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February 8, 2013 8:23:35 PM

So here in Denver, Colorado we have a nice little Microcenter store that sells some pretty good video cards. The only problem is I have no idea what to look at for specs, reviews, hardware, quality etc.

So here are a few, can someone please give me an idea which one is going to be the best for gaming performance overall?

H777F1G2M iCooler Radeon HD 7770 1024MB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 x16 Video Card
http://microcenter.com/product/387845/H777F1G2M_iCooler...

R77702PMD1GD5OC AMD Radeon HD 7770 OC 1024MB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 x16 Video Card
http://microcenter.com/product/385422/R77702PMD1GD5OC_A...

GV-R777OC-1GDR2 AMD Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1024MB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 x16 Video Card
http://microcenter.com/product/396970/GV-R777OC-1GDR2_A...

Im not going big on overclocking, possibly just a little since I only have a 500W PSU. I just want decent gaming performance mid-high settings. I can always go low-mid graphics if needed but I usually am the middle man if you get what I mean :) 



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a c 109 U Graphics card
February 8, 2013 8:25:52 PM

Get the gigabyte, it's cheaper, same performance as the others, also, if you have a decent psu with 500W, there's nothing to be worried about, a decent 500W psu can hold a 7850/7870 or even a 7950.
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February 8, 2013 8:37:38 PM

djangoringo said:
Get the gigabyte, it's cheaper, same performance as the others, also, if you have a decent psu with 500W, there's nothing to be worried about, a decent 500W psu can hold a 7850/7870 or even a 7950.


Now does Gigabyte offer decent hardware? I know they have pretty big issues with their Mobo's are I poked around on a few of their video cards and saw they did have some driver issues.

Also if there is anything you want to recommend from Newegg too, I am open to suggestions, looking for about ~$135 card with rebate or sale preferably.
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February 8, 2013 8:47:07 PM

djangoringo said:
There's nothing wrong with the brand, gigabyte has good motherboards and cards.
For just a bit more, there's the 650 ti : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Ok. So AMD does make some good chipsets. What about Nvidia? Since I probably won't SLI cards together in the near future I would be buying 1, which are pretty much compatible with all boards.

My mobo: http://www.microcenter.com/product/385571/T_Overclocker...

Is there anything that could beat the Gigabyte card that is nvidia at Microcenter in Denver while staying around the same price?
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a c 109 U Graphics card
February 8, 2013 8:53:04 PM

Yes, it's compatible, you can't sli two 650 ti, the 650 ti doesn't have a sli bridge.
The 650 ti is better, so if you can find one in microcenter, it doesn't matter what brand it is.
There's this one : http://www.microcenter.com/product/402516/NVIDIA_GeForc...
Microcenter isn't the best place for gfx cards, most cpus and motherboard for the price.
If you can pay a bit more there's the 7850 from amd which is better, and with two games free(tomb raider and bioshock infinite) : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=77797&promoid=1312
It has free shipping.
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February 8, 2013 8:59:11 PM

djangoringo said:
Yes, it's compatible, you can't sli two 650 ti, the 650 ti doesn't have a sli bridge.
The 650 ti is better, so if you can find one in microcenter, it doesn't matter what brand it is.
There's this one : http://www.microcenter.com/product/402516/NVIDIA_GeForc...
Microcenter isn't the best place for gfx cards, most cpus and motherboard for the price.
If you can pay a bit more there's the 7850 from amd which is better, and with two games free(tomb raider and bioshock infinite) : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=77797&promoid=1312
It has free shipping.


I might just end up paying for a Nvidia card just because that HIS iCooler I posted previously I was looking at the bandwidth which I didn't notice was complete crap. It is only around ~30 GB/s. It has decent clock speed but the memory bandwidth made me cry a bit. Is there a way to calculate the memory bandwidth GB/s? I know that is very important in drawing FPS in most games today.
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February 8, 2013 9:10:42 PM

djangoringo said:
What are the games and at what resolution you're intending to play?
The 650 ti is better overall than the 7770, here's an overall performance summary of most of the card(the most recent one) : http://tpucdn.com/reviews/EVGA/GTX_670_FTW_Signature_2/...


I plan on using my little Dell LCD Monitor 1280x1024 native resolution.
I usually plan on playing:
Black Ops 2
Battlefield 3
Minecraft
Dota 2
World of Warcraft
Rift
Counterstrike Series
AC3, AC2, ACBrotherhood, ACRevalations
Mass Effect
Dead Space 3 when it comes out.

I have a whole crap ton of games on Steam I play through so...I have around 200ish current to old

So I reach a whole spectrum of graphical needs.
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February 8, 2013 9:21:09 PM

djangoringo said:
The 650 ti is the best option.
You can probably maxout bf3 at that resolution with the 650 ti : http://tpucdn.com/reviews/Zotac/GeForce_GTX_650_Ti_Amp_...


Yeah, it will really push that extra 50$ onto the budget, and the microcenter 650ti you posted earlier isn't in stock in Denver so I had to go with
http://www.microcenter.com/product/402514/ZT-61102-10M_...

That is a little more expensive, double wide, etc. Set the shop selection to Denver and see if there is a 650ti there for gaming.
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a c 109 U Graphics card
February 8, 2013 9:23:03 PM

At that price point, i'd get it from newegg, it's at 110$ after mir.
It's too expensive for a 650 ti, you can get a 7850 1GB in ncix us for about the same price.
Of if you really need to buy it in microcenter : http://www.microcenter.com/product/402749/GV-N65TOC-1GI...

See if that one is on stock.
This is the card i said that it had to games free : http://www.microcenter.com/product/400655/11200-16-20G_...

It's expensive there, though.
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February 8, 2013 9:36:35 PM

djangoringo said:
At that price point, i'd get it from newegg, it's at 110$ after mir.
It's too expensive for a 650 ti, you can get a 7850 1GB in ncix us for about the same price.
Of if you really need to buy it in microcenter : http://www.microcenter.com/product/402749/GV-N65TOC-1GI...

See if that one is on stock.
This is the card i said that it had to games free : http://www.microcenter.com/product/400655/11200-16-20G_...

It's expensive there, though.


Yep both in stock, prices I could complain about, but what can you expect from a company that only is mostly in store shopping. There are going to jack up prices just to piss you off.
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a c 109 U Graphics card
February 8, 2013 9:41:45 PM

They got the cheapest cpus and motherboards(with certain cpus) there, there's also cheap ram and some ssds.
The graphic cards seems more expensive there.
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February 8, 2013 10:17:21 PM

djangoringo said:
They got the cheapest cpus and motherboards(with certain cpus) there, there's also cheap ram and some ssds.
The graphic cards seems more expensive there.


So if I went through newegg, what would you suggest around ~140ish with a rebate or something for a 650ti?
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February 8, 2013 10:36:40 PM

djangoringo said:
This one : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It's cheap and it's a good one.


Ok well I priced out my build some more and I can go up to 165$ in a video card so give me the best video card possible, then the best video card price deal, and then meet in the middle with performance and price. Im trying to find a happy medium here.
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February 8, 2013 10:56:09 PM

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