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Hi Guys,

I'm researching up on a new build and I thought I'd ask for some help here with regards to which GPU to go for! I'm currently a little torn up between the following series:
  • HD 7850
  • GTX 650 Ti Boost 2gb
  • GTX 580 - can't afford this & out of stock

In addition, it would be perfect if anyone could give me suggestions for manufacturers, although the three that I have in mind now are:
  • ASUS HD7850 DCUII 2gb
  • PowerColor HD 7850 PCS+ 2 GB
  • ASUS AS GTX 650 Ti DCII Boost (mostly leaning towards this)
  • nVIDIA Geforce GTX 580

As you can probably tell by the selections, I'm on a pretty tight budget and I'm looking for something that kicks ass for it's value. I currently game at 1920x1080, but will probably add a 23" monitor soon for a dual monitor set up (I like to watch movies whilst gaming - helps to pass the respawn time after an ill advised tower/fountain dive). No dual monitor gaming for me though (because AFAIK I'd need to step up into the 670 range to pull it off comfortably)

Any other suggestions within the price range of the aforementioned cards would be muchly appreciated too!

The main items of the (potential) setup:
  • CPU: i5-3570k (I'm really on the fence about Haswell right now - mainly hoping that it drives down the price of the 3570k)
  • Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4-m (can't justify the price of a Maximus Gene, HATE the positioning of the x8 pci-e slot on the Sniper)
  • RAM: Corsair Vengeance (2 x 4Gb)
  • Case: Silverstone TJ08-E (or if money miraculously appears out of nowhere, the new 350d - LOVE IT)

Thanks in advance!
Edited by 6mmruledlines - 5/26/13 at 4:46pm
post #2 of 28
You should note that there's a very large difference between the 650 Ti and the 650 Ti BOOST.

Anyhow, my #1 pick for the ~$175 range is the GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB, and here's the 4 models worth considering:

ASUS GTX650TIB-DC2OC-2GD5 (DirectCU II)
EVGA 02G-P4-3658-KR (reference blower)
Gigabyte GV-N65TBOC-2GD (WindForce)
MSI N650TI TF 2GD5/OC BE (Twin Frozr)

By the way, I'd get a Haswell build if it's out by the time you need to pull the trigger on buying components.
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580 is a beast, but consumes alot of power and has less vram. 7850 is the middle performer, and the cheapest. I'd go with the 7850 over the 650ti boost any day.
    
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Hey svenge my bad! I meant the Ti BOOST... missed it out when I was typing the post oops. Thanks for the reply! It's really quite a painful to choose between these three - most benchmarks have them punching at the same level, and there doesn't seem to be a clear winner in the fight between the 650Ti Boost and the HD7850: reviews are all over the place on which card they prefer. I'm digging the ASUS too - good reviews all round and doesn't hurt that the color's gonna match what the theme I have in mind for my build:thumb:.

I'm pulling the trigger sometime in June but I'm honestly not sure what Haswell to offer over Ivy Bridge apart from a performance boost, or maybe I'm just not reading the right reviews haha. I love everything about the 3570k right now, hoping that the 4670k will be as good in terms of overclockability and stability. Probably gonna wait for benchmark comparisons to come out before pulling the trigger, that's for sure.
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580 hands down. I was choosing between 660, 7870 and 580 and took 580. It is the fastest of those 3.
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Yea I was really shocked by how strongly the 580 is standing up still in reviews! It would have been my top choice, but I was a little concerned because it's 3 generations out - not sure how long before it gets outdated and outclassed. It's one of the cheapest choices in Singapore too, for some weird reason.

Haha this really illustrates the difficulty of the choice though - three replies with three different suggestions thumb.gif
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Yea I was really shocked by how strongly the 580 is standing up still in reviews! It would have been my top choice, but I was a little concerned because it's 3 generations out - not sure how long before it gets outdated and outclassed. It's one of the cheapest choices in Singapore too, for some weird reason.

Haha this really illustrates the difficulty of the choice though - three replies with three different suggestions thumb.gif
Not sure what you mean 'will be outdated'?! It will always be faster than 7850 (which is faster than 650ti boost btw when OC'ed a little). In the last big game (Metro LL) it was still faster than both 660 and 7870.
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ASUS GTX 650 Ti BOOST.

a 650 Ti BOOST performs like a 580 when oced.
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ASUS GTX 650 Ti BOOST.

Why?
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Not sure what you mean 'will be outdated'?! It will always be faster than 7850 (which is faster than 650ti boost btw when OC'ed a little). In the last big game (Metro LL) it was still faster than both 660 and 7870.

I meant in terms of driver support for one, although I'm not too sure about this either. But more importantly I'm concerned about being able to buy another one a year from now when I can afford to SLI biggrin.gif. Also, do you think that the lower vram would be a problem especially if I'm running larger resolutions/dual monitors?
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