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Old 08-06-2012, 11:38 AM   #1
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help with choosing new graphic card

im gowing to be building a new gaming pc and its gowing to be watercooled so im wondering what graphic card to choose.looking for it to be under 200$ or for it to be from tigerdirect because i dont have a credit card so i have to use prepaid visa's and i live in canada.

also ill be looking for a water blook can you also find one thats compatable with the graphic card(i would prefer it to be from ekwb)

if you need the specs then here:
motherboard: ASUS Maximus V Formula
prosseser: intel 17 3770K
ram: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB 4X4GB
PSU: Fractal Design Newton R3 600W
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:05 PM   #2
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You have a good system why get a cheap graphics card?
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:08 PM   #3
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My Radeon HD 6850 has never failed to deliver smooth graphics on the highest settings for any game I play, but if you got cash to spend and you want a bit more power, you can step up to the HD 6870 and still be under 200 bucls.
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Old 08-06-2012, 10:25 PM   #4
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My Radeon HD 6850 has never failed to deliver smooth graphics on the highest settings for any game I play, but if you got cash to spend and you want a bit more power, you can step up to the HD 6870 and still be under 200 bucls.
you must not play demanding games at a typical resolution then. a 6850 is okay but it certainly will not play all games smoothly on "highest settings". not even close.


OP you are doing it wrong for a gaming pc. it makes no sense to spend that much money on a system and then get just a $200 gpu. and it is even stranger to fool with watercooling a $200 gpu. either up your budget or back off on some of what you have selected already. if this is just for gaming then you could save 100 bucks and get a 3570k. and do you really need a $280 mobo as you can easily save some money there.

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Old 08-06-2012, 10:46 PM   #5
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OP you are doing it wrong for a gaming pc. it makes no sense to spend that much money on a system and then get just a $200 gpu. and it is even stranger to fool with watercooling a $200 gpu. either up your budget or back off on some of what you have selected already. if this is just for gaming then you could save 100 bucks and get a 3570k. and do you really need a $280 mobo as you can easily save some money there.
Yeah it's weird, he's got a 600w PSU(which is more than enough) but is spending nearly $300 on a motherboard? And why 16GB of RAM? Drop it down to 2x4GB for 8GB and save $50 or put it towards a better GPU.

If you drop the motherboard to a $200 cap then that's another $80-$100 you can put towards your GPU.

So 8GB of RAM, mid-$100 motherboard and that adds a ~$150 to your $200 budget.

$350 for a GPU is pretty good. Get a 7870 or a 7950 if you can find one.
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Old 08-06-2012, 11:42 PM   #6
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you must not play demanding games at a typical resolution then. a 6850 is okay but it certainly will not play all games smoothly on "highest settings". not even close.
True, but getting 40FPS in Crysis on High settings, 1920x1080 is nothing to sneeze at. Like the others said, though, if you want really smooth graphics, you're gonna have to up your budget and get a card more in line with the rest of your system.
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Old 08-07-2012, 06:18 AM   #7
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thanks for your replys

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You have a good system why get a cheap graphics card?
i changed my mind now im gowing to get 2 gtx 670's

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Old 08-07-2012, 06:56 AM   #8
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I agree with the general advice to scale back some of your other choices and spend more on the graphics card, but you most likely do not need anything like dual 670 cards.

You are changing your mind a little too quickly.

Tell us what games you are wanting to play on this.
Tell us if you are gaming on a single monitor, or multiple monitors, and what resolution the monitor is, or what brand and model.

Then we can help you build the system you need without spending a lot of unnecessary money.
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Old 08-07-2012, 09:39 AM   #9
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I agree with the general advice to scale back some of your other choices and spend more on the graphics card, but you most likely do not need anything like dual 670 cards.

You are changing your mind a little too quickly.

Tell us what games you are wanting to play on this.
Tell us if you are gaming on a single monitor, or multiple monitors, and what resolution the monitor is, or what brand and model.

Then we can help you build the system you need without spending a lot of unnecessary money.
well im gowing to be getting another monitor and right now my monitor is a philips 224E and im also just gowing to get eather an i5-2500k or a i5-2570k. and i will overclock with a corsair 100 or H70. oh ya and i play fps games and rpg's stuff like that.
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Old 08-07-2012, 09:54 AM   #10
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Get an i5 and 8gb ram on 1600 mhz.

For gaming it's plenty, unless you're doing hardcore video editing and rendering stuff. Which I presume you are not going to.
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:02 AM   #11
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Get an i5 and 8gb ram on 1600 mhz.

For gaming it's plenty, unless you're doing hardcore video editing and rendering stuff. Which I presume you are not going to.
ok ill get 8 gigs of Corsair Dominator Platinum (2x4)
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Old 08-07-2012, 11:40 AM   #12
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ok ill get 8 gigs of Corsair Dominator Platinum (2x4)
Check if it is 1600 mhz and not 2133 / 2400 mhz because that's pretty useless and you'll notice little advantage in gaming for a lot more money.
Better off with corsair vengeance.
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Old 08-07-2012, 12:15 PM   #13
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In addition to the ram and cpu reductions I would get one of the z77 asus boards in the $130-150 range that have 2 pci-e x 16 slots and I would put the money you saved from all of this toward a single 670 gtx card. I don't think you need 2 670 cards but you will then be positioned to do that if you feel you need to later on.

If you want help picking out a specific product post back and I will help.
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Old 08-07-2012, 12:17 PM   #14
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True, but getting 40FPS in Crysis on High settings, 1920x1080 is nothing to sneeze at. Like the others said, though, if you want really smooth graphics, you're gonna have to up your budget and get a card more in line with the rest of your system.
My 6850 Runs Skyrim with high res textures and various enhancement mods at above 40 fps. Same with Battlefield 3. All at 1080p. For what you pay its a great card. Will I want a better one eventually, yea. but it can run any modern game that I play at high at a solid framerate.
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Old 08-07-2012, 02:16 PM   #15
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In addition to the ram and cpu reductions I would get one of the z77 asus boards in the $130-150 range that have 2 pci-e x 16 slots and I would put the money you saved from all of this toward a single 670 gtx card. I don't think you need 2 670 cards but you will then be positioned to do that if you feel you need to later on.

If you want help picking out a specific product post back and I will help.
help would be just fine i dont want to cheap out on a motherboard and i also want one that has easy overclocking(cuz it will be my first time)
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