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January 17, 2013 9:23:07 PM

Hello,

I am in need a good graphics card to play this year's (and hopefully years after) games. I have a budget of about 100-200 dollars. This is what I'm working with now:

Processor - AMD Athlon II X3 440 4 cores
Motherboard- Asus M4A785T-M
RAM - 4 gigs (with 6 gigs of ready boost)
Graphics - Nvidia Geforce GT 240
PSU - 800W Corsair Gaming series

Thanks if you can help a brotha out
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January 17, 2013 10:59:04 PM

I would suggest a GTX 650ti (~$150) or a GTX 660 for $30 over your budget (~$230). If you can, go for the 660 as it has 1 GB more DDR5 ram, that's gonna make quite a bit of a difference.
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January 17, 2013 11:11:21 PM

jokyteddy said:
I would suggest a GTX 650ti (~$150) or a GTX 660 for $30 over your budget (~$230). If you can, go for the 660 as it has 1 GB more DDR5 ram, that's gonna make quite a bit of a difference.



joykteddy, do you have any specific recommendations? I'm new to the world of PC's and what not. My friend and I built this computer circa 2008 and I thought it would behoove me to get upgrades for this year's plethora of games. I'd appreciate a link or two..or 5. Thanks, brother.
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January 17, 2013 11:13:47 PM

bonuspoints1120 said:
bigcyco1, do you know if that EVGA could fit in a midtower? Also, do you recommend buying the warranties on Newegghttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... I appreciate the response, by the way
Yes it can and no i do not recommend buying them.
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January 17, 2013 11:21:33 PM

u do know that the card i took would blast any of those cards out of the water right.

7870 eats up the 7850. and when overclocked no contest there, gtx 650ti is an alright card, but its worth the money compared to a 7850 1gig.

thumbs down the card i pointed out is the best for ur money.

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

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January 17, 2013 11:35:13 PM

iceclock said:
u do know that the card i took would blast any of those cards out of the water right.

7870 eats up the 7850. and when overclocked no contest there, gtx 650ti is an alright card, but its worth the money compared to a 7850 1gig.

thumbs down the card i pointed out is the best for ur money.

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



I see what you're saying, brother. I'll research it a bit more. I saw the reviews on that hoe and didn't enjoy it. A lot of people said it broke down on start up and all that BS. I don't want to risk getting a dud just to return it. Also, I'm not sure if I can return it if I don't buy the warranty. If there's another place that can ensure that I don't get a dud, I'll probably buy it. I do appreciate the post, though.
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January 17, 2013 11:38:55 PM

You don't need an extra warranty. I always buy from newegg.com and they are great with returns. I recommend the 7850 2GB as the best card for your money.
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January 17, 2013 11:42:02 PM

ive owned that exact card, it works fine.

theres a 3 year warranty with sapphir and they honour it well.

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or if u really want a gtx 660 go with this evga

http://www.microcenter.com/product/400675/02G-P4-2662-K...

209$ after mail-inrebate but worth it if u can afford it

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January 18, 2013 12:09:06 AM

bonuspoints1120 said:
joykteddy, do you have any specific recommendations? I'm new to the world of PC's and what not. My friend and I built this computer circa 2008 and I thought it would behoove me to get upgrades for this year's plethora of games. I'd appreciate a link or two..or 5. Thanks, brother.


GTX 650 ti 1GB version: http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-Dual-Link-Graphics-0...

GTX 650 ti 2GB version: http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-GeForce-PCI-Express-Grap...

GTX 660: http://www.amazon.com/MSI-GeForce-Graphics-N660-TF/dp/B...

All these are solid cards. I would go for at least the GTX 650 ti 2GB version.
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January 18, 2013 12:11:36 AM

iceclock said:
ive owned that exact card, it works fine.

theres a 3 year warranty with sapphir and they honour it well.

:) 

or if u really want a gtx 660 go with this evga

http://www.microcenter.com/product/400675/02G-P4-2662-K...

209$ after mail-inrebate but worth it if u can afford it



Hm. Promising. What would I have to be careful about when it comes to compatibility? They can both fit in mid-towers hopefully..what else? Sorry, man. Like I said before, I'm not too keen on PC's, but I'm learning. Thanks again.
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January 18, 2013 12:14:37 AM

Here is the problem is his processor I think big was spot on with his recommendations I mean he could of thrown the GTX660 in there as well but I wouldn't go with the 7870 I would think that it would require a bit more CPU horsepower then the X3 would supply.

I would say at least.....

650Ti and or Perhaps if you wanted the 7850/GTX660.
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January 18, 2013 1:16:31 AM

nah man, he can still benefit from the 7870, also the gtx 660 is more expensive by a bit. and the 650 ti isnt that exciting or powerful as the 7870 tbh.

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January 18, 2013 8:35:09 AM

Hey guys, I think I'm going to go with the 660. Thanks everyone for all your help. I appreciate it.
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January 18, 2013 8:35:48 AM

Not a problem hope enjoy your card man.
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January 18, 2013 6:16:14 PM

thanks, and yeah evga support is top notch, 5 years warranty, evga is my preferred nvidia company, for it supports and warranty and quality builds.

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January 18, 2013 7:16:24 PM

Nothing but great things to say about EVGA customer support wise. Unless you are looking for a card with a top notch cooler that is quiet and keeps your card cool or out to overclock I would say go EVGA 9/10.
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January 18, 2013 7:18:31 PM

for shur even there, evga cools well, and overclocks good, theyve designed there cards for longevity and quality.

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