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Im getting my brother a new pc, and i'm not sure what graphics card i should get.

The rest of the computer is probaby gonna be;
CPU: Intel i5-2310
Motherboard: MSI H61MU-E35 B3
RAM: Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz 2x4gb
The rest is not really that important i guess.

Its going to be used for normal internet browsing and games ( not sure what kind of games hes gonna be into, can be anything from BF3 to minesweeper. )

I've been thinking about a 560 gtx or HD 6870 but im not sure at all, sinse i dont have any experience with any others cards than the gtx 460.
So what card should i get and what power supply should i get with it?

Id really appreciate any response biggrin.gif
post #2 of 11

GTX 550 Ti or GTX 560 sounds like a safe bet.

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What's your budget? I'd say the 560 like stated above

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Both video cards are decent. Based on benchmarks, the GTX 560Ti fairs slightly better in gaming over the 6870, but at a cost of about ~30-50$ more. It comes down how you want to play your games. If you are leaning towards high quality and high resolution, the GTX 560Ti would be the way to go. Otherwise, the 6870 would suffice. Regardless, the performance of both cards are fairly well-matched - neither one will provide significant advantage over the other. Good luck with your decision!
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I'd go with a 6870 over a 560. However if you can swing it, I would go for a 560ti. Worth the extra $40-50 imo. Such as http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125401
    
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Single 1920x1200 resolution monitor.....

Get the GTX 560Ti 1GB $209.99 after MIR is better performance than the AMD 6870 1GB $144.99 with Free Dirt game as per your choice options you have listed. However the 6870 will get him by some what and is priced less expensive if your on a tight budget. You can get by on the 6870 with BF3 if he turns down settings. Surfing, video streaming and easy games like Minesweeper or Minecraft with no problem.

However if your choosing between the GTX 560TI 1GB vs the AMD 6950 1GB then the AMD 6950 1GB for just a tad more performance. They run pretty much neck and neck and trade blows back and forth in gaming on par but in the end the 6950 1GB will average out a sliver ahead in the over all picture. Either though would be great and you won't regret the choice.

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As for PSU....the Corsair TX 650 will be more than ample with head room at $89.99 after MIR $79.99 Great price and Corsair is the best PSU maker in my own opinion.

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I see a lot of people recommending the 560 Ti, but I cant get it, its too expensive for me right now. my only real choices are either the gtx560(not Ti) or 6870.
Another thing i might add is that id like the card to run pretty quiet.
post #9 of 11
They are really close it just depends which brand you are getting

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Also here's a direct comparison of the two cards.
Edited by UltraHoboLord - 1/23/12 at 6:56am
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Grab a 6870 with dual fans if you can. They are a great card, and the better cooling will keep it quiet, as apposed to what I have in my rig (XFX 6870 BE). They are alot cheaper than the nVidia counter-part too. biggrin.gif
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