Good 125-175 dollar GPU?

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Good 125-175 dollar GPU?

Postposted on Thu Sep 20, 2012 11:47 am

I think my GPU is frying (on bootup this morning, after the windows start screen, all I got were white lines and jaggies--but I could hear the windows chimes and some auto-launch programs starting).

So I'm going to have to replace it and my 460 is out of warranty, but I'm pretty busted atm. I'm looking for a good GPU in the 125-175 dollar range. Currently I'm leaning towards like a 6850 or maybe a 7770 on the lower end? I only game at 1680x1050 so I don't need an ubercard. Hell, if I could get away with a 99 dollar card and still play my games well that'd be fine too.
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Re: Good 125-175 dollar GPU?

Postposted on Thu Sep 20, 2012 11:56 am

Looks like the GTX 560 recommended as an Econobox alternative is up in the raw price ($175 instead of $165), but a $30 rebate gets you back down to $145. Might still be overkill at 1680x1050, but it would be a more direct replacement for your 460, and TR recommended it because EVGA strapped a 3-year warranty on it. Thought that might be good if you're replacing a broken GPU.
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Re: Good 125-175 dollar GPU?

Postposted on Thu Sep 20, 2012 11:58 am

A 110$ HD 7750 might be enough for that resolution. For 130$ you can get the more powerful HD 7770. The 6850 is also competent if you find a good deal on it ;)
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Re: Good 125-175 dollar GPU?

Postposted on Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:01 pm

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Re: Good 125-175 dollar GPU?

Postposted on Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:01 pm

A 6850 or 7770 is going to offer roughly the same performance as your current 460. You could get away with either. A 7770 Ghz Edition would be a good choice if you want AMD. As Jawes said above, a 560 is also a good choice.
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Re: Good 125-175 dollar GPU?

Postposted on Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:07 pm

Performance has honestly been fine for me, until this :( So I'll probably be OK with those and go with what I can get cheap. I'm not gaming as much as I used to anyway.
Unless something happens between now and Oct 1st anyway.
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Re: Good 125-175 dollar GPU?

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Re: Good 125-175 dollar GPU?

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Re: Good 125-175 dollar GPU?

Postposted on Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:17 pm

Personally, with all of these mid-range offerings out there, I'd see if I could stretch your budget and go for the gtx480 for $180. For $30 more, you are going to have an amazingly better experience.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130759

If you have to stay in your budget, I'd go for a 7770 ghz (I'm kind of amazed I typed that), 6850, or a 560 (non-ti) to stay in budget. If you are okay blowing your budge a bit, get the 480.
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Re: Good 125-175 dollar GPU?

Postposted on Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:27 pm

I only game at 1680x1050 too, and have been very happy with my 550ti. Pretty sure you can get em for right around $100.
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Re: Good 125-175 dollar GPU?

Postposted on Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:29 pm

I would also agree that the next tier up gives you a better experience per dollar, but if you are definitely on a budget, then I'd go with a bargain-basement, special-offer HD6850:

The 6850 feels quite a bit faster than a 1GB 460, though some TWIMTBP games were marred by a less consistent experience; Higher average FPS but I think the minimum framerate dips were still as low, which seemed more apparent given the overall improvement in fluidity. Borderlands was the most obvious case of this but I noticed it a bit in Arkham Asylum too. Nonetheless, you can get 6850's everywhere for about $120 with rebates and you might find one for under $100 with a bit of digging.

I also had a chance to try a 7750 in my HTPC with the aim of replacing an old and hot 768MB 460, but it was a big step backwards - not worth me sacrificing the gaming performance just to get a quieter PC.
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Re: Good 125-175 dollar GPU?

Postposted on Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:31 pm

This card (http://www.amazon.com/XFX-FX777AZDB4-Ed ... ble+d+7770) has been treating me well!
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Re: Good 125-175 dollar GPU?

Postposted on Thu Sep 20, 2012 1:41 pm

The original 1GB gtx460 and HD6850 are about the same. HD7770 was a little slower at launch than HD6850, but newer drivers have boosted
performance notably. Hardocp found that a mildly OCed xfx 7770 provided the same gameplay experience as both HD6870 and gtx560ti :

http://hardocp.com/article/2012/02/14/x ... ed_review/

If you read the BF3 page, you will see they were able to frag people online on ultra(using fxaa instead of 4xaa, turning off motion blur for both
better frame rates and to see their surroundings better, and bumping ambient occlusion down a notch from horizon based to screen space) at
1920x1200. The also overclocked it even higher later on. That was with launch drivers. All GCN Architecture cards are faster now than they
were at launch. Also hd7750 is 55w(stock, fits within the PEG slot's power envelope), hd7770 is 80w, gtx550ti is 116w(slower than hd7770 and
similar nowadays to hd7750), hd6850 is 130w, hd7850 is 130w(stock),gtx460 768 is 150w, hd6870 is 151w, gtx560 is 150w, the original gtx460
1GB is 160w, gtx 560ti is 170w and hd7870 is 175w(gtx650 is 65w and slower than hd7750). Some of the older cards overclock better than
others, but all the new 28nm cards oc like crazy. Also, some games are taking advantage of more than 1GB of video ram now, so if you go with
a hd7850 get one of the majority with 2GB GDDR5 and not one of the minority with only 1GB. Games using more vram will only become more
prevalent as time passes. Finally, what is your PSU? I wonder if maybe the aging process is making it deliver less power to your gtx460 and
causing your visual problems(depending on the quality of psu and wattage rating/+12volt amps). If that is the case, you may need to look for
a card with less wattage like the hd7770. Either that or possibly upgrade to a newer, better psu if you want a more power hungry card.

Oh, yeah. All hd7770s are ghz editons. It was the first reference video card from either nvidia or amd to have all functional units on the gpu
die operating at at least 1ghz. And hd7770 was similar to gtx460 768/hd6790 at launch. It's faster now. Any overclocking on your part will
increase power usage. Power use increases linearly with clock speed increases, but exponentially with voltage increases.
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Re: Good 125-175 dollar GPU?

Postposted on Thu Sep 20, 2012 1:51 pm

I'm leaning towards the 7770; I'm on a budget and I don't game as much as I used to so I just don't care enough to drop 200 bucks on a GPU anymore, particularly as most of my games just don't need it on my screen's resolution. *sigh* gotta wait a week. geer.
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Re: Good 125-175 dollar GPU?

Postposted on Thu Sep 20, 2012 2:28 pm

how about a HD6870 for $119.99 before whatever shipping comes out to be?
dunno what they charge shipping because they're like 4 miles away from me :)
quick peek at newegg says the hd6870 are around the $170-$190
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Re: Good 125-175 dollar GPU?

Postposted on Thu Sep 20, 2012 8:40 pm

Radeon HD7770 looks like the best fit for your criteria.

$132 -15MIR MSI R7770-PMD1GD5 Radeon HD7770 1GB
$180 EVGA 015-P3-1480-KR GeForce GTX 480 1½GB
$228 -20MIR MSI R7850 PE 2GD5/OC or GIGABYTE GV-R785OC-2GD Radeon HD7850 2GB (950 or 975 MHz vs. 860 stock)
$230 EVGA 02G-P4-2662-KR GeForce GTX 660 2GB
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Re: Good 125-175 dollar GPU?

Postposted on Thu Sep 20, 2012 8:49 pm

I'd like to recommend to you the Radeon HD7770 also. It's very recent (Windows 8 uses DirectX 11.1,) powerful enough and energy efficient for your needs. Plus it also comes in at a favorable price.
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