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January 12, 2013 4:44:49 PM

Hi!, i am currently using Msi Ati radeon 5770 i got 3 years ago.
The card is old and i would like to get a new one.

I Currently have a corsair 500 watt power supply, and i have a Athlon x4 635 processor.

i would like to know which graphic card i can get for $150, i may spend $10 more if its really worth it

Help appreciated!, thanks

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January 12, 2013 4:59:17 PM

king123 said:
Hi!, i am currently using Msi Ati radeon 5770 i got 3 years ago.
The card is old and i would like to get a new one.

I Currently have a corsair 500 watt power supply, and i have a Athlon x4 635 processor.

i would like to know which graphic card i can get for $150, i may spend $10 more if its really worth it

Help appreciated!, thanks


What resolution are you playing at? What type of games do you play?

Within your price range, for the current generation of video cards, You have the Radeon 7770 or GTX 650 Ti. Both come in under $150 with the GTX 650 Ti being the better of the two. If you can bump up to $165 you can grab a Radeon 7850 1gb or for $170 you can get a Radeon 7850 2gb.

If you can hold out for a couple months the new Radeons will be out. That's my recommendation, wait if you can.
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January 12, 2013 6:46:28 PM

i have a 25 inch screen, and i play at 1600 x 1200 resolution
For now i am playing AVA and Combat arms.

And how much better is the ati radeon 7770 than the 5770?
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January 12, 2013 7:05:00 PM

do u have any benchmarks between the gtx 650 ti and the radeon 7770?
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January 12, 2013 7:10:38 PM

http://www.techspot.com/review/583-nvidia-geforce-gtx-6...

The first graph is your resolution. Note that these are the 2 GB vRAM versions, so expect a little less FPS. Well actually Combat Arms does not look like a very demanding game at all so 1 gb vs 2 gb vRAM will most likely not make a difference for you.
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January 12, 2013 7:28:10 PM

looking at that benchmark.
the gtx 650 ti seems to be ALOT faster than the 7770
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January 12, 2013 7:38:03 PM

It is better. Keep in mind that the 7850 is just about $10 more than the 650 ti and 7850>650ti>7770. The difference between the 7850 and the 650 ti is about the same as the 650 ti vs the 7770. If money is tight though, go for the 650 ti, it definitely fills your needs.
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January 12, 2013 10:46:33 PM

Do u have any brand for the 650 ti that u would recommend?
I would like to get one that has a good cooling/fan
my processor wouldnt bottneck it right?
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January 12, 2013 11:01:43 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I like ASUS and Gigabyte for nvidia products, that one looks good. ASUS is usually really quiet and cool (cold?).

I don't know much about bottlenecking, but for the games you play your processor should be good. Maybe someone else will chime in.
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January 13, 2013 1:51:35 AM

If you want a 7850 I still recommend the Sapphire. It's actually cheaper than the one you picked, because it has a $15 mail in rebate and free shipping. Here are some benchmarks on BF3 again since I've shown you benchmarks on that the whole time.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-650-ti-...

Note that this is on 1920x1080 so you should expect more FPS. As you can see the 7850 is quite a bit better.

Sorry, forgot to link the Sapphire card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 13, 2013 4:17:20 AM

thanks timnswede for those advice !!!!
I bought the 7850 that you recommended me since it was only $5 more.

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January 13, 2013 4:17:31 AM

Best answer selected by king123.
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January 13, 2013 4:57:51 AM

No problem! Enjoy your new graphics card!
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