Looking for a graphics card?

This is my first time building a computer, and I would like it to be a gaming computer. I have allocated about 400 dollars for my graphics card, and since this is my first time building a computer, I don't know what to look for. I will use my computer primarily for gaming (games such as League of Legends, Minecraft, TF2), and I will also have two monitors, one new monitor (1900x1080) and my current monitor, a really old square one (1024x768). I hope to get at least 60 FPS, although I am sure that almost any 400 dollar graphics card can supply that. I really don't mind an overkill GPU as long as the price is under 400 dollars. What is my best choice?

Edit: A little over 400 dollars is okay
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  1. and the rest of the hardware is? and don't forget the PS.
  2. This would be the best GPU you could buy at that price for sure: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150586

    If those are the types of games you play though, you could spend less and get a 7870 instead, a 7970 is overkill for the games you listed above.
  3. I'm getting a Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H motherboard, Inter i7 3770k, 16GB RAM 1866, not sure how much power supply I'll need yet, I'll decide on that once I figure out what GPU I want
  4. And also I know the GPU might be overkill, but my current computer has horrible graphics and I can't even play games like PS2 and stuff, so I do plan on playing games like PS2 when I build my new computer.
  5. I'd recommend a 700 watt PSU, if you plan on overclocking, 750 watts might be even better, but 700 would probably be fine, this is a good option: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

    You could go cheaper if you need to.
  6. For games a 3570k is a wiser choice and 8GB of RAM is plenty 2x4GB. 1600 RAM for games will be fine as well.
    -Bruce
    Edit - what you save on the cpu & RAM you can get a SSD - I would suggest a 240/256GB but a 128 will do.
  7. LoL will get 100 FPS on max settings with a 3.4ghz phenom II and a HD 4850. Not much different than my I5 3570k and a hd7870. You definitely don't need to spend that much to max out.
  8. This will be my computer for my time during high school, and I am going to go to a very tech and compsci oriented high school so I do want some extra power in case I want to VM or run Emulators for programming.
  9. Yizbenlazzer said:
    This will be my computer for my time during high school, and I am going to go to a very tech and compsci oriented high school so I do want some extra power in case I want to VM or run Emulators for programming.


    I'd suggest toning down from the 7970 to a 7950, and spend the extra $100 or so on a 120GB SSD. IMHO, the speed that an SSD will provide in regular usage is far more rewarding than the performance difference between a 7970 and a 7950 in games, considering what you play.

    Also, an aftermarket CPU cooler is a must if you're going to overclock that 3770K. (A Hyper 212 EVO would fit the bill for modest overclocking.)

    Edit: Just re-read your post - Slightly off-topic but worth noting: A high school CS curriculum that involves virtualization and emulation? That's pretty awesome.
  10. xomm said:
    I'd suggest toning down from the 7970 to a 7950, and spend the extra $100 or so on a 120GB SSD. IMHO, the speed that an SSD will provide in regular usage is far more rewarding than the performance difference between a 7970 and a 7950 in games, considering what you play.

    Also, an aftermarket CPU cooler is a must if you're going to overclock that 3770K. (A Hyper 212 EVO would fit the bill for modest overclocking.)

    Edit: Just re-read your post - Slightly off-topic but worth noting: A high school CS curriculum that involves virtualization and emulation? That's pretty awesome.


    Haha I think I misphrased that, I meant that I would do High School CS AND Virtualization on my own, separately xD Wish my high school was that awesome xD
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