandermadi said:
    Did you find A new GTX 560ti under 180? Can you link it to me please?

    please send me your email address so i can email u the link, there are only 10 left and i really want one im really scared they sell out
  16. Should be absolutely fine. You're looking at a TDP of 170 watts on a GTX560 Ti. Plus 125 watts for your processor leaves over 150 watts for other components and headroom.
  17. LazyBonez23 said:
    please send me your email address so i can email u the link, there are only 10 left and i really want one im really scared they sell out


    If you click the green icon by one of his posts, you can private message it to him ;-)
  18. LazyBonez23 said:
    please send me your email address so i can email u the link, there are only 10 left and i really want one im really scared they sell out


    Haha don't worry I am not going to buy it, I already have the 670 :P

    And as Sam said, send me a private message please, it would be better :)
  19. sam_p_lay said:
    Should be absolutely fine. You're looking at a TDP of 170 watts on a GTX560 Ti. Plus 125 watts for your processor leaves over 150 watts for other components and headroom.

    i was just worried coz on the specs page of the 560ti it says minimum psu must be 450w
  20. LazyBonez23 said:
    i was just worried coz on the specs page of the 560ti it says minimum psu must be 450w


    Which is exactly what you're running :-) Disregard what the manufacturer says anyway - they don't know what else you have in your system already! For all they know, you're running hundreds of watts of other hardware... or next to nothing above the essentials. They just choose a number that seems like a safe bet for somebody with a load of extra stuff in there. They couldn't say for sure what you need without knowing your other hardware.
  21. sam_p_lay said:
    Which is exactly what you're running :-) Disregard what the manufacturer says anyway - they don't know what else you have in your system already! For all they know, you're running hundreds of watts of other hardware... or next to nothing above the essentials. They just choose a number that seems like a safe bet for somebody with a load of extra stuff in there. They couldn't say for sure what you need without knowing your other hardware.

    thanks sam, where i live (south africa) its 1 am so im gonna sleep now, wake up at 7 and hope there is still 1 card available for me, thanks for you help
  22. No worries mate :-)
  23. What about a 1gb radeon 7850, that would easily outpace the 560ti.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202004
  24. I'd steer clear of Sapphire - I've owned three and all three died on me within six months of warranty expiry. Anything from MSI, Gigabyte or Asus within $180?
  25. That's strange, sapphire is generally one of the more respected brands, at least from what I can tell.

    Here is a gigabyte
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125451

    I just noticed that you live in South Africa, will that influence the prices and availability of your options or should we continue our recommendations based on what is available to us.
  26. Yeah plenty of people will have good experiences with them and they're frequently recommended. Just sharing my experiences really - after 3 cards it's a 100% failure for me :-) I doubt there's any manufacturer that's never had a single product fail, but after my experiences, I won't be taking a chance on another Sapphire.
  27. LazyBonez23 said:
    hi guys im building a budget system i just dont know what gpu to go with.
    Zotac GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB, or
    Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 7770 1GB
    Thanks



    i have the amd 7770 i think it is the biggest bang foir the buck get the msi version
  28. I'd definitely +1 the MSI - they're an excellent manufacturer. GTX560 Ti really is a lot faster though - it's a really excellent option. My brother has one and it handles everything he can throw at it 1080p and AA.
  29. usbgtx550 said:
    That's strange, sapphire is generally one of the more respected brands, at least from what I can tell.

    Here is a gigabyte
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125451

    I just noticed that you live in South Africa, will that influence the prices and availability of your options or should we continue our recommendations based on what is available to us.

    yes as i cant ship to sa from newegg which sucks coz they often have great deals, im thinking about buying something and asking someone if i can ship it to their adress and they forward it to me at the cheapest rate but im scared im not sure if i can trust anyone :(
  30. Well as others said the 560ti is the better card compared to the 7770 if those are your two options.
  31. Yeah I'd be very careful about that. Unless it's somebody you already know of course. You could start a new thread about shipping services, somebody may have an idea. I remember seeing recently somebody posted about a delivery service for a business that didn't normally deliver to that person's country.

    South Africa surely isn't that bad though? Maybe you just haven't found the South African equivalent of Newegg? In Britain, we have half a dozen British Newegg equivalents, you just need to know who is good :-) Why not Google product search a GTX560 Ti and see which companies come up for you? Check reviews and see who you have with 4.5+ star rating over hundreds of reviews.
  32. sam_p_lay said:
    Yeah I'd be very careful about that. Unless it's somebody you already know of course. You could start a new thread about shipping services, somebody may have an idea. I remember seeing recently somebody posted about a delivery service for a business that didn't normally deliver to that person's country.

    South Africa surely isn't that bad though? Maybe you just haven't found the South African equivalent of Newegg? In Britain, we have half a dozen British Newegg equivalents, you just need to know who is good :-) Why not Google product search a GTX560 Ti and see which companies come up for you? Check reviews and see who you have with 4.5+ star rating over hundreds of reviews.

    thanks, i will start a thread about that, the mobo im looking at buying only costs 75$ but the shipping here is $59 which in my eyes is a waste of money. Went with the 560 Ti, hope it performs, thanks for your help :hello:
  33. Pleasure :-) And agreed about the shipping, I'd consider £10 ($15 USD) a bit of a rip, and anything more unacceptable.
  34. sam_p_lay said:
    Pleasure :-) And agreed about the shipping, I'd consider £10 ($15 USD) a bit of a rip, and anything more unacceptable.

    do you know of any companies that ship internationally?
  35. Only the international couriers, but it depends who Newegg would be willing to use. You could ask them if they'll do it as a one-off, but I suspect that if they were willing to do international shipping, they already would be. You really are better off finding South African equivalents. I'll be amazed if you have none. In Britain, we use Scan, Dabs, Aria, Ebuyer and Novatech (and maybe Overclockers).
  36. sam_p_lay said:
    Only the international couriers, but it depends who Newegg would be willing to use. You could ask them if they'll do it as a one-off, but I suspect that if they were willing to do international shipping, they already would be. You really are better off finding South African equivalents. I'll be amazed if you have none. In Britain, we use Scan, Dabs, Aria, Ebuyer and Novatech (and maybe Overclockers).

    The "cheap" stores over here are still more expensive than the prices with shipping, the cheapest site i use is ebay... Dabs has great deals, too bad they dont ship internationally :pfff:
  37. By stores, you're talking about online businesses or actual shops? Because shops will always be more expensive. I'd always buy online because you get ripped off in a shop - between rent, staff and other overheads, they have a lot extra that they need to cover, so margins increase by necessity. It's why they're going out of business!
  38. sam_p_lay said:
    By stores, you're talking about online businesses or actual shops? Because shops will always be more expensive. I'd always buy online because you get ripped off in a shop - between rent, staff and other overheads, they have a lot extra that they need to cover, so margins increase by necessity. It's why they're going out of business!

    Even the online stores are a rip off, im looking into shipito which does mail forwarding, just battling to get a quote...
  39. Cool, I think that's the thing that was mentioned in the other thread.
  40. sam_p_lay said:
    Cool, I think that's the thing that was mentioned in the other thread.

    Hey sam, just wanna ask you something, would i notice much difference between using an asrock 970 extreme 3 and a 990fx extreme 3 with a fx 8120?
    thanks
  41. I doubt it, though I think the differences will be things like number of PCI-E channels, connectivity-type stuff. The top-end enthusiast chipsets on AMD boards are 790FX, 890FX, 990FX and I think the -70 variants lose some of the features. I'm an Intel guy personally though, so I couldn't say off the top of my head. If you go to ASRock or AMD's site, there's probably a comparison feature to compare the two. Somebody made a really useful thread about international online hardware retailers, and there were a few for South Africa. I'll see if I can find it.
  42. sam_p_lay said:
    I doubt it, though I think the differences will be things like number of PCI-E channels, connectivity-type stuff. The top-end enthusiast chipsets on AMD boards are 790FX, 890FX, 990FX and I think the -70 variants lose some of the features. I'm an Intel guy personally though, so I couldn't say off the top of my head. If you go to ASRock or AMD's site, there's probably a comparison feature to compare the two. Somebody made a really useful thread about international online hardware retailers, and there were a few for South Africa. I'll see if I can find it.

    thanks, that would help, I did find one, I can manage to get the 990fx extreme 3 for about $150, I know its not that cheap but its the best i can get for the price.
    Another thing, would this work if i used 2 of these to power a 560Ti, the other ones ive seen take 2 molex plugs?
    http://titan-ice.co.za/product_info.php?products_id=3868&utm_source=shopmania&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=direct_link
    or would this be better?
    http://titan-ice.co.za/product_info.php?products_id=1211&utm_source=shopmania&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=direct_link
  43. Here we go:

    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/358998-13-worldwide-online-computer-parts-stores#t2705359

    For hardware:
    http://www.prophecy.co.za/index.php?osCsid=bf839edbfeb5365208e6258253a99f06
    http://www.comx-computers.co.za/computer-and-laptop-sales-south-africa.php
    http://www.landmarkpc.co.za/
    http://www.rebeltech.co.za/
    http://www.rampage-gaming.co.za/
    http://www.fireflytech.co.za/Live/
    http://www.ikonicit.co.za/
    http://www.sybaritic.co.za
    http://www.takealot.com/
    http://www.chaoscomputers.co.za/

    And I dunno how much that motherboard normally costs, but that doesn't sound like a bad price. As for the adapters, their use is generally not recommended. I've had graphics cards include one in the box though and then say in the manual that they recommend against using them! So not 100% sure.
  44. sam_p_lay said:
    Here we go:

    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/358998-13-worldwide-online-computer-parts-stores#t2705359

    For hardware:
    http://www.prophecy.co.za/index.php?osCsid=bf839edbfeb5365208e6258253a99f06
    http://www.comx-computers.co.za/computer-and-laptop-sales-south-africa.php
    http://www.landmarkpc.co.za/
    http://www.rebeltech.co.za/
    http://www.rampage-gaming.co.za/
    http://www.fireflytech.co.za/Live/
    http://www.ikonicit.co.za/
    http://www.sybaritic.co.za
    http://www.takealot.com/
    http://www.chaoscomputers.co.za/

    And I dunno how much that motherboard normally costs, but that doesn't sound like a bad price. As for the adapters, their use is generally not recommended. I've had graphics cards include one in the box though and then say in the manual that they recommend against using them! So not 100% sure.

    Hi sam, thanks for all the links:) just want to know will this psu run this setup, Thermaltake Litepower 450w
    Fx 8120
    Gtx 560 Ti
    Asrock 990fx extreme 3
    1 sata HDD
    1 DVD drive?
    thanks for all your help
  45. It's no problem mate :-) And I really wouldn't recommend it. A few years ago (when I didn't know about PSUs) I bought a 650 watt Thermaltake and it died after 6 months. They have a pretty bad reputation for reliability. See what you can get from Seasonic, XFX, PC Power & Cooling, Silverpower or failing those, Corsair or Antec.
  46. sam_p_lay said:
    It's no problem mate :-) And I really wouldn't recommend it. A few years ago (when I didn't know about PSUs) I bought a 650 watt Thermaltake and it died after 6 months. They have a pretty bad reputation for reliability. See what you can get from Seasonic, XFX, PC Power & Cooling, Silverpower or failing those, Corsair or Antec.

    what about this one?
    http://m.takealot.com/computers/computer-components/huntkey-green-power-450w-power-supply-unit,27506311#product
  47. LazyBonez23 said:


    Nope, best to stick to the brands above. You're rolling the dice on anything else.
  48. sam_p_lay said:
    Nope, best to stick to the brands above. You're rolling the dice on anything else.

    So i should spend a little more and go with this?
    http://titan-ice.co.za/product_info.php?products_id=7915&utm_source=shopmania&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=direct_link
  49. Haha nope.
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