Need some help picking a good budget graphics card.

Hey everyone, I think I finally have my build and now I'm looking for a good budget card to round it all off:
1. CPU: Fx 6300
2. Hard drive: 500 gb for
3. MOBO: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 AM3+ AMD 970 4xDDR3 SATA3 ATX Motherboard
4. Case: Rosewill Blackhawk.
5. Corsair vengeance 1600ghz ram 8 gb.
6. Cougar sl600 600watt power supply

What would be a good graphics card to compliment this machine. Budget is around $120. So Far I've seen the 7770, 7750 and Geforce 650 for that range. Any recommendations? Also there seems to be many versions of essentially the same card on the radeon side of things (eg. Asus radeon, Powercolor, Saphire) any specific cards that you recommend? thanks for the help!
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  1. The Radeon 7850 is the best card for hardcore gamers on a budget. It's a little out of your price range, but I think it would be worth spending an extra $50. Otherwise you will have to go with a mid-range card which you may or may not be happy with. I play a lot of first person shooters and I was not happy with mid-range cards, but for other games like Dead space, Devil may cry, Dirt 3, or left 4 dead they work fine.
  2. If you budget is only 120$ you could get the GTX650Ti. The price of this card JUST dropped because the 650Ti Boost edition came out. So now you can get it for 115 probably.

    BTW, if he's going to spend 180$ on a 7850 1GB, why not have him spend 10$ less and get a 650Ti Boost 2GB, then he'll get better performance too? If you read Tom's review on the 650Ti Boost vs. the 7850 the 650Ti w/Boost wins by a small margin. Plus it has 2GB of memory vs 1GB. If the 1GB 650Ti w/Boost were out he could get one of those for only 150$.

    Yeah, that's what I recommend. Wait till the 650Ti Boost Edition 1GB comes out in a few weeks and pick it up for 149.99. If you can spare 30 more bucks, and I highly recommend you do.

    Edit: Not to mention, if you get Nvidia you get driver updates like once a month for all the new games, you can buy a 3D Monitor to game in 3D that supports Nvidia 3D VIsion 2, you get PhysX effects in games that support it, and you get the best value for your money. It's a given.
  3. ericjohn004 said:
    If you budget is only 120$ you could get the GTX650Ti. The price of this card JUST dropped because the 650Ti Boost edition came out. So now you can get it for 115 probably.

    BTW, if he's going to spend 180$ on a 7850 1GB, why not have him spend 10$ less and get a 650Ti Boost 2GB, then he'll get better performance too? If you read Tom's review on the 650Ti Boost vs. the 7850 the 650Ti w/Boost wins by a small margin. Plus it has 2GB of memory vs 1GB. If the 1GB 650Ti w/Boost were out he could get one of those for only 150$.

    Yeah, that's what I recommend. Wait till the 650Ti Boost Edition 1GB comes out in a few weeks and pick it up for 149.99. If you can spare 30 more bucks, and I highly recommend you do.

    Edit: Not to mention, if you get Nvidia you get driver updates like once a month for all the new games, you can buy a 3D Monitor to game in 3D that supports Nvidia 3D VIsion 2, you get PhysX effects in games that support it, and you get the best value for your money. It's a given.

    You are such a NVidia fan boy that you don't even realize that most 7850's are 2gb, and I'm sure they perform the same or better than a 650ti boost with the 2gb's of memory.
  4. The 650ti is a mid range card also. If you look at these benchmark scores, the 7850 scores 1000 points better than the 650ti. Usually the boost edition's improve performance by about 5%
    http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu.php?gpu=GeForce+GTX+650+Ti
    http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/video_lookup.php?gpu=Radeon+HD+7850
  5. What about a 7770? I see one with the 1gb on Newegg for about $110. Recommended?
  6. ericjohn004 said:
    Edit: Not to mention, if you get Nvidia you get driver updates like once a month for all the new games, you can buy a 3D Monitor to game in 3D that supports Nvidia 3D VIsion 2, you get PhysX effects in games that support it, and you get the best value for your money. It's a given.


    Nvidia have never had a monthly driver release schedule, if drivers have come out one a month for a while then that has been coincidence not forward planning.
  7. swilczak said:
    The 650ti is a mid range card also. If you look at these benchmark scores, the 7850 scores 1000 points better than the 650ti. Usually the boost edition's improve performance by about 5%
    http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu.php?gpu=GeForce+GTX+650+Ti
    http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/video_lookup.php?gpu=Radeon+HD+7850


    Dude, did either of you read the 650ti boost review on Tom's Hardware? Tom's Hardware says the 650Ti Boost outperforms the 7850 1GB or 2GB. AND it costs less. How can you NOT go with the 650Ti unless your the ones who are "FanBoys".
  8. Dynamonn said:
    What about a 7770? I see one with the 1gb on Newegg for about $110. Recommended?


    If your going to spend 110$, then spend 115$ and get a regular 650Ti. It out performs the 7770. All of Nvidia's cards right now outperform AMD's counterparts. This just happened like a couple of days ago. Given the benchmarks, how can anyone recommend AMD now?

    BTW, I just bought a 7870 so I like AMD. I'm just saying, in the 100-200$ price range you can't beat Nvidia right now. Unless AMD drops their pricing it'll be this way.
  9. You want to post benchmarks then take a look at this one...

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-650-ti-boost-gk106-benchmark,3463.html

    No ones comparing a regular 650Ti to a 7850. The regular 650Ti is only 115$, not 180$, how can you compare those two cards.
  10. ericjohn004 said:
    swilczak said:
    The 650ti is a mid range card also. If you look at these benchmark scores, the 7850 scores 1000 points better than the 650ti. Usually the boost edition's improve performance by about 5%
    http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu.php?gpu=GeForce+GTX+650+Ti
    http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/video_lookup.php?gpu=Radeon+HD+7850


    Dude, did either of you read the 650ti boost review on Tom's Hardware? Tom's Hardware says the 650Ti Boost outperforms the 7850 1GB or 2GB. AND it costs less. How can you NOT go with the 650Ti unless your the ones who are "FanBoys".


    If you read the new 7790 article on Toms hardware, towards the end it says that the 7850 is great for hardcore gamers on a budget. If you overclock a 7850 it's comparable to a 660 or 660ti, somewhere in between. Boost or not any mid-range card is lacking in shaders and Rops, plus they aren't good for crossfire or SLI. I'm not a fanboy of either since I have 4 custom built desktops, two with NVidia cards and 2 with AMD. Most people know that AMD has better bang for the buck than NVidia, and the 7970 beats the gtx 680 in actual gaming performance, not benchmarks, as stated by more than one tomshardware article.
  11. ericjohn004 said:
    swilczak said:
    The 650ti is a mid range card also. If you look at these benchmark scores, the 7850 scores 1000 points better than the 650ti. Usually the boost edition's improve performance by about 5%
    http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu.php?gpu=GeForce+GTX+650+Ti
    http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/video_lookup.php?gpu=Radeon+HD+7850


    Dude, did either of you read the 650ti boost review on Tom's Hardware? Tom's Hardware says the 650Ti Boost outperforms the 7850 1GB or 2GB. AND it costs less. How can you NOT go with the 650Ti unless your the ones who are "FanBoys".


    Okay I just read the article. #1 The 650ti boost 2gb will cost $170, about the same as the 7850. #2 It hasn't even been released so there is no for sure price yet. #3 The article says that AMD will drop prices to compete when it is released. I did not see any 2gb 7850 comparison
  12. swilczak said:
    ericjohn004 said:
    swilczak said:
    The 650ti is a mid range card also. If you look at these benchmark scores, the 7850 scores 1000 points better than the 650ti. Usually the boost edition's improve performance by about 5%
    http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu.php?gpu=GeForce+GTX+650+Ti
    http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/video_lookup.php?gpu=Radeon+HD+7850


    Dude, did either of you read the 650ti boost review on Tom's Hardware? Tom's Hardware says the 650Ti Boost outperforms the 7850 1GB or 2GB. AND it costs less. How can you NOT go with the 650Ti unless your the ones who are "FanBoys".


    Okay I just read the article. #1 The 650ti boost 2gb will cost $170, about the same as the 7850. #2 It hasn't even been released so there is no for sure price yet. #3 The article says that AMD will drop prices to compete when it is released. I did not see any 2gb 7850 comparison


    If your so uninformed that you don't even know that whether it's 1GB or 2GB the performance is the EXACT same then IDK what to tell you. What makes you think just because one has 1GB more memory that it performs better? Everyone knows that's not the case. The only time you get better performance out of a 2GB is if your gaming at 5000 something resolution.

    Yeah the 2GB version is 170$ and it's for sale RIGHT now. I can buy one of these today, right now, for 169.99 with no mail in rebate. That's just the regular price. It's not like a 7850 where it costs 200 but you get a 20 dollar rebate. So IDK where your looking.

    And number 3(since I guess we're counting), the 650Ti OUT performs the 7850 AND it's 10 bucks cheaper AND it comes with 1GB more memory, if you can even find a 7850 1Gb for 180$ without any kind of rebate. Plus if you don't need 2GB you can get the 1GB in a couple weeks for only 150$. Find me a 7850 1GB that goes for 150$ without any rebates. You can't find a 7850 1GB for 170$ without rebates.

    Even Tom's Hardware says that Nvidia basically rendered everything AMD makes in the 100-200$ price range irrelevant UNTIL they drop their prices. And since they haven't dropped them yet and the 650Ti Boost is out already, then whoevers looking for a card needs to get an Nvidia because they are cheaper AND better.

    Anything else?
  13. I may just wait on the 650 ti boost since its that cheap (and possibly that good). I'm already going over budget but I had another quick ques while we're on the topic. Where do you go to order (or pre order) those cards and where is the best place to go for prices for these things?
  14. ericjohn004 said:
    swilczak said:
    ericjohn004 said:
    swilczak said:
    The 650ti is a mid range card also. If you look at these benchmark scores, the 7850 scores 1000 points better than the 650ti. Usually the boost edition's improve performance by about 5%
    http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu.php?gpu=GeForce+GTX+650+Ti
    http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/video_lookup.php?gpu=Radeon+HD+7850


    Dude, did either of you read the 650ti boost review on Tom's Hardware? Tom's Hardware says the 650Ti Boost outperforms the 7850 1GB or 2GB. AND it costs less. How can you NOT go with the 650Ti unless your the ones who are "FanBoys".


    Okay I just read the article. #1 The 650ti boost 2gb will cost $170, about the same as the 7850. #2 It hasn't even been released so there is no for sure price yet. #3 The article says that AMD will drop prices to compete when it is released. I did not see any 2gb 7850 comparison


    If your so uninformed that you don't even know that whether it's 1GB or 2GB the performance is the EXACT same then IDK what to tell you. What makes you think just because one has 1GB more memory that it performs better? Everyone knows that's not the case. The only time you get better performance out of a 2GB is if your gaming at 5000 something resolution.

    Yeah the 2GB version is 170$ and it's for sale RIGHT now. I can buy one of these today, right now, for 169.99 with no mail in rebate. That's just the regular price. It's not like a 7850 where it costs 200 but you get a 20 dollar rebate. So IDK where your looking.

    And number 3(since I guess we're counting), the 650Ti OUT performs the 7850 AND it's 10 bucks cheaper AND it comes with 1GB more memory, if you can even find a 7850 1Gb for 180$ without any kind of rebate. Plus if you don't need 2GB you can get the 1GB in a couple weeks for only 150$. Find me a 7850 1GB that goes for 150$ without any rebates. You can't find a 7850 1GB for 170$ without rebates.

    Even Tom's Hardware says that Nvidia basically rendered everything AMD makes in the 100-200$ price range irrelevant UNTIL they drop their prices. And since they haven't dropped them yet and the 650Ti Boost is out already, then whoevers looking for a card needs to get an Nvidia because they are cheaper AND better.

    Anything else?


    Okay you win, I didn't realize this was a contest and I didn't realize how butt hurt you would be over this subject. So go cook yourself another frozen pizza, get another bottle of mountain dew and sit in your moms basement playing your games knowing that you won the battle.
  15. Dynamonn said:
    I may just wait on the 650 ti boost since its that cheap (and possibly that good). I'm already going over budget but I had another quick ques while we're on the topic. Where do you go to order (or pre order) those cards and where is the best place to go for prices for these things?

    Newegg is usually the best place and the 650ti boost is out now right here, but it's not a cheap as ericjohn says. With shipping $175 to $180. I still recommend the 7850 it comes with bishock infinite and tomb raider for free for $170 with free shipping. It's a high end card and has better specs than the 650ti boost, plus you get $120 worth of free games, good ones too. Just because tomshardware tested 3 games with these cards, it does not mean that the NVidia card is better

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130909

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202004
  16. swilczak said:
    Dynamonn said:
    I may just wait on the 650 ti boost since its that cheap (and possibly that good). I'm already going over budget but I had another quick ques while we're on the topic. Where do you go to order (or pre order) those cards and where is the best place to go for prices for these things?

    Newegg is usually the best place and the 650ti boost is out now right here, but it's not a cheap as ericjohn says. With shipping $175 to $180. I still recommend the 7850 it comes with bishock infinite and tomb raider for free for $170 with free shipping. It's a high end card and has better specs than the 650ti boost, plus you get $120 worth of free games, good ones too. Just because tomshardware tested 3 games with these cards, it does not mean that the NVidia card is better

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130909

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202004


    Sorry about that man I get a little aggressive sometimes on this site for no reason. Lol ma bad that's totally my fault. I'ma really try hard not to do this stuff it happens to me all the time. I'm turning a new leaf.

    Yeah, according to just the games and benchmarks Tom's tested(which is about 15 of the most popular), the 650Ti is like 2% better. So the 7850 1GB is a good card. And it does look like it has better specs but Nvidia's graphics cores are more powerful than AMD's, per core. That's why it takes so many AMD cores to serve up the same performance. And if you use a lot of AA at a high resolution, the 7850 is a better card because of it's higher memory. But if your buying this kind of card and gaming at 1080p then the 650ti boost is the better card. Maybe if you were gaming at 2560 or something the 7850 would be a little better but then you'd be buying a different card anyways. But the 650Ti Boost is cheaper also. I can find these cards on Amazon for 169.99 right now with FREE shipping. I'll give you a link here. I can buy one of these right now, you don't have to wait for them to come out. Unless you want the 1GB version for 149.99, which is a great deal. GET EVGA!

    http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GTX650Ti-SuperClocked-Dual-Link-Graphics/dp/B00BZB0I3W/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1364677855&sr=8-2&keywords=650ti+boost

    This is the Superclocked version of the EVGA brand name. I HIGHLY recommend EVGA as they are the best Nvidia cards you can buy. The are like Nvidia stock cards or OEM cards. This specific overclocked card is 179.99. If you wanted you could find a regular one for 169.99 but I recommend this one. The overclocked version of the 650Ti Boost performs right on par with the GTX660 and it's 40$ cheaper. The only difference between these two cards is that the 660 has 960 cores and the 650Ti boost has 768, so 192 less cores. But a higher speed core clock makes up for this. And they have the same 192 bit memory subsystem so they are pretty much the same card.

    BTW if your looking to go even cheaper, you can get a regular 650Ti for only 115$ right now. This is what Nvidia states you can get these for, although IDK if they do exist for 115$. But if they do, man that's a great deal as the 650Ti is a very capable mid range graphics card. It's a great time to be buying a mid range gaming PC.
  17. ericjohn004 said:
    swilczak said:
    Dynamonn said:
    I may just wait on the 650 ti boost since its that cheap (and possibly that good). I'm already going over budget but I had another quick ques while we're on the topic. Where do you go to order (or pre order) those cards and where is the best place to go for prices for these things?

    Newegg is usually the best place and the 650ti boost is out now right here, but it's not a cheap as ericjohn says. With shipping $175 to $180. I still recommend the 7850 it comes with bishock infinite and tomb raider for free for $170 with free shipping. It's a high end card and has better specs than the 650ti boost, plus you get $120 worth of free games, good ones too. Just because tomshardware tested 3 games with these cards, it does not mean that the NVidia card is better

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130909

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202004


    Sorry about that man I get a little aggressive sometimes on this site for no reason. Lol ma bad that's totally my fault. I'ma really try hard not to do this stuff it happens to me all the time. I'm turning a new leaf.

    Yeah, according to just the games and benchmarks Tom's tested(which is about 15 of the most popular), the 650Ti is like 2% better. So the 7850 1GB is a good card. And it does look like it has better specs but Nvidia's graphics cores are more powerful than AMD's, per core. That's why it takes so many AMD cores to serve up the same performance. And if you use a lot of AA at a high resolution, the 7850 is a better card because of it's higher memory. But if your buying this kind of card and gaming at 1080p then the 650ti boost is the better card. Maybe if you were gaming at 2560 or something the 7850 would be a little better but then you'd be buying a different card anyways. But the 650Ti Boost is cheaper also. I can find these cards on Amazon for 169.99 right now with FREE shipping. I'll give you a link here. I can buy one of these right now, you don't have to wait for them to come out. Unless you want the 1GB version for 149.99, which is a great deal. GET EVGA!

    http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GTX650Ti-SuperClocked-Dual-Link-Graphics/dp/B00BZB0I3W/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1364677855&sr=8-2&keywords=650ti+boost

    This is the Superclocked version of the EVGA brand name. I HIGHLY recommend EVGA as they are the best Nvidia cards you can buy. The are like Nvidia stock cards or OEM cards. This specific overclocked card is 179.99. If you wanted you could find a regular one for 169.99 but I recommend this one. The overclocked version of the 650Ti Boost performs right on par with the GTX660 and it's 40$ cheaper. The only difference between these two cards is that the 660 has 960 cores and the 650Ti boost has 768, so 192 less cores. But a higher speed core clock makes up for this. And they have the same 192 bit memory subsystem so they are pretty much the same card.

    BTW if your looking to go even cheaper, you can get a regular 650Ti for only 115$ right now. This is what Nvidia states you can get these for, although IDK if they do exist for 115$. But if they do, man that's a great deal as the 650Ti is a very capable mid range graphics card. It's a great time to be buying a mid range gaming PC.


    I guess it really just depends if he's interested in the games that come with the 7850 or not, if so the 7850 would be a better choice, if not go with Nvidia. They are close enough in performance where your eyes probably wouldn't even notice a difference between the two when playing. Last month I had my mind made up to buy a 660ti until I noticed the sapphire 7950 boost for around the same price with Crysis 3 and Bioshock infinite as a bonus.
  18. swilczak said:
    ericjohn004 said:
    swilczak said:
    Dynamonn said:
    I may just wait on the 650 ti boost since its that cheap (and possibly that good). I'm already going over budget but I had another quick ques while we're on the topic. Where do you go to order (or pre order) those cards and where is the best place to go for prices for these things?

    Newegg is usually the best place and the 650ti boost is out now right here, but it's not a cheap as ericjohn says. With shipping $175 to $180. I still recommend the 7850 it comes with bishock infinite and tomb raider for free for $170 with free shipping. It's a high end card and has better specs than the 650ti boost, plus you get $120 worth of free games, good ones too. Just because tomshardware tested 3 games with these cards, it does not mean that the NVidia card is better

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130909

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202004


    Sorry about that man I get a little aggressive sometimes on this site for no reason. Lol ma bad that's totally my fault. I'ma really try hard not to do this stuff it happens to me all the time. I'm turning a new leaf.

    Yeah, according to just the games and benchmarks Tom's tested(which is about 15 of the most popular), the 650Ti is like 2% better. So the 7850 1GB is a good card. And it does look like it has better specs but Nvidia's graphics cores are more powerful than AMD's, per core. That's why it takes so many AMD cores to serve up the same performance. And if you use a lot of AA at a high resolution, the 7850 is a better card because of it's higher memory. But if your buying this kind of card and gaming at 1080p then the 650ti boost is the better card. Maybe if you were gaming at 2560 or something the 7850 would be a little better but then you'd be buying a different card anyways. But the 650Ti Boost is cheaper also. I can find these cards on Amazon for 169.99 right now with FREE shipping. I'll give you a link here. I can buy one of these right now, you don't have to wait for them to come out. Unless you want the 1GB version for 149.99, which is a great deal. GET EVGA!

    http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GTX650Ti-SuperClocked-Dual-Link-Graphics/dp/B00BZB0I3W/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1364677855&sr=8-2&keywords=650ti+boost

    This is the Superclocked version of the EVGA brand name. I HIGHLY recommend EVGA as they are the best Nvidia cards you can buy. The are like Nvidia stock cards or OEM cards. This specific overclocked card is 179.99. If you wanted you could find a regular one for 169.99 but I recommend this one. The overclocked version of the 650Ti Boost performs right on par with the GTX660 and it's 40$ cheaper. The only difference between these two cards is that the 660 has 960 cores and the 650Ti boost has 768, so 192 less cores. But a higher speed core clock makes up for this. And they have the same 192 bit memory subsystem so they are pretty much the same card.

    BTW if your looking to go even cheaper, you can get a regular 650Ti for only 115$ right now. This is what Nvidia states you can get these for, although IDK if they do exist for 115$. But if they do, man that's a great deal as the 650Ti is a very capable mid range graphics card. It's a great time to be buying a mid range gaming PC.


    I guess it really just depends if he's interested in the games that come with the 7850 or not, if so the 7850 would be a better choice, if not go with Nvidia. They are close enough in performance where your eyes probably wouldn't even notice a difference between the two when playing. Last month I had my mind made up to buy a 660ti until I noticed the sapphire 7950 boost for around the same price with Crysis 3 and Bioshock infinite as a bonus.


    Yes, I totally agree with your assessment. I had ordered a 7870LE that came with Bioshock and Tomb Raider but Newegg canceled my order and I changed my mind and just got a superclocked 660Ti FTW from Amazon.

    But yeah, if your interested in those games thats bundled with the 7850, I'd get the 7850. Unless your into 3D gaming and PhysX, then get Nvidia as PhysX is cool even if it is only on a few games and it's hard as hell to find a 3D monitor that supports AMD 3D vision. As far as performance goes, there's not much of a difference. The only difference is you save 10-20 bucks going with the 650Ti Boost or you get two free games with the 7850.
  19. ericjohn004 said:
    swilczak said:
    ericjohn004 said:
    swilczak said:
    Dynamonn said:
    I may just wait on the 650 ti boost since its that cheap (and possibly that good). I'm already going over budget but I had another quick ques while we're on the topic. Where do you go to order (or pre order) those cards and where is the best place to go for prices for these things?

    Newegg is usually the best place and the 650ti boost is out now right here, but it's not a cheap as ericjohn says. With shipping $175 to $180. I still recommend the 7850 it comes with bishock infinite and tomb raider for free for $170 with free shipping. It's a high end card and has better specs than the 650ti boost, plus you get $120 worth of free games, good ones too. Just because tomshardware tested 3 games with these cards, it does not mean that the NVidia card is better

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130909

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202004


    Sorry about that man I get a little aggressive sometimes on this site for no reason. Lol ma bad that's totally my fault. I'ma really try hard not to do this stuff it happens to me all the time. I'm turning a new leaf.

    Yeah, according to just the games and benchmarks Tom's tested(which is about 15 of the most popular), the 650Ti is like 2% better. So the 7850 1GB is a good card. And it does look like it has better specs but Nvidia's graphics cores are more powerful than AMD's, per core. That's why it takes so many AMD cores to serve up the same performance. And if you use a lot of AA at a high resolution, the 7850 is a better card because of it's higher memory. But if your buying this kind of card and gaming at 1080p then the 650ti boost is the better card. Maybe if you were gaming at 2560 or something the 7850 would be a little better but then you'd be buying a different card anyways. But the 650Ti Boost is cheaper also. I can find these cards on Amazon for 169.99 right now with FREE shipping. I'll give you a link here. I can buy one of these right now, you don't have to wait for them to come out. Unless you want the 1GB version for 149.99, which is a great deal. GET EVGA!

    http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GTX650Ti-SuperClocked-Dual-Link-Graphics/dp/B00BZB0I3W/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1364677855&sr=8-2&keywords=650ti+boost

    This is the Superclocked version of the EVGA brand name. I HIGHLY recommend EVGA as they are the best Nvidia cards you can buy. The are like Nvidia stock cards or OEM cards. This specific overclocked card is 179.99. If you wanted you could find a regular one for 169.99 but I recommend this one. The overclocked version of the 650Ti Boost performs right on par with the GTX660 and it's 40$ cheaper. The only difference between these two cards is that the 660 has 960 cores and the 650Ti boost has 768, so 192 less cores. But a higher speed core clock makes up for this. And they have the same 192 bit memory subsystem so they are pretty much the same card.

    BTW if your looking to go even cheaper, you can get a regular 650Ti for only 115$ right now. This is what Nvidia states you can get these for, although IDK if they do exist for 115$. But if they do, man that's a great deal as the 650Ti is a very capable mid range graphics card. It's a great time to be buying a mid range gaming PC.


    I guess it really just depends if he's interested in the games that come with the 7850 or not, if so the 7850 would be a better choice, if not go with Nvidia. They are close enough in performance where your eyes probably wouldn't even notice a difference between the two when playing. Last month I had my mind made up to buy a 660ti until I noticed the sapphire 7950 boost for around the same price with Crysis 3 and Bioshock infinite as a bonus.


    Yes, I totally agree with your assessment. I had ordered a 7870LE that came with Bioshock and Tomb Raider but Newegg canceled my order and I changed my mind and just got a superclocked 660Ti FTW from Amazon.

    But yeah, if your interested in those games thats bundled with the 7850, I'd get the 7850. Unless your into 3D gaming and PhysX, then get Nvidia as PhysX is cool even if it is only on a few games and it's hard as hell to find a 3D monitor that supports AMD 3D vision. As far as performance goes, there's not much of a difference. The only difference is you save 10-20 bucks going with the 650Ti Boost or you get two free games with the 7850.


    I almost got the 7770 1gb for $110 on Newegg but apparently it is low end, 1 gb isnt enough especially in the long run (maybe a year or so) and Ill end up spending more for a better card soon. According to you and swilczak it was really up to the the 7850 and the Geforce 650 ti boost. (by this point I upped my margin to $150) but the 7850s were going for maybe $180 lowest and the boost came at $170 + shipping. Amazon had them for 170 (free shipping with prime) and I decided to get them since it was the 2gb version of the boost and wanted the 2 day shipping from amazon only they had a 2-4week waiting on them so I hesitated until i saw a 660 on sale for 150! I jumped on it immediately. Hope it's as good as the reviews say it is. I believe it is the msi twin frozr 3 card. Someone said it was not good for video rendering but we will see how it goes. Thank you guys so much for the help!
  20. Dynamonn said:
    ericjohn004 said:
    swilczak said:
    ericjohn004 said:
    swilczak said:
    Dynamonn said:
    I may just wait on the 650 ti boost since its that cheap (and possibly that good). I'm already going over budget but I had another quick ques while we're on the topic. Where do you go to order (or pre order) those cards and where is the best place to go for prices for these things?

    Newegg is usually the best place and the 650ti boost is out now right here, but it's not a cheap as ericjohn says. With shipping $175 to $180. I still recommend the 7850 it comes with bishock infinite and tomb raider for free for $170 with free shipping. It's a high end card and has better specs than the 650ti boost, plus you get $120 worth of free games, good ones too. Just because tomshardware tested 3 games with these cards, it does not mean that the NVidia card is better

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130909

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202004


    Sorry about that man I get a little aggressive sometimes on this site for no reason. Lol ma bad that's totally my fault. I'ma really try hard not to do this stuff it happens to me all the time. I'm turning a new leaf.

    Yeah, according to just the games and benchmarks Tom's tested(which is about 15 of the most popular), the 650Ti is like 2% better. So the 7850 1GB is a good card. And it does look like it has better specs but Nvidia's graphics cores are more powerful than AMD's, per core. That's why it takes so many AMD cores to serve up the same performance. And if you use a lot of AA at a high resolution, the 7850 is a better card because of it's higher memory. But if your buying this kind of card and gaming at 1080p then the 650ti boost is the better card. Maybe if you were gaming at 2560 or something the 7850 would be a little better but then you'd be buying a different card anyways. But the 650Ti Boost is cheaper also. I can find these cards on Amazon for 169.99 right now with FREE shipping. I'll give you a link here. I can buy one of these right now, you don't have to wait for them to come out. Unless you want the 1GB version for 149.99, which is a great deal. GET EVGA!

    http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GTX650Ti-SuperClocked-Dual-Link-Graphics/dp/B00BZB0I3W/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1364677855&sr=8-2&keywords=650ti+boost

    This is the Superclocked version of the EVGA brand name. I HIGHLY recommend EVGA as they are the best Nvidia cards you can buy. The are like Nvidia stock cards or OEM cards. This specific overclocked card is 179.99. If you wanted you could find a regular one for 169.99 but I recommend this one. The overclocked version of the 650Ti Boost performs right on par with the GTX660 and it's 40$ cheaper. The only difference between these two cards is that the 660 has 960 cores and the 650Ti boost has 768, so 192 less cores. But a higher speed core clock makes up for this. And they have the same 192 bit memory subsystem so they are pretty much the same card.

    BTW if your looking to go even cheaper, you can get a regular 650Ti for only 115$ right now. This is what Nvidia states you can get these for, although IDK if they do exist for 115$. But if they do, man that's a great deal as the 650Ti is a very capable mid range graphics card. It's a great time to be buying a mid range gaming PC.


    I guess it really just depends if he's interested in the games that come with the 7850 or not, if so the 7850 would be a better choice, if not go with Nvidia. They are close enough in performance where your eyes probably wouldn't even notice a difference between the two when playing. Last month I had my mind made up to buy a 660ti until I noticed the sapphire 7950 boost for around the same price with Crysis 3 and Bioshock infinite as a bonus.


    Yes, I totally agree with your assessment. I had ordered a 7870LE that came with Bioshock and Tomb Raider but Newegg canceled my order and I changed my mind and just got a superclocked 660Ti FTW from Amazon.

    But yeah, if your interested in those games thats bundled with the 7850, I'd get the 7850. Unless your into 3D gaming and PhysX, then get Nvidia as PhysX is cool even if it is only on a few games and it's hard as hell to find a 3D monitor that supports AMD 3D vision. As far as performance goes, there's not much of a difference. The only difference is you save 10-20 bucks going with the 650Ti Boost or you get two free games with the 7850.


    I almost got the 7770 1gb for $110 on Newegg but apparently it is low end, 1 gb isnt enough especially in the long run (maybe a year or so) and Ill end up spending more for a better card soon. According to you and swilczak it was really up to the the 7850 and the Geforce 650 ti boost. (by this point I upped my margin to $150) but the 7850s were going for maybe $180 lowest and the boost came at $170 + shipping. Amazon had them for 170 (free shipping with prime) and I decided to get them since it was the 2gb version of the boost and wanted the 2 day shipping from amazon only they had a 2-4week waiting on them so I hesitated until i saw a 660 on sale for 150! I jumped on it immediately. Hope it's as good as the reviews say it is. I believe it is the msi twin frozr 3 card. Someone said it was not good for video rendering but we will see how it goes. Thank you guys so much for the help!

    That's a great deal, and you should be really happy with the 660 because it outperforms the 650ti boost and the 7850 by a good amount.
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