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Hey OCN,

My current rig is on it's last leg and I actually haven't dabbled in hardware in awhile. So, I'm looking for some affordable GPU options. I've poured through some of the recent threads but can't really find a straight answer.

I'm looking to build a new rig, most likely centered around the i5-2500k and an ASUS P8P67 PRO mobo.

Now, I'm looking for a single card option that's relatively affordable. I'm not planning on playing anything too ridiculously graphics intensive, i.e. if I get BF3 it'll probably be for xbox (Don't make fun now). But I would like the option to play the occasional MMO, and any other random game I feel like getting for PC.

I was looking at the GTX 560ti, but after reading around here, that card seems to be going extinct? Or will that suit my needs for what I want?

I'm not necessarily opposed to SLI, but they get kind of pricey when you're buying two (obviously).

Tl;dr - Need an affordable GPU option to go with an i5-2500k and ASUS P8P67 Pro.
post #2 of 12
The 560 Ti has been recommended everywhere one looks for the past few months, with the 6950 2GB another close contender. The route I chose a while back was to grab a refurbished reference 480 for $205 and just watercool and overclock it.

That being said, I don't keep up on new and upcoming video card releases very well. Personally I look for deals on used or refurbished video cards, since you can usually find bargains.
Edited by t-ramp - 10/12/11 at 10:38am
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The 560 Ti has been recommended everywhere one looks for the past few months, with the 6950 2GB another close contender. The route I chose a while back was to grab a refurbished reference 480 for $205 and just watercool and overclock it.

That being said, I don't keep up on new and upcoming video card releases very well. Personally I look for deals on used or refurbished video cards, since you can usually find bargains.
Do you think the 1G VRAM will be enough to suit my needs? I guess that was the part I was confused on, the VRAM arguments going on in other threads.
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What resolution would you be playing at and what is your max budget?
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a 6950 would handle anything you want to throw at it, but for just MMO's and an occasional PC game here and there... you can get a 6870 for less than $180 that will even play BF3 or other newer games on decent settings.

if saving cash is what you are looking for and you are an "occasional" gamer, buy a 6870.
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a 6950 would handle anything you want to throw at it, but for just MMO's and an occasional PC game here and there... you can get a 6870 for less than $180 that will even play BF3 or other newer games on decent settings.

if saving cash is what you are looking for and you are an "occasional" gamer, buy a 6870.

or go a notch cheaper and get the 6790 ..has 256-bit bus,800 shaders,gddr5 RAM 1g
 
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What resolution would you be playing at and what is your max budget?
I recently got a new monitor (part of the reason why I'm peeved the rig is dying), and it's a 22" LED. I'm not sure what the optimum resolution would be for that, I'm a bit behind the curve when it comes to this these days.

Any advice?
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Do you think the 1G VRAM will be enough to suit my needs? I guess that was the part I was confused on, the VRAM arguments going on in other threads.
You didn't mention what resolution you're running at, but it's been shown that a lot of modern games use over 1gb of vram at 1920x1200.

This doesn't necessarily mean FPS will be lower, but it does mean that, if the framebuffer or vram store fills to a point where it has to rely on system memory, the fps will drop to ~1-5.

The 22" led backlit monitor you mentioned is most likely 1920x1080.
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post #9 of 12
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Thanks for the replies. I'm disappointed in myself for dropping into the category of "casual gamer", but alas growing up has its drawbacks. I'm still a computer enthusiast though, and building is fun.
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Thanks for the replies. I'm disappointed in myself for dropping into the category of "casual gamer", but alas growing up has its drawbacks. I'm still a computer enthusiast though, and building is fun.
For 1080p casual gaming a 1GB 560ti or AMD HD 6870 would be perfect, and can probably be had under $200. If you're going to play hardcore titles like BF3 on xbox there is no real need to get anything more. Heck, my "backup" GTS250 handles most of the games I play just fine while I'm waiting on a new GPU to arrive this week.
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