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I'm currently saving for a new build and I don't know what card would be enough to run todays games at at least 720p while getting a constant 60 fps. I would also love for it to be as cheap as possible since I'll most likely be upgrading my rig when I leave for college in a year and a half of two.

When I was looking at recommended system requirements for a lot of games I play they recommended a GTX 260. I was wondering what you guys thought would be a suitable card. I don't have a specific budget, but like I said having it as cheap as possible would be preferred. Please don't say "OMGZ0R AMD RADEON 6990 LOLZ", I'm looking for real answers that follow what I ask. I'll be pairing an i5 2500k because I've had bad experiences with my CPU bottlenecking the GPU so yes it may be overpowered for just playing games but whatever. Thanks for any serious responses.
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post #2 of 42
Please don't say "Please don't say" followed by a bunch of CAPS in your post and I'll be more liable to look at it next time
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Probably a GTX 550 Ti, or a 460 if you need to spend near 100$
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amd 5870
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I would say get a 6850 or a 460, either of those would be great for 720p.
 
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I would say get a 6850 or a 460, either of those would be great for 720p.
Either of these would be excellent choices.
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Running a GTS 450 with a budget quad core on an ancient socket AM2 board. Works fine with some newer titles like Fallout New Vegas, F1 2010, DiRT 2, and F.E.A.R. 2. Obviously older games on the source engine, Rfactor and WoW play very very well.
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Hmm maybe a 6950 or a 6870. I would know, I use to run at 1280x1024.
    
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Radeon HD 6850. The GTX 460 1GB is the same speed but more expensive.
    
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Please don't say "Please don't say" followed by a bunch of CAPS in your post and I'll be more liable to look at it next time
Haha thanks, I'll keep that in mind next time.
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Probably a GTX 550 Ti, or a 460 if you need to spend near 100$
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Originally Posted by srsdude View Post
amd 5870
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Originally Posted by nagle3092 View Post
I would say get a 6850 or a 460, either of those would be great for 720p.
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Either of these would be excellent choices.
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Originally Posted by d3v0 View Post
Running a GTS 450 with a budget quad core on an ancient socket AM2 board. Works fine with some newer titles like Fallout New Vegas, F1 2010, DiRT 2, and F.E.A.R. 2. Obviously older games on the source engine, Rfactor and WoW play very very well.
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Hmm maybe a 6950 or a 6870. I would know, I use to run at 1280x1024.
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Radeon HD 6850. The GTX 460 1GB is the same speed but more expensive.
Thanks, I've been looking at the 460, I thought maybe the 550 Ti or a 450 would be too slow, but apparently not. I was looking for AMD/ATI cards since they tend to be less expensive as their nVidia counterparts, but I wasn't sure what the AMD/ATI equivalent would be though. Thanks again everyone.
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