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I'm wondering why everyone is suggesting him ATI instead of Nvidia?

Because you'd probably get a cpu that is overclockable. Is it faster than an i3? No idea. But a good overclock on a amd cpu near the i3 would be great for him, especially if he's gaming.


Oops mis-read! I would go with amd over NVidia at this price bracket as you'd probably get more power for the $. You'd want to look at benches from. Multiple sources first, however.
    
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I'm wondering why everyone is suggesting him ATI instead of Nvidia? Hmmm any suggestion on a few gtx beside the one svenge recommended? Thank you for all of your guys efforts

Reason behind that is 7770/7850/7870 out perform 650, 650Ti & 660 respectively, You can also generally overclock the AMD/ATI cards further than Nvidia. Currently only 650Ti is recommendable over its AMD counterpart because it is cheaper than 7850 but AMD will start selling 7790 in a week and it beats 650Ti while costing less than 7850. Nvidia's response is the 650 Ti SE but that card haven't been reviewed yet.

This performance chart from Techpowerup 7790 review


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I'm wondering why everyone is suggesting him ATI instead of Nvidia? Hmmm any suggestion on a few gtx beside the one svenge recommended? Thank you for all of your guys efforts thumb.gif

ATI/AMD is the new hotness right now for video cards due to their higher overclocking ability. At the default speeds available at retail (both reference and pre-overclocked), they're pretty much even with their NVIDIA counterparts. So for a simple "set-and-forget" rig, you can go with either company and not miss out.

Anyhow, there really aren't too many NVIDIA options at the lower end as of this moment. The 650 is underpowered, the 650 Ti is OK, and the 660 is very nice but likely out of your budget range @ $200 - $220.

The NDA embargo on the new GTX 650 Ti Boost is being lifted on Tuesday however, and my prediction is that it should make for exactly the kind of card that would be right for this build. I'm keenly anticipating the Anandtech and Tech Report reviews of it on the 26th...
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Oh okay i've seen the reviews on some of the cards , seems like AMD is a great choice for this build. So any of these are fine 7770/7850/7870 ? What brand should I stay away from?
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Oh okay i've seen the reviews on some of the cards , seems like AMD is a great choice for this build. So any of these are fine 7770/7850/7870 ? What brand should I stay away from?

The AMD cards in your price range that would work are the new 7790 and the 1GB version of the 7850.

The 4 AMD video card brands I'd go with are ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, and Sapphire (in no particular order).

For NVIDIA the 4 are ASUS, EVGA, Gigabyte, and MSI.

Note that EVGA only makes NVIDIA cards, Sapphire only makes AMD cards.

EDIT: By the way, did we ever establish the resolution of the monitor this rig will be played at?
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I'm not sure what monitor he is using, he has a really really old computer =[ , so this is all new to him. I'm pretty sure he will love what you guys put together. If I can guess about the monitor it would probably be a simple 23 flat screen or something smaller for sure.
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I'm not sure what monitor he is using, he has a really really old computer =[ , so this is all new to him. I'm pretty sure he will love what you guys put together. If I can guess about the monitor it would probably be a simple 23 flat screen or something smaller for sure.

I see. If it's a recent model of monitor, it'll likely be either 1600 x 900 or 1920 x 1080.

If it's the former resolution, a 7770 or GTX 650 Ti will do. If it's the latter resolution, a 7790, 7850, 650 Ti Boost, or 660 would be in order.
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Okay I will be going with the 7770 because hes mostly will just be watching movies and mostly playing LOL and other not high intensive games.
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