Tigerdirect.com is selling the ZOTAC GTX 560 Ti 1GB OC edition video card http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... for $114 ($100 + $4 shipping) while newegg.com is selling an XFX Radeon HD 7850 for $140. If price is an issue, which graphics card should I purchase? I am mostly considering performance/money, as I am on a tight budget. I will mainly play First-person-shooters on a 1920x1080 resolution and I hope to play games like Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Call of Duty 4, Asassin's Creed: Brotherhood, etc. on max settings while playing games such as Battlefield 3, Metro 2033, and Black Ops 2 on at least medium or high settings (and for me, playable means almost never dipping below 30 FPS). If so, is the 7850's performance a large enough benefit to overlook the extra $26 I'm paying. Or should I not buy one of those two and just wait until a GTX 660 Ti or Radeon HD 7870 drops below $200?
if I recall zotac's 560 ti had a problem where it gets really hot so I would reccomend the 7850, and if you want you could just get the 2gb version for a really good card and not wait for the 660 ti or 7870(you could just get a different 560 ti if you wanted but 2gb 7850 would be really powerful)
7850 for sure is the faster card, many recent games now use more than 1gb vram on high settings, so if you get a 1gb card, it may run quite slow if you crank the details up compared to a 2gb card. and not just slow, but you get stuttering because it keeps having to go back and forwards between vram and system ram.