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Which one should i get for gaming (amd 7850 or gtx 560 ti)

So I am planning to replace my really weak GT 430 with one of these cards:

ZOTAC ZT-50303-10M GeForce GTX 560 Ti OC Video Card
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7297825&CatId=3669

Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 11200-16-20G Video Card
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5273329&CatId=7387

Which one is better, and any suggestions that are better than these for under 180$ before rebate would be welcome. BTW is pci 3.0 compatible with pci 2.0?
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  1. Pci exp are backward compaitable.you can put pci 3.0 card in pci 3,2,1 v slot and there will be no performance loss.i would go with hd 7850.it is better than gtx 560ti.and also hd 7850 is newer gen card.so hd 7850 wins.
  2. menchus said:
    So I am planning to replace my really weak GT 430 with one of these cards:

    ZOTAC ZT-50303-10M GeForce GTX 560 Ti OC Video Card
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7297825&CatId=3669

    Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 11200-16-20G Video Card
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5273329&CatId=7387

    Which one is better, and any suggestions that are better than these for under 180$ before rebate would be welcome. BTW is pci 3.0 compatible with pci 2.0?


    Oh yeah I'm also wondering why this card is 40 dollars more than the other zotac:
    ZOTAC GeForce GTX 560 Ti ZT-50304-10M Video Card
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1781498&CatId=3669
  3. What is your whole specs and your power supply info.
  4. 7850 would perform better than a 560 ti and the 7850 is a newer gen card.
  5. ASHISH65 said:
    Pci exp are backward compaitable.you can put pci 3.0 card in pci 3,2,1 v slot and there will be no performance loss.i would go with hd 7850.it is better than gtx 560ti.and also hd 7850 is newer gen card.so hd 7850 wins.


    But the thing is the Gtx 560ti i'm going to buy is OC'd and the 7850 isn't so does the factory OC make a difference?
  6. ASHISH65 said:
    What is your whole specs and your power supply info.


    CPU: AMD phenom x6 1045t
    RAM: Kingston 8gb ddr3 ram
    PSU: Currently 300W OEM cpu but will purchase 500W+ CPU (suggestions under 50$ would be nice)
    motherboard: msi 760gm p-25
    case: micro atx case built for gateway gm5639e
  7. Best answer
    No even gtx 560ti oc cannot beat hd 7850.hd 7850 is far superior.
  8. ASHISH65 said:
    No even gtx 560ti oc cannot beat hd 7850.hd 7850 is far superior.


    Not to be rude, and I'm not an nvidia fan or anything, but can you please explain why the amd card is so superior yet cheaper while also using less power.

    P.S would the driver replacement process be a real hassle since i already have an nvidia card with drivers?
  9. You should get atleast corsair cx 500w psu for hd 7850.
  10. Both amd and nvidia has different techniques of making cards.amd hd 7850 is new gen card so it mostly it will outperform old gen card.prices are less due to competition.
  11. ASHISH65 said:
    You should get atleast corsair cx 500w psu for hd 7850.

    ok thank you for the suggestion (actually i can afford it if i buy the 7850 instead of the 560ti), but if you could reply to my previous question about the 7850's superiority, that would be great.
  12. You should always see benchmarks to compare card.
  13. The 7850 has great OC potential. It is clocked at 860mhz but GCN can easily hit 1000mhz and 1100mhz-1200mhz is about an average OC. The 560ti is only factory OC by like 40mhz whcih is like 5% (next to nothing). The 7850 is also newer, more power saving, better cooler and cooler running. The 7850 is also more likely to get more drivers (though Nvidia is pretty good with getting new drivers to its older archs)

    This is with launch drivers which AMD has since improved on greatly (albiet this is the 2GB 7850)


    http://www.techspot.com/review/603-best-graphics-cards/
  14. Three more questions:
    Would this psu be compatible with my case?

    Is this PSU modular because i heard that they have to be for higher end cards?
    Corsair CX500 V2 CX Series CP-9020047-US 500W Power Supply
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4278582

    And, Would my case and motherboard even be able to accommodate the card with the size and multiple plugs that it needs?
  15. No, it is not modular but whoever told you that you need a modular psu is wrong.

    :o
  16. PSU do not ahve to be modular for higher end cards. Modular PSU's jsut mean that you can choose whcih cables you need and only have those ones plugged in. I myself am running a 7850 OC on a CX600. The CX500 is a single rail which is good.

    Almost all PSU's fit within standard cases. I have put various power supplies into various OEM cases but I am not sure about your case specifically. In most cases there is enough room for the PSU and wiring since the size and layout of PSU's are standardized.

    If you're willing to buy form Newegg, they have the CX600 and CX600V2 for the same price as the CX500 from tigerdirect. They also have the CX500M (which is semi modular [ the CPU, 1 sata, 1 pcie and mb cables cannot be unplugged but the rest can be) for about $10 cheaper ($40).
  17. stickmansam said:
    PSU do not ahve to be modular for higher end cards. Modular PSU's jsut mean that you can choose whcih cables you need and only have those ones plugged in. I myself am running a 7850 OC on a CX600. The CX500 is a single rail which is good.

    Almost all PSU's fit within standard cases. I have put various power supplies into various OEM cases but I am not sure about your case specifically. In most cases there is enough room for the PSU and wiring since the size and layout of PSU's are standardized.

    If you're willing to buy form Newegg, they have the CX600 and CX600V2 for the same price as the CX500 from tigerdirect. They also have the CX500M (which is semi modular [ the CPU, 1 sata, 1 pcie and mb cables cannot be unplugged but the rest can be) for about $10 cheaper ($40).


    Ok thanks a lot, i think i got all the info i need from this thread.
  18. Best answer selected by menchus.
  19. The second choice my friend
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