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Old 10-25-2011, 07:32 AM   #1
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Hey guys, built my first system and with some assistance from here found out that my RAM was DOA. I want to buy a Video Card for my PC that wil be a gaming one, so let me first of all list my build:

Raidmax Hurricane Case
Gigabyte M68MT-S2P Motherboard
AMD Phenom II Black Ediion X6 1090T CPU @ stock 3.2GHz
Sony Optiarc OEM 24x DVDRW Drive
8GB (2 x 4GB) Patriot Gamer 2 DDR3 1333MHz RAM
Seagate Serial ATA 1TB HDD
Thermaltake 450W PSU

Okay so here's to explain on what I will put into this PC in the future; I will eventually want to upgrade the motherboard to one that supports Crossfire for two high end video cards. For now though, I would like the best Video Card I can buy for $160-180. Can you all list the I guess 3 top video cards in that price range? I have looked on google for the best video cards in that price range and I see the lists are from earlier in 2011, so they may not be current. Keep in mind the new Motherbard with dual cards will come within a year or year and a half minimum, so no need to worry about that for now. As of now, I would like the best Video Card I could get for $160-180, and can someone also reccomend a new wattage PSU I would need, because I know the 450W will not get the job done?

Thanks so much in advance,

Chris
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Old 10-25-2011, 11:49 AM   #2
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Your first purchase needs to be a good quality PSU to power a new GPU.
Two GPU's is basically a waste of money. Two GPU's cost twice as much,consume more power, generate more unneeded heat into the case and you get a small performance gain in the few games that can even utilize two GPU's. One better GPU is almost always the better option.

A 6850 GPU would be about the best you can get in your price range: Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

And you would need a 650W PSU to go with it: Newegg.com - XFX Core Edition PRO650W (P1-650S-NLB9) 650W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply



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Fro $180 you should be able to find an HD 6870 on sale. Nvidia really doesn't have anything at that price point other than maybe a GTX 460.

For two of these cards, you will want an 850 watt class power supply.
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I agree with Tyree dual GPUs are no use in most games
I would get a Nvidia 570 or 580 and that should be more then enough for any game out there now including BF3
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A 570 or 580 would be great but they're about double the OP's price range.



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Thank you everyone for all of the replies! I might just go for a better graphics card instead! I was looking at the GTX 560Ti's which are priced at around $240. Let's say I'd shell out the 240-250 for a good GPU instead of two, would the GTX 560Ti be the best one I could get? If not, which one should I grab instead? And as a result of the new GPU, what wattage PSU would I need? Once again, thanks for everything! As you can tell, GPU's and PSU's aren't my strong point. :p

Best regards,

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I have used 560ti in my friends machine and today we tested with battlefield 3 and it held up fine
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Thank you for all of the replies! Can't wait to get a GPU.(:
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You're welcome and best of luck.



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