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What is the best card for the money at the price point of 130-250? Advice is appreciated
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Hmmmm. Where would you be buying from ? Do you have issues buying used parts ?

7770's are solid for the price. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127687

A 460/560 would be decent as well. You could get a new one in that range.

Personally, I'd look around for a deal on a used 560ti. Quite a bit more powerful than the cards I mentioned previously, but you'd have to go used to find one in that range.

Edit: I thought your budget was up to 150, not 250. That gives you lots more options. What res will you be gaming and what cpu do you have ?

For 250, I'd get a 7870 all day long. This one is nice. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814103208

The HIS Ice Q is in your range as well. You could possibly find a 660ti if you look hard enough, if you prefer Nvidia. The 7870 will outperform it at higher resolutions though, iirc.

you could get a used 580, a 570 for sure. a 2gb 560ti like I have and have some money to spare for a nice ssd maybe. If you fill out your rig's specs, list some games you'd like to play and your resolution, we can better help you. I've had lots of 6970's, and they perform very well.

If I had a $250 budget, I'd get a 7870 personally. They overclock like beasts. You're a lock for 1.1ghz and very possibly higher. This will handle any game on a single monitor with very respectable framerates and they will only get better as drivers improve.
Edited by King Who Dat - 8/23/12 at 4:33pm
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HD 7850.

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7850 or 660Ti
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What about a 6950?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127562

Edit- Here is a 560Ti - 448. If you dont mind open box you could grab that and have a few bucks left over.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121480R
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Hmmmm. Where would you be buying from ? Do you have issues buying used parts ?
7770's are solid for the price. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127687
A 460/560 would be decent as well. You could get a new one in that range.
Personally, I'd look around for a deal on a used 560ti. Quite a bit more powerful than the cards I mentioned previously, but you'd have to go used to find one in that range.
Edit: I thought your budget was up to 150, not 250. That gives you lots more options. What res will you be gaming and what cpu do you have ?
For 250, I'd get a 7870 all day long. This one is nice. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814103208
The HIS Ice Q is in your range as well. You could possibly find a 660ti if you look hard enough, if you prefer Nvidia. The 7870 will outperform it at higher resolutions though, iirc.
you could get a used 580, a 570 for sure. a 2gb 560ti like I have and have some money to spare for a nice ssd maybe. If you fill out your rig's specs, list some games you'd like to play and your resolution, we can better help you. I've had lots of 6970's, and they perform very well.
If I had a $250 budget, I'd get a 7870 personally. They overclock like beasts. You're a lock for 1.1ghz and very possibly higher. This will handle any game on a single monitor with very respectable framerates and they will only get better as drivers improve.
I have an Fx 4100 i was thinking of getting a 6950 or 6970 if they are cheep on the Nvidia side the 560 right now im just using a cheep 19 inch monitor but might upgrade soon
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No. anything but those fail HD 6000 series.
HD6950 is garbage in DirectX11 and heavy tessellation.
Simply buying this card is like buying a card to play only DX9/10. In DX11 it needs to be set to low settings to be playable, even my old GTX 470 steamrolled it.
HD6000 series sucked so bad. HD5000 where even worse. HD7000 are only ATI's success after 6 years of failure.
either get the HD7850 or GTX 660 Ti.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130738
This card smashes a 6950 and when overclocked it can perform like an overclocked 6970 or even beat it.
It is cheaper than the $249.99 6950 deal too.
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Will a 7870 be bottlenecked by an FX 4100 ? I hope this doesn't derail into another ZOMFGBULLDOZERSUCKS thread, but I think it's a fair question. I'm not sure tbh. Nothing worse than dropping 250 on a shiny new gpu only to be held back by your cpu. But 7870 would def be my choice. And a 69xx series would be perfectly fine on a single monitor. But unless you could find one for 100 cheaper than 7870, it would be a bad buy imo.
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I'm sure it won't be bottlenecked by 1 7850.

It might be when you have 2 though
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Will a 7870 be bottlenecked by an FX 4100 ? I hope this doesn't derail into another ZOMFGBULLDOZERSUCKS thread, but I think it's a fair question. I'm not sure tbh. Nothing worse than dropping 250 on a shiny new gpu only to be held back by your cpu. But 7870 would def be my choice. And a 69xx series would be perfectly fine on a single monitor. But unless you could find one for 100 cheaper than 7870, it would be a bad buy imo.

Bulldozer will bottleneck anything apart from GTX 460 or higher.
But what matters here is the definition of "bottleneck".
IMHO if your framerates are reasonable above 60fps+ I wouldn't care about the bottleneck TBH.
In intensive games such as Crysis 2 maxed out or Metro2033 there will unlikely be any bottleneck.
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