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Old 07-17-11, 02:46 PM   #1
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Talking Best 200$ graphics card?

Hey yall, I was looking at the Gigabyte 550 ti over clocked for 178$

also i have a crappy 300W power supply and 250$ to play with.

do you have any other suggestions?
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Old 07-17-11, 03:32 PM   #2
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You need a psu.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139005
Buy that.

And...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102913
Or a gtx460 1GB.

The 550ti is really a horrible gpu.
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...review-16.html
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4221/n...hort-at-150/17
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Old 07-17-11, 03:34 PM   #3
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Old 07-17-11, 05:12 PM   #4
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You don't need to spend $100 on a PSU. I myself bought an Antec Earthwatts 500 for $50 a few years ago. They don't make those anymore but you can find others equally good for around the same price.
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Old 07-17-11, 05:21 PM   #5
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It's $85, saves him room for upgrades, and falls in his price range with the gpu...
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Old 07-17-11, 06:16 PM   #6
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It's $85, saves him room for upgrades, and falls in his price range with the gpu...
It's $95 to be precise, that $10 "rebate" is really a gift gard.
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Old 07-17-11, 06:27 PM   #7
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It's $95 to be precise, that $10 "rebate" is really a gift gard.
But you can cash them at your bank... At least with all the rebate cards i've gotten you could.
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Old 07-17-11, 09:39 PM   #8
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Could be.

Anyways, as for the video card itself, I'd say definitely the Radeon 6850. The 6870 is only slightly better, but costs $30 more. You could easily overclock the 6850 to overcome that difference, and best of all you'll spend less than $160 for it. I am brand agnostic btw, nvidia - ati - doesn't matter, whatever is best bang for your buck, and at that price point, it's definitely the radeon 6850.

If I wanted to upgrade right now, the 6850 is definitely what I would get. I'm waiting til skyrim comes out before I upgrade though.
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Old 07-17-11, 09:52 PM   #9
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http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...X&promoid=1337

Lifetime warranty and costs 160 bucks...leaving tons of room for a psu
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Could be.

Anyways, as for the video card itself, I'd say definitely the Radeon 6850. The 6870 is only slightly better, but costs $30 more. You could easily overclock the 6850 to overcome that difference, and best of all you'll spend less than $160 for it. I am brand agnostic btw, nvidia - ati - doesn't matter, whatever is best bang for your buck, and at that price point, it's definitely the radeon 6850.

If I wanted to upgrade right now, the 6850 is definitely what I would get. I'm waiting til skyrim comes out before I upgrade though.
True, 6850 is another great option. I was just going for the fastest I could fit in his budget.
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Screw that turd of a 550Ti for $178. The 560Ti is 80% faster than a 550Ti, and you can get one for $205 after rebates at NewEgg:
http://forum.ea.com/eaforum/posts/li....page#15979585

$229.99-$25
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Just noticed you're in Canadia...don't know what your options are there.
Then he cant buy a psu...
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True, 6850 is another great option. I was just going for the fastest I could fit in his budget.
Oh I just realized that is what you linked. Good choice either way. Reason I give the 6850 the edge though is because their performance with each other is roughly identical, the 6870 only *slightly* winning. That, and the 6850 requires much less power, so it would be less of a burden on the PSU.

Plus if you're like me, you like your PC producing the least heat possible (keep in mind the difference between that, and keeping your PC cool - two separate things) and it wins in that department as well.
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