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I'm looking for a card that's better than my current ATI 5850.
Perferably one that's...

- Cooler.
- Uses less energy.
- Performs better.
- Is a single GPU.

Anything worth getting for $250 and under?

Thanks for reading. smile.gif
post #2 of 28
AMD / ATI | Compare

or

NVIDIA | Compare

Both are cooler, use a little less energy, and are single GPU.

They aren't BIG upgrades but they will perform better.

They both will increase your VRAM by 1GB.

Edited by kennyparker1337 - 1/22/13 at 5:15pm
post #3 of 28
a 660TI trades blows with a GTX 580 and a 7950...


a 660TI is the card to get... handily.
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post #4 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sean W. View Post

a 660TI trades blows with a GTX 580 and a 7950...


a 660TI is the card to get... handily.

This card retails for $300. He said $250 and below.
post #5 of 28
I just bought a gtx 660 (non ti) for $209 and its playing bf3 maxed out at 44-57 fps (1920x1080) depending on map size and how much fire and explosions are happening on your screen
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post #6 of 28
I would second the GTX 660. Clock it a little bit and she'll do the trick for ya. Asus makes a beatiful one that comes factory OCed (with maybe a little more OC headroom. So does EVGA. Has a superclocked edition too I believe. ASUS is on sale right now on newgg.
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post #7 of 28
Thread Starter 
660 eh? Looks pretty darn great so far! biggrin.gif
How are Nvidia's 32 Bit Vista drivers? I'm a stickler for stability and performance.
post #8 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by frickfrock99 View Post

660 eh? Looks pretty darn great so far! biggrin.gif
How are Nvidia's 32 Bit Vista drivers? I'm a stickler for stability and performance.

I cannot comment on that. I run 64bit W7. They are all good as far as I can see.
If you haven't looked at nvidias site directly give it a look here. Theres some good stuff there.
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post #9 of 28
This card would handle your situation better than the gtx 660 card.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131484
     
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post #10 of 28
a 660 is better than a 7870...
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