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Help a first time builder pick a gpu! :D

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February 2, 2013 5:53:12 AM

mainly for gaming.
bf3 and modern fps games.

system will most likely be:

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor OVERCLOCKED @ 4.1/4.3ghz
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard
Memory: corsair 8gb 1333
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: ?
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Full (64-bit)
Mouse: Logitech G9x Wired Laser Mouse
Monitor: HP 2010i 20" widescreen lcd 16:9
Optical Drive: HP DVD-RAM GH60L
Power Supply: Corsair CX430



ive got my mind made up on everything else, so i just need advice on gpu. nothing else.
budget is $200

thank you :) 

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February 2, 2013 6:11:10 AM

resolution would be 1600x900 maximum.
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February 2, 2013 6:12:15 AM

go to toms article best graphics card for the money. look at the 200 bucks card.
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February 2, 2013 6:14:44 AM

derp. thanks.
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February 2, 2013 6:17:17 AM

is there a noticeable difference between 7870 2gb and 3gb?
i can probably afford the 7870 2gb instead of the 7850.
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February 2, 2013 6:20:59 AM

No 2 Gb is enough unless you game multimonitor
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February 2, 2013 6:26:33 AM

alright then thats what ill get :) 


is this a decent rig ?

and will that psu still be enough?
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February 2, 2013 6:31:31 AM

i wouldnt run a 7870 and an fx6300 off a 430w psu, especially with the OC on the CPU. Get a 500-550w unit for that. You could probably shave some dollars by getting a cheaper motherboard, just a single slot pcie is fine, crossfire is a waste of time and effort. The way i think about motherboards in cheap builds is, you can spend more to get a board that will OC the cpu better, or just get a cheaper board and get a better cpu in the first place. A 7850 should work well with your monitor resolution.
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February 2, 2013 6:31:46 AM

7870 would perform better when you tend to play on a 1080p but a 7850 once overclock can also reach a performance of a 7950 at stock. but with your setup i suggest getting the 7850 is enough.
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February 2, 2013 6:33:54 AM

hmm ok. 7850 :)  thank you.
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