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I'm needing a cheap used card for a micro atx build I am doing. I am thinking about getting a NZXT Vulcan or a Lian Li of some sort so it will need to fit. I know a 6970 will fit in a Vulcan, so I am leaning towards that... at the moment.

I've set a budget for $150.00 shipped.

Here area a few cards I am considering:

On the cheap:

ATi 7770

Nvidia 470 gtx

OR

ATi 6970

Nvidia 560 Ti

I'm not really sure what I should get at this point. Ive been out of the GPU world for a while now.

I need something that will run on higher resolution

Movies

League of Legends

DOTA 2

Planet Side 2

I don't think the games I play are that graphic intense so I don't necessarily want to go overkill but I do want to max out the games I will be playing.

Would like something that has HD? If thats possible? haha

Any tips would be great.

*Note*

I have so far:

AMD 6100 FX
8GB RAM

No PSU yet, would like to get a 550 Gold or similar price range.
 

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you could get a HD 7870 2GB and sell the game coupons
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HIS ICEQ HD 7870 - USD 220 (210 after mail in rebate)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161404
http://www.amazon.com/HIS-Mini-DiplayPort-Express-Graphics-H787Q2G2M/dp/B007HYIRES/

NZXT VULCAN can fit graphics cards upto 35 cm length. the HIS card is around 29.5 cm long.

http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/crafted_series/vulcan

have you already bought the cpu. if not go for fx-6300 (piledriver). fx-6300 is 15 - 20% faster than fx-6100 even at same clocks. for just 20 bucks more the fx-6300 is a much better cpu.

http://www.amazon.com/AMD-FX-Series-Six-Core-Processor-FD6300WMHKBOX/dp/B009O7YORK/

http://www.techspot.com/review/615-far-cry-3-performance/page6.html

FX-8350 (4 Ghz) - 64
FX-6300 (3.5 ghz) - 58
FX-4170(4.2 ghz) - 55
FX-6200(3.8 Ghz) - 53

you can clearly see the bulldozer based fx-4170 and fx-6200(3.8 ghz) run slower than fx-6300. its easy to see that fx-6300 running at 4 ghz would be close to fx-8350(4 ghz) at 64 fps.

http://www.techspot.com/review/608-hitman-absolution-performance-benchmarks/page6.html

FX-8350 (4 Ghz)- 50
FX-6300 (3.5 ghz) - 43
FX-8170 (3.9 Ghz) - 40
FX-6200(3.8 Ghz) - 38

from the above its easy to see FX-8350 at 4 ghz (Piledriver) is 25% faster than FX-8170 at 3.9 ghz( bulldozer). so on a per clock basis the diff between piledriver and bulldozer is more than 20%.
 
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